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Released

Posted: 1 September, 2017 in Uncategorized
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It Finally fucking happened.
Last Friday was the release of Beans on Toast and I could not have asked for it to have gone any better.
We had a solid turnout, the performers were fucking fantastic, the crowd was super receptive, and everyone there seemed to be having fun.
So,
First off, a thousand thanks to everyone who came out to see the show. I hope y’all enjoyed yourselves and very much hope you enjoy the book.
Thank you to the performers and staff. Y’all fuckin rocked and I appreciate yr hard work.
Thank you to all the backers who couldn’t be there that night. You were missed.
And the first reviews are in!
“The Guinness Shit! [thumbs up emoji]… this book came at the right time… I laughed out loud. Bravo.” – J
“It’s…fucking good. You’re REALLY funny.* I had no idea how funny you were. May favorite is [lunchroom]. Lol’d hard” *sic – L
Moving on.
I am currently working on getting all of the preordered books out of my house and into people’s hands.
I will be sending out a survey/message type thing for everyone who gets one for your shipping address. So look for that and please respond or I can’t send you yr stuff.
As soon as that is done I’ll be reviewing the digital versions to send to those of ye who ordered them.
And that should be it. I will post once more when all the rewards are sent. That will be the last update here and this sumbitch will be closed.
Finally, there are still plenty of books left (I haven.t counted exactly,but I’m not worried), if you want one please message me on any of the medias.
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New cover art is in! Here it is kids!

Changes from the last draft you may notice: Anglicized spelling, added some word stuff on the back part, for some reason the previews responded poorly to the color, so green it is. And yes those are antlers you see.
The printer has the art and should have the proof for me to look at in about a week.
As Ever,

A

[originally posted here]

I figure now that American Gods has come out, I should start teasing the second most anticipated premier of the season.

So take a look:

There will be changes to this. I’ve already sent my notes in and the final version should be posted soon.

As for the insides, formatting is complete and as soon as cover art is done we’re off to the races.
As Ever,

A

[Originally Posted Here]

Today. Printers.

Not the kind you have in your house, but the kind that is a company made by people who have, well… fancy printers.

This is one of the big hurdles we tackled last winter. I’ve been through several over the past year that did not work out for one reason or another. Luckily one of my dear Emmy winning friends, Meghan Gedris (a brilliant artist and all around good human -well mostly human anyway ‚Äď who just launched her latest project here and who‚Äôs work you can check out here. Snigger Warning: NSFW.), connected me with the outfit she used for her most recent books and they are fantastic.

This begins the process by which a mess of ones and zeros becomes a flesh and bone book.

The first step is figuring out formatting, then making decisions on things like physical dimension, materials, and what kind of blood sacrifice we need to make to which gods. Y’know, all the things a proper publisher usually does for you.
And a bit of art,

In the meantime, I reached out to a few people about cover art and have finally settled on a designer. We’re throwing ideas at the wall. I will give you something to look at in a week at the outside.
Oh also, the title… It’s floating out there somewhere on the internet, but you’ll see it when the art comes in.

 

As ever

A

Well Guess What

Posted: 25 April, 2017 in Uncategorized
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[Originally Posted Here]

So, here’s an announcement I’ve been putting off.

It’s happening.

Like absolutely for sure as anything can be considering the state of the world happening.

And it’s happening soon. Like counting in weeks soon.

Over the past few months backstage things have been taking place that I’ve been dying to tell you. I wish I’d been able to keep you all more in the loop, but after all the delays, I wanted to be sure it was a real before getting hopes (mostly mine) up.

In the coming month, expect to see me posting updates about twice a week. I know I’m being vague at the moment, but details will arrive much sooner that N. Korea‚Äôs ICBM‚Äôs.

As we get closer to release I will be busy working on fulfillment and planning the release. So to be sure information gets out regularly, I‚Äôm setting this page to pretty much run on autopilot. This means information will lag a bit from real-time. Many of the things I’ll be telling you have already happened, so don’t be surprised when something I say will take three weeks happens in one.

Thank you all for your support and patience.

See you soon

As ever

A

 

PS: If you don’t know what I’m talking about, follow the link at the top of the page.

In¬†compassion to other texts on its subject, Open¬†is not particularly informative or ‘helpful’. as far as I’m¬†concerned.¬†¬†I’m sure it could be to someone to whom the concept of openness is entirely alien. it wraps it all up in a soft digestible narrative that can be breezed through fairly quickly. the writing is not terrible, nor is it marvelous, though that’s not its aim. ¬†It’s rife with clich√©s and half-assedness; filled with “hands going everywhere” and “we talked about nothing and everything”. The root of the book’s problem is that it can’t pick a foxhole. Don’t get me wrong here, I’m all about blending Genres, but here it becomes detrimental. It’s part¬†cautionary¬†narrative, part textbook, part manifesto, part memoir and it carries weaknesses from each and few of the strengths.

What kept me disconnected were the characters. they were weak. In a large part because they’re so uselessly flawed and despite being ‘real-life’, which is never conveniently story shaped and she tries to cram it into one. As a result it is fairly predictable. The problems the author faces are self-created, have very little to do with openness or polyamory and everything to do with her being not self-assertive enough to take care of her own shit.

