For the record, I can’t speak to if that’s true or not — the bot and puppet activity was intense and arguably contributed, but we have the uniquely 2018 chicken and egg question of which came first, the bots or the humans.
It does add up to a picture that only one side was angry about anything I’d said — and it was explicitly a far-flung fringe, the alt-right. Bots or no bots, someone was listening to that fringe, and here I am, and here we are. It is chilling and strange.
The royalties are different -- usually (!) higher on e-books, but e-books usually (!) cost more than a hardcover, less than a MMPB, equalish to a trade paperback and -- you know, I encourage readers not to worry about that. Buying or librarying the book is a win either way.
The only calculus that matters for me in terms of digital versus physical is that physical presents an opportunity to support an independent store, and indie bookstores are usually (!) a stronger advocate for the reader and writer communities. But YMMV, to be sure.
(Sorry to clarify, I mixed that up -- e-books cost usually less than a hardcover but more than an MMPB.)
This is your occasional necessary reminder that getting a book for free from a library is nowhere near the same thing as pirating one off a torrent site, okay good talk.
In case I need to unpack that a little -- books at a library are paid for by that library, and after a certain number of circulations, the library will likely rebuy that book. Torrented or pirated books are just free books -- we get nothing for that. Which is why it's illegal.
So, if you tell me, "I got your book at a library," my response will be to high-five you and to gush about YAY LIBRARIES.
If you tell me, "I pirated your book!" I will make a face like you just pooped on my shoe. There will be no high-five. Only poop-shoe face.
So, how the hell do we do it? How the hell do we, as writers -- or artists, or Makers of Cool Shit -- keep on keeping on in this hell-poop epoch of vile shenanigans? I've spoken on this many times, but people also keep asking me, so here we go -- thready thread thread incoming.
I mean the easy answer is, you just do, same way you keep on eating breakfast and hugging your kids and playing games or whatever it is that you do -- but that's too easy of an answer, one that's both true and bullshit in equal measure.
You know, being creative and then acting upon that creativity is hard enough as it is before you factor in the sheer briar-tangle of bad news and ill distractions that you have to first climb through.
seriously, you'll be out there in the blasted charred American hellscape, scrounging for food with your friends, maybe your family
and over the ruined hills you hear it
the distant horn notes of 'Uptown Funk'
and it's getting louder
you have a can of soup in your hand and you know you should run, but you need to eat, to fortify yourself against the Hill Cannibals, but 'Uptown Funk' can only mean one thing -- the robots have detected your presence
- rad guitar licks
- punch frozen beef
- run up hill covered in snow
- also chased by tigers
- run down hill covered in fire
- no-handed push-ups
- third eye opens
- array of lasers fire from third eye
- drum solo
- eat bees
I have an inbox full of really kind emails from folks, and I'm trying to go through them and respond, but this one really stood out, because it's... nice sometimes to feel that people really know what you're about
there's always money in the Retractable Banner Stand, I say
okay I emailed him back with a heartfelt response from a creator to a fan
AHOY, FRANDOS. Some quicky bits and updates while I got a free moment here on the ol' Tweeters --
First up, thanks for the outpourings of support. It's been a wonderful counter to the, erm, news of yesterday, and also a great counter to the hot fresh tides of hemorrhagic diarrhea that have sloshed upon my beaches, spewed forth from the Worst People.
I especially know that some folks put themselves out there by doing so -- either because they work with Marvel, or are vulnerable to harassment -- and many who did speak up for me DID receive harassment all their own. So both thank you and apologies for that.
But watched TEEN TITANS GO TO THE MOVIES and had a fucking blast with that, oh shit, I didn’t mean to use a bad word, oh shit I did it again, oh SHIT I did it again this keeps happening goddamnit oh no
Seriously though thanks to all of you for being awesome.
Fucking awesome, even.
Speaking of naughty language, I think it’s chapter four of VULTURES that’s called, quite simply, FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK.
So, here’s a thing that has happened – I just got fired from Marvel. Taken off issues 4 and 5 of SHADOW OF VADER, and taken off an as-yet-unannounced SW book.
This might be a long thread, so apologies in advance.
(I hesitate to talk about this, because honestly, it gives the Worst Possible People a win, something they’ve wanted for a while. But I also feel like I’ve long held to honesty and forthrightness, and I don’t feel like lying when people realize I’m not on these books anymore.)
To rewind a little bit, when SW: AFTERMATH came out, I assume most know but maybe you don’t, I put some ahh, elements in there (LGBT characters) that were not received well by a certain subset of fandom.
