I hate how quiet things have gotten here lately, but the more I’m actually working on Cirsova stuff the less time I actually have to blog. And I’ve been working on a LOT of Cirsova stuff.
MOST of Cirsova titles are now setup on KDP and will have continued print through the sunset of our Ingram Spark account. Anything else is on Lulu.
The proofs for Strange Recollections of Martha Klemm arrived yesterday, and they look pretty good. There are some things on the cover that need to be fixed, but we’re nearing completion on that project.
Because of our break with Ingram Spark, the versions currently available on Amazon will be going out of print in early December and may no longer be available through that site. While we are working to get KDP versions available, there are a lot of things that we did with these titles that make it VERY difficult to get them revalidated by KDP much stricter approval process.
Additionally, our serialization of Wild Stars V in Cirsova 6-8 is in jeopardy unless we can fix Badaxe to meet KDP’s stricter margin requirements, but very soon we’ll be talking about putting out a collected edition of The Artomique Paradigm.
We’re looking for an alternative printer going forward. We may switch back to splitting between KDP and Lulu, but after we get Martha Klemm out, we’re probably firing Ingram Spark. They’ve refused to distribute the pocketbook and magazine trim sizes [something that was not an issue for The Cosmic Courtship nor The Paths of Cormanor.]
In the meantime, please enjoy my neo-folk comfort EP with me.
Found some old silver age and bronze age comics that I got a really great deal on at a flea market the other day. After reading the Doc Spektor Spine Tingling Tales [which were fantastic], I tried out a silver age cape comic that I had never heard of before from Dell. [It turns out that this issue was even drawn, at least in part, by Steve Ditko!]
This is Nukla, and I hate him and his stupid face.
In this issue, he fights some guy called Captain Whale.
Captain Whale is a salty Captain Nemo type. He hangs out around the Antarctic, chasing off scientists and researchers, driving off ships, and shooting down navy planes. The Antarctic is his, and he and his crew will be safe there when the nuclear war inevitably destroys our stupid civilizations. He has ships, planes, and even an underwater base He also has a pod of trained Killer Whales who obey his every command [because they know how rad he is]! What a badass!
Meanwhile, Nukla is a shitstain CIA agent with nuclear powers. The feds send him to the south pole because Captain Whale has taken a bunch of trespassing scientists prisoner. Nukla blows up a pod of Killer Whales and is all “haha, Captain Whale will be too busy taking care of his wounded friends to keep me from stopping him!” Man, what a scumbag! Anyway, because he’s the title character, Nukla ends up blowing up Captain Whale’s plane with atomic radiation.
I would totally read a Captain Whale solo book, but Nukla is crap.
I cannot adequately convey just how much of my time this project has eaten up, but at last I’m able to see the light at the end of the tunnel…
Last night, I finished my second pass on Sara was Judith, and now all of the scans and texts are in the capable hands of Mark Thompson, who you may know as one of Cirsova’s two copy editors. He’s doing another check against the scans for me so I don’t kill myself in doing a 3rd pass that will inevitably miss things because I’m so burned out. In fact, he’s already got the texts for Doris Dances and Fires Rekindled back to me, so my next task is going to be getting his fixes worked in and then putting the text into layout.
Meantime, our next big release will be November 1st, when The Paths of Cormanor hits Amazon. This fairytale adventure from Mongoose and Meerkat author Jim Breyfogle is sure to delight readers of all ages!
Lastly, I would be remiss if I did not mention that we need ALL ADs for the winter issue in by the end of this month! See here for details!