Hello and good day to you all. I’m pleased to announce, as the picture above might lead you to believe, that “I for one welcome our new computer overlords” is now available for purchase on Amazon—for the price of a mere 99 cents. If you wish to go to the Amazon page on which it is available, you need only click the picture above and you will be taken there. It’s almost like magic, but it’s even better; it’s technology.
This story isn’t going to be available as a paperback in its current form (though it may in future appear as part of a collection). It is rather long for a “short story,” being just shy of 23,000 words in length (about forty single-spaced pages), but it still just isn’t economically viable to sell as a physical book. The costs of production would make the necessary asking price prohibitive for almost any sensible purchaser. So, currently, if you want to read it (and I think that’s a reasonable wish), you’ll have to buy it for Kindle. In case you didn’t know already, you can download the Kindle app for free, here, to read from any computer, tablet, or smartphone, so there’s nothing to prevent you from enjoying it. The fact that you’re reading this online suggests that you are amenable to reading works that are presented in electronic format, so presumably you won’t be deterred from reading it by its e-book nature. Although, interestingly, the main character of the story itself prefers to read books in hard copy format, though he happily reads articles and blogs online.
Oh, the irony.
I have withdrawn “Ifowonco” from its previous proud place here on the blog; I have also unpublished my two other short stories here, “Prometheus and Chiron” and “Hole for a Heart.” They will both shortly become available on Kindle as well, but there may be a bit of a delay, as I don’t want to slow down the writing of “Unanimity” too much. I’ve toyed with the idea of assigning two days a week just to the editing of these stories until they are ready for publication, and reserving the rest of the week for the writing of “Unanimity.” I think I’ll try this out as a possible paradigm for balancing the writing of new material with the editing of completed projects in the future. Both tasks are essential, but I have learned—from the long process of editing previous books, during which time I held off writing new ones—that I get a bit blue if I’m not writing new fiction.
Those of you who have been following this blog might have noticed that I recently put up four posts that are essentially the same as the descriptions in the “My Books” page about my books that are published and available on Amazon. I’ll probably do the same for “Ifowonco,” and for subsequent stories as well, and the reason for this is simple: When I share the location of these books to Twitter directly from Amazon, the tweets occur without any attached imagery, and that makes for a less interesting promotional tweet. The same problem doesn’t occur on Facebook, but it has its own issues with how links are promoted, so using it requires its own specific strategies and tactics.
I’m still conflicted about posting author’s notes on Amazon in the reviews section, mainly because it would entail giving a “star rating” to the books, and I worry that that might be a bit misleading. Still, maybe it would be useful as a way of just priming the pump for reviews.
I would like here officially and earnestly to request that any of you who have bought and/or read my books please give your feedback on Amazon. It’s terribly useful, both for the author and for other potential buyers, to have that feedback on the site, so browsers can decide if the book sounds like the sort of thing they might like to read. I know it can be a minor pain, and I don’t do it myself for absolutely every book that I buy, but I do try at least to rate the ones that I’ve bought once I have read them, even if I don’t leave a detailed review. Even a single sentence could be terribly helpful to me, and to your fellow readers.
No matter what, I think I will write an author’s note for each of my published works—including “Ifowonco”—and post them here, for loyal readers to get feedback that might be interesting. Of course, I’ve written about many of the stories here already, in various places, but to have a specific, dedicated author’s note might be useful, or interesting, or at least entertaining.
Speaking of being entertaining, I’m sorry if this post isn’t as fun or as funny as some of my others—though perhaps no one ever finds my posts funny, I don’t know—but as you are all aware, it’s the week between Christmas and New Year’s, and I, like so many, am mentally fatigued. It’s something of an irony that, even at a purportedly joyous time of the year, so many people are heavily stressed. This is true even for those who have nearby family and friends, and an emotional support system, to share the joys and the burdens of the season with them. It can be more poignant and difficult still for those of us who do not have those things, especially overlying the dark time of the year as it does, when people prone to mood disorders are more likely to have trouble with them. Still, the days are now beginning to lengthen, and even if there is no tangible change yet in the duration of the light (we are near the minimum of the sine curve, and the rate of change of the function is almost as low as it gets), we at least have the benefit of being able to anticipate with hope the increasing sunshine to come.
Of course, we would never want there to be no darkness at all. Darkness can be beautiful, even when it is frightening, even when it is terrible. Too much of it, though, tends to wither the heart.
Again, please do give me feedback on the author’s note/review notion, if you have any feedback at all to give. And even more, please do review or at least rate those works of mine which you might have purchased and/or read. I would be truly grateful…for whatever that’s worth.