This Week's Tune (2/19)

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

A good evening to all!

With rain replacing snow here in WI, it seems as though winter's finally relaxing its grip--key word, seems. Every year, it feels like the blizzards and wind chill stick around for longer and longer, making the slog to the warmer months all the harder. In that vein--and to celebrate apparently coming closer to the end of said slog--I present for this week's song the gospel…

This Week's Tune (2/12)

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

A good Monday evening to all!

Since the (repeated) snowfall of late around here has no doubt trapped many people indoors--including myself--to the point of cabin fever and other breakdowns, I figured a jaunty, free-spirited tune was especially fitting for this week's choice. Thus, I share with you the song Don't Fence Me In, as sung by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters (Usual copyrights apply…

This Week's Tune (2/5)

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Hello, once again!

Given the even more relaxed state I've been in of late with regards to writing--and the recent peaceful, if aggravating, snowfall that all but buried me this past week--I thought this week's song should be similarly calming, and a fitting capstone to my recent creative labors. Therefore, I present for your listening pleasure the monastic song O Quanta Qualia, as arranged by Paul…

This Week's Tune (1/29)

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Good evening, everyone!

Yet another week is upon us, with all the joys and troubles that implies for each in their own way. In my case, it means fully getting into the swing of handling Outside World demands--mainly classes and work--and finding the right balance between these, the never-ending writing itch, and the various measures I've been taking lately to slow things down and come at life in…

This Week's Tune (1/22)

Monday, 22 January 2018

Happy Monday, everybody! :P

Like a lot of people, I tend to approach the start of the week with a mix of eagerness (getting out of the lazy weekend funk that gets old after a while) and fear/annoyance (what's coming my way the next five days?). Given that work and PhD classes resume this week for me, the mix is even stronger than normal--making my dips back into the writing world all the more enjoyable…

This Week's Tune (1/15)

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Hello, all!

My apologies for any delay in this post; I spent this past weekend and most of Monday in bed with the flu (the first time I've been definitively sick in five years, as it happens), which I probably caught on the flight back from Florida last week, and am only now somewhat back to normal. Despite this delay, I am back in full swing on edits for my Scifi/What-If draft All The Troubles…

This Week's Tune (1/8)

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Hello, everybody!

Currently on a six-day semi-vacation down in Florida, and coming back to snowy WI on Wed. I say semi because there's been so much running around on this or that jaunt or activity, it doesn't quite feel as restful as a vacation probably should--but then again, there's plenty who don't rest on vacation! One nice thing about the trip, though, has been the higher number of sunny days…

New Year, New Books & Plans

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Happy New Year, everybody!

To launch what will hopefully be a more enjoyable and successful year for all than the one just past, I present as this week's tune Better Days, by the Goo Goo Dolls (Usual copyrights apply; I own nothing!). I first heard this song almost ten years ago, as part of the background music to an episode of the (outstanding) post-apoc TV show Jericho, and picked it up shortly…

This Week's Tune (12/25)

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Hope all your celebrations went or are still going well! For the final Xmas song (and tune for this year), I present to you Personent Hodie, from the Cambridge Singers 1990 album (In case it hasn't become clear already, they've become almost the default music for me at Xmas :) ). (Usual copyrights apply; I own nothing!)

Maybe it's the historian in me, but I've long…

This Week's Tune (12/18)

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Good evening, all!

Not wanting to break the pattern just yet, I've got yet another Xmas tune for you this week: In Dulci Jubilo, from (yes, you guessed it) the Cambridge Singers Carols of the Nativity CD (Usual copyrights apply; I own nothing!) 

As mentioned before, I'm not Christian in any way, but the ethereal, uplifting feel of this song and others like it never fails to work, whether I'm…

This Week's Tune (12/11)

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Hello, all!

In keeping with the omnipresent Xmas music of late, I've got another for you this week: Somerset Wassail, arranged by John Rutter for the 1990 Christmas with the Cambridge Singers CD mentioned in the previous update (The link says a different album, since the original apparently can't be found on YouTube) (Usual copyrights apply; I own nothing!)

I enjoy every song on the 1990 album…

This Week's Tune (12/4)

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Evening, everybody!

Since it's FINALLY permissible to play Xmas music semi-nonstop (no matter what those who start playing it before Thanksgiving might think), I figured I'd start my December posts with this old gem: O Tannenbaum, arranged by John Rutter and performed by the Cambridge Singers on their 1987 Carols of the Nativity album (Usual copyrights apply; I own nothing!).

