Plotting, Planning, & Working

Okay, so, I haven’t had a lot of time for blogging lately, due to a large number of things going on, all of which I’m going to mention in a minute. First though, I do want to restate the obvious, that my new novel Bunnypocalypse: Dead Reckoning is out. You can click that cover image to the right to go find it. Raistlin made a post about it that I reblogged last week, so yeah, restating the obvious.

I had intended to promote it a bunch by talking about it and everything behind the writing of it, and so on, and so forth, but then Raistlin and I agreed that he would interview me about the book, so I didn’t do all of that. It’s better, I think, to leave that for the interview, and not take away from the fun of reading it by me already talking about it a bunch.

Also, that would be really rude. Raistlin is my friend, and I’m not gonna short change him by blabbing all the stuff that should appear in an interview before the interview happens. Again, that would be rude, and while I’m often pretty rude, I’m not a complete asshole.

Just mostly.

So, my original plan shifted somewhat. Then other stuff happened, and I’ve been juggling a lot.

Okay, first bit of news. Bunnypocalypse is going to be an audiobook. I’ve already made a deal with Audible, which will see the audiobook version on their platform, as well as iTunes in the near future. I’ve got someone working on it as you read this. A very skilled voice actor named Jennifer Pickens is hard at work bringing all of this to audio glory. Like, she’s doing it right now. She’s awesome, by the way. Her audition floored me.

So, that’s taken up a good bit of my free time lately. Going through the setup, and putting all of that together, and talking with Jennifer about characters, and the book, and the subtext and metaphor and so on, and so forth. It’s a lot, guys. Like, wow. But at the end of the day, it is happening, and I am super excited about bringing one of my books to audio for the first time.

Even better that it’s Bunny. That’s just… I don’t even know. Amazing.

That lead to me and Emery Press discussing getting Wonder Land on audio, and I think we’re gonna do it. Maybe. We’re gonna discuss it at length here in the next little bit, I believe. It’s another platform, and that’s always good, and actually, I’ll come back to Wonder Land in a minute. That’s a whole different ball of crazy all it’s own.

Not only that, but I’ve also been neck deep in building a merchandising platform. Apocalyptic Emporium is now stocked with Bunnypocalypse merch, from tee shirts, to hoodies, to totes, and coffee mugs, and even face masks! Cause there’s nothing like a zombie apocalypse themed face mask these days.

Bunny Effing Beckman Mugs, a White Coffee Mug
Bunny Fucking Beckman on a fucking coffee mug is now my favorite thing ever!!!

Honestly, I wasn’t sure about that facemask one. I had some misgivings. That just feels a little opportunistic to me, but I talked to some people, and everyone told me it was a fun idea, so I went with it. I spent a week just trying to figure out how I felt about that, and get feedback from people, and it was a lot. Like, so much, and in the end, yeah, Bunny’s on a facemask, and it feels weird, but kinda cool. I dunno. That is just so surreal. I don’t know what to make of it.

Weird, surreal and kinda cool sort of sums up my life. Lord knows, Patricia would of laughed her ass of at it, then worn one everywhere she went, so I guess it fits with the theme that is me.

Bunny Effing Beckman Face Masks, a White and Black Cotton Face Mask

So, Bunny is chugging along there, and has gotten some solid reviews already on Amazon, as well as having upcoming reviews from Raistlin, and I think maybe one or two other book review bloggers expressing some interest in looking at it. Raistlin I know for sure, the rest are maybe gonna. I don’t know those for certain, but hey, if they happen, that’s awesome. I will happily take any help I can get promoting this, and everything else I do.

I’m gonna come back to that in a minute, too.

Over in the weirdness that is Wonder Land, that bag of crazy that just stops giving more crazy, so I am happily riding that crazy however far it goes, there’s of course the previously mentioned possible audiobook version, but also a new bit of merch on the way. A new Wonder Land tee shirt. Maybe more stuff, but the tee is a done deal and is in the works. I’ll tell you all more about that soon.

Cause there’s more stuff! I know, right? It’s like I’m doing all the things lately.

