4/5/18 Progress Report

I am some 30k into my next book, which is low. I think it’ll be really, really good, but time will tell how correct I am in that assessment. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that I’m not sure if I should (after it is done, edited, and whatnot) just fire it out, or try and maaaaaybe submit it to a couple agents first. Maybe shoot for a big publisher? If I choose to attempt this route, it may significantly delay the release date, especially if I somehow succeed in selling it. The jury is still out on that.

“A publisher?” I hear you ask. “In the age of self-publishing?” Well, yeah. In this oversaturated market, the prestige that comes with getting published by one of the big five is no small thing. Not to attempt it now, when I am starting something new, would be foolish.

That’s still just a thought for now, mind you. I may even apply for Kindle Scout, which is about the only way I would ever be willing to put my work into KU again. Scout pays nicely, and the boost it gives new releases is all but unfair. Combined with my back catalogue, it would all add up significantly.

Just some musing on my part.

Stay brutal.
M. T Miller

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Ascent Is Now Wide!

Ascent is now getting published on Kobo, B&N, and iTunes. ‘Chemistry will follow soon, then Strife as soon as it’s out of KU. Then Bedlam.

I may go back someday if things change for the better, but I doubt it. KU is something that will inevitably crash and burn. I don’t see why I should be on the plane when it happens.

Nothing new to report. Writing, and very slowly at that.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

Fun, And Not As Much Fun

My thoughts on the new Tomb Raider film can best be described by this guy, who currently more or less acts as a gateway into my mind.

To combat this assault of by-the-numbers boredom, I have taken to playing something wacky. In this case, that something is the BlazBlue series. I’ve only played the first one back when it came out, and will now proceed to play through the rest of the series. An interesting, eccentric story with unusual characters. Shields the mind from the onslaught of Hollywood stagnation.

As far as writing goes, I’m still far too slow. Too much going on in real life makes it difficult to get a good writing streak. Nothing to do about that. I write when I can and try to stay somewhat sane and functional.

That’s about it. Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

Reporting In

Still alive. I’ve been everywhere, done everything.

I hung out, traveled to see one of my favorite bands ever, Rhapsody, on their farewell tour. This was likely my last shot at seeing them, and I don’t regret blowing a piece of my budget on the event. Easily the best concert of my life.

A band I’ve never seen or heard before opened for them. It is called Beast in Black, and it is actually really, really good. I need to hear more of them.

Other than that, I’ve played and beaten Pyre. Supergiant Games keeps shooting up. Great narrative, great characters, great music. Easily recommended to everyone.

I’ve barely written anything in the last week. I must fix this. Life and experiences are nothing when compared to the big picture. Fame or death. All in. Balls deep. No mercy. Etc. Etc.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

Moving Along

I’ve been traveling, socializing, consuming media, and everything else. This has overall been a strong week.

I’ve divorced Warframe. At least for now. I don’t see any more point to it.

I’m still writing, and at a decent speed too. Especially considering how much other stuff I’m doing. I must make this my best book so far. Then I must do the same with the next one. And the next one. Repeat until death.

I’ve finished The Last Wish, or the first Witcher book. It’s actually really good. The quality shines even through the horrid translation. Maybe I should learn Polish. That seems like the best possible use of my time right now.

I’ve also jumped on the Gibson bandwagon and read Neuromancer. It’s… okay. Not a fan of his prose and the cheap sex, but the ideas are top notch. Not sure if I’m going to finish this trilogy. Still, Molly is love, Molly is life.

That’s it for now. Time to get to work.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

Leaving KU?

Big news. Well, not really. But yes.

In a couple months I’ll most likely be killing my Amazon exclusivity and expanding to Kobo, B&N, iTunes etc.

Why? Because it seems like the only sane thing to do.

Look at KU like this: it gives you some extra cash in exchange for willingly giving up on a part of the market. In theory this is fine. But the more you stay in the program, the more you have to rely on it. And the piece of market you’ve neglected keeps growing. So in the long run you find yourself not only gimped, but also strapped to Amazon’s back.

And then Amazon starts skimping out on the rations. KENP payments (to the uninitiated, this means payment per read page of a book rented through subscription) can go down, and the writers will stay trapped. It’s basic economics. No reason for them not to do it.

This isn’t news to me. I knew what I was getting into when I enrolled, and I chose to stay in the system because I needed the extra dime. But now it’s no longer about squeezing out what little I can. It’s about reach and not being tethered to a flawed and unsustainable system.

So there you have it. I apologize to those of you used to reading me through your subscriptions. I guess you’ll have to buy me. Sorry, but I have to eat.

For now I’ll just leave my books in and wait for their individual enrollments to expire. Then I can move along with spreading like a tumor. I must drown out everything and everyone else.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

Warframe Burnout

No, not that kind of burnout. Creator’s block is for the weak. I’m talking about being burned out on a game.

Warframe is a whirlwind romance in game form. You discover it, fall in love, waste a chunk of your life, then just stare at it wondering “what the shit was I thinking?”

Oh, the game still plays, looks, and sounds incredible. The movement is like poetry. The weapons roar satisfyingly as you blow chunks off things. You are a space ninja. And it’s free!

So what’s the problem?

The problem is that after getting to a certain point, there’s nothing more to do. So you’ve discovered what you really are, played around with that, then entered the endgame. That’s it. Go and do the daily Sorties, which are nothing but more difficult versions of the stuff you’ve already done. Boring and tedious, especially after all it took to get there.

So it’s basically the same as real life. Hehahahahahahahhah.

I’m not someone with a lot of patience. Isn’t a game supposed to be fun? Doing the same thing over and over again is only fun to people with a certain disorder I won’t name because that would be offensive. And I’m all about being family friendly and wholesome.

Anyway, I predict I will gradually be winding down my consumption of Warframe, which is a shame because it’s such an incredible, unique product. But I want to enjoy stuff, not spend my leisure time swearing at the screen and doing the exact same thing over and over again.

If I want to get angry, I can work.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller