We’ve finally got all of our ducks in a row. The first episode of Tuesday Terror launched on Tuesday, February 22nd. I plan to put out new episodes fortnightly.
For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, Tuesday Terror is the new Junkie created anthology based in the Siglerverse. Fans writing stories that our Future Dark Overlord (Scott Sigler) has inspired them to create.
I was going through and cleaning out my bookmarks a couple days ago and stumbled across one I had set up for The Boom Effect. You know, that “wee” little project where everyone in the podosphere pulled together to help out Tee Morris take care of Sonic Boom (his daughter) after his wife died unexpectedly. I was a strong participant in the beginning but then ran into some health problems of my own. My road to recovery was fairly long and I never really heard how things turned out when all was said and done.
I’m posting this now just in case there is anyone else who did not get the good news. We exceeded what I thought was an optimistic goal (that I’d set in my head) by more than $5,000. I remain astounded at how generous the podiotribe can be when one of us really needs some help. The article below was originally authored by Philippa Ballantine on May 23, 2010:
So, it is over three months since the community rallied around Tee Morris and his daughter, Sonic Boom. Writers, podcasters, fans, and artisians of all types contributed. I hope you still feel proud of yourself, because you deserve to be. Together we raised over $30,000. An amazing feat in anyone’s books.
Now after all the dust has died down – you the contributors and the buyers deserve to know what happened to all that money. Tee was able to meet the immediate needs of dealing with funeral arrangements, but once things became more settled, he wanted the whole of the Boom Effect Money to go towards Sonic Boom’s future.
To that end he wants you all to know that every cent of the money you contributed has been placed into a College America managed fund, for the sole benefit of Serena. When the time comes for her to choose a college, she will have the one thing we has a community could give her- options. Because of your time, generosity and good will she will be able to go to a good college.
You have made a difference in ways that when I started the Boom Effect I could not possibly imagine. For every negative thing that people say about the internet, I will always be able to present the Boom Effect as an example of what it can achieve when good people stand up and say ‘let’s do something now.’ Thank you so much for that.
I also stumbled across a blog post of Tee’s from back on March 17th, 2010 when I went searching for a pic of Tee & SB to put at the top of this post. I want to thank Tee for sharing his emotional experiences on the interwebs. It was a heart rending read, but I guess I should expect no less from a professional writer. The most valuable piece of information I’m taking away from his post is inspirational rather than depressing, however. I am at the beginning of what could wind up being a long distance relationship. Tee’s story of how he and Natalie met and eventually married leaves me much more optimistic than I was before I read it.
This is it, boys & girls, Junkies of all ages! ANCESTOR is in stores now!
Go to your local store or order it on line. Just BUY that puppy! We do request that you verify that you inquire with your vendor of choice and ensure that they report their sales to the New York Times Bestseller List. Many smaller stores do not for whatever reason and we really want to break out of being a mid-list author with ANCESTOR. If we can break into the top 15 in the first week, that will definitively place Scott Sigler as an A-list bestselling author. That will change all sorts of things. The best for us Junkies is it will most likely ensure a lifetime of free audio content coming down the feed from our beloved Future Dark Overlord™. So hop into your plaid tank and roll on over to your local brick and mortar store to support General Siglerisimo™. You know that Pope Siglericus XXXth will offer benedictions upon all those who do so.
View the ANCESTOR trailer in HD. It’s frakkin’ sweet!
Yes, I used two cheesy movie quotes in the title of this blog, but one is a bit bastardized ;) The other should be easy peasy. Can anyone name both films? I’m offering 242 yummy Crack Hits to the first Junkie who gets both of them correct!
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the UGV contest sponsored by Crown Publishing for Scott Sigler’s ANCESTOR release, you can get the details here: http://www.scottsigler.com/videocontest.
To me, “Jian’s Dream” is far and away the best script. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great videos that use the other scripts. Some are high quality, others are simply original and entertaining. I still smile every time I recall #8, Coxbrother’s sock puppet masterpiece. Within all of the “Jian’s Dream” videos, there are two that really stand out:
I met Brent at Balticon this year and he’s a really cool guy. I have no idea who Tyler Short is and he’s smoking everyone else right now in view counts as it is. That’s the way this contest works. Each unique URL that watches one of the contestants videos all the way to end gives them a vote. The videos which have the most votes on July 7th will enter the finals. They will be viewed (and judged) by video industry professionals and the winners will be announced July 14th.
