Slubes Update: The Time is Near!

WHEN LAST WE LEFT OUR WRITERY HERO… er, wait. What was the last update I said? Probably “I’ll have something substantial later”. Well I will. And I do. Slubes is written, edited, re-edited, re-re-edited, formatted, formatted 2.0, and at this point pretty much all I have to do to consider it complete is get the physical proof book in the mail (should be here in a week or so) and make sure it looks good. Before this month is over, I should have a release date!

In the weeks leading up to that release date, I will… probably work on Darmenzi. I never stop working. *plays video games for several hours* What was I talking about? Oh, yeah. When the book releases, I’ll probably have a special release video stream where I read from the book and talk about it and such. More details on that closer to the release date, of course. I’ll also talk about it on Twitter and make some posts here, and I’ll post some excerpts from the completed version of Slubes. On that note, check the end of this post for the first-ever look at the completed for reals this time final version of Slubes.

Before we get to that, though, a few other notes: I’m working on some special projects, updating some things, and other odds and ends. I may be changing a few things around here, whether here means at the DOCC website or my Patreon, since this post goes up at both places. And has anyone seen my new profile image? I sure do look weird! If I’m forgetting anything important I’ll say it later, for right now let’s just get to watching as some slube wakes up.

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Now up, Darmenzi Chapter 6: Mystery in the Winds

I made this available this morning but had not enough time to make a post about it, so here it is: Darmenzi Chapter 6: Mystery in the Winds. This chapter features a dragon, and maybe a dragon. Also, Numer setbacks, Duth silliness, and a missing arm.

I really do not post as often as I’d like. I hardly feel I have the time for it, though. Plus my small ramblings go to Twitter, and my weekly updates are at my Patreon, and this was not just a segue into talking about my Patreon!

Anyway, besides that, the busy season is starting at my day job, so blaargenhaargen to that. I’ll be active next year. That’ll be my New Year’s resolution: obtain ownership of all money in world so can spend more time here.

Site Updates

Made a few updates around the site.

-In the Cloudy Cuckoo Cosmos section, I updated some pages to reflect the end of Slubes, since that is now readable. Online. For free. Old draft. Might just wait for the movie final version. These changes… actually, I think all I did was reflect The Conqueror’s real name. That’s right, it’s time to start referring to him as Conrad! Boy, that’s easier to type. I intend to update it further when the final version is released.

-Also in the CCC section, I updated the plural form of spleech. I’d neglected to do that when I had updated it all previously. It’s spleeches.

-I’ve also added a long-overdue update to the quotes section. Only a few added to Dumb Duth and Wait What?, mostly because I’m bad at thinking about writing these down when I say them. Oh well.

That’s it, really. In another week, chapter 2 of Darmenzi will be available, wherein everything is ruined.

Patreon Updates

My Patreon has been updated, changed, revamped, and rearranged. Most of the About/Description/What Have You is the same as before–the main chances are the Patreon video, of which there is a new (longer, ramblier, wizard hattier) one, and the rewards and milestones have been changed or moved. You can watch a video on it that quite frankly is too long and rambly but that’s what happens when I get in front of a camera.

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Darmenzi is coming! Changes are here!

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They’re gonna need all the help they can get to fend off this disaster. The events in the story, I mean. Not the book itself.

On April Fool’s Day, it won’t be a joke: chapter 1 will be available! And I do mean chapter; unlike Slubes, Darmenzi is divided into chapters. A brief glimpse at the list can be seen at the new page for the book.

Along with that, I’ve updated a bunch of the character, location, and species pages to accurately reflect changes in the Cloudy Cuckoo Cosmos since I’ve gotten an editor. List of changes include:

-Excerpts on character pages removed (the novel is readable on here anyway!)
-Title of “mayor” changed to “merag”
-Removed information on the demon supposedly trapped underground (this plot point will actually be removed from the final version of Slubes)
-Changed name of location Mt. Dynamo to Mt. Chiphus
-Edited description of Reptibia Rainforest to focus on the plants
-Added mention of forest around Spiest Manor
-Changed name of ostrich species to stroo-Changed name of turtle species to kasdde
-Changed name of chameleon species to Verk’lon
-Edited these species articles to reflect changes
-Updated quoted species appendix listings from Slubes for species articles
-Made note of the name of slube cartilage-like structure, kotli
-Alphabetized species listing

Later this month I might go through and do some more edits. Some of this stuff I wrote just now, including the summary for Darmenzi, so it might could use some work. Tomorrow will mark another big day, as well, for it is when I will be revamping my Patreon.

