The Moreva of Astoreth

Sittin’ Around Bullshittin’

Editing The Moreva of Astoreth–still. Jesus fucking christ. The pages look as if they’ve been dipped in pee. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, it would have been blue pencil. Anyway, it’d have been nice if Adobe had used a different color, one that didn’t look so much like body waste. Like a nice magenta. Or even green. And just think–once I’ve finished the edits, I have to input them into the ms in Word. Yeah, I know I can directly edit the Adobe version, but I didn’t create it and it wasn’t shared. So I have to do it the hard way.

My new desk chairs are fabulous! The old ones were cheap and worn out. The height adjustment thingie didn’t work anymore, I had to roll up a towel and put it behind me for back support, ugh. Now I’m at the right height for working at the computer. My back doesn’t hurt when I stand up. Of course, it would help if I didn’t sit at the desk so much, but I forget and only get up when my ass starts hurting.

I got one of those Happy Lights. How come I ain’t happy? REFUND!!! No, seriously. I’ve been using it while I work–day job stuff, because it won’t fit on my personal desk. Too much shit lying around. The lack of available outlets on this side of the room is also a problem. So is it working? Well, I really can’t tell… Continue reading

Winter’s Coming. Gaah.

Gawd, I hate winter. It’s dark, cold, and it makes me wish I was dead. We won’t even talk about snow. I have gait problems as it is, and when snow turns to ice, that’s it for me. I ain’t goin’ nowhere.

And it’s November. Fuck.

So The Underground received a very nice 5-star editorial review from Literary Titan (link at the bottom). On Amazon, it has 11 reviews and is holding at 4 stars. That’s pretty much the same as the prior version of the book. Not that I expected it to change much. But it’s funny–since its first incarnation, readers have either loved The Underground or hated it. I can see why some would hate it. The story deals with some pretty dark subjects, as I wrote in my little essay. Some readers can’t deal with the sex. Yes, the story drips with it and some find that to be a problem but others find the sex to be too rough (one reader called it “nasty sex.” Isn’t that cute?). For still others, the two scenes that depict rape and the one where the person being raped had been abused as a child was too much. The four points of view present problems for some readers. From the comments, it confuses them. Maybe they’re not used to reading more than one point of view? Or, maybe it’s while the story proceeds in a linear fashion it develops from different points of view which they might not be able… Continue reading

The Moreva of Astoreth

Okay, so we now have a new cover for The Moreva of Astoreth. At least I don’t have to go through the bs of relaunch because of a simple title change.

This was my vision all along. I nixed it with the first designer because I listened to another’s opinion and I shouldn’t have. The second design was closer, but the guy took my suggestions with pretty much a grain of salt and just did whatever the fuck he wanted.

This, though–this is IT. Exactly.

I think it’s funny I had to go all the way to Eastern Europe to find someone who understood what I was talking about when I said I wanted the female figure to have “black girl hair.”

Edited: Actually, this is the fourth cover. I forgot about the first one–an outfit in England designed it. Just awful. I can’t believe I paid for that shit.

Ciao.

book cover

Back On The Air

Well, my 10-part series as a guest on CUTV News Radio ended earlier this week, on April 10th. A few days later, I got a call asking if I would again be a guest, this time for an 8-part series. They liked me that much, I suppose. It’ll be fun working with Jim and Doug again. I’ll be doing one of the shows from Balticon, so I suggested that we have the theme for that show be conventions. I have no idea what else we’ll talk about–we did the The Underground and The Moreva of Astoreth during the last set of shows, so I guess we’ll just have to see. It’ll be good for me to have to think on my feet. I used to be excellent at it, and I like to think I’m still pretty good, but it’s really a matter of keeping in practice.

And now, on a different topic, I’m gratified that my readers like The Moreva of Astoreth so much that they’d like to see a sequel, or at the very least, another book set in that universe. But I really do have to finish the sequel to The Underground first. It’s been very patient with me. Between The Moreva of Astoreth and The Underground Second Edition, the sequel has been in the drafting process for about four years. Now it’s the sequel’s turn to be completed. I hope to have it out sometime in 2018–maybe in December.

That’s what’s up with me at the moment. How about you?

CUTV News Video Interview

So, as long as I’m remembering to post the good things that have been happening to me, here’s a video interview I did last October. On YouTube, the last time I looked it had almost 9,000 views. I didn’t think that was too shabby…

Well, you’re just going to have to go to YouTube. WordPress says  the file is too large. Hmm…kind of like me. At any rate, the easiest way to find me is just to plug in roxanne bland, and go from there.

 

This Level Sure Is Expensive…

Boy. The amount of money I’ve shelled out since starting this venture. My IRA is really taking beating. I’m going to owe taxes out the ying-yang for 2016. I’ll probably have to raid my IRA again just to pay them. And then I’ll have to pay in 2017…unless, as I’m repeatedly told, I get speaking gigs, which pay a handsome amount. And maybe The Moreva of Astoreth will become a bestseller. I sure hope so. I hate to think I’ve bought a pig in a poke. What’s really troublesome is that I’ve yet to see anything–press kit and all that. Now I’m told I need flash drive business cards. Another huge amount of money.

At least there’s one good thing. In order to do this, I’ve put most of the charges on my Discover card, and then immediately paid it off. So when all is said and done (and I hope it’s done) my balance on Discover will be zero. And I did say I wanted to pay them off this year…

Cover Story

Contacted my designer for a new cover for The Underground. Actually, it’ll be a lot like the old cover, except better rendered. Jeez, that old cover is horrible! I just couldn’t make those people understand what I wanted. Hmm…kind of like the first cover for The Moreva of Astoreth.

So I sent the manuscript for the revised The Underground to the editor. We’ll see what she thinks of it. It shouldn’t require too much editing, but the key word here is shouldn’t. Everyone has their own style. Meanwhile, I’m going to leave it alone. I mean, really. I’ve some ideas for a couple more chapters, but I’ll write them separately, rather than dropping them into the existing MS. I think we really need some closure for Isadore Drummond, the morran elf. He’s got two chapters, so in the third, he either dies, or finds another child needing rescue from the riots. I don’t know–have to think about it. I mean, I hate killing off characters, especially since I consider them my friends. But if they have to go, then they have to go.

I also finished all my materials for the The Moreva of Astoreth blog tour. It’s running from September 7th through the 26th. Wow–six guest posts! Plus a top 10, plus interviews. I looked at the blog hosts, and found something rather funny. Deal Sharing Aunt is on the tour, and she’s going to do a review. She’s already done one, for the last blog tour. Gave me… Continue reading