Though I'm not…

This Week's Tune (11/27)

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Hello, everyone!

Tonight, I have a song from my Classical Mix playlist: the Finale to Beethoven's Fantasia in C Minor, Op. 80, better known as his Choral Fantasy, from his 8th Symphony. This song originally came from a 25 Beethoven Favorites CD (Usual copyrights apply; I own nothing!) that I picked up at a much younger age, and has stayed with me; when I got my first IPod, this was one of the first…

This Week's Tune (11/20)

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Hello, all!

For your listening pleasure this Monday night, I have Runnin' Down a Dream, by the late, great Tom Petty. (Usual copyrights apply; I own nothing!) I first heard this song as part of a Driving Mix that my sister Emily (who's the much bigger Petty fan) put together as a gift for when I passed Driver's Ed (nine circles of hell, that was :) ), and have kept the playlist close ever since…

This Week's Tune (11/13)

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Good evening, everybody!

I must have poor choosing ability, because, once again, I have two songs for you this week! These choices hail from my Goodfellas playlist, which I began putting together after first seeing the movie, perhaps one of the finest Mob films out there: Speedo, by the Cadillacs, and Atlantis by Donovan. (Usual copyrights apply; I own nothing!)


This Week's Tune (11/6)

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Hello, again!

Once more, I found myself torn between two excellent music choices--so rather than agonize over the decision, I chose both. As the tune(s) for this week, I present to you "Sun Shine on Me" by Buddy Stuart, and "Pick Yourself Up" by Nat King Cole, from my Breaking Bad playlist. (Usual copyrights apply; I own nothing!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpGJSt4r36A (Buddy S.)


This Week's Tune (10/30)

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Evening, everyone!

Since it's soon to be Halloween (no matter what the local trick-or-treat time was over the weekend :) ), I felt like sharing some of the spooky/suspenseful music I often play this time of year. After careful consideration, two reached the top of the list, and rather than decide between them, I present both to you here, for your listening pleasure: Our Solemn Hour, by the Dutch…

This Week's Tune

Monday, 23 October 2017

Afternoon, everyone!

For this week's listening enjoyment, I have Mo Ghile Mear ("Our Hero"), sung by the Irish band The Chieftains, with Sting and Anuna, for their 1995 album The Long Black Veil (Usual copyrights apply; I own nothing!)

I first heard the Chieftains as a kid when watching (over and over and over again :) ) the 1990 Treasure Island TV movie, in which they performed the (outstanding…

Six Months In

Monday, 16 October 2017

Good day! (Sounds weird saying that on a Monday, but there it is :D)

Since this post effectively marks the six-month point of the Discarded campaign, it seems only fitting to share the song played when I officially began the draft, and during every period set aside for it up to submission here on Unbound: Opening Suite from the Halo Combat Evolved Soundtrack (Usual copyrights apply; I own nothing…

News and Bonuses IV

Monday, 9 October 2017

Greetings, all!

Once again, I can only offer deep and profuse apologies for the delay on this post. Outside World demands of every kind--some of them actually not that demanding, upon closer inspection, yet seeming so because of their number--have kept me otherwise occupied the past few weeks, as per usual. I'm getting a better handle on them of late, and the new, slower tempo of my writing, and…

Five Months In

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Long time, no see, everybody!

Deepest apologies for for being gone so long. Returning to the Outside World has many perks I'm rediscovering (family, new and old friends, and just being outdoors per se), but one drawback is less time for writing and promo work, all the more so with PhD work and a new job in the mix. I'm less irritated with this than I would normally be, however, given some recent…

Next Steps II

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Good evening, all!

Nothing new on the Discarded background tonight, unfortunately; still digging deep and trying to ignore Outside World distractions, but no (non-spoiler) bits have yet surfaced. Have also decided to suspend the Facebook promo events for a time, mainly due to low response, ad budget issues and the back-to-school distractions that're still to come. I'll still be sending out news…

News and Bonuses III

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Hello, everyone!

Must apologize again for the delay; birthday celebrations this past week and work on other projects held up the update process. Somewhere along the line, my family slipped into a pattern of celebrating birthdays over a whole month, instead of on a single day; great for the most part, though Outside World demands kind of end up going by the wayside. :)

Not that much to share…

Four Months In

Friday, 4 August 2017

Evening, everybody!

