Well, spring is here, and it arrives to find me hard at work on my fourth novel. This is the first feature length nonfiction novel I’ve attempted, and maybe it will finally be the one that opens some doors for me…here’s hoping. For those of you who are unaware, I’ve yet to land a deal for any of the major projects I’ve written, any of the first three novels, the screenplay, or the comic book series I co-wrote along with my friend, artist Jesse Renfrew. I still don’t have an agent, though maybe when I’m done with the rough draft of the new novel I’ll start the hunt for representation again too. I’ve spoken here on the site about how it’s difficult not to get discouraged when that big break hasn’t arrived yet, particularly in an era when some people feel that the paperback novel may soon be going the way of the dinosaur or the Atari home entertainment system. In any case, I don’t really feel that it’s my place to worry about that. All I can do is write the novels, short stories, or whatever else it might be…the process by which it gets to my readers, whether through online sales, electronic downloads to portable devices, or even good old-fashioned printed words on paper isn’t really my concern. All I can do is keep cranking it out…that’s all I know how to do.
On the blog recently I’ve mainly just been posting movie reviews. That’s because, since I’m working on a longer project, I don’t have the time for short stories, either writing them or sending them out, and consequently, that means I haven’t been able to post about any new publishing credits recently. That’s probably going to continue being the case for a while. Honestly though, the brief amount of notoriety and tiny cash infusion I might get from selling short stories or erotica to web sites or lit mags doesn’t add up to much, and I’d much rather concentrate on selling something bigger, at least for the moment. I wanted to mention that one of the last things of mine to be published was a story in the English magazine Scarlet. I had a story featured there in the November issue, or so I’ve been told…I didn’t receive a contributor copy, so I can’t be sure. In any case, they were due to pay me seventy days after publication, and even though it’s almost April I have yet to see that money, and my emails have been blown off. I don’t know if they’re just disorganized or what, but in any case, they’re in breach of contract, so I wanted to say a very hearty to-hell-with-you to Scarlet magazine of England. It’s not like they even owe me that much, but you know what? I still have rent and bills to pay, and if they really did use my story, then I want to be compensated as per the stipulations we agreed to. Assholes.
Anyway…I just got back from Pittsburgh, where all of my in-laws met each other. It was a very happy occasion, and I wanted to say thank you to everyone involved who made it special. I appreciate it, as does the new Mrs. Brame-Finkelstein. I’m looking forward to quite a bit over the next few months…I have tickets to a WWE house show at Madison Square Garden, one for a Ring of Honor wrestling event at the Manhattan Center, a pair of tickets so Megan and I can go see the Yankees play the Angels during their first homestand at the Stadium, and I also have a ticket to see Les Claypool in a few weeks. Last but certainly not least, Megan and I have tickets to see Iron Maiden in July the week of my birthday, also at MSG. That should be a phenomenal event, even if the band members collectively are about 400 years old. I’m also looking forward to a family vacation at the end of August involving Megan, my mother and stepfather, and my sister Ann; Megan and I have been pressing for Ireland, and it looks like it’s going to happen. If so, it’ll be my first time out of the states since a trip to Toronto way back in ’90. And then, of course, there’s bound to be a whole lot more I can get myself into as the weather heats up. I’m thrilled for the start of the new baseball season at the end of the week, and also for the summer movie line-up just around the corner.
I also just wanted to say that it looks like I’ve been getting more comments here on the site, but, to be fair, I’m not sure whether most of them aren’t just computed generated advertisements. Some of them just seem really generic, like “that was a really informative post. Where do you come up with your ideas?” If you’re going to post here on the site, try to be a little more specific with your comments, so that I know you’re actually alive. I don’t know. Maybe I’m asking too much. That’s it for now. I hope everyone is enjoying the start of spring, and has as much to divert and distract them as I do in the upcoming weeks. More soon.