Hello, good morning, and welcome not merely to another Thursday, but to a new month! It’s the last month of the year and, depending on how you divvy things up, it’s the last month of the decade (though an argument could be made that the decade really ends with the beginning of 2021, and that the twenty-first century began in 2001, not 2000. But I’ll try not to split hairs).
I haven’t yet written this week’s Iterations of Zero post, for those of you who might be eagerly anticipating it. I’m afraid that the freeform approach I’m taking to that project often leads me to leave it to the end of the week. I may need to set a specific day for releasing it again, as I do with this blog, though I fear that might lead to perverse resistance on my part. In any case, I don’t want to let writing it interfere with the daily writing and editing of my fiction.
Speaking of which, things are proceeding steadily with the editing of Unanimity. I’m nearing the end of my latest run-through, which will put me truly over the halfway mark of that process, which is exciting. I don’t know about you all, but I for one am anxiously looking forward to finishing and publishing that book. I can hardly wait for someone (besides me) to read it.
And further, speaking of that desire, and of my fiction still, I’ve decided to do something at which I’ve hinted previously: I’m going to do a giveaway of some of my fiction in honor of the upcoming holiday season—during which, by many a tradition, we give gifts to those about whom we care. I certainly care very much about people who love to read, and I can’t help but have a narcissistic soft spot for someone who wants to read my stories.
This giveaway will be e-book only, for several reasons—logistics and cost not the least, since I am a poor boy*. Also, my short stories are mainly published in e-book format, on Kindle. In case you don’t know, you don’t need to have a Kindle device to read them. The Kindle app can be installed on any tablet, smartphone, or computer, and it’s a free at Amazon for the asking. Many of you might be resistant to the idea of reading books on Kindle, preferring them in the more traditional form. I do have deep and personal sympathy for that preference, of course, but there is incredible joy in being able to carry a library of well over two hundred books in one’s pocket…which is what I do all day, every day, thanks to Kindle. It also saves on shelf space and—nominally—on trees. Of course, you’re clearly reading this post on some form of computer, so it’s presumably not too great a leap for you to use Kindle.
Now to the specifics and then the mechanics of the giveaway. Some of my works are novels and some are short stories. Since the Kindle versions of the novels are currently priced roughly three times the cost of each of the short stories, I’ll give anyone who wants them a choice: you can be sent three short stories or one book (one of which is actually a collection of three “short” stories, which makes things nicely symmetrical). Lest you think that’s a meager gift, let me remind you that my short stories don’t tend to be very short. Some of them are nearly novellas. The shortest one, I think, is Solitaire, and it’s also by far the oldest and the darkest of my available tales.
As to the mechanics: to send you the books/stories, I will need to have an email address to which to send it/them. You can contact me here, in the comments section below, if you like (this week or later in the year is fine), or through my Facebook author’s page or my Twitter account (see the sidebar). In case you don’t want your email address to be public knowledge, which I do understand, you should certainly feel free to direct message me through Facebook or Twitter. Don’t forget to tell me which novel or which short stories you want me to send you**. You can find a list of them on my Amazon author’s page, or on Goodreads, or here on this blog under the subject heading “My Books”.
I will not save your email address externally, nor shall I use it for future promotional purposes, nor shall I sell it or share it with anyone without a court order***. All I really want to share is my work with interested readers.
That’s about it for this week. I look forward to hearing from you, and though I don’t attach any strings to my giveaway, I’d certainly love you to give me feedback after reading my stories. But that’s your decision, and I’ll think no less of you if you don’t (for whatever that’s worth).
*I need no sympathy.
**Otherwise I’ll just pick for you.
***Possibly not even then. My respect for the courts is not what it once was.
Pick for me, please
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