HAPPY FRIDAY ALL Y'ALL, hey just a reminder that you need to adjust your own emotional oxygen mask before helping other people with theirs, so be kind to yourself so you can be kind to them, I mean, unless they're assholes, then trap their souls in a jar and pee in the jar #magic
p.s. the world is rife with rampant fuckery so
honestly, pretty sure I should put HYDRATE AND READ BOOKS on a shirt because it is maybe the greatest life advice you'll get from me
I'm in Word and I was closing some extraneous windows and I found one unnamed, unsaved document open and it was just this --
I don't remember writing it. But, uhh, it's pretty spot on, happy 2018 everyone.
so, it's okay to scream, just go ahead and yell, it's therapeutic, it's primal, just scream and scream and shriek and maybe then you start laughing because what the fuck are you doing and then you scream some more and maybe your scream becomes a living thing who knows just do it
ways to combat climate change
- eat people, preferably the annoying and bad ones
- stop farting all the time
- make your own socks instead of cutting down all those sock trees
- fire guns at the mean clouds
- or maybe instead just VOTE IN NOVEMBER & hold CORPORATIONS RESPONSIBLE
seriously I joke because if I can't joke I'll eat my own fingers down to the bloody nubbin
I mean, we're receiving news that we are destroying our planet because, basically, we just really like having more money than the next guy, so what if that kills all the puffins, fuck you puffins, I need a wave runner
Soy contains phytoestrogen -- plant estrogen -- that is assumed by insecure dipshits to have an effect on male virility. (Regular milk has estrogen. So does bourbon.) More to the point, it is a coded insult that implicitly, if not explicitly, sexist and homophobic.
Ironically, soy and cuck and beta are also baby booboo diaperboy insults -- they're the repeated chants of not a savvy bully but the savvy bully's dingleberry buddies who stand in the back and just repeat what they hear. A gaggle of lesser dumdums behind King Dumdum Biff Tannen.
DEATH & HONEY features a new Oberon's Meaty Mystery from @KevinHearne, a new Rhett Walker story from @DelilahSDawson, and from me, a tie-in novella starring Wren from the Miriam Black books, bridging the gap from RAPTOR & WREN to the final book, VULTURES. Out in February!
There will be renewed calls for civility. Ignore them. They ask for civility as a way for you to grant them complicity in what they do.
Civility is for normalcy. When things are normal and working as intended, civility is part of maintaining balance. But when that balance is gone, civility does not help return it but rather, destabilize it further. Because your civility gives them cover for evil.
Note: this isn’t the same as calling for violence. But it is suggesting that you should not be shamed for using vigorous, vulgar language. Or for standing up in disobedience. Or for demanding acknowledgement and action in whatever way you must.
All of what you’re feeling is normal. What’s happening isn’t.
It’s okay to be sad, it’s essential to be mad, it may even necessary to step away from this for a little while and breathe, drink tea, find peace, get clear, and then renew your fury, weaponize your grief, and fight.
I do seriously believe that art and writing and storytelling is an act of resistance. It shouldn't be the only one, but it can be a vital one just the same. Stories change the world. Art reflects a society that then works to reflect art in turn.
I think it can be resistance to fill your work with your ideas. I think it can be resistance to give yourself and your audience an escape hatch from the boiling cauldron of stupid we're all living in. I think all art is politics, and there's value in embracing that and using it.
I know it feels like sometimes we shouldn't be telling stories, or promoting them, or creating art, because it feels like... what, a waste? Squawking into the void? Tap-dancing on the Titanic? But don't feel guilty about that. Tell that voice to fuck right off.
Kavanaugh, in any other timeline, should be synonymous with poisoned ground. The obvious lies, the belligerent stance, the tide of law professors protesting him, fucking CHURCHES saying "nope," and oh, the SEXUAL ASSAULT, because holy shit? But this is our new fucked-up timeline.
(that's churches the religious institution, not CHVRCHES the very good band btw)
(though I'm sure they're opposed to, because they're cool like that)
I sometimes fear we have said "this is not normal" a whole lot, but that we haven't really internalized it, yet. I think there's a quiet hope that it'll all, in a few years, make sense again. And maybe it will, but signs point to NO.
1) arrange index finger in pointy direction 2) gently thrust finger at phone 3) touch Snoobug’s nose (aka “snoot”) 4) say “boop” as you do this 5) feel that good calm come over you, aww yeah that’s the stuff them’s the good drugs