November 8th

My Pretties Thunderstorm

Ooooh, it’s the Frank Walls cover to the Thunderstorm Books hardcover limited edition of My Pretties! Usually these collector’s editions go up for pre-order first, but this one EXISTS and is ready to ship!

They’re already down to the last few copies, so if you’re a book-collecting gourmet, get your copy right HERE.

On the opposite end of the pricing scale, despite being a brand-new full-length anthology, the Kindle edition of Tales of the Lost is only 99 cents. It contains my story “Lost Gator,” and also stories by F. Paul Wilson, Tim Waggoner, Lisa Morton, Yvonne Navarro, David Wellington, Lee Murray, Stephen Graham Jones, Jess Landry, John Palisano, Chris Mason, Paul Moore, Eric J. Guignard, Ben Monroe, Christina Sng, and Kevin J. Anderson.

Order it HERE.

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November 7th

I haven’t stopped working for the day, because I’m a full-time writer and concepts like “It’s Saturday night!” are meaningless in my world. But I did take time off working on the screenplay to add two more behind-the-scenes essays to the website:

Dead Clown Barbecue Expansion Pack: https://jeffstrand.wordpress.com/order/dead-clown-barbecue-expansion-pack/

Clowns Vs. Spiders: https://jeffstrand.wordpress.com/order/clowns-vs-spiders/

I’m not expecting my website traffic to go up as a result of these, but I hope it gives people a reason to poke around here a little more. It’s entirely possible that nobody actually CARES about the origin of something like Dead Clown Barbecue Expansion Pack, but hey, it’s there if you wanna check it out!

December 6th

First things first: I’m planning to start posting here much more frequently. And I’ve certainly been in that situation where I subscribe to somebody’s blog, and then suddenly I’m getting e-mails every day and I’m thinking, “I didn’t want THAT much of my life to be devoted to this person!” So if you’re a subscriber and the notifications are annoying, you won’t hurt my feelings if you click the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of the e-mail.

I’ve been waiting to hear back news on a very cool project I’m not allowed to blab about (hint: movie adaptation) and today I heard back: it was a pass. But that update came with a surprising and exciting piece of news, and the project is still very much alive…though, odds are, I won’t get any further updates until 2020.

I’m only indirectly involved in the project above. There’s another one where I’m writing the screenplay myself. I put a great big dent in it today, but I switched my standard process. I am NOT a “Just get the words down and worry about fixing it later” type of author, but this time, that’s what I’m doing. Looking at how little of the book I’ve covered and how much of the script I’ve written, I know that I’ll have to cut out a lot, but I’ll worry about that later.

My long-term goal is to update every book page on this website with a behind-the-scenes essay. I’m not doing them in any particular order, but today I finished two of them and updated a third.

Kutter: https://jeffstrand.wordpress.com/order/kutter/

Disposal: https://jeffstrand.wordpress.com/order/disposal/

How to Rescue a Dead Princess: https://jeffstrand.wordpress.com/order/how-to-rescue-a-dead-princess/

No Snow Here

I did not get stranded in Minnesota, though it was actually pretty close. The snowplows didn’t reach my mom’s street until shortly before they were scheduled to quit on Monday, and we needed to head out early Tuesday morning. (There are, of course, much worse fates that being stuck at my mom’s house with its plentiful supply of post-Thanksgiving food and beverages. I could’ve probably survived for a couple of extra days just on the gummi bears that my sister brought me from Germany.)

Today I finished up a short story called “Ghetto Blaster” for an upcoming anthology. Excluding stuff for my newsletter, that’s the last short story I owe until March 1st. FREEEEEDOM!!!

Instead of multi-tasking as planned, I think I’m gonna focus entirely on the screenplay until it’s done, with time in the evenings for my long-long-long awaited website updates, and catching up on the backlog of books I’ve promised to read for blurbs. (Currently reading Johnny Walker Ranger: Demon Slayer by Ezekiel Kincaid, which is wildly entertaining.)

Fun With Blizzards

I hope you’ll be pleased to discover that I survived the Duluth, Minnesota blizzard of Thanksgiving 2019. I tried to take pictures and video as it was happening, but the falling snow didn’t really show up, making it look like a peaceful scene instead of the apocalyptic doomscape. But here’s the fence.

Fence in Snow

The roads are still completely covered in snow, so if you needed anything from the grocery today, you’ll have to ask somebody else.

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