(P.S. The font used for the Darmenzi title is Lycanthrope from Sinister Visions)

Some More Patreon Information and Status

It’s been a few weeks or so since I launched my Patreon page, and though I have yet to get any patrons, I have been putting stuff on there. What I’ve been using my activity stream for is weekly updates on what I’ve been working on, along with an excerpt from that work. This has so far included entries from my Cloudy Cuckoo Cosmos encyclopedia (showing information that will be relevant in the future or background information that may never even come up in actual stories) and information on non-CCC works (which to some people might just look like me playing a video game, but the real story is it’s leading to other people playing a video game!). I also intend to post excerpts from future stories as I work on them and anything else I may work on during the week I feel would be interesting for people to see.

I also posted the next story part on there early, about a week ago at the middle of the month, so patrons will get to read story parts ahead of time. As a notice, the next story part will be made publicly available here next Friday, August 1st.

Besides that, I’m also considering two different ways to go with the $5 reward (a monthly video thingy where I read excerpts from my writing and field questions). I first considered just doing a video stream where people talk in a chat, but I’m also considering doing it as a video chat like with Google+’s Hangouts (though I’m not too keen on doing anything involving Google+, so I might look into other possibilities).

That’s about it for now. Though I’m including weekly updates on my Patreon page, I will still post here whenever there’s a big update or I just think of something to put on here. Maybe someday I’ll regularly post whenever I find something interesting to put on here. (Though at this rate I kinda doubt it.)

Big Changes Coming Up!

So over the recent week I’ve decided to make some decisions. The worst one was saying “I’ve decided to make some decisions.” But for reals, I’m gonna be changing how I do things. I’m not going to go into too much detail right now because I have not even begun work on these changes.

I will note right now that my first novel, Slubes, will be removed from sale on Amazon at the end of the month. I’ll be looking into moving to a different self-publishing place (as you may know, Amazon.com isn’t exactly the most friendly and not-using-bullying-tactics-to-steal-a-deal-and-eat-its-competitors place), but it won’t be made available again immediately. Things will change. They’ll change in the physical form, on this blog, and in my wallet (though I am not yet sure in what direction that last one will be changing). Slubes will still be available on Smashwords, though, and there probably won’t be a break in availability on there.

I hope to be ready to explain further by the end of the month. I’ve got 18 days to prepare, and there’s quite a bit of preparing to do, so as usual, *sits down and plays video games for several hours*

Quote Pages!

Almost three weeks ago I said that in a week I was gonna add quote pages. A few days ago I finally did that but didn’t make it publicly viewable until today for various reasons (most of which involve lack of sleep). You can access them from the menu under the heading “Duth Olec Says… (or) Words of Weirdsom”. Now, I know what you’re thinking. No one’s ever going to read them. Wrong! Someone, somewhere, may be scouring the internet one day for something to distract them while they’re trying to procrastinate. These quotes could help with that! I’m helping procrastinators! And what could be better than that?

Dumb Duth features quotes about me and how I am. Quite frankly, this (and the other quotes) is probably a better explanation of myself than any bio I could come up with.

Idiotic Insights consists largely of adages and other such well-known sayings twisted around into utter nonsense. A few of them, though, are original, and some of them are even intended to be serious.

Later Lines is there because people always think of something better to say later. There’s only one quote there right now, but I’m sure there’ll be some later if I remember to write them down, which I won’t.

Nutso Novelist are quotes specifically about writing, stories, novels, and other such things.

Society Salad are quotes about society in general–politics, economics, religion, media, and what have you.

Wait What? is really just your general Miscellaneous section, though for the most part I try to fit them somewhere else so that this will really be the utter nonsense section. The sort of quotes that afterward you just have to say “Wait… what?”

