What Stace had to say on Monday, December 2nd, 2013
Goodness!

Oh, do I feel guilty. I cannot believe I’ve been away for so long. I’m so sorry, guys!

I’m fine. I’ve been fine (I had a cold recently, but aside from that). I’ve just been tremendously busy: new Downside stuff, three new other projects, some non-work things…a whole bunch of stuff. Plus a couple of Internet Vacations, and more than a couple of research holes I fell down.

A few snapshot moments from my Lost Weekend:

Lou Reed died. I remember buying my first Velvet Underground album when I was seventeen (a compilation album, to be honest). Actually it was a cassette tape, which I played until it broke. Then I spliced it with Scotch tape and played it some more. It was a pretty miserable period in my life, for a number of reasons, and that album–I branched out at some point and picked up the individual albums–did a lot for me. I’m not really a huge fan of Reed’s solo work (with a few exceptions), but for twenty+ years now VU has been on my homemade mix tapes (remember those?) and then my iPod. I was actually surprised by how intense my reaction to this news was. It’s hard to express what that music meant to me and still does mean to me, and I frankly sound like a pretentious dork when I try to explain or quantify it. Suffice it to say I was pretty upset.

The other day we showed the girls JAWS for the first time. I so, so wish we’d had our phones out to video their response at the Big Jumpscare; you know the one I mean, when Hooper is underwater looking at the remains of Ben Gardner’s boat. They practically leapt out of their skins. Stephen and I, like all good parents, laughed very hard, which prompted an outraged “Why are you laughing at us?” from Princess. (Answer: because it’s HILARIOUS.)

We’ve been watching Justified, which is awesome. We’ve been watching The Sopranos, which is also awesome and I’m kind of ashamed to say I didn’t watch when it came out–not out of lack of interest, just lack of time. We’ve been watching A Young Doctor’s Notebook, which is very awesome, and I highly recommend it. We’ve been watching The Blacklist, which IMO is one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time. And of course we’ve been watching Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, which would be a lot better without isn’t-she-great-look-how-adorable-she-is-don’t-you-love-her-no-seriously-you-must-love-her-it’s-clear-we-expect-you-to-love-her-damnit Skye.

Also saw the new Thor movie, which we enjoyed quite a bit.

I’ve perfected my bread recipe.

My Faerie’s school choir, of which she is a member, participated in a performance of Noye’s Fludde at Exeter Cathedral in October. I’ve never been a fan of the Noah’s Ark story; I get that the whole animals-two-by-two thing is supposed to be charming (or something) and little kids like that and there are lots of kiddie toys featuring the ark and the animals, but I always found it pretty disturbing, to be frank. But of course, this particular show, while still having the creep factor, also had the world’s most adorable duck marching onto the ark in her pink jammies, which made a huge difference in my enjoyment levels.

I’ve been forced to “upgrade” my iPhone’s OS to that new one that sucks. My favorite part of it, aside from it being ugly, and the YouTube app which is practically unusable, and the loss of Google Maps, is the fact that my audiobooks no longer have chapter listings. That makes it lots of fun to try to hunt for a particular scene or bit of information, especially when driving or cooking with stuff all over my hands. Why just hit a chapter number and go right to it when I can attempt to scroll around a five-hour block to find it? It’s like an adventure, right there on my phone. Whee!

So you can see it’s been pretty busy here, aside from the new projects and general other life things happening.

Even then, though… I had something planned, which I didn’t finish in time. So I’ve come up with a compromise, sort of, which I hope you guys will like.

See, it’s been my plan for a while to compile the two existing previously published Downside shorts (HOME, available from Heroes & Heartbreakers, and RICK THE BRAVE from the HOME IMPROVEMENT: UNDEAD EDITION anthology) which I now have the right to re-release on my own, add a new previously unreleased short, and release the three stories as an ebook for the holidays–actually, I’d hoped for a November release. I have the new short, but I totally didn’t get it done soon enough to do all the formatting and cover-art-commissioning and all of that stuff.

This makes me feel Bad.

I think I’ve come up with a solution. A hopefully-fun solution, which will also be a bit of an experiment, so we’ll see how it goes.

Here’s my plan (I am open to and interested in feedback; contact me privately if you wish, using the Contact form here on the site):

I’m going to post this story here, on the blog, starting later this week. And I’m going to set up a Paypal button where, if you feel the story is worth paying for, you can pay whatever you wish to pay for it. But the story is here anyway; I’ll be honest and say I hope you will, but there’s no obligation. And then, after the new year (probably) I’ll get it all formatted and everything, with a cover and all that fancy stuff (I’m hoping pay-what-you-want will at least cover some of the costs there, but if not oh well), and offer it for download here on the site (in all the regular ebook formats).

