Hello again, and welcome to the June 2014 issue of Aphelion!
We're still working on the patio, here at Casa Vila. Adding more
flagstones, getting a few gadgets that'll be useful, and generally
having fun. I had to take a couple of bungee cords and tie the big
umbrellas to the awning frame yesterday after the wind picked up a bit.
Just a little pop-up shower blowing through. It turned out to be
nothing serious. It was all over quickly.
I gave myself a little vacation from writing after I turned in the
manuscript for the Mare Inebrium collection. A little time to
decompress and unwind before tackling the next project. Stephanie
Osborn has asked me to co-write book four of the Cresperian Alliance
series with her. The working title is Heritage and the deadline
is December of this year. I've read through the previous books in the
series in order to get a feel for the characters and the general style.
Thankfully, Stephanie and I worked well together on the Displaced
Detective album, so I don't think there'll be any friction between us
as we work on this. I also think that I won't have much trouble
adapting to the writing style of the previous books. It isn't an exact
fit for my usual style, but it is close enough for me to slip into
harness, as it were. I believe that readers of the series will enjoy it
once Stephanie and I are done.
To answer the obvious questions: No, we haven't talked money, or
shares of the advance or royalties. Stephanie was more than fair in the
contract we signed for the album. I don't expect the contract we'll
sign for this will be any different in that respect. We'll probably
divide everything up according to different chores of getting the
manuscript finished. Pre-production, writing, editing, rewriting,
post-production, etc. No, I can't tell you the plot. No, I can't post
spoilers. And no, I have no idea when the finished book will be
released, beyond my guess of possibly mid to late 2015. What I
can tell you is that it is now time for me to start writing. Once I get
into the flow of it, perhaps I'll be better able to guess how long it
will take. For now, I'll have to study the notes, outline, and
character list while I re-read the previous books for any dangling plot
threads that I'll need to wrap up. I didn't see any the last time I
read the books, so I doubt that will become any kind of issue.
As for the Mare Inebrium manuscript, my publisher told me last week
that the book has gone into the production stage. He has a page count,
he's lining up a cover artist, and I've got some free time before I
have to go over the galley proofs to make any final edits that might be
needed. Once we see how quickly the manuscript moves through the
various stages of the process, we'll get a better idea of when the
finished book can be released. He will send me a contract to sign, and
that's when I'll find out all the details of any advance for the book,
what I'll make per copy after the advance is paid off, and so on. Will
there be a sequel? That depends on how many copies sell. If you folks
want to see a second book of my Mare Inebrium stories, you'll have to
buy copies of the first one and spread the word. If it makes the
publisher enough money, he'll ask for another book. If sales are good
enough, he might even ask me to edit a collection of the best of
everyone else's Mare Inebrium stories! That's my secret dream, to
eventually get the whole series in print, but for now, it is only a
dream. Everything will depend on how many copies I can sell of this
So, events are proceeding apace. Stuff is happening! Hard work is
beginning to pay off--in a feeling of accomplishment, if not yet in
cash, LOL! OK, enough blather from me. It's time I let you get to
First off, if you do the Facebook thing, feel free to join us on the
Aphelion page there. The link is Aphelion Webzine.
As an aside, the Editorial Mafia and I have found Facebook to be useful
while we transition between e-mailing lists. Given our different
locations and schedules, it's come in handy as a way to discuss
production details of new issues. Sometimes there are several of us
using Facebook at the same time, so it's almost like the old chat room
Music Page This is my promo page here at Aphelion. All the links
below, and more information about the albums, are located here.
Bank On A Learning Curve CD on the Create Space
website. My first
album, with a wide range of styles and genres, covering the past three
years of my working with the MAGIX Music Maker programs.
Helping CD on the Create Space website. My second album,
as wide a range of different musical styles, showing just how much I've
learned in the past three years.
Page on the Bandcamp website. Digital downloads of the albums,
or each individual song if you prefer it that way. Just click on the
album cover thumbnails and you'll see a list of each song on the album.
Next to the song titles are links to read the liner notes, or to
download the individual song. You can listen to each song for free.
There is also a link to download each entire album at one go. I cannot
say enough about Bandcamp! This is an amazing website. I have Rob, and
many other friends, to thank for finally talking me into checking it
Here are some links to pages I have up promoting my music. When my
book comes out I'll add those links to the promotion page, too. So far,
there are links on that page to the Create Space Preview songs, the
Create Space page for each album, the Amazon.com listings, and the link
to the digital downloads page.
And here's a link to my Sound Cloud page:
Dan's Sound Cloud
Page where all my music has been stored for your free listening
pleasure. These are not as high a quality recordings as the ones on the
CDs or on Bandcamp. But SoundCloud does have the virtue of having
everything collected together in one place.
Check those links out, buy a CD or download if you like what you
hear. And once again, thank you for your time,
Dan all my music has been stored for your free listening pleasure.
These are not as high a quality recordings as the ones on the CDs or on
Bandcamp. But SoundCloud does have the virtue of having everything
collected together in one place.
Check those links out, buy a CD or download if you like what
you hear. And once again, thank you for your time,
ON THE COVER
Title: Elves Light Up the Night
Photo Credit: The picture is
an combination of two images publicly available for commercial use
without credit given under the Creative Commons license. Arranged by N.