While working on the Bunny merch with Bonfire, my point of contact, Emily and I were exchanging emails, discussing various things, and I made an offhand comment that she grabbed on to and laughed her ass off about, promoting the first in of what is probably going to be a whole line of merch not related to my books.

Yes, that’s right. I’m launching non book related merch. It’s insane. I know it’s insane. But it’s too good not to do. The more Emily laughed about it, the more it kind of gelled in my head as a thing. Something that could be used to promote myself, and get people interested in what I do as a writer, by giving them something not related to that they could grab on to.

Yeah, we’re going deep level promotional here. I know. I’m scared, too.

With all of that, there’s still more going on! What can I say? I’m on fire.

It kinda burns, actually.

I have signed up to participate in this years National November Writers Month. That’s NaNoWriMo, I think. I dunno. I’ve never done that before, so it’s new, and kind of exciting. Here, click this LINK! That’ll take you to their webpage, and this LINK will, maybe, take you to my page there? I don’t actually know if it will. It may not. Again, this is new to me, and I have no idea what I’m doing with it. But it’s interesting and exciting, so I’m doing it. My focus right now is going to be on the second Wonder Land book. I thought about using it for the second War Witch novel, but that was kind of a bigger deal than I really wanted to attack with this.

Wonder Land is a manageable target for this sort of thing. War Witch is a whole other thing that tends to spiral wildly out of control and be a monster that consumes me. So, Wonder Land it is.

Last thing!

I know, we got to a last thing. I’m happy about it, too. Putting this all into a post makes me realize just how much I’ve been doing, and I feel slightly crazy. Crazier. I do have three on going book series I’m writing at the same time, so crazier seems applicable.

I am seriously considering setting up a Patreon to help me fund various things related to, very specifically, Bunnypocalypse. I don’t know that it will be strictly limited to that right now, but as Bunny is the project where I am basically paying for everything out of my own pocket, it seems like the property I could use the most help with.

I’ve been doing a lot of research on this, too. Like, a lot a lot. Studying how other indie authors and self published writers use Patreon to help cover costs of things like editing and cover design, as well as marketing costs, and promotional materials. They seem to have a solid system figured out, so it may be time for me to swallow my pride and reach out to the world for some support on getting all this done.

I still need to get in and look at some things, and figure a few other things out, but I am thinking I may do this. I would very much like to be able to expand on the merch I have started, but that does cost money, and I’m not made of that. Cover design and editing are also expensive, and if I’m going to keep building this thing I’ve started, then I am going to need some support.

Well, that and I’m working off and on at creating a Role Playing Game system set in the world of Bunnypocalypse, and that is also a thing that will require lots of funding and time and development costs. So, in the next few weeks, I’m going to be looking at setting up a Patreon, probably.

I’m just not sure, you know? I need to dive in and spend some time getting it all figured out. If it feels like a solid thing I can do, then I will. We’ll see. Once the audiobook is out, there’s a chance people will want to help make sure that Bunny has a future, and be willing to not just become Patreon supporters, but also offer advice, insight, and help develop aspects of the game and other stuff.

I can’t do everything alone. That’s the thing I’ve come to accept. When Patricia was alive, I never did anything alone, and over the last couple of years, I’ve tried to. It hasn’t gone well. Bunny wouldn’t even be on Kindle if it hadn’t been for my friend Joe (LINK!) moving literal mountains to make it happen.

I am not a force of one. So, Patreon is very likely in my near future. We’ll see how that works out. I’m willing to give it a shot, which is a lot more than I was willing to do even a few months ago.

Baby steps.

Okay, so that’s what’s been going on with me, and why I haven’t been super active lately. As you can see, it’s been a busy few weeks, and it’s shaping up to be even busier as more stuff develops and comes to settle in place.

All of it good, though. That’s the thing I want to really focus on here. It’s all been amazing, and I’m happy, and good, and for the first time in a long time, I feel motivated, focused, and like I’m myself again. Or maybe I’m something new, and different, and it just feels good to let myself be that. I really don’t know.

But I like this, and I’m excited, and working, and it’s awesome, so I’m just gonna run with it, ya know?

Yeah. You know.

