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Old 04-18-2006   #21
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Thanks for the encouragement, all.

I've been distracted from business connected with the website, since I've been working on a 10,000 word tale that's set in Mexico. I wish I had more time to write fiction and attend to the self-promotion lark, but once I've finished working at my office job, what I can manage to achieve in the evenings depends on how exhausted I feel.

"Glyphotech and Other Macabre Processes"? If PS Publishing were bombarded with enquiries for it, I might have a chance of getting it into print :-) Seriously, Pete Crowther has told me he'll be glad to look at it later in the year when we can see how "The Face of Twilight" is doing.

Another volume of tales by Matt would be, I agree, a fantastic prospect.
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For the record, I still have a great deal of time for the view expressed below:

FELIPE ALFAU: I am not a professional writer. Only by necessity have I ever received payment for my work. Dalkey Archive Press offered money for my two novels but I refused to accept it. For my poems I received $500 because I needed to pay the monthly payment here, in the retirement home. The truth is, I was never interested in writing, nor did I ever dream of making a living at my craft. I hate full-time authors. I hate intellectuals that make a living from abstractions and evasions. The art of writing has turned into an excess. Today, literature is a waste. It should be abolished, at least in the form we know: as a money-making endeavor.

IS: How do you think writers should support themselves?

FA: I am not sure, but certainly not by selling their books as jewelry.


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Thanks for the quote, Mark. Now that's some interesting polemicizing.

By the way, I know exactly what you mean about your "real" job leaving little energy for other, more self-directed pursuits.

As for a new collection by me, apologies for my tardiness in responding to this. I've been wrapped up for several weeks in a mad dash to finish a long essay for inclusion in a Joshi-edited reference work. Collection-wise, I have one currently in the works with Night Shade Books, for possible publication early next year. I'm not sure what stage it's at, but the contents are mostly determined and I've been sending back opinions to Caniglia on his preliminary cover design ideas.

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Re: About "The Face of Twilight"

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Hooray! My hardcover copy of "The Face of Twilight" just arrived this afternoon # 205 of 300! It looks great. I can hardly wait to get started on it. In fact, I'm tempted to dive right in here at work!

So Mark,.. when is "Glyphotech and Other Processes" going to be available? You knew someone was bound to ask.
Hmmm, I'm worried. I went to my PO Box service today to check if my softcover copy had arrived and it still hasn't. Now, I might live in Mexico, but my PO Box is in Texas and I still haven't gotten any notification of anything arriving. So either one of three things happened; either the guys working there haven't gotten around checking my mail box for new arrivals, or the book is facing some delays (courtesy of whatever mail service Shocklines uses, thank you) or, damn, it was lost somewhere in the mail... something I hope isn't the case.

Anyone has any ideas?

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Re: About "The Face of Twilight"

I wouldn't worry too much yet. I ordered my copy direct from the publisher, so I suspect I got mine the same time Shocklines did. After they receive it they have to check it in, fill out all their orders, and then package & send. This could account for the delay. Shocklines' warehouse is in Madison WI, so it also takes some time to get from there to Texas. I think you'll find it's worth the wait. Hopefully you'll get it soon!

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Re: About "The Face of Twilight"

I ordered a softcover copy of Face of Twilight from Shocklines and received it about a week ago. I finished reading it a couple of days ago. An entertaining novel. Unusual cover art. I paid $5 for first class shipping though. If you opted for media mail, it could take a while yet.
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I ordered a softcover copy of Face of Twilight from Shocklines and received it about a week ago. I finished reading it a couple of days ago. An entertaining novel. Unusual cover art. I paid $5 for first class shipping though. If you opted for media mail, it could take a while yet.
Bingo! I guess that's it... hopefully.

In any case I'm checking again this Friday if they got anything for me... the worst that could happen is me making a mess out of their place if they haven't got anything yet!

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In any case I'm checking again this Friday if they got anything for me... the worst that could happen is me making a mess out of their place if they haven't got anything yet!
Karnos, be careful. "Going postal" on your part might constitute impersonation of a current/former USPS employee; probably a Federal Offense in the US. Our prisons, however, are probably comfier than Mexican prisons... Patience is a virtue, and there aren't many of those.

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In any case I'm checking again this Friday if they got anything for me... the worst that could happen is me making a mess out of their place if they haven't got anything yet!
Karnos, be careful. "Going postal" on your part might constitute impersonation of a current/former USPS employee; probably a Federal Offense in the US. Our prisons, however, are probably comfier than Mexican prisons... Patience is a virtue, and there aren't many of those.
Don't worry, I was thinking something more on grounds of singing bad 70's porno songs and scrambling dirty drawings on their printing paper :twisted:

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Re: About "The Face of Twilight"

Oh dear, I'm sorry to hear about the delays. I confess to getting a kick out of the idea of the prospect of there being at least one copy of the book in my wife's home country, Mexico.

Matt--Many congratulations!!!! Can you provide a contents list at this stage? Btw, Nightshade actually bounced my third collection GLYPHOTECH AND OTHER MACABRE PROCESSES on the grounds that the collection of another British (& equally relatively unknown) writer was not selling sufficiently well. Not my friend, Joel Lane, but someone else. Still, nil desperandum, because I had an offer today from one of my favourite American weird fiction small presses, so I'm going to run with them. I can't make a formal announcement about who it is just yet, though.

Let me recommend here the greatest low-budget film since NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. It's a masterpiece done in the style of a 1920s silent movie: Ladies and Gentlemen---THE CALL OF CTHULHU !

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www.cthulhulives.org
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