Quote of the Week or So

For the past… Gourd, it’s gotta be at least a year and a half, and with how often I forgot to actually update it, probably longer than that… I’ve had a quote of the week on my site. It’s right over there to the left. See it? I never really drew any attention to it, just sort of left it there for someone to notice should they do so. They’re all quotes by me over the past… 4 or 5 years, apparently. I’ve stored them in a document titled “inspirational” for no reason.

This is the last quote I have stored. A pretty good one to end on, I suppose. Next week I’ll remove it and will just add a new page to the site where you can find all the quotes, plus some others.

What I’ve Been Reading In: April (plus a look at an angry suitcase)

That’s right, it’s time for another look at what I’ve been rea- What? You want to know what I’ve been recently writing?

Yyyeah, I’ve been working on stuff, but for my next novel, I’ve still got people looking it over for me. I want it to be the best it can be, and I definitely want it read beforehand–I do some weird things in it and want to make sure it’s not too out there. Rest assured, though, I am always working on things; none of these things will ever directly make me any money, but you will be able to see them someday when they’re ready.

*sits down and plays video games for several hours*

Oh, right, the stuff I’ve read. Well, April was a time for Discworld, as I finally read the next book in the series, Eric. But not just Eric, the illustrated Eric. The illustrations are all very nice (a great deal nicer than the rather mundane covers the Harper Collins versions use), but I’m a writer so let’s get to the story. It was all right, maybe a little disjointed, but was fun. I’d actually read the play Doctor Faustus for a class in college, so I had some background in it that. And in going over it in my head, I seem to remember one small part in particular, a sort of inversion to the grandfather paradox wherein Rincewind remarks that time travel only seemed appealing in order to kill your own grandfather.

Anyway, while on the subject of a Rincewind story, which means The Luggage can’t be too far behind, something occurred to me about The Luggage while reading this story: it’s an overpowered character. But the kicker here is, The Luggage just doesn’t care. Not in a “life is meaningless” sense, but in a “i don’t care if this IS a physical impossibility, I’M GONNA DO IT” sense.

Most of the time badly-written overpowered characters–you know, like Mary Sues–make a point to show this power, and beats everybody with grace and style and- bu- ju- ih- gh- just, The Luggage just doesn’t care. It’ll just mow over people like they’re ants. Most people in online role plays (oh boy, time to confuse a bunch of people!), if they are called out for god-modding, would stop and complain that they aren’t god-modding. The Luggage would basically just shrug (despite having no shoulders) and then eat them, with no regard for “rules” or “common decency” or “code of conduct” or “logic”.

And that’s why it’s amazing. Because it just doesn’t care. It’s just angry.

Also why it can turn a chimera into pudding (see: Sourcery)

Moving on, the next Discworld book is Moving Pictures, which I would probably rank actually as one of my favorites. The story was interesting, though the backstory may have been a little hazy (yet at the same time a little obvious), and characters were fun. I always like good characters, and Victor’s carefree-until-he’s-at-risk-of-getting-a-care-at-which-point-he-cares-vastly-about-getting-back-to-being-carefree attitude was interesting. I also liked Gaspode’s rough snark contrasted with reluctant loyalty. Clearly he is a diamond in the rough. Or quartz in the alley. I dunno.

And finally, we come to Reaper Man. I like the character of Death. He’s strangely spontaneous, though I suppose death can happen at any time, so spontaneity wouldn’t be too far out of character. The thing about Reaper Man though is, I would say it’s an okay story, but really it’s an okay two stories. There are two different stories going on here. Both of them have the same root cause, but they don’t really cross at any point. One story seemed to have a rather abrupt climax with a hazy conclusion, the most of it before and the ending was pretty good, while the other sort of comes out of left field with no prior suggestion of it. So it was a little confusing there. Can’t say it’s one I particularly like, but I guess you win some, you lose some.

So what’s next? Well, it turns out the next Discworld novel is not one my library has. Whoops. They have the ebook version, but my stance on that stands at that being the cheap version. But that’s okay; I was wanting to try and read some books by independent authors; you know, people basically in the same circumstance I am, except maybe a little more well-known because let’s face it no one is less-known than I am. So I might look into that. Also maybe read Machine of Death, whiiich my library does have. I came up with my own idea regarding the machine of death recently, actually, so clearly I must read the two collections involving it to make sure the idea hasn’t been used.

That’s it for now, see you in another month probably!