11 thoughts on “Plotting, Planning, & Working

  1. “Raistlin I know for sure, the rest are maybe gonna”…..You do know that I wear the Black Robes still right?🤔🤔🤔 MWOOHAHAHAHAA….okay don’t know where that came from really….no…really I don’t!😂😂
    So many good stuff happening man, I can’t believe it! Don’t even know what to say anymore but I guess the most obvious thing is: I’m so freaking happy for you! Things are finally going well, and well after all that hard work, it’s awesome!
    On a happy note..speaking of Wonderland…I’m able to order that one from a Dutch website that is like Amazon😀 It’s going to take about 2-3 weeks to deliver, but hey: I don’t care!😀😀
    They also have Bunnypocalypse, but it’s an earlier version of the book. So I’m keeping my hopes up it will get the new one too😊
    Also are you freaking kidding me?!? A roleplaying system for Bunnypocalypse? Dude! That’s so cool!
    Did I mention that I was very happy for you? No? Well… I am! 😀

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    1. Man, I set all the clothing merch I could to black just for you. Then i noticed Bonfire is still working on doing international shipping, but still, one day, all that black, just for you! Gotta stay on brand!

      Again, I’m going to point out that reviewers often get free copies. I know! I get it, and I love you for it, but still, man. It’s normal.

      After everything that has happened, all the crap and hurt, and loss, and everything, all of this is amazing. I have literally never felt this positive in so many years. I am honestly excited all the time. It’s great.

      Okay, now down to the hard stuff. Yes, I have a plan for a Bunny table top RPG. I’m working on the game system, which I would love to say is wholly original, but it isn’t. There’s systems similar to it, but not exactly like it, and I’m working on figuring out how to do some stuff with it that will hopefully make it interesting, without making it complicated. I want it to be simple and easy to learn and play, but have options for doing stuff that gives it a dynamic feel.

      It’s a lot to figure out, and I’m only in the first steps of getting the basic system down,so this is a long term goal really. The kind that a Patreon and the kind of interactive feedback it gives would really help with a lot. So, that’s the big thing I’m kind of focusing in on is using it to help build that.

      There’s a lot to do, but it’s a goal, and I’m setting it. So, that’s a big thing, and a huge positive.

      I’m happy, man! I am so happy. It’s so great to have this feeling of focus and movement again.

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      1. Haha…I know, you said so. But I’m stubborn that way. That and I seriously mean it:it wouldn’t feel right for me to accept something for free for something you worked so hard for.
        So yeah, I’m funny that way! But well…Wonderland is on it’s way, I just finished the order! 😀
        That roleplaying game idea though? It sounds so cool, and I hope you will be able to get it done! Definitely look forward to something like that!
        I’ve said this a million times now, but I don’t care: Because really I can’t express in words how much I’m smiling right now to see you so happy! And that makes me happy! So….yeah…guess you could say I’m an emotional kind of guy. Weird considering I’m wearing black robes……🤔🤔🤔

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        1. I know. I just hate that you’re having so much trouble after all you have done for me. It irritates me to no end that you are having this much trouble. Like, I want to buy it and mail it to you myself, purely because you have helped me so much.

          But, I do get it. And I really do love you so much for it.

          Anyway. The RPG. Yes. So much work to do on that, and it is a spare time thing right now. Mind you, that’s kind of what the Patreon will help with, making it a reality a lot faster. So, yeah, I’m thinking I’m gonna go for it. I mean, the creator of the world creating a game world is the kind of crazy meta funny thing that I love anyway.

          So, that’s a thing. Nuts, ain’t it?

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          1. Haha, now worries man. As I said, it might take some more time, but I will get it eventually. And at least Wonderland is already on it’s way, so there’s that!😀
            Lol, no not nuts, but totally awesome, that’s a better word for it I think!😀😀 It’s so cool! Can’t wait to see how that one is going to turn out, that’s for sure!😊

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  2. “Okay, first bit of news. Bunnypocalypse is going to be an audiobook.”

    You know, you _could_ have mentioned that before I bought the Kindle version! Now I’ll just have to buy it again…

    Seriously, I think that’s a good move. I have precious little time to read anymore, but I drive — so I go through a lot of audio books. Looking forward to this version!