Brent is currently at #5, but the creator at #6 is very close in view count. Please watch Brent’s video if you have not already done so. He needs every view he can get. Thank You!
But you still have time to enter the ANCESTOR pre-order contest. As long as you get your order in before 11:59 pm EST, you’re eligible for the contest. There are 10 sweet prize packs that Scott’s giving away. And the best part? If you buy multiple copies, you get multiple entries. Buy three copies, send in your purchase confirmation, and you’re good to go!
What? You’re still here? Go place a pre-order on Amazon before time runs out and enter the pre-order contest! Each prize pack contains:
- Original, mint-condition ANCESTOR from 2007 (hard to find, pricy, collector’s item)
- Genada-labeled flash drive (Not available anywhere, collector’s item)
- MP3 CD of EARTHCORE (Not available anywhere, collector’s item)
- CONTAGIOUS (UK edition, mass-market paperback)
- INFECTED(trade paperback)
- 7th SON: DESCENT by JC Hutchins (trade paperback)
- THE ROOKIE(hardcover)
- 13 BULLETS by Dave Wellington(trade paperback)
- JACK WAKES UP by Seth Harwood(trade paperback)
- THE GEEK’S GUIDE TO WORLD DOMINATION by Garth Sundem (trade paperback)
- WHAT DO WE DO NOW? by Keith and The Girl (trade paperback)
- CRESCENT by Phil Rossi (trade paperback)
- Promo cards for ANCESTOR (minor collector’s items)
- THE NINJA HANDBOOK, by The Ninja (trade paperback)
- CRUSADE, by Greg Crites (trade paperback)
Best of luck and thanks for supporting our effort to hit the top 15 on the New York Times Best Seller’s List
Scott is going to be doing a book tour to support ANCESTOR. There will be readings and pub crawls in nineteen cities. Come out and say hi if he’s going to be hitting a city near you:
NEW YORK – JUNE 22
Borders Columbus Circle, 7:00pm
BOSTON – JUNE 23
Pandemonium Books, 7:00pm
WASINGTON DC – JUNE 24
Borders @ Baily’s Crossroads, 7:30pm
DALLAS – JUNE 25
Borders Preston Road, 7:00pm
SAN ANTONIO – JUNE 26
Borders at the Quarry, 2:00pm
PHOENIX – JUNE 27
Changing Hands Bookstore, 2:00pm
SAN DIEGO – JUNE 28
Mysterious Galaxy, 7:00pm
LOS ANGELES – JUNE 29
Book Soup, 7:00pm
SAN FRANCISCO – JUNE 30
Borders Union Square, 7:00pm
PORTLAND, OR – JULY 5
Powell’s Books, 7:00pm
SEATTLE – JULY 6
Barnes & Noble University Village, 7:30pm
DENVER – JULY 7
Tattered Cover Bookstore, 7:30pm
MINNEAPOLIS – JULY 8
Magers & Quinn Bookstore, 7:30pm
CHICAGO – JULY 9
Bookstall at Chestnut Court, 6:00pm
DETROIT – JULY 10
Barnes & Noble Royal Oak, 2:00pm
TORONTO – JULY 12
World’s Largest Bookstore, 7:00pm
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – JULY 14
Books, Inc., 7:30pm
SAN MATEO – JULY 15
“M” Is for Mystery, 7:00pm
CORTE MADERA – JULY 20
Book Passage, 7:00pm
Scott Sigler announced the summer dates for his ANCESTOR book tour on Friday, April 16th. If you want to know the full tour schedule, that can be found here. The relevant portion can be seen to the right. I knew immediately that I would be going to the Tempe stop. That was a no brainer.
It took a few days for the baby tour idea to strike me. There are several motivating factors behind it:
- A Kovacs and I have never met. She’s become Scott’s business partner and is the one who handles all of his time management. Our productivity has improved exponentially since Scott asked her to join Team Sigler. She may or may not be able to make the Tempe stop, although she is going to try. She will definitely be at the Sandy Eggo & Los Angeles stops. As integral as she is to Dark Overlord Media (Døm), we need to meet face to face fairly soon. We both agree on that. The tour makes a good excuse for us to travel to one another’s cities.
- I’ve only met Scott once prior to this and he’s not going to be at Balticon (B44). This is somewhat ridiculous considering that we’ve been working together for a few years now. I’d like to get to know him better than I do at present. I see myself working with Scott & A as long as they’ll have me, so I’d like to establish strong relationships with them if I can.
