DOUG LANE WRITES

2/15/2019 - TOO MANY IRONS

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The truth of the matter is that LIFE often gets in the way of THE WORK. And LIFE tends to accumulate its projects at the outset of the year: plans made for home renovations to be finished, upgrades to home and garden, trip planning, and so on. Into that mix, you toss a car that decides it wants a new transmission that it (frankly) isn’t worth the cost to give, and suddenly everything goes to one side so you can have reliable transportation again. 

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But in the midst of this, there’s still work going out, work getting onto paper, the march of progress on the third Robillard novel (which, when finished, will kick off the hunt for representation of some stripe, with two ready-to-fire guns and a third in the oven, plus outlines for the remaining three. In the meantime, other stories make the rounds (including a bit of alternate history Hollywood haunting in “Daddy, Play That Babalú”; a spot of horror-tinged crime in “The Gravediggers”; one cop’s strange obsession with “The Skull In The Switchback”; the Cuban revolution-flavored “The Finca Vigia Banned Book Cockfight”; and perennial also-ran - and ode to science fairs - “Everything In Time Travel Has Been Done”) while still others have been thrown into revision reconsideration, are fully drafted, or well-started (“A Souvenir of Your Visit to World War III”, “Five Iterations of Charlie Tango”, “Other Than That, How Was The Play?”, “God’s Home Address”, “A Touch of Bedlam”, “Slip Some Skin”, “The Middlemen”, “Birth Mother”, “The Shady End of the Bench”, “The Effect of a Monster Under the Bed on the Traveling Salesman Problem”, “Object d’Art”, “With Garnets In Their Eyes”, “Place of Dying” and a couple of new Iron Vanguard memoirs, “Triplicate Threat” and “The Ardor of Giant Mecha”). We’ll see where I get.

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There are ALSO still some unsold copies of SHADY ACRES AND DARKER SPACES available directly through this website, signed by the author, in both limited hardcover and trade paperback. IF you don’t have one yet, hie the to the BUY page!

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12/21/2018 - WINTER SOLSTICE

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Winter officially arrives at 4:23 PM today (Central time) and tonight is thus the longest night of the year. On the plus side, the days are getting longer. On the minus, there was a plan to have some sort of new holiday story for you this year, and it simply didn’t happen, and because I’m intimately familiar with the pipeline, I can tell you there’s none in the works. 

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What I can report is that if you were someone interested in the cheaper trade paperback edition of SHADY ACRES but a) still wanted a signed copy and b) didn’t live in the greater Houston area, I have a limited number available through this very website - they’ve just been added as an option on the BUY page. You will NOT get one before Christmas - the days are getting longer, but not THAT much longer. But if you order, I’ll get it in the mail in and around holiday revels.

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 There’s otherwise nothing particularly newsworthy to report - stories go out, rejections come in, stories go out again; the second Robillard novel (SEVEN FISHES) is undergoing a revision to tweak some things that need tweaking before it goes over to my editor; the start of the third Robillard novel (HONEY LOVE) has been shelved and may or may not emerge as the third Robillard novel. It may become the eighth. Or jam up the file cabinet. The only thing certain about writing is rewriting. And in a fit of pique, an opening to the sixth Robillard novel, GLASS I, was laid down on paper before bed as it occurred to me, before it vanished into the abyss again. Sometimes, you don’t belly up to the bar in Brigadoon at your own peril.

 

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11/28/2018 - SHADY DAYS AND BLOGGY NIGHTS

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Officially on sale for a week, the signed/limited hardcover edition of SHADY ACRES AND DARKER PLACES is a shade over 60% sold out. I’m not saying ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ but it’s selling quicker than expected. If you’ve been considering it, copies are in stock and available by either clicking the banner above or going to the brand-new BUY page.

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In a related story, the trade paperback edition has FINALLY been approved for distribution. You can order one RIGHT NOW at Lulu.com, (which is actually my preferred provider, given my cut with Lulu for each copy sold is about seven times greater than with ANY OTHER 3rd party provider from whom you’ll ever be able to order it) by clicking the link above. It will take several weeks yet to populate to other distributors’ sites. Lord knows if it will ever populate to Amazon. I’m not going to lose sleep over that.

