Life In Monochrome

The official web presence of Todd Keisling, author of the Monochrome Trilogy and Ugly Little Things.

My Sunday Soundtrack: “Technically, Missing” by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

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I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of things with the final Monochrome novel, and nothing helps me more than the work of Mr. Reznor & Mr. Ross. I also got around to watching the film adaptation of Gone Girl this weekend, and . . . well, you can connect the dots. The score for this film is excellent, possibly the most refined of the duo’s three scores so far (although The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’s score remains my favorite), and this track is one of the standouts.

You can purchase this score direct from the artist (and I recommend you do so–they deserve it).

More soon.

TK

A Recent Decision

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Hey, folks. Sorry it’s been a while. Most of my time these last few weeks has been dominated by looking for a house to purchase. I know, right? I feel so adult.  Anyway, all of this research into mortgages, first-time home buyer programs, foreclosures, short sales, PMI, M-I, and the like hasn’t left much time to work on much of anything. However, I had a bit of an epiphany yesterday (which now seems incredibly obvious) that I need to share with you.

Back in January, I shared with you my White Board of Woe, outlining my goals for the first quarter of 2015:

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This is the Year of Getting Shit Done, after all. To date, I’ve accomplished (or made progress on) five of the eight goals listed on the board. The largest goal of them all is probably the most important one to me, and that’s writing 10k words of the final Monochrome novel by the end of March. To date, I’ve not even touched it yet–and that needs to change.

So yesterday I made a decision to put future releases of the ULT series on hold so I can focus entirely on my third novel. Like I said, it seems obvious, but until yesterday I thought I was a superhuman being who could bend and manipulate time to his will.

Let me clarify: The next two ULT releases are still happening. ULT #5 is edited and is ready for formatting. ULT #6 is still in the editing stages, but is on track for an early summer release. Erica’s going to start working on covers for both next week. All of the other stories I had in the works will remain on hiatus for the foreseeable future until I can make some serious progress with Monochrome #3.

Right now, my goal is to have the last book on sale by the end of 2016. Next year is a special year for the series. It’s the tenth anniversary of ALT’s inception, and I’ll also be as old as Mr. Candle is in the storyline. This is an aggressive timeline but I think it can be done. I have to try, anyway.

So that’s my plan. My updates may be sporadic, as I hope to be spending most of my free time working on the novel. Oh, and there’s the whole “buying a house” thing, too.

As always, thanks for your patience and readership.

TK

Awkward Conversations with Geeky Writers: BLOODY VALENTINE EDITION!

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THIS IS HAPPENING TONIGHT!

Oh yes. The Geeky Writer Gang™ is kicking off their first broadcast of the year, and we want YOU to be there!

Join us on Friday, February 13th at 8 PM as we go live on YouTube. We’ll talk about our latest works-in-progress, upcoming releases, and other uncomfortable topics such as “Worst Valentine’s Day Ever” and “Who’s Tied Up in Eryk’s Basement?”

As with past iterations, links to the broadcast will be posted here on the Facebook event page a few minutes before we go live. You can tune into YouTube to catch our antics and ask any questions you might have right on the event page.

We hope you’ll consider joining us!

(Oh, and by the way–I’ll be giving away a couple of Kindle copies of ULT: VOLUME ONE during the broadcast, so if you want to win, you need to join the event and participate!)

TK

 

My Sunday Soundtrack: Tool’s “Forty Six & 2.”

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Okay, so I skipped a week. I’ll try to make these weekly, but you all know how life gets in the way sometimes. In any case, today’s pick is one of my favorite songs from Tool’s album “Ænima,” a little six-minute gem called “Forty-Six & 2.

I discovered Tool’s music in high school, a few years after this album was released and right around the same time I discovered Nine Inch Nails. Both were huge influences on me, and now, almost twenty years later, I still go back to one when I’m tired of the other. “Ænima” was my first Tool album. I’d heard a couple of the singles for “Stinkfist” and “Ænema,” but nothing else. This song was one of those first eye-openers that blew me away. I’ve been working on edits of ULT #5, a little story called THE OTHER LAND EXPRESS, and this song was one of two that I listened to heavily during its composition.

If you like what you hear, I strongly encourage you to purchase the album. You’ll thank me.

TK

UGLY LITTLE THINGS: VOLUME ONE is on sale NOW!

UGLY LITTLE THINGS: VOLUME ONE hits Kindles today. Did you pre-order? If so, you’ll find this small collection of stories is already corrupting the other books in your library.

And if you didn’t pre-order, well, allow me to point you toward this lovely book cover below. Clicking on it will take you to the Amazon page where you can purchase the book for a mere $3.99. Sales are greatly appreciated–and so are reviews! Feel free to leave an Amazon review, or maybe even one on Goodreads–or both!

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You’re going to have a bad time.

 

“Ugly Little Things: Volume One single-handedly restored my faith for horror.”

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I have no words, so I’ll let this HNR Review for ULT: VOLUME ONE speak for itself:

Ugly little Things: Volume One single-handedly restored my faith for horror: not only as a genre, but as a literary vehicle of exploration. There is substance in each of these tales that clings to your skin in sticky clumps. It knows what disturbs you and compels you to press on anyway.

And despite its shortcomings, which are really too insubstantial to name, (and really more relative to each story’s plot anyway) Todd Keisling has crafted a gem I’d gladly place in the pantheon of masterpieces. This is no longer literature but heart-wrenching and impressionistic art.

Yeah. That’s pretty fucking great. Read the rest of the review here. ULT: VOLUME ONE goes on sale tomorrow. See you then.

TK

My Sunday Soundtrack: Tweaker’s “Call the Time Eternity”

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If you’ve followed me for a while, you already know that music is an integral part of my creative process. I have eclectic tastes, and when I find something I like, I usually try to share it whenever possible. Hence this post. “Sunday Soundtrack” is something I hope to do, well, every Sunday. I’ll post a song (or a playlist) here for your enjoyment. Feel free to discuss it in the comments, or simply kick back and let it be the soundtrack to your day. And before anyone asks: No, I’m not getting any sort of referral fee for posting these links. I’m doing it because I want to spread the word.

First up: Tweaker‘s third album, Call the Time Eternity.

I was a huge Tweaker fan in college, even going so far as to write a novella about the album 2 AM Wake-Up Call, but in recent years I lost track of Mr. Vrenna’s exploits. Fast forward to last weekend. I discovered they’d released a third album three years ago. It was like Christmas.

If you like what you hear, I strongly encourage you to purchase the album: DirectAmazon | iTunes

More soon!

TK

“One Fantastic Bundle.”

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PRE-ORDER RIGHT NOW. OR ELSE.

 

I woke up this morning and found a new review for the forthcoming ULT collection that’s too good not to share. Here’s an excerpt:

This is a delectable collection of short horror stories all in one fantastic bundle.

I took my time to read each and every one of the stories and it stood out to me how different each one was. I liked this, sometimes in short story collections you find all the stories a bit the same, a bit bland. Not here, Todd delivers up a mixed bag of horror fantastically.

It’s hard to rate a collection book as often you like some stories over others, but overall this book is easily a 4 star review for me. And I highly recommend it to horror lovers and those who are keen to delve in to horror for their first time. This is a good place to start.

Read the whole review here. Also check out Maxine’s standalone review of THE HARBINGER while you’re at it.

Yeah. It’s going to be a good day.

TK