    The merchandising looks like a great idea. Raising awareness with useful products — that’s the best advertising!

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    1. I literally did not even know it was an option until the book was out. There’s a lot of things I’m learning lately, to be honest. Like, how to plan accordingly for the sequel so the audiobook is ready at the same time as the paperback and Kindle release. As they say, knowing is half the battle, and the other half is apparently developing proper timing.

      So, yeah, sorry about that. This is another thing I have now learned. Some people actually do buy my books. I had no idea. For real, that’s not a joke, I actually didn’t know. I’m sure you are aware that most of the time it feels like you are just screaming into a void.

      So, thank you, and I will do better in the future.

      The merchandising is awesome, I admit, but really, I’ve hit a point where I’m basically just trying everything I can, cause the world is different than how it use to be. Time was you wrote a book, found a publisher, and then went and wrote another book. Now it’s hard to get your head around it all. So I’m jumping off every cliff and seeing what awaits me at the bottom.

      It’s fun. Like being on a roller coaster after watching a Final Destination movie.

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      1. “I’m sure you are aware that most of the time it feels like you are just screaming into a void.”

        Oh, yeah. Very well acquainted with that feeling.

        “So, yeah, sorry about that.”

        I was joking. I’ll happily spring for the audio version. I’m actually taking notes as you make these discoveries, so sharing what you’re learning is really helpful.

        “Time was you wrote a book, found a publisher, and then went and wrote another book. ”

        I still have the 150+ rejection slips I accumulated over the years. I remember when self-publishing was also called vanity publishing — where writers who couldn’t find a publisher just shelled out cash to have their books printed.

        Now, as far as I’m concerned, it’s the preferred method, even if I have to fund a decent cover, a development editor, a copy editor, and classes from folks like Nick Stephenson who talk us through the marketing/publishing process. And why? You know why! We get to keep most of the profits.

        And better control the relationship with the readers, which is at the heart of everything.

        “It’s fun. Like being on a roller coaster after watching a Final Destination movie.”

        I was thinking it was like playing chicken with a train, but your analogy has a solid appeal!

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        1. I knew you were joking, but the truth is, I actually do regret waiting so long to look into the audio book option. For the longest time, I assumed it was going to be something that was way out of my price range, so I never bothered to explore it. When I finally did, I learned how big a mistake that line of thinking actually was, and of course, by then, it was already to late to release it along side the book itself.

          Which means that for the second Bunnypocalypse novel, I am going to plan for the audio book to be done ahead of the release date, so all the formats drop together.

          I’ve got a lot of regrets in my life, man, but not even looking into this because of an assumption is gonna be up there.

          Same goes for the merchandise angle. That’s been a learning experience as well, and one I’m glad I dove into.

          There’s so many things I had always believed to be out of my reach that aren’t. Ten years ago, they probably were, but things are changing constantly, and I’m catching up to how many resources really do exist now. Especially for self published authors. Amazon changed the game on that one, and is still doing so.

          While I think there’s always going to be a certain desire to nail down that big contract with a big publisher, truth is, you and Stephenson are right. The self publishing route is actually better for us. We have full creative control, and the ability to deliver our work without the big publishing houses slavish loyalty to trends and formulas changing what we do into something banal.

          It’s the industry that has grown up around the legitimacy of self publishing that we need to learn how to take advantage of, though, and that’s the thing I’ve been learning lately. Hopefully, what I discover along the way will help you and others. That’s be awesome, and the real goal I have as a writer is to help people, so I’ll keep at it.

          Thanks for your support, as well. The last few years were pretty rough, and I’ve got a lot of catching up to do with my fellow authors and their work. I appreciate you, though, and I’m working on returning the favor with reviews to you, and about six other people. A lot of reading in my future.

          Good thing I enjoy that.

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    1. Very high priority for me as well. I’m neck deep in the sequel for Wonder Land at the moment due to my publisher kind of insisting on it, and NaNoWriMo being a better fit for that than War Witch. The good news is that the second Bunnypocalypse book is already done, so once I get wonder Land 2 finished, War Witch is the only thing I need to pay attention to for a while.

      This is what happens when you write three book series at once. It’s a bad idea, turns out. Who knew?


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