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#ROW80 ~ July 12th Check-In



Between rewriting and having an unmotivated week, I didn’t get much forward progress. Did finish some research. My goal for this week is going to be the same as last week’s:

  • Add 5K minimum reach 18K on the Abbott Project. (Edit: This goal is changing to effectively be 20K on the manuscript before we go to Colorado/Nebraska.)


Ran Model Species promo yesterday. Downloads for all our promos have been pretty lack-luster lately. Martian Engineer’s got a few sales and page reads, so that’s cool. Probably won’t be planning any promos until we’re back from our trip.

Complicating Factors in July

A.k.a., what else do I have going on:

  • #24in48 Readathon is happening right now. I should be working, but instead I’m reading…
  • I dumped the second half of the Intro to Interactive class. July was looking just too busy. I’ll catch it in September.
  • EverQuest2’s new progression server opened in Beta this week. It ate time.
  • Our trip to Colorado later in the month will probably be extended to include our yearly Omaha trip. This is good. I don’t do well with interruptions of schedule and yet another trip in Sept/Oct was going to be that. It’s not a completely solid plan yet, but it’s likely.

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Posted in Male Author, Short Story

Deal Me In, Week 28 ~ “The Bees”


Hosted by Jay @ Bibliophilopolis

“The Bees” by Dan Chaon

Card picked: Four of Clubs

From: Thrilling Tales, edited by Michael Chabon

Thoughts: Gene has a good life. His wife, Karen, is in nursing school and his little boy Frankie is about to enter kindergarten. But Gene has a dark past too. Over a decade ago, during the worst of his alcoholism, he abandoned a girlfriend and young son, just about Frankie’s age. Now sober, he’s tried to find them to make amends, but they’ve disappeared. Or maybe become part of the nightmares that he and Frankie have been having…

There an interesting premise here and some moments of genuine creepiness, but the ending came out of nowhere for me and didn’t feel very connected to the rest of the story. After stumbling on a review of it from a subsequent publication, I find I may have missed a subtlety.

About the Author: While a notable Nebraska-born author, I have no familiarity with Dan Chaon. He seems a “literary” sort, though Wikipedia tells me that he once wrote a fan letter to Ray Bradbury which became a regular correspondence for some time.