Dropping in with the next Discarded tidbit (and possibly the last for a while, if I'm unable to dig up more), and a couple of minor updates on other writing matters to mark the fourth month of this campaign.

First, a major thank-you to those who contributed this past month! Crowdfunding is never a fast or smooth process even on good days, with so many projects here and across…

Next Steps

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Hello, once again!

Just had a few things to share this week, in terms of news and the next Discarded tidbit. First, the good (or at least decent) news: After a brief Outside World-required hiatus, the Facebook promo event for this project is once again live, open to anybody interested in a new sci-fi work. I'll be spreading the link to this as far and wide as possible on FB and Twitter; if you…

Fits & Starts

Sunday, 16 July 2017


Sorry for the wait this week; the Fourth holiday, work, tech failures and the Outside World in general all came together in a seemingly impossible mix to prevent me from reporting in the past week and more.

Nothing major to report for this update, apart from the latest Discarded tidbit, and some news on the promo and Kindle ebook fronts. Both are proceeding, in slightly fitful fashion…

Three Months In

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Good evening, everyone!

Only a few minor developments worth reporting to mark the three-month point of this campaign, along with the usual nuts-and-bolts tidbit from the Discarded outline. First, I've double-checked with Unbound, and the pledge solution is in fact as I laid out in the previous update: If you want to pledge a certain amount above or below a certain level ($18, $25, etc.), you first…

Yet More Info

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Hello all!

The Facebook promo event is now up and running, and invites are going out almost daily; check it out or pass it on! It's also come to my attention that some people have been having problems with pledging specific amounts that fall above or below the levels listed on Unbound. After checking this for myself, I've found that you can pledge for a specific level (say, Digital Patron), and…

News and Bonuses II

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Hello, everybody!

My apologies for the slight update holdup this week: work and a family trip this past weekend combined to tear me away from the keyboard.

First bit of news: The FREE promo for Obsidian & Steel is now running on Kindle as of yesterday (6/12), and will expire this Saturday (6/17). Dillinger in Charleston is running a .99 sale on Amazon.co.uk for the same period, and both this…

Two Months In

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Evening, everyone!

Just dropping by with the first nuts-and-bolts tidbit from Discarded, and some additional promo news: Starting next week, I will be creating and posting to a public Facebook event, to see about drawing in more supporters. The one basic rule of promotion that I've picked up here is always have your work or face out there, in however many places you can, so hopefully this will…

News and Bonuses

Friday, 26 May 2017

Hello, once again!

Just checking in this week with the next outline segment, and some new rewards from Unbound. As part of the birthday celebrations for this site, they're offering 15% all fiction until the end of May (checkout code: MayDay) and specific offers for those who pledge for any current projects; the details are included in the conversation tab at the bottom right of the webpage. I hope…

Further News

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Hello, all!

Now that pressure from the Outside World has abated--a little, anyway--I'll be putting even more effort into promo work for Discarded, here and everywhere else I can. The first round of direct messages is slated to go out today; with any luck, they'll give the sluggish pledge rates of late a boost. If you receive one and have already pledged, please pass it on; shares and recommended…

New Approaches

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Hello again, everybody!

Since the launch of this project last month, there have been a fair amount of views, yet the pledge levels haven't quite matched this number. Up till now, Outside World demands--along with a general newness to the whole process--have kept me from much in the way of direct messaging or other promotions. Thankfully, with classes soon to be over, there'll be plenty of time…

First Month Down

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Good evening, all!

Here's the next background/outline snippet for Discarded. As before, any and all questions or thoughts about this and draft itself are welcome; feel free to post here, or on my Facebook or Twitter feed. Pledges have slowed a bit in recent days, so run, don't walk, to do so yourself if you wish, or retweet the updates and project near and far!

2028: Just after the D.C. Vanguard…

Signs of Progress

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Hello, everyone!

Apologies for the delay; end-of-year classwork and many other Outside World events have been coming together the past couple of weeks to block me from updating.

I'm pleased to report that Discarded now stands at 10% funded; tremendous thanks to those who pushed it past this early yet important milestone! As of this past weekend, the pitch video and updates for this project,…

One Week In

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Hello all pledgers, potential and confirmed!

It's the first week into this project, so naturally some news is in order. So far, although the pledge levels haven't quite been what I'd hoped for at the start, I'm immensely pleased at the views and responses coming in so far as to the video and the draft excerpt, and even more towards Emily, Matt and Kevin Bragg, the three who've helped kick off this…

Still funding
20% funded
16 backers