Another Friday recap.

Apologies are in order.  I wanted to post here last weekend immediately following the end of the ALT 2.0 Kickstarter campaign.  Unfortunately I was rather exhausted, and so I chose to take the weekend off.

Other things came up after that and, well, here we are.

Word Machines #3:

After a two-week delay, it’s now available, and features the lovely, intimidating Roxane Gay.  She is a powerful writer, and it’s an honor to feature her here.  Go read it.

And if you’re new here, you can catch up on the previous features here.

I’m taking a hiatus from the feature next month as I’ve some commitments to reach, but it will return in October.  Stay tuned.

Kickstarter Recap

I’m not going to go into detail here, because I’m planning to write a lengthy post about the entire project once everything is finished.  For now, however, we have work to do.  Phase one is over.  We have the funds, tools, and talent.  Many, many thanks to everyone who supported this venture.  Without you, ALT’s future (and my writing career) would be at a stand-still.  I also want to thank everyone here who put up with my incessant promoting over those 65 days.  I know it grew tiring (I got tired of it after a while, to be honest), but it had to be done.  Fortunately we’re funded, and can move on to the next objective.  Which just happens to be–

ALT 2.0

Edits have begun.  Not the little proofreading edits I did several months ago, but the intensive, cut-whole-sections-out-and-cry-about-it sort of edits.  The Kickstarter campaign made this possible and, if you’re one of the backers to said project, be on the lookout for an update this weekend (probably tonight) that will include scans of the actual pages, complete with comments and witty banter between Amelia, my editor, and myself.

The first chapter of ALT’s first edition was a little over 8k words.  It’s now just a little over 6k.  There are going to be changes made to improve the story’s flow.  My chapters have always run long, which can be a drain on the average reader.  We’re going to fix that now.  There will be minor details that change.  The company where Donovan works, for example, along with the nature of its business, has changed. Telemarketing for the purpose of selling long distance service doesn’t really make sense in 2010.

Those of you who hate me for what happened to Mr. Precious Paws in the first edition will be happy to know the paper shredder scene is a thing of the past.  You will not be happy to know the cat still dies.  Sorry.  I’m still an evil bastard.

At the moment I’ve finished my revisions of the first chapter, and am planning to dive into chapter 2 this weekend.  So far we’re on schedule.  As I told my backers late last week, I’m aiming for a late October release.


Thursday night I took a very important step.  I can’t talk about it now, but I will in the coming months.  It’s exciting.

I think that’s all for now, folks.  Now I’m off to bury myself with edits.