A Shameless Plug

As I’ve mentioned here before, I’m trying to get back into the game of fiction writing. Along the way, I’ve met plenty of awesome people who got involved in the game after I left, or never left and went on to do amazing things. Charles Barouch is one of the latter. We worked together years ago when we both wrote game review columns for Gateways magazine, which has long since disappeared into the mists of time.

Charles now had his own small press, HDWP Books, and is currently producing an intriguing short fiction series called “Theme-Thologies.” The idea is simple: create a theme for a book then find the best stories possible to fill the space.

I’m not in any of the books currently on the shelf but I am working to get a piece into one of the future anthologies. I do believe in the project and the staff and writers involved, however, so I’ll be putting some cash down for these titles. You may consider doing the same. If nothing else, let’s share this far and wide and get some exposure for these guys.

 Charles’s post as it appeared on his G+ account earlier today reads as follows:
I need $6
You are all nice people. I’m sure if I asked you for $6, just because I needed it — or even wanted it — a lot of you would reach into your pocket. I’m not asking for me. Well, not exactly for me…
Here’s my problem: I need to jumpstart the sales on Theme-Thology. These are really good books but we aren’t visible enough. Can you spare $6 to help 18 authors and artists?A Promise: From now until April 21st, if you buy the first two Theme-Thologies (total: $5.98) and post a review of either of them (on Amazon, B&N, or Kobo, or GoodReads), I will send you the first eBook from our new science fiction series: Interrogative: Tiago and the Masterless. Just post a link to the review at http://www.hdwpbooks.com/books/thankyou and the book is yours.A Prize: Additionally, from now until April 21st, if you buy any of the first three Theme-Thologies ($2.99 each), I will enter you into a drawing to win one of the following eBooks: one of five different Mike Reeves-McMillan books (City of Masks, Hope and the Patient Man, Hope and the Clever Man, Realmgolds, Gu), A Noble’s Quest by Ryan Toxopeus, Adjacent Fields by Charles Barouch, or The Tower’s Alchemist by Alesha Escobar.
Just buy the Theme-Thology of your choice and post at http://www.hdwpbooks.com/books/thankyou.● Already bought them? Post a review (on Amazon, B&N, or Kobo, or GoodReads) and I will send you the first eBook of our new science fiction series: Interrogative: Tiago and the Masterless and put you in the drawing. Just post a link to the review at http://www.hdwpbooks.com/books/thankyou.

● Received the Adjacent Fields signed, limited edition print book at Spectrum 2013? Post a review (on Amazon, B&N, or Kobo, or GoodReads) and I will send you the first eBook of our new science fiction series: Interrogative: Tiago and the Masterless and put you in the drawing. Just post a link to the review at http://www.hdwpbooks.com/books/thankyou.

Full Details Here: http://www.hdwpbooks.com/books/thankyou

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Another Chapter Submission

Good news: I submitted another book chapter, this one covering our library’s implementation of the Summon discovery tool by Serials Solutions. The bad news is that the chapter is late. But it’s under the stated word count, well written, and I’ve worked with this editor before, so one hopes she’s not of a mind to reject it our of hand. We shall see.

In the mean time I need to finish working on another chapter for the same anthology (which is on the use of Google products in libraries); I promised to have that ready in a few days. I suppose I should get to it.

Back to work.

Your Monday Dirt Pile

Here it is . . .

Pile o dirtI apologize for the crappy quality of the graphic, my phone is due for an update but you get the idea.

This particular pile appears on the corner of Canal Street as it intersects Varick Street in lower Manhattan. It’s not huge but it’s noticeable and it’s less than 200 feet from the front door of the building in which I work. It’s not even very tall as dirt piles go . . . 4 feet or so.

What amazes me about it, besides the fact that no pedestrian I saw on my way to work even noticed this thing except to walk around it, is that there’s no indication of how it arrived. There’s no ripped up pavement, no ditches, no uncovered pipes or gas tubes. There are no tire marks from where a truck would have had to pass. Nothing.

Are drive-by dumpings a thing now? I hadn’t heard.

I think it effectively symbolizes the beginning of the second week of the government shutdown. And on that topic, I direct you to this report from Inside Higher Education which describes just how the shutdown is affecting ongoing research efforts in the U.S.

In short:

In addition to forcing the closure of government buildings  where research is conducted — such as the Library of Congress and presidential libraries — the shutdown was also cutting off access to myriad electronic resources on which many researchers depend. Websites that were not operational included those of the Library of Congress, the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Science Foundation, the Bureau of Economic Analysis at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Education Department’s research arm, the Institute of Education Sciences.

PubMed, a free repository of biomedical and life science research maintained by the National Institutes of Health, was operational but a notice on the site warned users that it would not be updated during the shutdown.

Researchers who had traveled to Washington for the purpose of using federal resources to advance their work said they were frustrated by the shutdown.

When a pile of dirt drops randomly out of the sky, you know that things are falling apart.

On a more positive note, I’m going through the manuscript of my wife’s second zombie novel, and to be honest, it’s pretty neat. She’s expecting a publication date later this month. I will, of course, let you know when that happens. And the first book remains available to readers of stout heart and strong stomach on Amazon.

Happy Monday.

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