A Quiet Tuesday Night

Phil Slattery, 2015

Tonight is uneventful.

I was notified yesterday via direct message on Twitter that Namri’d Publishing of Edgewood, NM, is awarding me an advertising package of “two reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and Barnes and Noble and sharing of your book on Facebook and Twitter at least weekly for one month” valued at $100.  I have not heard of them and don’t know how they got my name, but I won’t look a gift horse in the mouth.  They asked for a copy of one of my books and a cover photo, so tonight I sent them A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror.  We’ll see how this goes.  I tend to be leery of deals too good to be true, especially if they come out of the blue, but I do not see that I have anything to lose here either.  They are not asking for any money (at least at this point).  I looked up the company on the Internet, and it seems to be a straightforward, small publisher.  If things go as well as I hope, then this will be a good deal for us both and I will always be grateful to them for this opportunity.

Interestingly, I have passed through Edgewood many times.  For some time, my wife has lived and worked in Midland, TX, and when I go to see her, the most direct route from Aztec, NM, where I live, takes me through Edgewood.  Often, I stay the night at an America’s Best Value Inn in the town of Moriarty, which is just east of Edgewood.  Edgewood is about as typical small town America as they come, situated on the edge of the rolling plain just east of Albuquerque.  From what I have seen, it is a beautiful little community with a large nature park.

Other than that, I have collected some information together for my taxes and have been advertising my upcoming interview on KSJE (90.9 FM, March 7 at 10:30 a.m. Mountain Standard Time) on Goodreads and sending out a few invitations to listen to it.

I usually keep the TV on in the background, and these days it’s usually on YouTube, which I love for the wide variety of programming (admittedly, some is of dubious sources, but nonetheless entertaining), but you can also find great articles on topics you can’t find on regular TV, such as staging of classical plays like “Death of a Salesman”, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”, “The Iceman Cometh”, or “Waiting for Godot”.  You can also find great biographies.  One of my favorite programs of all time was A&E’s Biography.   I can now watch its re-runs.  The biography of John Steinbeck is playing now.

So now I sit at my laptop, typing this article, having hot tea, watching Biography, and waiting for my wife to call.  After I finish this post, I will start my writing for the night.

 

#Weird Coincidence? #Synchronicity? 

I just arrived at Ruby’s restaurant in Aztec planning on a breakfast of pappas con carne adovada and the waitress seated me at a booth next to a man that looks very much like the photo of the fictional character Jack Thurston I posted on Twitter (@jthurston666).  Of course, the photo is a public domain photo I got from Pexels.  Nonetheless, the coincidence seems uncanny.  Has anyone else had a similar coincidence?  I suppose this falls under the category of synchronicity.

Weblog Update

Inside OG2 Slattery

With Iced Tea, Farmington, New Mexico, March 20, 2015

How does everyone like the  new look for the weblog?  I have shortened the name and made it a more accurate reflection of the content, though I may be changing that even more soon.  I have reorganized the tabs, so that readers can find the new magazine and information on the Farmington Writers Circle more easily.  Most of the old pages still exist, but they are now under “The Chamber Magazine” page. I have also reorganized the sidebar, keeping most of what was there previously, and maybe adding one or two new items and omitting one or two old ones.  I will also be adding a page for each of my works published on Amazon under the “Published Works” heading.  That might be a day or two more before those are up.

If you have suggestions to make the site more user friendly or to facilitate finding information, please let me know via e-mail, comment, or through one of my social media (which I will also be increasing).

A Blatant, Shameless, Ballsy Call for Reviews

Available on Amazon Kindle

Available on Amazon Kindle

If you are one of the you are one of the incredibly intelligent and tasteful people who has purchased one of my books from Amazon, please show your appreciation for my awe-inspiring writing skills by going back to Amazon and leaving a good review.  Good reviews help move books up in the Amazon ratings and help sales, AND you’ll be able to sleep better tonight knowing you have done something to benefit mankind.

If you are one of those incredibly intelligent and tasteful people, and haven’t yet purchased one of my books, this is your opportunity to improve not only your lot in life, but mine as well, and to benefit mankind’s lot by raising the average I.Q. a smidgen.

If you’re not one of those people and haven’t purchased one of my books and, God forbid, don’t intend to, well, a good review still wouldn’t hurt.

 

Here’s a story idea for whoever wants it: the Chicxulub Virus

Phil Slattery hiking in the Bisti Wilderness near Farmington, NM, circa 2013

Phil Slattery hiking in the Bisti Wilderness near Farmington, NM, circa 2013

Tonight I have been working on the final draft of the paperback version of “A Tale of Hell and other Works of Horror”.   I took a break to talk with the fiancée (over the phone), have dinner, and watch one of my favorite episodes of House entitled “A Pox on our House” involving a suspected case of smallpox.  Somehow I hit upon the idea what if it wasn’t a meteor/asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs, but a virus?  The story could be called “The Chicxulub Virus” after the Mexican location where the meteor/asteroid struck in the current Bay of Campeche. The virus could have been brought to Earth by the meteor/asteroid, spread quickly by air in the particulate cloud that the meteor/asteroid generated, and which encircled the Earth.  A few mammals and other critters survived for whatever reason, to evolve into the species we have today or the virus could have started the evolution that created today’s species.  Now, in a sort of Jurassic Park stimulus, instead of scientists finding “dino DNA” in amber, they unleash the virus and race to prevent it from spreading (reminiscent of The Andromeda Strain) or they struggle to fight its spread once it is airborne.  This could be a very complex work even for a good sci-fi writer.

This is just a very rough idea and I haven’t worked out anymore details than you see here.

I have a long list of things to write and so I recognize that I will never write this.  Therefore, I offer it out there to whoever wants it at no cost.  If you do use it, and if you would be so kind, I would like to be listed in the acknowledgements as the originator of the basic idea.

Comments? Suggestions?