November 13th, 2014 — Superhero, Justice Wing, Admin, Mythic Heroes
I made it perfectly clear, back in the days when things updated, that there were several universes dealing with the ‘superheroic,’ if such is a word we would want to use.
In particular, the Mythic hero, from long ago, in times of mystery men.
And the wings of Justice, or tales of now.
And I have no doubt but that when I said these things they were the truth.
But much has happened. To me. To them.
Maybe there was a crisis. A calamity. A disaster most foul.
Or maybe there was a hop between universes and worlds.
Or maybe we didn’t know the truth before, but we do now.
All I do know is this.
Linearity is for suckers.
Tags: justice wing
, Mythic Heroes
July 19th, 2014 — Admin
Since last I
complained reported, we’ve had a few more knocks. More doctoring, more weirdness. I may have gallstones or sludge (my favorite diagnosis ever. I have sludge!).
Oh, and I have a hernia. That’s okay, though. My intestines just wanted to poke their head out, have a look around. Who can blame them?
Despite this, and a setback in terms of my strategy, the relaunch proceeds apace. For the record, the relaunch will include Lovelace 1/2, Interviewing Trey and Corbett-877. So yes, there will be more.
And they will be free to read, right on Banter Latte. I won’t force you to pay for the rest of the story you’ve already started. That’s what we in the industry would call a ‘dick move.’
How much more?
That will still depend on you. I’ll put together a post soon, explaining how the new site will work.
There will be a bunch of other stuff. Reprints and rebroadcasts. And consolidations — but organized so folks won’t need to get caught up in the whole if they just want parts.
And there will also be serials — some all new stuff (well, some of it will seem pretty familiar, but still). That will be paid, but I hope folks will think it’s worth it.
I really hope that, actually. My costs are going up in all of this. A few people donated money to me (and that has been amazingly cool and helpful), but what I really want are things that people can get that will give me the happy monies.
Still, Andi, Lee and Chapman will all be back. That’s perhaps the most important takeaway.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go apply heat to my gut, so I can gently encourage my insides to go back inside.
June 30th, 2014 — Admin
In his barcolounger at dusk, dormant Snarky waits dreaming…
June 25th, 2014 — Admin
May 22nd, 2014 — Admin
So. What’s happened since last we talked?
I swear I’m not making this up.
I got shingles.
I swore I wasn’t making this up! Jeez. More after the break.
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Tags: 2014 sucks
May 2nd, 2014 — Admin
“Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” –John Lennon
It was the worst sound I had ever heard in my life. The most horrifying, hideous noise in the universe. It was a sound I’ve literally heard in my nightmares for months since then.
And it came from my wife’s throat.
It was, weirdly enough, New Year’s Day. Day one of 2014. And we had plans.
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October 8th, 2013 — Admin
Look! It’s an eBook cover!
All right — so it’s been longer than expected. Which… perhaps ironically is to be expected. Things have been unusually rough these last several weeks at work and elsewhere. I won’t go into the laundry list, but suffice it to say we did our laundry, and it followed a list.
That may not have made any sense.
Anyhow — I’ve had to work out time management, and unfortunately it’s been Banter Latte that’s paid the price. There are a few reasons for that — some reasons I think everyone can get behind. And some… well, perhaps not as much. The former are simple — my work pays my bills, and beyond that my health, my wife, my wife’s health, my cat’s health (seriously. This is a thing. Why? I have no clue) have had to take precedence. This doesn’t make me any happier about Banter Latte suffering, but it’s something that I think everyone can agree with.
As for the bits people might not like….
Well, I’ll have to be frank. Banter Latte isn’t exactly a money making proposition.
Understand, I’m okay with this — I wasn’t writing here for the cash. I was writing here because I love to write. I love the stories that we’re able to tell here. I love Lovelace 1/2, Interviewing Trey, Corbett-877, and the myths. And in one sense, they’re an important part of my psychological well being. When I’m writing, I’m on a more even keel. My brain is happy.
But there’s also a practical side to all this, and unfortunately that practical side suffers in all this. Banter Latte loses money. Seriously — ads or no, it costs me more money to put the stuff out than it takes in, and the trends don’t look promising for that to change.
Does this mean we’re closing down? Hell no. All these stories are going to be finished, and they’ll be put here at no cost to you. However, I have some other prospects that will actually bring in money, and that’s really important, especially these days.
