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

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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

Improvement

It’s still too early to say why, but I’ve re-read Risen in detail and am doing the same with Ascent. I’ve ironed out the odd little kinks, but what jumped at me the most is how much I’ve improved over the course of the series. I’m so much tighter, leaner, and more subtle it’s almost embarrassing to see how clunky I used to be in comparison.

It’s a bit tempting to edit Risen and polish it out, but I don’t think I’ll be doing that. That book was what it was back when I wrote it. Let my improvement as a writer be evident to the reader as they progress through my work.

What was, was. It made me who I am today.

Speaking of that, yes, I am working on my next book. I’m very much pleased with what I’m making, but what I’m not pleased with is my speed. I’ve got a lot of stuff to do on the side, which clashes with my decision to give the finger to the world.

Doesn’t the world see that I’m trying to work here?

Random Song I Like

So I’ve stumbled upon this.

I’ve always liked the original, and there’s been five trillion different covers since it came into existence (not an estimate; the actual number), but to see Cristina Vee do a metal version blows my mind.

I must contact her if they ever make a film about my work (-666% chance of that happening). She would make the best Rush ever. I’d even let them cast Nick Cage as the Nameless for trade-off.

What I’m Up To

With all these glowing reviews, Black Panther must be not only the best superhero film of all time, but also the best movie ever, period. There can’t possibly be anything wrong with this, right? No way that it’s just another stale turd that Disvel regurgitates down our throats with the command “Swallow.”

Glad we got that cleared up.

In other news, I’m writing and I’m consuming media. I’ve finally gotten round to seeing season two of the Expanse. Love this show. Excellent writing and characterization, both for primary and secondary characters. I must marry Drummer. Then we will make a bunch of emotionless kids whose only purpose will be to kill. It will be glorious.

I’ve seen this comedy flick called Killing Gunther. Critics say it’s bad. I say it’s quite good. It has Ahnold, which means that it can’t fail. A couple good laughs with some solid pathos. Reminded me of a nice song.

I’m listening to music from the Transistor OST while I write. Doesn’t really fit the mood of what I’m making but it keeps me going fast. As for the story itself, I’m off to a good start. I think I’ve learned a lot over these two years of walking the path of the writer. Time to apply it.

Yeah, I’m reading the first Witcher book. Figured if I’m writing about monster hunting, I might as well see how an established writer has done it. It’s quite fun but kinda rough. Might be the English translation, it’s atrocious. Geralt loves his combat pirouettes, but I guess it could be worse. It’s interesting how it took me two stories to figure out I was reading adaptations of fairy tales. For now it’s very different from what I’m trying to make actually, which is unexpected. Let’s see where it goes.

That’s about it. Off to the grind.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

Time To Get Moving

I’ve made my decision. I will definitely write the monster hunter story. I may not end up starting a series around it, but I will tell this tale. I hope I get to start a series around it, but I can’t make any promises. Writing a novel is a journey of self-discovery, and I don’t know who I will be after this one is finished.

So it’s that time again. Time to say “fuck you” to life, isolate myself, and do the work. I’m not missing much.

I’ll still be posting here, but don’t expect anything important or substantial. For the next month or two, my higher functions (meaning all my functions because I’m so smart. Hurrrrrrrrr) will be occupied.

Stay brutal.
M. T. Miller

Hesitation

I’m sitting at a crossroads. I’ve been here for for the last couple months.

“What now?” I keep asking myself. My mind is on fire. I have more ideas than I can count or remember, and I want to turn them all into viable stories. But the book industry is a horrifying thing. It eats people alive and shits out books. More and more keep pouring out, quicker and quicker. It never stops, and most gets wiped away.

It took the Nameless Chronicle a bit less than two years to start selling reasonably. Two years of my work being continuously wiped from the book industry’s asshole and tossed aside. It’s maddening to think how much effort, planning, and money one can put into something only to have it MAYBE pay off some time in the far future. This is a task for only the maddest of the mad.

For me, in essence.

I’m now actually doing decently, and there’s been a constant upward trend. This is good. On the other hand, this still doesn’t suit my needs. I need greater success, and I need it as quickly as possible. If I keep spending all my earnings on editing, covers, and marketing, then in essence I am working for nothing. It is work I enjoy, yes, but not at all worthy of the ascetic lifestyle I have to lead to make it possible.

I’m rambling, so let’s summarize before I get even further from the essence of what I’m saying here: My next work should have immediate marketability, as opposed to the cult/sleeper hit potential of the Nameless Chronicle. I’ve already done the write-what-I-want thing, and it’s only started to take off recently. If I had to push two biplanes instead of pull one with a jet, I think I’d go full psycho.

So… go through with the Monster-Hunter-Age-Of-Enlightenment-Bloodborne thing (that I’ve already planned and structured out), or reach into something with mass appeal, like Space Opera? I foresee a massive surge of cyberpunk in 2019. and onward, so that might be the way to go. Perhaps a mixture of the two. There doesn’t seem to be a good answer. Everything can work and everything can fail.

I don’t doubt my ability to tell a good story and tell it well. I have eyes. I read and compare. For me, some degree of success in the future is, I think, inevitable. But the question remains: When? I’m not nearly as young as I look. If option A gives me earlier breakthrough than option B, then why take option B? Because I want to? I do, but do I want to dedicate 2 more years of my life to a series that may really take off in 5?

I don’t know.

So I sit at this crossroads and weigh my options. Time keeps passing.

M. T. Miller