Apr. 2nd, 2009 10:01 am
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..... Okay, so this might not have been my most clever or original April Fool's Day prank ever, but I had fun with it. Thanks to everyone, here and on Twitter, who played along with their comments. You kept a grin on my face all day, and I've been desperately needing that lately. (It's been a really hard couple of weeks, which is why I didn't really have the energy or brainspace to come up with anything that I actually thought would fool anyone -- just something that I thought would make you grin and wonder, "Oh, now what's he up to?")

Extra-special bonus points to anyone who actually spotted this: The purported title of the story, "Tricky Sale", was an anagram for "Rick Astley." (And if you saw my post on Twitter about how the story had a "similar structure and voice" to a story called "Age Proving You Uneven", you can probably guess what that was an anagram for, too.)

Oh, yes, and -- that first link I posted, to episode one? That link was real -- I really am working on starting a podcast, and as soon as I resolve some issues with my currently dead computer (and with me being a lazy bastard), you'll start seeing real updates from me about it. Cheers.


Apr. 1st, 2009 09:47 am
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As I announced on Twitter weeks ago (see what you miss by not following me there?), I'm starting a podcast of my short fiction. Podcasting has become a very good way to build a following as a writer, and since I've had years of practice reading my work out loud, it seems like a natural fit.

Episode one is here. I'm not 100% happy with the sound quality -- I've bought a better microphone since then.

Finally finished cleaning up and editing episode two, and I'm pretty excited about this one -- the first one was "Feeding the Flesh", a story that's printed in Counting From Ten. But this one's brand new -- you haven't heard this at a reading yet, and only a couple of people have read it.

By popular request, it's another one of my "Shadow Market" stories. This one is about someone who's just starting out in the Market, and is about to make his first sale -- to a strangely reluctant buyer. This will be the sale that makes his reputation ... if he survives it ....

Here's the link: Bloodletters Podcast Episode Two: "Tricky Sale" (MP3 format, 11min 48sec)

Let me know what you think. (Oh, and no spoilers in the comments, please, for those who haven't had a chance to listen to it yet.) Thanks!


Apr. 2nd, 2008 08:47 am
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.... Man, you people are cynical. Nobody completely fell for that one. And I went to all that trouble, researching all those links, copying over my whole journal, making a new post there so it might look like I was really going to be using it -- all for nothing. Tough crowd. :)


For the record .... while everything I linked to yesterday may be true, I can't honestly bring myself to care; it all seems a bit of a tempest in a teapot to me. And those who are calling any of these actions "censorship" need to crack open a dictionary every once in a while; it can't be censorship because LiveJournal isn't the government.

I may not agree with their actions, but I think they have every right to do anything they've done. As the journalist A. J. Liebling said, "the power of the press belongs to those who own one." These are their servers, and if they don't like something that's on here, of course they can take it down. And your words are your words -- you, of course, have every right to back them up elsewhere and put them up somewhere you have more control over, if you like.

Me, I do back up my journal every once in a while, just in case something does happen to this place, but I'm hardly going to leave in a huff. Not while y'all are here.

(On the other hand, I sure don't intend to give SUP any money ever, at this point, either.)


Apr. 1st, 2008 08:27 am
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.... I miss LiveJournal. Remember LiveJournal? When it felt like it was just Brad Fitzpatrick and a few guys in a garage happily coding away because they wanted to, not because it was a paycheck?

Things were bad enough when Six Apart took over. It's not that I object to someone making money off the site -- I object to a corporation coming in and taking over a community they weren't part of to begin with, and acting like -- well, a corporation. Like last year's flap over deleting journals and communities for "objectionable content" -- they just did it and hoped no one would notice, and when they got caught, they backpedalled and lied. I was not impressed.

I've always been against censorship -- anyone who knows me knows that -- and I seriously thought about leaving then. But then Six Apart sold the company, and I thought, "thank God those assholes are gone."

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. SUP is just as bad, and maybe even worse. I mean, set aside the whole issue of selling an American company to a Russian one -- and putting all of us at risk of our content running afoul of what they consider illegal -- but at least Six Apart acted like they cared about us. SUP isn't even bothering.

First came the censoring of the popular interests lists, in a lovely little repeat of the same kind of bullshit Six Apart pulled. Now, they've eliminated free accounts. Again, it's not that I object to them trying to make money -- although the rumors that all existing unpaid accounts will eventually be converted to ad-driven accounts annoy me -- it's the contempt they've shown for their userbase when people objected.

Some users organized a Content Strike, which I thought was a good idea. SUP didn't. One of their official spokesmen, Anton Nosik, actually called the striking users "idiots" who were trying to "blackmail" LJ. Oh, and he called basic account holders "freeloaders," too. Charming.

And now I see on [livejournal.com profile] ljspeaks that SUP is sending your private information, including what other sites you visit, to ad-targetting servers. Enough. I'm done.

I'm going to leave LiveJournal. I've seen a lot of people talking about doing this for a while on various communities I read, but when people I know start talking about doing it, then maybe it's time I sit up and take notice.