I don’t mean to condemn her for being human, looking at this as a book, the fact is that I have limited sympathy for someone who self-admittedly grows up with every¬†opportunity to express herself and continually don’t take them.¬†This woman grew up with a liberal mother and feminist father (trust me on the distinction there) who encouraged her to be herself. she had a pretty great run of sexual partners, both male and female in high school and college, who gave her satisfying sex and helped her to understand her own desires, but for some reason she settles for a guy with whom she has little to no sexual chemistry (who is a an asshole to her about it) and then she gets upset that she is unfulfilled, when it was clear that she never was from the¬†beginning¬†of that relationship.She opens up to her husband and instead of standing her ground, she becomes a fucking Stepford wife. Even after she tells her father (a Rabbi) about everything and he validates her concerns.

Throughout the story she ¬†attempts to make it also an academic work by using¬†poignant¬†quotations from a bunch of feminist ¬†texts to make it feel a little more valid.¬†If it wasn’t for the fact that this had been¬†recommended¬†to me and I felt compelled to read it for them, I would have lost patience and tossed it.

Again and again she says the same thing: that this is all the fault of society and women being sold on a contradictory message . Furthermore, she feels the need to restate this yarn each time she has a new metaphor for it “saint on the street/freak in the sheets; virgin/whore complex; kitten in the kitchen/tiger in the bedroom; mother/slut;” and so on… Actually it turns out that her father is the most sensible person we meet in the whole 260 pages.

OK, let’s not be totally negative, especially because I can see why people could like or learn from the book. ¬†About halfway in (page 140ish) they finally open their marriage and at that point shit gets real. from there on out the ‘characters’ feel more human. There are a lot of conversations and discussions about fears, questions, hopes, and desires. There is something people ¬†– especially people new to these concepts, though the lessons can be applied to any relationship – can learn; namely,¬†don’t¬†be a prick, keep an open mind, and listen to what your partner is saying, and keep everyone informed especially ¬†yourself…also don’t be a prick.

(So I guess now you don’t need to read the book)

many of the points she brings up, while important in the grander scheme of things, seem haphazardly thrown in [so I was fucking this young guy and isn’t rape culture terrible] or [so my husband and I were trying to define our boundaries LGBTQ people should have equal rights] oh and here’s a quote.

Once ¬†her marriage is open, there’s a deal of good information and musing on topics like morality and parenting, which by far isn’t very original, but not unworthy of rehashing. ¬†One of my problems with some of her issues is that she is often comparing herself to worst case scenario type situations. Juxtaposing what ends up being for her a relatively tame ‘open’ marriage with radically Christian Right ideals of a woman’s submissive, servile styled marriages and violent homophobia.

The benefit of her story however is in the ‘tameness’ of her relationship. It serves ultimately to make the story far more acceptable or¬†approachable¬†than something that shows the extremes of polyamorous relationships like The Ethical Slut.

Shuffle Says: “Marry You” B.B. King and Eric Claption Ridin with the King.

So, awhile ago I wrote about my last road trip back up here (that was before my plates expired and I ended up with 500 dollars in parking tickets in two weeks while keeping it in the exact same spot on my street) and how wonderful the drive was. This was in large part due to the pleasant company of Neil Gaiman and friends and the new full cast recording of  American Gods. 

For anyone who doesn’t know, Gaiman is a huge fan if audio books and I’m sure he went through a great deal of effort to ensure a fine production. Before the tenth anniversary of Gods Gaiman’s last novel to take an aural turn was The Graveyard Book and before that was The Wolves in the Walls both of which were for children and both of which were read in their official capacity¬†entirely¬†by him. In American Gods (the first version¬†did not feature the dulcet tones of the author’s voice) Gaiman takes a bit of a back seat opting¬†not narrate this one as he believes it would be¬†inappropriate¬†given his accent (an admirable choice). Instead he takes on the “Coming To America” passages, all immigrant stories, which makes far more sense considering he is one himself. ¬†Even for those brief moments, his voice as always was a wonderful, sexy addition to the joy of the story itself.

This book is certainly on my top five and I believe, especially considering its sheer epic nature, is one that always stands for a great reread.

The new¬†edition¬†also features 16,000 more words than the original U.S. version. It gives it a bit of a ‘directors cut feel’, though not changing the story all that much. Gaiman¬†admired¬†that the “original” version has long since been lost. After half a dozen rewrites and numerous edits and editions after¬†the majority of that text was cut, it couldn’t simply be shoved back in without negative¬†repercussions¬†on the story. So Gaiman says he actually did some minor rewriting to slip some extra material in and calls the new version his “preferred” text.

All things considered, however, the added content was so well blended in I had to often ask myself if maybe I had forgotten something or remembered it wrong. Luckily I was driving and couldn’t pull out my old copy to check.¬†There additional scene with Jesus (and I wont tell you any more about it), he doesn’t put back ‘in’ at all, but leaves it as something like a deleted scene at the end. This one was interesting was… nice, a bit queer, and I can see why he left it out.

The cast is stellar, the only actors I had issue with were Shaddow’s wife Laura – there was some strange stop start cadence to her speech that just kept bothering me – and… some other woman (Sam Blackcrow I think and for the same reason)

OK so not much of a review today, but I’m feeling lazy and I really want to get this one off the shelf

Also, after spending this precious time with the book, I feel it is worth giving a half sleeve’s worth of ink to. Anyone who feels like¬†volunteering¬†to design it, feel free to¬†volunteer.