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In addition, over on the BUY page you can also order a signed copy of the trade paperback directly from me. The BUY page is a brand-new work-in-progress, mainly because of multiple fulfillment channels (me, distributors) and multiple formats (hardcover, trade paperback, and e-book.) But there, you’ll find more info about the book, formats, and ordering, plus links to a couple of other currently in-print items with newer stories that may not be collected for another ten years.

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Today’s new blog post is a little different - a real-life mystery with a call to action and audience participation, revolving around a pair of 90-year old journals discovered in a second-hand bookstore in Houston. And you might even win a book in the process, because who doesn’t enjoy a game of chance? I hope you’ll hop over to the blog to dive in on “The Lost Diaries of Florence Baumrucker”

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Meanwhile, it’s back to work on the third Robillard novel this week and fashioning the framework for things to do in the coming year, which I don’t need the I Ching to tell me is going to be a season of change. Back before the holidays!

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11/6/2018 - COUNTDOWN TO SHADY ACRES

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 - two weeks from today - will see the publication of my first story collection, SHADY ACRES AND DARKER PLACES. The book will be available in three formats:

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- a general trade paperback containing 21 stories, plus an introduction and story notes ($15)

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- an EPUB formatted e-book ($2.99)

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- a hardcover first edition, signed and numbered, limited to fifty copies worldwide and containing five additional old, odd, and uncollected pieces in a bonus section titled IT CRAWLED FROM THE TRUNK! ($25)

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AS YET I have no sales links for the trade paperback or e-book. As the book populates through sales channels, I should be able to better point you to where you can purchase either of those online. A small number of signed copies of the trade paperback will be available through the website for those who want their book defaced, something Amazon has yet to learn to offer on demand. Details to come.

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The limited hardcover is ONLY available through this website. You can place your order beginning TODAY, November 6, by clicking the banner at the top of this page OR by clicking here. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.

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The table of contents for the book:

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    The Golem-Maker of Buchenwald

    Good Bait

    The Sinking Tomb

    The Last Ride of the Hole In The Well Gang

    Dial ‘C’ For Consultant

    The Jail In Shinjuku Ward

    Lorem Ipsum Donald

    Ark of the Revenant

    Fear #7

    Every Hero An Hombre, Every Wolf A Clown

    To The Devil, A Goat

    One Man’s Famine

    The Shaman In Relief

    Shady Acres

    Erin Beiber’s Wild Ride

    The Trapdoor

    Tacklesmooches

    Physicians’ Ball

    In Days of Auld Cheil’s Crime

    Bobby Boxster in Eight Measures

    Withering

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The limited hardcover edition includes everything in the trade paperback, plus an additional section titled "It Crawled From The Trunk!" with material covering the formative years from high school to my first professional sale:

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    In Need of Mental Help (1983) 

    Pals (1988)

    Waiting For…Godot (an unproduced short film script) (2000)

    Mister Eddie (2006)

    Linus On The Savanah (1997)

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It’s going to be a squirrelly two weeks here on the home front, but the good kind, not the kind that steals ten pounds of peaches off your tree.

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In other publishing-related news, a dead-trees edition of PULP MODERN containing “The Great Unknown” (which gets a call-out in the review on the UNLAWFUL ACTS blog) is now available via Amazon here

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And finally, my story “The Floor Is Lava” leads off the October 2018 issue of Bards and Sages Quarterly, which can be purchased here.

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“… FOR FURTHER DETAILS, SEE THE MOON”

Hardcovcer limited (left) and trade paperback

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Work-in-Progress: 

“I need a place for my death."

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She felt as if a flock of birds had flown across her mind and somehow scattered his words to some unintelligible bark. "Excuse me?"

    

"Somewhere I can expire. Point my toes to heaven. Go belly up, take a dirt nap, become the late, the lamented, the deceased. A place for my death."

    

"I don't believe my upstairs room is what you want."

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"On the contrary. It's off-street, it's quiet, it's easily overlooked. I drove by three times before I found it."

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"That hardly means it's suitable for dying in." 

    

"That's half of what makes it perfectly suitable. The other half is you."

from “Place of Dying”

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