Vocals for "Goodbye Melancholia" and maybe a guitar track for a new song.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Sunday, May 26, 2013
In celebration I am releasing a new song, "Tell Me", which I just finished recording a week or so ago.
Go to http://www.soundclick.com/SurvivalPilot and check the songs out!
Sweetening the deal
"Beautiful Night" On a Sunday Morning
I didn't start writing this till after 11 so it is going to have to be fast so I can get it out and legitimately advertise for the time period suggested in the title.
The music keeps pumping forward on a beat that jerks at your stomach like you are cresting a roller-coaster.
Then stops dead.
Friday, May 24, 2013
The Novel that I have been Working on for like... Six, Seven Years?... Out in the Garage
Paperback: $9.99 / e-book: TBA
BISAC: Fiction / Coming of Age
Lance Adamson was born in the 80's. His earliest memory is of that time when his mom left his dad. It's okay, though. Grandpa Harry saved him, took him out to the garage for the first time, taught him how to play drums. I mean, really play. How to make it count. How to let the music carry him away. Even his mom and dad had been rock n' rollers at one time, but they lost touch with the magic, stopped going out to the garage.
His best friend is Wayne; they go all the way to kindergarten. Now they are in high school and have started the greatest band ever, The Knights of the Round Table, with their two best friends, Art and Louie Louie. Maybe the rest of the school might actually notice them for once -- for a reason other than bullying them or suspecting them of being school shooters.
One summer Lance goes to stay with his Aunt and Uncle on their dairy farm near the small, Southern Ohio town called Babel. There he meets the love of his life, Edie. Together they must survive the oppressive Evangelicals who run the town and not lose faith in true love.
With the good and the bad and the whole tangled mess all swirling around, Lance trudges forward, discovering that no matter what happens he can always go back out to the garage -- as long as it is with the right people.
COMING OCTOBER 18, 2013!
Novel Two: Born in 1984
Officially beginning work on my second novel, Born in 1984, which is a full force plunge into social satire. I am pulling out all the stops and allowing myself to indulge creatively and say everything I need to say. My goal is to make a statement.
This is going to be a huge leap for me creatively, and I feel confident it's what I need to write right now. I have learned a great deal and I feel I am ready. I am at a stage where I have more or less finished what I have been working on and it is time to stretch my creative muscles.
I will also be writing some new short stories; I have ideas for at least three. I also have two I have written and am polishing to get published and one going to be published next year.
Still working on ways to promote myself, sell my collection, and build a fan-base. Also working on getting my first novel, Out in the Garage, ready for self-publishing. I will be revealing the details for that, including the cover design.
Finally, I am gearing up to start doing the research for my thesis. I am looking forward to it, actually. It is a fun topic and I will be able to incorporate what I learn into my creative writing as well. It's going to be a busy summer, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
Ray Manzarek :-(
The Stuffness and his Band of Mercenaries
Can't spend any money right now, but, hopefully, as the summer progresses, I can put some money into marketing, buy several copies, send them out to some local media, do readings or something and selling copies... Whatever I can do to get the word out.
Here is the updated information about my book, including links to the main places where it can be found:
Price: $7.99 paperback; $4.99 e-book
Create Space eStore
6" x 9"
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Gorilla Penises: By a Hipster, for Hipsters
And yes, I have come to terms with and accept the fact that I am a hipster. While I don't necessarily see why this is an applicable label for me, I have been told that I am one -- by various people -- so, therefore, if that is true, then who am I to debate it? Do I love music, art, and want to preserve the environment, and don't buy into popular culture, necessarily, at least not 100% of the time (or really even 50% of the time)? I believe those things are true. Do I wear dark-framed glasses and Chuck's? Yes. Do I enjoy irony? It depends. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I am not one to use it just because I want to sound cool.
I try not to be pretentious, but, realistically, everyone is to a certain degree pretentious -- anyone who cares about what other people think and does things differently because of that. I guess that means I just try to keep my pretentiousness to an acceptable level -- at least as much as someone getting a master's degree in English Literature can.
I guess, since I am marketing to hipsters, that means I have to open up accounts to sell through ibookstore and probably smashwords as well. If anyone has any other ideas for places where hipsters are likely to buy shit, please, let me know. As a hipster, I know where I buy shit, but there are different types of hipsters (I mean, after all, what are labels if there aren't sub-labels and sub-sub-labels to more clearly define a person or thing).
Keep in mind that I am a poor grad student and am looking for free and cheap ways to get this collection, Tales from the Fringes, out to its audience (if it indeed does have one), and other future projects (such as my upcoming novel).
Speaking of my upcoming novel, I am changing my mind back to calling it Out in the Garage. I don't feel like I have to spoon-feed anybody the main theme by titling it For Granted. If I have failed as a writer and readers don't get that, I am okay with it, so much as they get something out of it. I am not going to keep dwelling on the same projects when I have so many other great ideas. I am planning on releasing my novel October 18, 2013, because October 18, 1851 is the date Moby Dick was released. If you don't know by now, I have developed a kind of obsession with Melville (as I am writing my thesis on one of his books). It seemed appropriate to me for that reason and the fact that the epigraph is a quote from Moby Dick. Although, to be honest, the book is more inspired by Fitzgerald and Salinger.
Now I am going to say The Great Gatsby a bunch of times: The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby...
That should be sufficient for now.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Working on marketing, branding, and all that, which are all a part of self-publishing, and really, publishing, in general. Not that I am trying to be rich or anything, but, I definitely want to build an audience, and I am working on some ideas on where I can do some recruiting.
Basically, I need to define who my audience is and what my appeal to them is and get my writing to them. I have figured this out, so the next step is in doing some researching, developing my strategy, and getting it going.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
TALES FROM THE FRINGES is OUT!
RELEASE DATE: MAY 14-15, 2013
Create Space eStore
Amazon (coming soon!)
iBookstore (tentatively coming soon!)
6" x 9"
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Like I said before, the Kindle e-book version is already for sale for $4.99. The print version will be $7.99.
For those of you who use other formats for e-books other than Kindle, I am looking into the options and am going to release it for sale in those markets as well.
I will update again soon.
Tales from the Fringes
The Kindle version of Tales from the Fringes is out right now: Tales from the Fringes:Amazon:Kindle Store.
The print version is delayed a bit due to a snafu with their website, but will hopefully be available later today or tomorrow at the latest.
Friday, May 3, 2013
But the idea, it is non-committal. It doesn't know the effect that it has on the rest of me as I sit here, trembling and glowing. I can't force it, if I try it will rip apart, exploding into a million pieces and splattering all over the inside of my mind.
I try to nudge it, fill it with confidence, but it won't make the leap. It won't come. It keeps dancing around the rim.
I close my eyes and take a deep breath, sending a wave of calmness through my system. The idea dances to a dirge. No matter how hard I try, I can't convince it of providence; immortality. The transformation of it's soul from fleeting electrical impulses to ones and zeros.
But I can't force it. If it won't make the leap, then it will inevitably be forgotten, idea Hell.
I plug in my headphones and put on There Satanic Majesty's Request and know that as much as I want to be in control of my thoughts, they have free will.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
*beats head on keyboard*