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.
It has been decided that Natural Born Cyborgs will be the next novel I write. I set up a couple of polls to narrow it down and my adoring (they adore me!) public voted and let me know handily which novel they wanted to read first.
Which means two novels didn’t get picked. What of those? Well, the runner up was Big Box Blood Bath. That was a surprise. At no point did I think that title would take second overall. I thought it would be a fringe title that maybe one day I’d take a look at. I have to say I am quite pleased that my readers wanted that one second.
Actually, quite a few wanted it to be first. And makes me wonder how many of those that voted will pre-order Natural Born Cyborgs when what they wanted was Big Box Blood Bath. Of things that make you go hmmmm, this is the hmmmiest. I hate to disappoint a large portion of my readership, but I can only write one novel at a time. Sure, I’ll put it back on the list when it’s time to vote for the next next novel I write. But what if it gets second again? Will there be an armed uprising? Mobs burning me in effigy? Dogs and cats living together? Total anarchy?
I don’t know. I do know that I will have to watch that issue when it comes time to vote on my next next novel. If the vote is close maybe I’ll pick the top two. The great thing is there are only the rules that I set. If I want to write two novels that are voted on then I can do that! The main thing is whether they get pre-ordered and funded.
That brings me to the pre-order question (pre-order info will be up later this week): how many of the folks that voted will now pony up $50-$75 to pre-order Natural Born Cyborgs? As we know, living in the democracy that we do, votes are cheap. Books cost money. This is all a grand idea and experiment, but certainly not a done deal. The great thing is it can’t fail. Why? Because it is open ended. I am not putting a deadline on funding the project. It could get funding in six days or it could take six months. No one will know until it happens. I’ll promote the project for sure, but I can’t make that all I talk about or folks will tune me out. Can’t have that! NO ONE TUNES OUT JAKE BIBLE!
There is another thing this project has made me aware of: I need to up my writing game. I can’t just crank out this novel and hand it to the readers and say, “There you have it. Take it or leave it.”. That’ll kill any chance of doing the project again. So I have to make sure that this novel is better than all the others I have written previous. No hack and slash fiction here! Well, some of the characters may hack and may get slashed, but the words on the page have to be well thought out. In other words, I have my work cut out for me to make this the best novel I’ve written.
Fingers crossed I can deliver. I’m pretty sure I can. The notes I already have are getting detailed. The world I get to build will be on the foundation already set in the Apex Trilogy. But I get to totally mess with that and warp it how my warped mind likes to warp things. Warpalicious!
How about I talk some on the actually pattern of voting? Great idea! And there was a pattern, for sure. The first round of voting started on a Monday. That was when I got the most votes. The voting participation declined as the week went on. It also declined during the day until I sent out a tweet or posted on Facebook, then the votes would start coming in. This pattern was to be expected. Also, when I moved to the final round of voting, there were less participants than in the first round. That was to be expected as well. You lose participants to attrition. Some burnout on the promotional announcements, some just plain forget.
What I really found interesting was the pack mentality that set in on the last round of voting. In the first round people could only see the results as I posted them on my Facebook page. This blind voting freed folks up to vote how they wanted without regard to which novel was in the lead. In the last round of voting I set it so folks could see the results whenever they wanted to. This meant that those that may have wanted to vote for Big Box Blood Bath may have actually ended up voting for Natural Born Cyborgs. It’s simple human psychology that folks want to back a winner. But when I tweeted or posted that the race was still on and any title could win I would see an uptick in votes for Big Box Blood Bath and for PoDLanD. Showing people love an underdog when rallied.
Nothing groundbreaking. This is simple poll and statistics behavior. I haven’t discovered anything that pollsters haven’t already known. It’s just cool to see it first hand.
There you have it for now. I am sure I’ll come across more insights into the process and I’ll post about those. I want this process from here until I publish Natural Born Cyborgs to be open and honest. Have a question for me? Then comment away below! Or send me an email or tweet or FB message. For those of you that have reached out you know I’m pretty responsive. And just damn pretty!
Until next time, y’all.