February 22, 2017

Pre-order Haunted Futures

Haunted Futures, cover by Gábor Csigas

Lots of book news at the moment. Anyway, I’m happy to announce that Haunted Futures is out on May 2nd this year, published by the excellent Ghostwoods Books. Haunted Futures is an anthology about the future featuring authors like Warren Ellis, Jeff Noon, Tricia Sullivan, SL Huang, Greg Stolze, as well as Thord D. Hedengren (that would be yours truly), among others.

My story in Haunted Futures is called Futures Past and it’s a pretty dark thing. I like it, and I hope you will too.

From the book page:

You can’t see far, and the footing is uncertain at best. Ghosts and phantoms stalk the haze around you, and their chittering will lead you astray. There are no maps to this territory, but sometimes a brave soul strides out ahead into the haunted shadows. Those who return to the campfire of the now often bear tales of the visions seared into their minds while they were out there, in the mists.

We have scoured the earth for these most daring of travelers – the ones who have ventured out into the future and returned wraith-laden. Fifteen of them agreed to share their stories. Their enthralling accounts will seize you, and you might find it difficult to fight free of them afterwards, but any risks are overshadowed by the dazzling wonders that await. So muster your courage, and dive into the pages. Haunted Futures of all kinds await you, with open arms and suspiciously toothy smiles.

Some linkage seem appropriate:

Again, Haunted Futures is due on May 2nd, 2017. Please pre-order it if you think it sounds like your thing, because pre-orders matter a lot to sales.

February 21, 2017

February 20, 2017

Ashen Sky now available as an audio book

I’m happy to announce that Ashen Sky, my post-apocalyptic novella in three parts, is now available as an audio book too! The book’s read by the excellent Leeman Kessler, who was a delight to work with, and is available through Amazon or directly from Audible. While you can still buy the ebook directly from me, I haven’t gotten around to offer the audio book yet.

Ashen Sky, the audio book

The audio book cover is a variation of the original ebook cover. Gábor Csigás was yet again responsible. I’m very happy with the result, if you’re looking for a cover artist you should definitely talk to Gábor.

I’d also like to thank Malin for bearing with me on listening through the recordings, over and over again, and Salomé for her invaluable help.

Now, if you would be so kind, please go listen to Ashen Sky, and tell your friends who prefer books in audio format to give this one a go. I think it’s a pretty good story, and I hope you do too, or will if this is the first time you’ve heard of it. Pun only slightly intended.

  • Ashen Sky - A Novella

    Life is hard for Dirk, who’s stumbling through the wasteland. Out here, far from his family, Dirk makes acquaintances that lead him upon a path he didn’t know he yearned for.

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February 6, 2017

Be careful with petitions

In days like these it’s only natural to want to do something – anything! – that could help the situation. It could be buying a t-shirt (not really helping, but sure) or sign a petition to stop whatever madness it is that’s bothering you today.

Be careful with petitions. There are several claims that petitions are being used as honeypots to get details on people that adhere to certain world-views. After all, if you sign a petition about something that’s important to you, that means that the admin of the petition will know this about you. What then happens when the admin isn’t who he or she claims to be, but rather is just hosting the petition to collect names and details on people of a certain point of view?

Potentially dangerous, that. Be careful with your personal details online, as always.

October 20, 2016

Todos in the calendar

I’ve been playing around with putting todos in the calendar lately. Not as actual calendar events, that would be a potential mess, but blocking out time when I’ll work with a dedicated project or company, and then add tasks to that particular time period. It’s not a new way of doing things, I’m by no means the first here, but it has helped me to take better control of my days.

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September 9, 2016

iPhone novel blast from the past

I’m a big fan of Day One, the journaling app for iOS and macOS. One thing it does is highlighting past updates, and today I got this one from my iPhone novel writing journal:

Today’s #MobNov tally: 360 words in 12 mins, written outdoors with a monstrous dog gnawing on me.

Attached photo:

Paazu the monstrous dog
Paazu the monstrous dog

Seems fitting, since I wrote about the iPhone novel writing project just the other day.

September 7, 2016

The iPhone novel

One of the more read, and possibly most searched for, pieces on this site is the one where I declare that I’m writing a novel on my iPhone. Years later, this post still generates a decent amount of views, tweets, and emails from curious readers. In other words, this follow up is long overdue.

First of all, I did indeed write a novel on my iPhone. I set a reasonable word count target per day, at a mere 300 words, to avoid getting too fatigued or end up straining my thumbs for longer sessions. Most days, I’d write more than 300 words, but rarely over 500, which means that the sessions were limited enough. Never once did I experience any discomfort from all that thumb-typing, which was reassuring.

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August 24, 2016

Beware the billionaire

Tom Scocca wraps up his death of Gawker post with the most harrowing thing about this whole mess:

Gawker always said it was in the business of publishing true stories. Here is one last true story: You live in a country where a billionaire can put a publication out of business. A billionaire can pick off an individual writer and leave that person penniless and without legal protection.

If you want to write stories that might anger a billionaire, you need to work for another billionaire yourself, or for a billion-dollar corporation. The law will not protect you. There is no freedom in this world but power and money.

August 15, 2016

On word counts

I’m one of those obnoxious people who like to tweet my daily word counts when I’m writing. Not all the time, I forget, but when I’m really into it, I do. It’s a way to connect with other writers out there, often under the #amwriting hashtag. It’s not about letting other people know how great I am or anything like that.

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August 10, 2016

#firstsevenjobs

There’s a thing right now where you post your first seven jobs. I find that interesting, because it shows that you can start out in one place, just to end up in another. This is probably more true than ever, now.

So here it is, without further ado, my first seven jobs.

  1. Apple picker (no, not computers, actual apples).

  2. Odd jobs at a gas station, cleaning windshields and the like.

  3. Started my first company, where I obviously did everything, but mostly I was the editor in chief for various publications and imprints.

  4. Sales clerk at a toy store chain, the most soul-crushing gig I’ve ever had.

  5. Freelance writer, later editor, for various publications blogs in the US, owned by a startup. I kept some of these on the side for a time.

  6. Merged my company with another one, with my focus moving to web design and development.

  7. CEO of digital agency. Not as bad as it sounds.

All this lead to other things, which then led to writing books part-time, doing more freelance writing, and the like. My story isn’t as interesting as, say, Warren Ellis’s, because I just couldn’t stand working for someone else. Not that they were bad people or anything, it’s just that I can’t get up in the morning. Which, incidentally, was why I started my first company at 18.