April 20th, 2010

No Drama Zone

A Nice Hot Mug of STFU

I realize that northern Virginia, being more or less an extension of Washington, D.C., is pretty much Uptightville, U.S.A. But after a while, even this place needs to just SHUT UP for a while. By way of example, last night, laurie_robey and I stopped at a "Popeyes" on the way home to grab a quick dinner. On our way in, we passed a woman sitting in her car yelling into her cellphone. Inside the restaurant, a guy in line nearly had an aneurysm because he got "combo #3" instead of "three pieces of chicken." As we left the restaurant, the woman was still yelling into her cellphone.

I mean seriously, does fried chicken have any business being so fraught with stress? And this is sadly fairly typical of life around here.

On a similar note, I'm putting LiveJournal peeps on notice: I am probably going to do some friends-list culling soon, and one of the things I'm going to be using as my criteria is ratio of "politics" to "everything else." Right-wing politics, left-wing politics, domestic, international, doesn't matter. Frankly, I'm sick of hearing about it, and there are a few folks on my friends list who talk about precious little else these days. So if you're a politics hound and you find yourself dropped, don't take it personally. I just can't stomach it any more.

-The Gneech
One True Trek

Leonard Nimoy Retiring

Cinematical: Leonard Nimoy Retiring, Won't Star in 'Trek' Sequel (via Cleolinda's Twitter feed)

No big surprise really, he's had a good run and it hasn't always been easy on him. I'm just glad I finally got to see him (and William Shatner) at Dragon*Con last year before he stepped out of the public eye. Alas, I never got to see or meet DeForest Kelly, and I have yet to meet or see Nichelle Nichols, but I've spoken to the rest of the original cast, however briefly. They were my heroes when I was a kid, and I still go back to rewatch the original series from time to time.

That said, I think it's also time for the Star Trek franchise to retire.

-The Gneech
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Thank You, Whoever You Are! :D

According to Amazon, I’ve sold one copy each of the collected Fictionlets on the Kindle. Smashwords doesn’t have any sales listed yet for other platforms, but hopefully that will come in time.

Meanwhile, that means I’ve officially made a sale! Woohoo! Sure, it’s only netted me $0.70, but every journey starts with a single step and all that. Besides, as of last night I’ve got a gig writing a short story for an upcoming indie anthology, so if things continue at this rate I’ll be chugging along nicely in short order. (That reminds me, I need to update the Bibliography page.)

Ah, writing. I’ve missed you, my old friend! :)

-The Gneech

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iPads, E-Books, and the Coming Revolution

Writer’s Digest blogger Jane Friedman posted an interesting bit today about the changing world of the writer (or would-be writer), and how the dream of “write your book, get it published, rinse and repeat” is changing, and needs to change, as books begin their transition from a primarily physical medium, to a primarily electronic one.

What was interesting wasn’t so much her actual post (which more or less was to say, “JUMP ON! And here’s what I think of the Kindle, iPhone, and iPad…”), although that was interesting too. :) What was really interesting was the bevy of links she included about the state of the industry and writer’s role in it. So at the risk of making a post that’s just a link to a post full of links (How meta can you get?), here are the ones that most caught my eye:

My own belief is that the book, i.e. leaves of paper bound with a cover, is not going away within any of our lifetimes. However, I do believe that it’s going to become more and more of a premium item. As time goes on and tablet-type devices become more ubiquitous, the books that will still be sold will tend more and more toward having features that the device simply can’t replicate, ranging from leather covers and gold leafing, to giant coffee-table editions of photo or art books.

Magazines, newspapers, and technical books? Yeah, they’re dead, just as dead as the Yellow Pages. But frankly I don’t consider that much of a loss. (EDIT: Let me clarify this … I don’t consider it a loss that magazines, newspapers, and technical books would convert to electronic format. That doesn’t mean I want them to die all together, and I don’t think they will, although in the case of newspapers and magazines I expect they’re going to end up basically as high-end blogs. Whether they can flourish in that form, is another story.)

I also suspect there may come a time when straight-up retail bookstores and used bookstores merge. Much like Amazon will sell you a new book for $30 or a used copy for $14.99, places like Powell’s may very well become the place to go for all of your physical reading media. Certainly if I were a distributor in particular, I’d be looking for new avenues, because there may come a time in the not-too-distant future when the Borders and B&N’s of the world become hard to find.

-The Gneech

PS: Oh, and speaking of the iPad, I have a delivery date now! It’s hard to get any more “late April” than “April 30,” but in my heart of hearts, I always assumed that’s what it would end up being anyway.

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