As a side note? Those of you who donated? Thank you. You guys are fantastic. And if you haven’t, that’s okay too. I’m glad you’re reading.
So. Things will be slow for now, but we’re not closing down.
Now. I am able to cheerfully point you all at the beginning of one prospect for me getting some cash. We’re getting some of the work up at Smashwords and on Amazon — so far, Proserpina and the Nemesid are both up for purchase at Smashwords and Amazon. Both have been cleaned up and revised, and I think they’re the stronger for it! If you want the convenience of Kindle through Amazon’s site, it’s there for you! If you want DRM-free or lots of other formats, Smashwords is your hookup. And both are going to be moving to lots of other sites like Barnes and Noble and… top sites as soon as the systems churn them out. There will be a lot of other stories going up there over the next week or two as well.
No, the free versions of these stories are not going to be taken down from this site. Frankly, I think that would be a dick move at best. Please feel free to reread them all you like! Though — if you want to jump on these sites and review the eBooks, that would be a really nice thing to do. And if you would like to buy the revised versions… well, I will like you a lot.
Lots more of these stories will be appearing on these and other sites soon as well. Also, that sweet sweet Nemesid cover that appears up above is full sized on my freshly minted Deviantart page. There will be other stuff appearing there as well.
So. To recap: I’m not leaving Banter Latte or taking stuff off the site. However, I do need to focus on paid work for a bit, which will slow me down here. Not coincidentally, there’s writing of mine you can buy — and that would be an awesome thing! And in the meantime, that’s a nice picture up in the corner.
Thanks as always. More soon, with any luck.
September 19th, 2013 — Admin
…so, yeah. It’s been a bloody hard week, so my hopes of recarving out daily writing time and getting back to full buffer have vanished like… some… kind of vanishing thing. Also, my ability to produce similes is impaired. We’ll take another shot on Monday. Obviously, getting Lovelace and Trey out are the priorities right now, and they’ll be put into place. I have a plan to ensure some content during the week even if work continues to be worse than expected as well. Thanks for your continued support!
September 16th, 2013 — Science Fiction, Serial
School’s well underway and we are back on track! Sorry for the momentary disturbance. And for those who dropped a tip in the hat — thank you. It’s well appreciated.
One cool thing about doing flashbacks in these episodes? It’s actually really freaking easy to work out the timestamps for them. Hooray for the metric system!
Well, the decimal time system.
Anyway, here’s Corbett-877 #6.
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Tags: Liam Corbett-877
, Gail Jackson-2
September 11th, 2013 — Uncategorized
As I mentioned in earlier posts, we are in the Start of School here at my day job. It’s easy to think of that in terms of one or two days — kids arrive, kids get set up, life goes on — but in practical terms its a couple of weeks worth of setup, implementation and fine tuning. We’re midway through the fine-tuning aspect of it, and it’s going fantastically, but I’m still running on significantly too little sleep and about three weeks without an actual day off (Labor Day I spent migrating systems no one needed to access because… well, it was Labor Day).
Which brings us to Banter Latte.
I have Corbett-877 at 95%, Interviewing Trey at 90%, and Lovelace 1/2 somewhere below that on the ‘ready to post’ layer. I have two myths sketched out and another project I want to do as a one-off. And I quite honestly have no capacity to do those last few things that need doing to actually post the work. When I’m not working, I’m in a haze. It’s funny to watch. My cat thinks I’m some kind of plush toy.
Wednesday has been very good at making sure I remember to eat.
I’m shooting to have the full run of posts return as of Monday. If I can get up the vim or vigor I’ll put something up this week as well, but I wouldn’t expect the main series stuff before next week. Once we do settle into the routine of the school year, I’ll have the time to start hammering on projects. During smooth times, doing 3,000-5,000 words a day is generally simple, which means two or three weeks will get the buffer refreshed and the system can go back to full automatic. I’m also considering rerunning some classic stuff from my past — things that didn’t appear on Banter Latte to begin with, but deserve a home.
On a side note, and I try to only rarely make mention, we do have a tip jar off to the side and — if you’ve enjoyed the work and are inclined — it would be nice to get a buck or three in it. If not, no worries. There will still be content as the storm settles.
Thanks as always, and enjoy the shrimp!