I was looking through the posts on Things That Are Doing It, and I saw this post about a silencer for artillery. As one person commented, it’s to cut down on noise complaints from the civilian neighbors, but still. It’s one of those things that I know exists, but I just can’t wrap my brain around it.
Archive for May, 2010
I just finished Beyond Singularity, a collection edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois. The stories are set in futures where humans have superhuman abilities. One of the stories was “Coelacanths” by Robert Reed. I wasn’t overly thrilled with the story, but there was one part of a speech a character gave that I feel more people need to realize.
“We have never been so powerful, we humans. … Yet still, as surely as tomorrow comes, our glories today will seem small and quaint in the future, and what looks golden now will turn to the yellow dust upon which our magnificent children will tread!”
This is a clip from The Critic episode “Miserable.” There’s a joke right after this that I enjoy (no offense to the booksellers I know) but I couldn’t find a clip with that. So here’s a link to the whole scene, which I couldn’t figure out how to embed with WordPress. There’s also a good joke later on in the episode involving the display.
After several years of off-and-on work, my collection of flash fiction stories A Man of Few Words is now for sale. Woohoo! You can buy it from my CreateSpace estore (which gives me a higher royalty, FYI :D) or from Amazon.com. I’ve also put in an order for some books which I will be selling myself, but they won’t arrive for another week or so.
I had almost hoped that after all the work writing the stories, polishing up the stories, getting the manuscript all worked out and everything, that I’d be able to relax and start work on my next collection. Then I realized, I have to sell the damn thing now. There’s always something.
This is from The Demotivational Posters Blog.
As I mentioned in my last post, there were a few little problems with the proof of A Man of Few Words. Those have now been taken care of. (What’s the saying, Art is never finished, only abandoned.) It takes a few days for everything to show up on Amazon, so I’m waiting until Monday to make the big announcement.
The main reason I wanted to post this blog was to write about how calm I am. I mean, I just published my first book, and I’m just sitting here waiting for my hot dogs to be done. Part of why I’m so calm is it’s my nature. Also, I probably came up with the idea of a collection of my flash fiction titled A Man of Few Words three or four years ago. I’m tired. But now it’s done and I can rest … oh, wait, NOW I have to sell the damn thing! Will this ever end? 😀