the doomtown gazette

I’m pretty horrible at promotion. I’m pretty happy or whatever passes for “happy” just scribbling in the corner. Ideally, I’d love to figure out a way to get paid for writing without ever being read. (Maybe academia?) In spite of all that, every once in a while, I sort of take a pass at promoting my work. Then I horrify myself and give up. Having said all that

THE DOOMTOWN GAZETTE

That’s right. I’ve gone and changed the named of my Patreon. I wanted to make it a little snappier and, well, I think this is a better name. I tried to punch up the presentation a little bit. Prices and all that are still the same and I couldn’t bring myself to add different tiers.

There is only one tier.

SUPER NUCLEAR LEVEL HYPER MEMBER!!! 

As a SUPER NUCLEAR LEVEL HYPER MEMBER!!! you receive bulletins from THE NOCTURNAL LIBRARY. THESE WILL APPEAR AS NEEDED. ADVISE CAUTIONS!!! You will learn what SECRETS are being held in THE MUSEUM OF A BILLION COSMIC OBJECTS!!! You will TRAVEL THE NEXUS OF MISERY and RETURN A CHANGED PRIMATE!!! COMMUNE WITH THE ANIMAL AND THE DEAD! JOIN NOW! SHOP NOW! JOIN AND SHOP NOW!!!

If that sounds like you’re sort of thing, it’s just $3.33 a month. My posting has been a little more erratic than I’d like lately but it’s still fairly steady and there’s already 86 doses up.

That should be more than enough to keep you busy for some time.

And, all in all, I’m pretty happy with this work. I understand that in some cases it’s probably unreadable and it’s often uneven and I don’t know what anyone would get out of reading any of it, but I dunno – I think it’s pretty solid sci-fi of a type I like. A plotless assault on decency, good taste, and rationality. Like, whatever its problems, being commercial is not one of them. It’s probably pretty fucked up! Some of it, I’m not even sure it’s legal.

So, if you’ve been a supporter, are one now, or if you’ve even just gone to the trouble of sharing a link to my book or The Doomtown Gazette, under whatever name, I’d just really like to say thank you. The little bit of money I make from this really does help. Aside from that, it’s nice to think that there might be some batshit niche for this stuff.

And like, if you ever want to use any of this stuff for your stuff, just let me know.

Interdimensional Puncture Wounds

My 김치 money has arrived from Interdimensional Puncture Wounds so, if you subscribe, thank you and, if you don’t, I can’t blame you. I wouldn’t!

So far, I’ve basically been able to keep to my non-official goal of two short pieces a week and there’s now, I think, around fifty of the things up. It’s all gone a little different than how I expected. I thought there’d be more Worm God Zero but I just don’t seem all that plugged into Worm God Zero right now and there’s much more of The Banana King. I also didn’t expect there to be A Museum of a Billion Cosmic Objects but apparently that’s a thing.

All in all, I thought the whole thing was going to be more abstract than it’s turning out. As things stand, it’s more like news stories from some other place. I’d kind of like to overturn that structure and for the pieces to get weirder but I only exercise some small amount of control over the process. It’s being what it wants to be. I don’t want to argue with it.

As far as the subscriptions and all that goes, I’m surprised that I’ve made any money at all off these things. I pretty much expected nothing. I don’t even care about the money part. I more wanted a place to put this stuff that wasn’t just totally locked up in the drawer but also wasn’t just floating around. I wanted a door. Patreon seemed like a decent option and, so far, so good. If someone wants to see this nonsense, they can subscribe. If not, that’s fine too.

Interdimensional Puncture Wounds

Just got my first payment from Interdimensional Puncture Wounds, and it’s the first time I’ve been paid for writing anything in a really long time. Last time that happened, I think, it was a baseball thing written with Leigh Cowart aka @voraciousbrain. So, seriously, thank you. I feel like a criminal. (And I think Leigh has a science book about pain coming out sometime so you should probably go buy that.)

I hope you’re getting your money’s worth. On the bright side, I don’t really know any other place you can be kept up to date on the discovery of haunted film growing inside a child’s stomach, workplace raffles on the moon, ghost markets uncovered by stocktrading bots, and the selection of parasitic seaweeds lurking in Motel 6 restrooms.

So there’s that, I guess.

I feel pretty confident in my ability to keep up the two piece a week pace with one piece a month from the first launch cycling back into view. If I could do this long enough, I’d like for it to all to become some sort of automated decaying and mutating organism.

Mainly, it just feels like a good fit. Feels right to write something built for internet.

It’s like, I guess I could post novels or whatever but those feel like paper forms to me. I don’t even fuck with e-readers. Nothing against them in principle, I just like paper books. And if my novels can’t be published the old fashioned way and on paper, I’m not really into throwing them online. It’s just not how I write them or where they belong.

These pieces are sort of b-movie, zine trash, type shit, and I don’t want gussy them up with a fucking plot or suspense. I just want to let them be them.

So this all feels like some sort of fit and it’s nice to see some money for a change. It’s been a while.

So thanks.