You want announcements? #TheVolunteer

We’ve got announcements!

First off, as you may have already noticed, we’ve done some redecorating.  Lots of little tweaks here and there, on the book pages and things.  More changes to come.

Secondly: I’ve got a book cover for you.  It looks almost nothing like the book cover I shared way back in the olden days.

The Volunteer - Cover

So there’s that.  In the name of The Volunteer, I hereby lay claim to the hashtag #TheVolunteer too.  :Þ.

Third on the agenda…another book cover!

The New Program - Cover

Wait…what’s this?  This wasn’t even going to exist a week ago, but it exists now.  The New Program is a novella, similar in length to Break, and sharing a universe with them.  It’s going to be out soon, and it’s going to be free.  Permanently.  So we’ve got that going for us.

I’m fighting with myself right now on whether or not to just announce the release date for The Volunteer, but I think it’s going to stay under wraps for the time being.  It’s set, though.  And the book is done.  Looking forward to spring.  These are exciting times.

About that book…

A ways back I posted a cover for Headless on this very blog.  I posted a post about making the thing, and a post about how I decided I hated it after the fact.  A lot has changed since then.  I’ve gone through the book at least half a dozen times since then, and it’s changed in some pretty fundamental ways.  Those changes are so dramatic, in fact, that the book title had to change with them.  So here’s the new title:

There’s a new cover to go with it, but that’s a secret for the time being.  Expect to see it when I announce the release date for the book, which is forthcoming.  I’m totally getting there.  Way faster than George R. R. Martin.  Not that that’s a very high bar.

The other thing you might notice is that this particular title isn’t written in brain letters.  Turns out I hate those.  I was pretty sure I didn’t hate them before, but that was probably a bout of temporary insanity.  The new font is called Silk Remington by Jadugar Design Studio.  Only I stretched it out a bit vertically because I have to tweak all the things that I encounter.

The latest pass on The Volunteer (subtle transition to the new title!) is complete as of Tuesday.  I’m going to comb through it one last time, just in case, but I’m pretty sure we’re looking at a finished manuscript here.  Exciting times!  If I had to guess, I’d put the release date in May.  Which is less than a year later than I intended, and that counts as a victory.

Laters.

The last post of 2016

So.  That was some year we just had, huh?  I launched SamTWillis.com at the beginning of 2016, because when you write books you’re supposed to have a website, and I intended to publish a book called With No Head some time that summer.  Summer came and went, the title came and went, a cover came and went, and the website is still here.  I haven’t been terribly responsible with it, I’ve put a bunch of half-formed thoughts up here and regretted them almost immediately, but in the archives they remain, never to be seen by any but the most interested of parties.

I expect 2017 to be different in some ways and the same in many others.  The website will remain.  The book, whatever it’s called, will be published.  A short story of mine is going to be published in an anthology, and I’ll be sure to link the crap out of that when it comes out.  “The Night Dragon” will come to an end (probably in January), and I’ll start writing some other silly idea instead.  There will be jokes, there will be anxiety, and there will be posts that are much later than they are supposed to be (like this one!).  People will continue to find my website with fantastic search terms like “peed in his pants.”  I will continue to be amused by the links that get people here.  I will probably make a point of mentioning the free copy of Break that comes with signing up for my newsletter a few more times.

The world, which doesn’t even get a mention until the third paragraph because this is my website and I get to be all self-important all over everything, will continue to be a place wherein numerous bad things happen all the time.  There will be lots of good things, too, and it will probably be more important than it usually is to fight for the good things.  We will learn from 2016, collectively, and we will find better ways to share and consume information.  Better ways to determine what information is valuable.  This is going to be very important, because the amount of information available is never going to decrease, not unless the Internet explodes or zombies eat our power plants (possible story idea?) or something like that.

Donald Trump is going to be the important job guy, and I’m going to continue to dislike that.  I’ll probably complain about it more because it’s probably going to be terrible.  I have no illusions about my complaints actually changing the way things will be going forward, but complaining is cathartic and helps me gather my thoughts.  I believe a clear understanding of our problems and obstacles is key when trying to identify and fight for the things we value.

Thanks for reading in 2016.  Thanks for Googling “lunch place new orleans turkey and the wolf” and clicking on the weird short story you found instead of the restaurant you were looking for. Thanks for signing up (told you I was going to mention it again) and thanks for commenting.  Thanks for tolerating me, which as far as I know is not mandatory.  See you in 2017.

-Sam

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