Fear and Tremble, for It Is at the Gate

Fear and Tremble, for It Is at the Gate

I am almost done. And I’ll be the first to admit I’m late. I wanted to be done in March. Yet it is safe to say that in the coming week I will win my prize. Seven days from now, I will have done what George R. R. Martin can no longer do: Finish a book. The...
It’s Starting to Click

It’s Starting to Click

In the past, I have vaunted the importance of catalysts—transformative moments that level up a person’s ability to do things. In chemistry, catalysts are agents of change that shatter the inertness of a stable molecule. The catalyst itself doesn’t...
One Hundred Books Up for Grabs!

One Hundred Books Up for Grabs!

Some of you are old enough to remember my insinuations about a stealth marketing campaign in the works. Surprise! That campaign is now in full swing. A Printing Mishap I was quite excited to order a second print run of Advent 9, since the first had sold out so...
What I Wish I could Put in my Queries

What I Wish I could Put in my Queries

You do not know who I am. Oh, don’t worry: I’m not complaining. Naturally, I also don’t know who you are, so we’re square. And the fact that you don’t know me isn’t honestly a problem. There are billions of people you do not know...
On Reaching 10,000 Followers

On Reaching 10,000 Followers

Hi, my name is Alan, and I Twitter. It has been 10,000 followers since my last real talk about the subject, and I have a few things to say. The Starting Point To put things in perspective, on January 1st of this year (2019), I only had about 1,000 followers. This...