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187 on the Novel (Hypothet Killing It!)

Hey gristlers!

As I write this my Pendulum Heroes Goodreads Giveaway has exactly 187 entries.  If you don’t know the significance of the number, a quick Google will tell you about it and confirm to you that I’m hypothetically killing it in these trenches.   Not bad considering that my sole advertisement is telling folks it’s there on Twitter, Goodreads and of course here on the gristle.  We’ve got just a little less than a week left before the giveaway ends, so now’s the time to enter if you haven’t already.

Also of pretty cool note, the site All Author has entered the Pendulum Heroes book cover into their Cover of the Month contest for August.  The cover rocks and I think it’s miles ahead of the competition on the site, but I need your help on this.  If you dig the cover too take a moment to go to Pendulum’s All Author page and +1 it.    No need to register for the site or sign up for some kind of mailing list, it’s just a matter of clicking the link and hitting the vote button.

My top competition

Meanwhile, let me update you guys on what I’ve been doing.  I know I said I was going to focus on the novel but I took these last few weeks off to engage in a Codex writing contest.  They keep the tools sharp and they’re too fun to not put some words to.  That said, you guys should expect some flash stories from me later this year.

Did all of you notice the title?  I wanted to make a point and put a mark in the web-sand the difference between hypothetically killing something and literally killing something.  Am I the only one irked when someone says “It was literally killing me” or “I was literally dying” or “my head was literally exploding” and I’m like “ARRRRGHH! I’M NOT A GRAMMARIAN BUT DAMN, DO YOU KNOW WHAT LITERALLY MEANS?!!”  So I’m doing my small part to make “hypothetically” cool again.  I think part of the problem is that it’s too damn long.  And you can’t shorten it to “hypo” because you could mean a dozen words and that’ll just confuse everyone.  I would literally piss off people with hypoglycemic, hypochondria, hypothermia and that’s a huge demographic that never did anything to me.  Notice the usages.  Plus, “hypothet” that sounds cool.  That hypothet works.  Try it for yourselves.  Let’s literally destroy the world’s liberal use of literally.

So less than a week left to enter to win a free epic genre-savvy adventure novel, so don’t put it off.  Click here and enter!

Also, don’t let the cover wither in obscurity when it looks better than a lot of covers gracing the front page.  Only takes a second to click, so  go vote!

HELP IT WIN!

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Get the novel for FREE!

Hey, you guys know my novel?  The one that looks like this:

I’m hosting a giveaway on Goodreads, so enter for a chance to win yourself a free copy.  It’s also free to enter the giveaway so EVERYTHING is priced at our favorite four letter word.

Um… that’s about it.  Giveaways don’t last forever, so go now before you forget and then you’re all mad with yourself and who knows?  You may be a rather unforgiving person and you might stay mad at yourself for awhile because you know in your heart of hearts it doesn’t ever get freer than free.  You don’t want that, I don’t want that, mad people leave bad reviews.  So enter the Pendulum Heroes Goodreads Giveaway and get yourself a copy!

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Your Next Favorite Adventure is Here!

Pendulum Heroes became live today.  The “Look Inside” feature is now active, so now you can see the first few chapters.  No need for me to try to describe it, you can watch Mike Morrow vex about how he looks like a chupacabra lizard dude and Richard Bates go from fifteen to fifty and catch a Carrie-style shower.  Watch Jason Streible figure out life as a one armed archer and see Melvin Morrow become mortified at the sight of a beautiful brown skinned warrior maiden in a chainmail bikini… mortified because he is that sight now!

Some of you have preordered it already and I appreciate it.  Everybody else, go check it out on Amazon or the platform of your choice.  Look inside and enjoy the start of a crazy awesome adventure!

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Pendulum Heroes

Hey folks,

While it may seem on the surface that I’m doing my usual incommunicado thing, there’s been a lot of stuff going on in the background.  I finalized my stories for the upcoming issues of Apex and Lightspeed magazines (I’m the FEATURED writer for Lightspeed!), got interviewed by a class of tenth grade students (which I thought was very fun… they asked some great questions),  seriously leveled up my formatting (more on that later), and oh, what else… I finally made my novel into a real physical thing!

Pendulum Heroes is set up for preorder on the majority of ebook retailers.  Check out the Amazon page, which seems to glow to me.  This is for the e-book only… I’m still finalizing the print edition, trivial details such as the ISBN placement and such and as soon as that’s done it’ll appear on the page as an option.

But who wants to wait for all that finalization before I tell you guys that it LIVES!  It’s physically in the world.  Look!

I tried to get as far away as I could from standard covers and the usual format.  I’ve written a lot of stories getting here and I’m especially proud of Pendulum Heroes.  I wanted the physical book to be something I could proudly display on a coffee table and the only way to do that right was making sure most of you could also proudly display it on a coffee table.  To ensure that happened, I teamed up with Micaela Dawn, an artist I believe will be world famous some day.

The inside’s beautiful too.  When I say I leveled up my formatting, I spent an untold age learning things about Microsoft Word most mortals don’t.  I learned about gutter margins, mirror mode, page breaks, section breaks – continuous and new, drop caps, headings, and man a lot.  This may sound weird, but it got fun, y’all… it’s about as close to playing a game with Word as you can get.  Most of the stuff you won’t notice… which is the whole point.  It’s been perfectly formatted so the words disappear so you can enjoy the reading experience.

Pendulum Heroes is set to go live June 10th.  But I couldn’t wait til then to tell y’all and show you the book!  While I highly encourage copping a print edition for the feel of it and for any unadorned coffee tables you know of, the e-book’s also beautifully inlaid with custom stylized touches.  Besides, it’s Friday, some of y’all just got paid and I’d be remiss if I let that money burn a hole in your pocket.  So hit up Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Kobo (they have a preview!), or Apple, preorder the digital version now, forget that you ordered it and then get hit with a pleasant surprise when your device loads it up for you on the 10th.

Don’t tell me I’m the only one who does stuff like that.

If this was your coffee table, you’d already be home by now.

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