Ideally, I'd like to go where my friends are. If a bunch of us could come to some kind of concensus on where we should go from here, that would be great. In the meantime, I've set up an account at:


.... And that's where I'm going to be posting from now on, unless someone can make a good case for going somewhere else instead. (I'll be leaving this journal up probably until the end of the month, just to make sure everyone has a chance to see it, and isn't wondering where the hell I went.)

If you're interested in leaving, here are a couple of really useful posts: one on why you should leave, which goes into even more detail than I've gone into here, and another on how to leave, which gives resources on how to migrate.


Apr. 2nd, 2007 08:34 am
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.... Wow, I don't know if anyone fell for that one. I think I managed to hook a few more of you as I kept it going throughout the day, but --

April Fool's, everyone. Come on -- me, get tired of Doctor Who? I'll get tired of breathing, first. When I found out the series was starting on March 31st, I just couldn't resist.

The hardest part was coming up with bad things to say about it. I had to go around and compile other people's complaints and rewrite them; so they were real opinions, just not mine. I loved it, actually. Fun, energetic, and I love the new companion already.

Judging by the season opener, and by this nicely creepy trailer (1min:22sec) for the rest of the season, I think they might just be hitting their stride, this year.

(Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] ssandv -- assuming you weren't pranking the prankster, there -- I hope you'll give the new series another chance. Boom Town was easily my least favorite Series One episode.)
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Well, shit. Who would have thought that my favorite show could go so far downhill in just three years?

The first episode of the new season of Doctor Who aired last night, and I downloaded it, of course, even though I found most of last season didn't really live up to my expectations. And, well, I guess it was okay. Actually, no. I thought it was pretty terrible. All gloss and no substance. They are seriously out of ideas, and it really shows.

I just don't know. When I heard it was coming back in 2005, I was so damn excited. But now? Maybe I'm just burnt out on it. Maybe it's a case of setting my expectations too high. Maybe -- god forbid -- I've finally outgrown it.

Whatever the case, I don't think I'll be watching it anymore. And I probably won't be writing any more fanfic, either.
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.... You know what? No, I'm not playing, this year. I had an April Fool's Day joke planned, but it wasn't a major one -- I just didn't really have the enthusiasm for it this time out, and there was no way I was going to top last year's, so I think I'll just quietly sit back and bow out this time.

Just for the hell of it, and for the sake of bringing you the funny, here are links to my previous shenanigans:

Published. (2004)
Gaiman. (2003)


Apr. 2nd, 2004 12:10 am
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.... there is a book. No, really.

Top marks to [livejournal.com profile] cirocco, who wrote:

I think the smart money is on this being a double-inverse-reverse prank. That is, the book has been in the works for a while, but you delayed posting about it until the 1st, knowing that you are a legendary trickster and would not be believed, only to actually produce the books at Norwescon. Ergo the real joke is that this is no joke. Am I right or am I right?

Dead-on. Either having known me for an appallingly long time has given her profound insights into my twisty little thought processes, or perhaps she's simply just as devious as I am to begin with. Your call.

[livejournal.com profile] kickaha also gets high marks for thinking to track down the publishing company listed on the cover graphic -- a new local small press that [livejournal.com profile] helix90 is involved with -- but he loses at least five points for somehow missing this page. Heh.

So, anyway, yeah. Object lesson here being, you can't trust anything I do on April Fool's Day; you can't even trust me to lie. Gotcha.

$14.95, trade paperback, 160 pages. Seriously, tell all your friends, won't you?


Apr. 1st, 2004 11:00 am
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Okay, I've been trying to keep this under wraps until I was sure it was going to happen, but today seems like a good day to make the announcement:

I have a book of short stories coming out very shortly. Here's the cover.

I should have copies available for purchase at Norwescon, and you'll be able to order it directly from the publisher on-line soon, as well. I'll post ordering information when I have it. Cover price is $14.95, trade paperback, 160 pages. Tell all your friends, won't you?

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Props to Douglas for spotting my musical clue, and to everyone who realized I would sooner cut off my own fingers than go to Geocities. Heh.

So, no, sadly, I'm not doing a site for Mr. Gaiman, but, happily, I'm not giving up my domain name, either.

I'm really flattered so many of you found this one so plausible. Thanks much. Uhh, please don't hate me now. *laugh*


Apr. 1st, 2003 04:37 pm
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As some of you already know, writer Neil Gaiman linked to [livejournal.com profile] prncsmoonbeam's Gothic Miss Manners site on his weblog a couple weeks ago (scroll down to March 11).

Apparently, he really liked the design of the site, because he wants to hire me to design a new site for him -- which is extremely fucking cool. I still can't believe I just talked with him on the phone. (Thanks for giving him my number, Jilli!)

The only drawback is, he wants to buy my domain name. Apparently, he has a new graphic novel coming out in August entitled Blood Letters, and, well, he'd like to use bloodletters.com to promote it.

I'm really torn. On the one hand, I've had the domain for years, and I'm really attached to it, but on the other hand, it's Neil Gaiman asking, and besides, there's the money to think about. So.

I'm probably going to do it. Hell, almost certainly, at this point. So I'll probably just be moving my website over to Geocities or somewhere like that for now. I'll keep you posted.


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