The Death and Rebirth of The Points Between

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Once upon a time I was happily writing a serial called The Points Between. It was a story I was incredibly passionate about telling -- a story that was viscerally important to me, even though it was way out of my comfort zone and far, far above my level of expertise -- and I'd actually finished an entire arc, and had started on the second arc, when a bunch of inconvenient things happened. The result of these inconvenient things was that the story has remained dormant for years: not dead, because it's never a story I've given up on, but dormant. I needed to make some decisions, and I didn't know what decisions I wanted to make.

I've made those decisions, and am in the process of moving forward. This is the story of that interminable process, and what came out of it.

The Points Between is, in my head, a story with three arcs. The first arc, where Matthew discovered he was a magician, was finished. The second arc, where he had to discover what that meant, was getting started. The third arc, where he had to choose how to use what he knew, was being set up. I was generally pleased with most of what I'd written, but there were a few things I'd done that had bothered me:

New Markets, New Problems, New Prices

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Some quick news on the fiction side of things:

Pay Me, Bug! available on iTunes, unexpected price drop

Item One: Pay Me, Bug! is now (rather again, after a long absence) available for sale on iTunes. I pulled PMB! from iTunes shortly after it was put there because people who bought it noted strange formatting errors, and I had no reliable way to fix them. At the time, I was using Smashwords as my distributor, and I found other reports of people noticing the same issues with Smashword-generated epubs.

Fun With TVTropes

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I love TVTropes. I think it's one of the greatest websites in the history of ever, and I'm fascinated at the sheer volume of tropes that contributors have added to it.1

Anyway, last night I stumbled across the entry for Captain Ersatz and decided I had to add Liberty from Curveball as an example, because duh. And then I wondered what other tropes I could find that are represented in that work.

I have thirty so far.

I just published a comic book! Sorta.

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When I started Curveball the primary conceit was "it's a comic book without the pictures." Only, it wasn't a comic book, because creating physical objects is a lot more expensive than creating electronic ones. There's no specific market for them, so it falls into the "it would be neat if I could do this" category, which means Print On Demand, which means "more expensive than a traditional print run," which means "nope, can't justify it."

Except I figured out how to make it work.

Front:

Back:

That's right. Curveball is now available as a trade paperback. Or, as I like to call it, a "prose comic book."

Trademark Enforcement Run Amok: Games Workshop, you're on my list

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UPDATE: Based on what I have to assume is the blistering outrage from the masses, including some people of considerable importance in the speculative fiction arena, Spots the Space Marine is once again available for Kindle on Amazon.com.

Original article follows:

Games Workshop has published some really neat games.

They are most famous for their Warhammer 40K miniature-based wargame, but the game I love the most was their Warhammer fantasy role-playing game. When they first published it the rulebook came in an absolutely gorgeous hardback, filled with color pictures of the world it took place in (an alternate-history earth filled with chaos and magic and elves and Other Nasty Things), pictures of the gods in their various pantheons, and some great material that really gave you a feel for their world. Imagine Lovecraft in a fantasy world, but where the general population is mostly aware of the threat of the Elder Gods and has said "no, we won't just stand by and be food." Terrible, epic, nearly futile, magnificent struggle against dark forces that corrupt from without and within. Great stuff.

Screw those guys. I don't know what happened to that company, but they don't exist any more. The guys who exist now are accusing a friend and colleague of violating a trademark, and they are preventing one of her books from being sold as a result. The author is M.C.A. Hogarth, who I have reviewed on this site before. Her book is called "Spots the Space Marine," which was a successful web serial before it was published.

What is the trademark Games Workshop is accusing her of violating? "Space Marine."

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