While you are reading this I will be drinking beer and playing bocce ball. We’ll debate later who has the best deal.
“Turn, flick fingers like such, grab crotch, and PRESTO!” Harmon shouted, the spell book open before him, his unimpressed cat looking on unimpressed.
“Damn!” Harmon yelled. “It should have brought forth a freakin’ djinn! I want my three wishes!”
“300,” a voice said from behind him. “You get 300 now. Inflation.”
“Holy crap!” Harmon squeaked as he spun about and came face to floating face with Garbnocturamis, the world’s greatest djinn.
“World’s Greatest should be capitalized,” he suggested.
Sorry, my bad. The World’s Greatest Djinn.
“Better. Now, let’s move on to those 300 wishes,” Garbnocturamis said to Harmon.
Disclaimer: I am not too lazy to write a longer introduction! I just have beer and bocce on the mind! Sheesh!
I think Thursday and Saturday are getting jealous. They’ve been giving Friday the stink eye. Well, all I have to say, is that they can get their own damn Drabble Party!
100 words of hot Friday action is coming your way!
No chitter. No chatter. Just gettin’ right into the drabbley goodness you’ve come to expect on Fridays.
The Real World
The bills piled up and the creditors didn’t even bat an eye at the lies he told.
“Can’t you reason with them?” his wife asked. “They have to know we aren’t the only ones in this mess.”
He didn’t bother to respond, his thoughts busy plotting his next move. Legal means had been exhausted; so it was on to other means. Any means, really. Any means at all.
By the time the police caught up with him he had secured enough cash to get them out of their problems. But he’d really just traded one set of problems for another.
Disclaimer: Any “alleged” crimes committed in the writing of this drabble were purely for “research” purposes. Yeah…research…
Again I bring the Party to your eyeholes via bits and bytes! Viva la internet!
So, in addition to tonight’s mighty, mighty drabble, I also have some other 100 word goodness for you!
I just published two new ebooks! The first is One Foggy Night: A DEAD MECH Prequel Short, a short story (yes, made of drabbles!) that sheds some light on the origins of some of your favorite DEAD MECH characters. Have a read! Oh, and it has been in and out of the Amazon charts for the past couple of days. Buy that $.99 sucker and let’s see if we can keep it in the charts!
Hmmm, that gives me an idea. I bet some of you would like to hear this story. I’ll make y’all a deal. If we can get this short story into the Top Ten of any category on Amazon then I will record it and release it for free! How does that sound?
The other eBook is C-Notes: A Collection of 100 Drabbles. This guy compiles some of the Friday Night Drabble Party drabbles as well as others I have written over the years. You get 100 drabbles all in one collection! Have a looksee and get your bad self a copy!
Now, how about tonight’s drabble?
He tore open the box and the bag and didn’t even bother with a handful, just tipped the bag up and let the crunchy goodness fill his mouth. The cereal was beyond stale and probably moldy, but he really didn’t give a shit.
It was the first food he’d eaten in six days.
It took all of his willpower to set the cereal aside and not stuff himself sick. He looked longingly at the box, but knew he had to make it last. He didn’t expect to outlive the radiation sickness, but he didn’t want to starve to death either.
Disclaimer: I got 99 problems and 100 words ain’t one of ‘em.
Ok, the votes are in and they have been calculated, tabulated, added up, jotted down, and set aside. And I’ll admit it wasn’t a huge contest. At one point there I thought the winner might have a fight on its hands, but it pulled away in just a couple days of voting.
The winner? The novel that I will right next? Natural Born Cyborgs!
For those of you not familiar with what this novel will be about, here is a quick description:
Natural Born Cyborgs-
The techno-virus used by the Three hundreds of years ago has mutated and combined with BC (biochrome) to create a generation of natural born cyborgs- part biorganic metal, part human. Society decides these Splicers, as they are called, are too dangerous to let live and rounds them up for extermination. Those not found must hide their true natures and fight for their lives. And the lives of those yet born.
Set in the same universe as DEAD MECH, but hundreds of years after the events in the Apex Trilogy, Natural Born Cyborgs is the first in the Splicer Wars series of novels that introduce the world to the new MechPunk style of science fiction- raw, unrelenting, brutal, and shiny.
Sounds pretty good, eh? I think so. I can’t wait to write this puppy!
Now, since we have the decision made I better explain how the rest of this will work. And don’t worry, I’ll explain again once I put the pre-order button up.
This is how it will go:
I am going to put up a pre-order page where folks can pre-order the project package.
The project package will consist of: a limited edition, signed and numbered, hardcover of the novel. Both epub and mobi formats (signed also) of the ebook edition. The audiobook version of the novel.
Cost will be: $50 per package for US customers, $75 for international (sorry about the high international price, but have you seen shipping costs lately? Sheesh!)
Once I have enough pre-orders to fund the project I will start writing the novel. At this time it looks like I will need $2000. I know I had said $1600 in earlier posts (with disclaimers!), but I have had to come to the reality that if I want this to be a 100% professional quality project then I will have to spend the dollars on it. The money goes to formatting, editing, proofreading, hardcover cover design, ebook cover design, etc. Some of you know just how expensive that stuff is. Trust me, there is no profit margin here. All of this money goes to costs of production.
Once I have finished writing the novel, and it is back from the editor, formatter, cover designer, and ready to go then it will go to print. AS LONG AS there are at least 75 pre-orders in place. This is how many are needed to start a print run and be able to break even with printing costs, audiobook duplication costs, and shipping. Every pre-order after 75 means I will actually make a little scratch. Which would be nice.
What’s the time frame, you ask? That’s up to y’all.
What dictates the time frame of this project are the three following key components: how soon production funding is attained, how soon I get the novel written and produced, and how soon we hit 75 pre-orders. You folks control two of those three things. And as for writing, well I write fast. If everything goes smoothly then there should be a finished novel and audiobook ready to go in no more than six months. That means ready in time for the holidays! Huzzah!
What will I be doing while the pre-orders add up? I’ll be world building. This novel takes place hundreds of years after DEAD MECH. The world has evolved. Times have changed. Civilization has made a comeback, for sure. But will this new landscape be better than the wasteland? Wouldn’t you like to know!
So stay tuned, folks. In the next couple of days I’ll announce the start of the pre-order extravaganza! Pre-orderpalooza! South By SouthPre-order! Pre-orderCon! …and I’m done.
The last thing I have to do is thank each and every person that voted. Your participation made this happen. And I am blown away by the amount of support. Thank you to everyone that retweeted, posted, wrote about, stood on their roof and shouted, fed Paul E. Cooley the blood of the wicked so he wouldn’t try to eat my soul —you know, all that good stuff.
Oh, and writers? I’ll be doing a post later in the week with some insights into the process so far. There were some interesting patterns that I observed. It’ll be cool to talk about.
And that’s it for now. Cheers!