I’m sure it will come as a great surprise to you that this post is full of updates.
I’m currently trying to figure out an easier way to send out Downside Army emails. I’m way behind on that–I’m now handling it all myself–and there’s a whole lot of new members. But hopefully, if you’re a member or if you’ve joined recently, you’ll be getting something in your email in the next week or so.
But today’s big news is store stuff! The bare bones of the store site is up (no, you can’t see it) and the list of products–not many to start with–it coming along. I’ve sent four logo/whatevers on to the guy handling it all for me, and he tells me that if all goes well we should be up and running by Friday next. Very exciting. Not sure if we’ll open then or if we’ll do a week of preorders or something ahead of time. What I do know is that it should be extremely easy to use–just like any other online storefront anywhere–and the prices will be either a bit or a considerable bit less than those on places like Zazzle. Plus the stuff should be better quality, and there will be a wider variety–maybe not at first, but eventually. Yes, it took longer than I would have hoped to get it all set up, but in the end I don’t feel like some sort of evil overlord charging thirty-five bucks for a t-shirt, and hopefully this means people who might not otherwise have gotten something will go ahead and get something, which would be cool.
So, if you have any requests or suggestions, let me know. I’m hoping to add new stuff on a semi-regular basis. And there are some interesting tidbits in the works aside from just the basic t-shirts & tote/messenger bags type of stuff, too.
I cut myself on my laptop last night. I have a Mac, and the edge of it is really sharp, and the plastic on mine cracked just at the edge. Which is where I think I did it. Anyway, I sliced my finger, and didn’t really notice until I realized I was bleeding on my keyboard. SEE WHAT I GO THROUGH FOR YOU PEOPLE?? Hahahaha. Anyway. It did sting (it still does), and I decided to leave the blood on the keys because I am so badass that I laugh at hygiene. Hygiene is afraid of me! (It’s not, like, tons of blood or anything. Just a little. It’s my offering to the Writing Gods. No, seriously.) (Also, if I was a dude nobody would even bat an eye at me leaving blood on my laptop.) Yes, I am literally working my fingers to the bone for you people.
And in other picture fun! A girl I know from online has recently jaunted off to Abu Dhabi, to teach or something. She emailed my pal Seeley DeBorn, who never updates her freaking blogs to say that she visited the hotel gift shop today–in someplace named Al Ain–to look for a book, figuring she’d have to make do with some tired old bestseller from last year, when lo and behold, she found UNHOLY MAGIC! Ha ha! No tired old bestsellers in Al Ain, no way! Instead, a sort-of-new book that sort of sold okay but didn’t exactly set any fucking records! Look!:
And I think that’s about it. I have a roast in the Crock-Pot that smells fantastic, and I’m working away on many many things, and my finger hurts a bit.