- Hello? It’d be a frakkin’ blast!
I’ve begun to really think about the logistics of a baby tour. Initially I thought I’d be able to pull off all four stops in my car, but after I mapped it out, that seems implausible. If I want to restrict myself to my car, I need to clip San Francisco. That is potentially acceptable, but I am still performing a cost benefit analysis on that aspect of the trip. Some of those elements are inappropriate to list in a public forum because they concern people outside the podosphere. There are definitely some folks up in San Fran that I would like to meet.
My largest unknown at this point is lodging in Los Angeles. I have several friends in San Diego and San Francisco. Those relationships have atrophied somewhat, but they were the kind that last for life, so I imagine I’ll be able to find a couch or some floor with someone. Maybe a guest room if I’m really lucky! I’m drawing a blank trying to think of someone I’m close friends with in LA. Worst case scenario I see how much a flea bag hotel would cost or plan on sleeping in my car for a night. Nice thing about Summer in the Southwest is that the weather makes that doable albeit ridiculously uncomfortable.
So it boils down to either a baby road trip in a quick loop (enlargable picture below) or a little driving with three one way flights. I’m expecting the monetary difference to be huge between the two. I need to make this as on the cheap as I can since it is coming on the heels of B44. A flight from San Fran to Phoenix on July 1st would cost me $111 to cover what would be 765 miles if I drove to Flagstaff. That would only be about $60 in gas, but it’s a 12.5 hour drive not including stops to get from San Francisco to Flagstaff. That seems impractical to do on my own. A said she’s planning to do some research into plane versus car for the tour so I will likely see what she comes up with before making my final decision.
This link was bouncing around twitter yesterday:
And I must admit that it made me laugh my ass off. I’ve been a Grammar Nazi for years. This blog post was priceless. So, Thanks Alot!
Sprint announced the release of the first 4G phone at CTIA 2010 in Las Vegas. Who better to pimp this new technological marvel than podcasting guru Evo Terra?
Reasons that Evo Terra would be a good representative for this phone:
- Evo’s been a Sprint customer since December 1, 1999.
- Evo is well recognized throughout the podosphere. He has his own show with an established audience.
- Evo’s a geek. He hangs out with other geeks. The word of mouth potential here is huge.
- Evo has a substantial presence within the social media sphere. And he is not shy with his opinions. If he likes your phone, it will be all over Facebook (~1500 friends), Twitter (~5300 followers), etc.
- The phone is named the Evo. How much more serendipity do you need?
Did you enjoy THE ROOKIE? Well, THE STARTER goes up for pre-sale this coming Thursday at 1200 EST. And you know how shiny and awesome THE ROOKIE was. THE STARTER will also be a signed and numbered limited edition hardcover. From scottsigler.com :
What’s 7-feet even, 360 pounds, and will run your bitch ass right over? None other than Quentin Barnes, starting quarterback of the Ionath Krakens. THE STARTER is the sequel to THE ROOKIE.
Limited-edition, hardcover, signed and numbered, that’s the deal with THE STARTER. First-come, first serve from this very page (this page will change on “kickoff” at noon Eastern time on April 1 … see what I did there? “Kickoff?” Boom!).
Can I get it personalized by the FDO™?: Yes, you can, but only if you pre-order. Once we start shipping the book in September, the only way to get it personalized is to visit me on tour.
Can I reserve a special number? No, you can’t. Don’t bother requesting, we can’t pull this off. Yes, I am talking to you. Yes. Honest. We can’t reserve your specific number. We can’t give you the same number you had for THE ROOKIE. Sorry about that.
So make sure and mark your calendars! Mine’s been marked for months, but I’m a total fanboy. If you’re interested in ANCESTOR, you can find information on pre-ordering it at http://www.scottsigler.com/preorder and it’s also available on Amazon.com.
Flagstaff was hammered by three storms this past week. It received record snowfall (3-6 feet) and all means of travel into and out of the city were shut down. We got a little sun yesterday and it appears we are going to see the sun today and tomorrow before being hit with more snow. I will have to wait and see what the roads look like later this afternoon. I’m fairly reticent to venture out because I expect all the markets will be swamped with people who failed to stock up prior to Winterpocalypse™.
The picture to the right is what’s left of the JoAnn’s Fabric & Bookman’s Used Books storefront. Both businesses lost 100% of their inventory but there were no injuries. The other two pictures are views from around my apartment complex. They were both taken when it was ‘warm’ the afternoon of 01-23-2010.