Then, since I have another short, I’ll package it, plus HOME and RICK THE BRAVE, plus the new unpublished short, all together, and that one will go up on the retail outlets and such and all for a low price (or, if pay-what-you-want is a success, maybe I’ll do that the same way. We’ll see).

I’m also hoping/planning to have the second Terrible POV novella up by late spring. Sales of WRONG WAYS DOWN surpassed my expectations, which was/is pretty awesome, and thank you all so much for that! So since you all seem to enjoy reading from his POV, and since you all seem to want to read his side of the story of UNHOLY MAGIC and CITY OF GHOSTS, that will be the next Terrible story. (Also, I do have the winner[s] in the WRONG WAYS DOWN contest, and will be announcing them next week when the short story wraps up. I honestly thought I had posted those.)

Speaking of retail outlets, btw, Amazon has pulled DEMON’S TRIAD, the X-rated novel I co-wrote with Anna J. Evans for Ellora’s Cave back in 2009, because of the extreme content. They offered us the chance to edit out that content, and we have refused–to do so would have required some story changes we feel would hurt the book, frankly, in a number of ways. So if you’re looking for DEMON’S TRIAD, try EC’s site or whatever other retailers you buy your books from.

So…to sum up:

I’ve been busy but that’s no excuse, and I’m sorry for my absence;

There’ll be a new Downside short here this week & next week that I hope you’ll enjoy and think is worth something;

I have missed you all;

I’ve got a lot of new stuff coming out in the next few months.

13 comments to “Goodness!”

  1. KT Grant
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    · December 2nd, 2013 at 9:07 am · Link

    ((Terrible)) More please.

    Sorry to hear about the issue with Amazon. What was in the book they felt was too extreme to sell?



  2. Pony
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    · December 2nd, 2013 at 9:41 am · Link

    Great to hear from you- and I’m glad the busy has just been regular busy and not awful things happening busy. Whew. So excited to hear about the new Downside goodies in our future! Yay! 😀

    I had forgotten all about the contest- re-crossing my fingers… that would just be the coolest thing ever in the whole world to win. <3



    • Pony
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      · December 2nd, 2013 at 9:52 am · Link

      Oh, and I didn’t even know about the Demon’s Triad! Just went and bought it at EC. Looking forward to some smutty goodness! 😀



  3. Miss Bliss
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    · December 2nd, 2013 at 9:52 am · Link

    Brilliant! Looking forward to all of it.



  4. Cassi Carver
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    · December 2nd, 2013 at 10:20 am · Link

    Yay!!! Thank you for the update! I couldn’t be more excited about all the stuff happening in your writing world–and therefore my reading world! Thanks, Stacia! 😀



  5. BernardL
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    · December 2nd, 2013 at 10:46 am · Link

    Busy is good. Cool update. Family and health are the keys. The Blacklist surpassed all my expectations. Elementary is another one of my favorites.



  6. Stephanie D.
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    · December 2nd, 2013 at 11:20 am · Link

    Oh! Yea!!! I can’t wait! I have missed you something terrible!



  7. LJ
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    · December 2nd, 2013 at 1:09 pm · Link

    All I want for Christmas is for you to keep writing! I am obsessed with this world you have created. It’s so much fun to read! Thank you!



  8. Rilla
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    · December 2nd, 2013 at 5:13 pm · Link

    Yay! So glad you are all alright. Saw the post about your little duck in Noyes Fludd a while back, and I am glad it was a success. Thank you for checking in and for sharing your world with us. If you think they can hack it, you should show the little ones the Ginger Snaps series. Great jump scares there!



  9. Michele
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    · December 2nd, 2013 at 6:31 pm · Link

    <3 Glad you are back and mostly doing well. Time, it runs away from us, doesn't it?



  10. Angie
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    · December 3rd, 2013 at 8:12 pm · Link

    So good to hear about everthing! So looking forward to the new short.



  11. Meghan
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    · December 6th, 2013 at 11:11 am · Link

    It’s so good to hear from you again and that everything is going well! Don’t worry about not posting frequently. I’d rather have you focus on writing the books than posting. :)

    Also, wanted to let you know that when I finally listened the the e-audiobook version of the Downside series in June/July [had to wait 3-4 months before it was my turn] I fell hard for Chess and Terrible. Books 4 and 5 are my favorite; and it’s hard to read 2 and 3, knowing what goes on, but I love them all. And I adore your descriptions of Bump, especially from book 5 “he looked like the abominable snow pimp with his floor length white fur coat”! Ha!

    Have a Merry Christmas!



  12. Nathalie
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    · December 13th, 2013 at 7:14 pm · Link

    Hi you probably gets asked this ALL the time but are there any future plans for a full length Chess book? I sincerely hope the story continues. :))



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