Monday, April 22, 2013


bleeding the unready, the unaware, is easy
for you, the sniper, the assassin jogging away from the
ticking pressure cooker counting down to the screams
in a stress free life with your hat on backwards.

after the fact sorrow, sympathy, compassion is expected
for you, from some, fools who run from the razor reality of
burning shrapnel death and innocent amputated limbs
in a world tinted rose with shadow blinders on all sides.

once there would have been no ambulance, no trial anticipated
for you, the murderer, would be hunted down and hung from the
nearest sturdy tree to the applause of those left behind
in a country where excuses were whispers torn away in the wind.

driving over your brother, the police, the city of Boston
for you, the so-called victim, the lost one, hiding in a boat bottom and
offering unheard promises to kill or wound again and again
in America where they took you to a hospital to save your worthless life.

dying for the cause, this broken faith, is worth it
for you, for some, who translate difference as hate and sin
wishing for warmth from a cold cell or a colder hell
in a prison where all your promises will be broken.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Collection Update & Sharing

So, a pretty unique thing happened to me yesterday. I wrote a short essay that appeared on John Scalzi's blog, for a regular column he provides called "The Big Idea". You can check it out here, if you like, as it does give quite a bit of context for the new collection. I was a bit nervous about it, but the handful of folks that commented said nice things and (as usual) the cover received a lot of praise.

I also wanted to push for help for David Farland's son Ben yesterday, which I did. And if you missed it, go forth to this website and help out. David is a fine writer, and when the community pitches in to help each other, it's a pretty damn fine thing.

But then, I sort of fell into the trap of watching the Amazon numbers for THE END OF ALL SEASONS. With the Kindle version being only $2.99, I figured the "Scalzi effect" (something I'll no doubt be blogging about in the future, would garner some sales. I also did a couple of Facebook posts, and saw the momentum thing really take off a bit. I almost never look at the sales numbers for my books, because so few of them are in my name. By the time one comes out, I've long since moved on to whatever it is I'm writing at the time. It was sort of fascinating, I admit, and I think a couple of people may even have bought the trade paperback version.

As of writing this, THE END OF ALL SEASONS is in the top 25k of all paid books in the Kindle store, but even more cool (at least to me) are these numbers:

#14 in Kindle Science Fiction Anthologies
#22 in Kindle Fantasy Anthologies
#53 in Books/Fantasy Anthologies

As the evening progressed, I updated Facebook a couple of times, and asked people to share the link and help the momentum. A good number of people "liked" the link, but only a few shared. Just in case folks don't know, the reason for "sharing" the link instead of just liking it is the differential in our respective friends lists. You know people I don't, so if you share a link and say something about it, your friends are more likely to see it (understanding, of course, that Facebook has made it impossible now for everyone to see everything). If you just "like" a link, you and I see it, but your friends do not.

Many of us share friends, of course. The spec fic community isn't so massive that there's not a lot of crossover. But still, I wonder... I have over 1000 friends on Facebook. If even half of them shared one of those Kindle links for my collection, what would happen? Well, it's fun to imagine, but I do want to suggest that supporting authors (yes, others, but me, too) is important and one of the ways you can do that is to share posted links about books as well as liking them, and to buy a copy for yourself if you can. Also, don't forget to leave a review on Amazon and other online websites, if you do get a copy. All of that builds momentum and sales, which ultimately means your favorite writers get to write even more.

Next up for me, I will be blogging on the Western State Colorado University MFA blog on the subjects of outlining and writing backwards. I'm well overdue for an appearance there as Michaela Roessner has been doing all the heavy lifting. I'll also be putting in an appearance on Mary Robinette Kowal's blog soon, for the regular feature she runs called "My Favorite Bit." And then back to here, where maybe I'll get around to blogging about something other than the collection... no promises, but I'll see what I can come up with.

Monday, April 8, 2013

The First Review is In

I just saw the first review of my new collection, THE END OF ALL SEASONS, and I'm happy to report that it was a good one! You can click on the link above for the full review (and you should visit the site anyway), or read it right here:

"Putting this in fantasy is somewhat arbitrary since the stories collected here range across several genres, including science fiction and even westerns. I have a soft spot for westerns as that was the first genre I ever read way back in prehistoric times. The stories, and a few poems, are arranged by season of the year rather than genre or theme. There are retellings of fairy tales, stories of technology and magic, stories of the Old West and future. The science fiction - which is normally my preferred genre - are actually my least favorites this time around. Davis has a gift for short fantasy fiction - rare in my experience among even the more competent fantasy novelists - and imbues most of his stories with some genuine emotional content, also a rarity. If I had to pick favorites, I'd mention "The Angel Chamber", "When I Look to the Sky," and "The End of Summer". You'll enjoy this best if you forget about worrying about genre and just look forward to some good fiction." - Don D'Ammassa, 4/8/13

Now, if I can get through my appearance on John Scalzi's blog, Whatever, for The Big Idea on Wednesday, maybe I'll be able to breathe again. A little. Oh wait, then I'm on Mary Robinette Kowal's blog the next week. And somewhere in there, other folks will probably review it. That's it, then. I'm probably holding my breath for the next month...