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5 Things Makes A Twenty-Palaces Heavy Post

1) First, though, did you know that my brother-in-law teaches jazz drumming at a university in Europe? If you like Jazz, check out this interview he did with jazz writer Debbie Burke: Hard Bop Noir from the Michael Lauren All Stars.

2) Just before Christmas I pointed out that The Twisted Path had 18 reviews and I was hoping readers would drive it up to 25 so it would be favorably considered by Amazon’s algorithms, with the hope it would eventually make 50. As I write this, the review count is 66. Thank you all.

The number of reviews for Bad Little Girls Die Horrible Deaths: And Other Tales Of Dark Fantasy stands at 14, up from 11 two weeks ago. It’s just a short fic collection, but if you read it and liked it, please post a review.

3) The Twisted Path, at less than 25K words, is about a quarter the length of Twenty Palaces. Actually a little more. I know what 20P earned in its first three months, and I was hoping to make about a third of that with the new novella, despite the lower price. It’s not exactly science, but I wasn’t sure how much enthusiasm there was for Ray Lilly’s return and I wanted to set some sort of benchmark to see how well it was working.

It’s been less than a month and I haven’t hit that benchmark yet, but unless things go very screwy, I expect to. To be clear, sales haven’t been through the roof and I’m not saying I’m swimming in gold coins like Scrooge McDuck. The financial considerations here are fairly modest and I expect them to remain that way. Still, if things keep going at this pace, the door is wide open for more Twenty Palaces in the future. However, I won’t even begin work on that until I turn in my current work-in-progress (Working title: Open Enter) to my agent.

4) Speaking of sales, BoingBoing gave a terrific review to The Twisted Path. Check it out.

5) Finally, on a more personal note, we have hit the darkest, coldest part of the year up here in Seattle. Yeah, the days are growing longer, but even a few weeks after the solstice, we’re only getting 8hrs and 45min of sun. Most of that, I spend indoors on a computer, tapping out fiction. The cold and the dark make this a difficult time of year for me, but for the first time I’m armed with a quality SAD light. I’m going to make a commitment to myself to get out more, talk to people outside my family, and stay off Twitter. With luck, I can make it to April without too much unhappiness.

Thank you all once again.

Mirrored from Harry Connolly. You can comment here but not there.


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Jan. 11th, 2018 05:50 pm (UTC)
How did I manage to miss this coming out. (Check) Oh, right, in the pre-holiday madness, when I was up north in fire country helping a relative.

Well, I've fixed that! Bought.
Jan. 11th, 2018 11:04 pm (UTC)
Excellent! Thank you!

And I'm so glad the creator of Journal Press updated it. Otherwise, this wouldn't be here.
Tim Freeman
Jan. 12th, 2018 04:49 am (UTC)
Take Vitamin D too!
The cold and the dark make this a difficult time of year for me, but for the first time I’m armed with a quality SAD light. I’m going to make a commitment to myself to get out more, talk to people outside my family, and stay off Twitter. With luck, I can make it to April without too much unhappiness.
Other things that help are Vitamin D (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10888476) and exercise (https://www.everydayhealth.com/depression/preparing-for-seasonal-affective-disorder.aspx). The upper limit safe amount of Vitamin D is 4000 IU/day (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-d-dosage#section2).

(Hmm, there is a prominent "Quote" button that does nothing useful I have found, and "PREVIEW" shows me something that doesn't much resemble how the article looks after I post it. Oh well.)

Edited at 2018-01-12 04:58 am (UTC)
Jan. 12th, 2018 02:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Take Vitamin D too!
That's a good idea. I'm going to take one now. Thanks
Jan. 18th, 2018 07:08 pm (UTC)
New Novella
Excellent! I enjoyed it mightily although I felt like your view of Ray maybe changed a little...he's cursing a little more, acting a little more the tough guy than we see him acting in the original 4 novels.

This is still hands down the best urban fantasy series written. Utterly original, with realistic characters and well-wrought plots. It's better than Butcher, better than so many of the books that defined the genre...only the Aaronovitch novels come close I think. I'm still astounded and bitter they've canceled the series.

I'm also still astonished they wanted to print "Child of Fire" without first printing "Twenty Palaces." There are a number of things in "Child" which don't make lots of sense until you read the original "Twenty Palaces."

Did Twenty Palaces change much from you original finished draft until it came out as a "prequel"?
Jan. 19th, 2018 02:31 am (UTC)
Re: New Novella
It changed quite a lot, actually.

When I was revising Child of Fire, I had a terrible and highly demanding day job. I didn't have time or energy for new fiction and I was feeling wildly discouraged about writing. So, instead of writing new stuff, I just kept going over CoF. Over and over.

Then I read an article about bad writing that opened my eyes a little. When I went back to revisions the next day, I could see the flaws in my prose in a way I couldn't before.

I revised and kept revising, then got my agent and my deal.

But the prequel was still a mess and in no condition to be published. Not until I'd torn it apart years later.

So it wasn't just the draft that changed. I did, too.
Jan. 23rd, 2018 06:58 pm (UTC)
Re: New Novella
Very interesting! I know compliments don't pay the light bill, but I went back and reread the entire quartet of novels again after reading the new novella.

So you say "flaws in my prose"--I guess the problems were not with characterization or story or plot but with cliches, dialogue, things like that? I'd be curious to see that article...

Personally hoping that you take Ray Lilly out for more drives...

Jan. 23rd, 2018 07:21 pm (UTC)
Re: New Novella
If I can find that article, I'll write a blog post about it.

And thank you! Sales have been strong enough to justify another novella, but it's going to be a while before I get started on it.
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