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Welcome to the Cenotaph Road website,
Robert E. Vardeman proprietor
I will shift things to sf before the convention this weekend
but I wanted to post the stuff above since I have mastered putting
ebooks up on Smashwords. I like their stats better than Kindle.
All it takes is strict adherence to 27 steps to get a book ready,
but they are easy steps and designed for those who, like me, cannot
abide MSWord. It can be a little scary when step three is "nuclear
option" and the ratrace clearly shows how screwed up Word
is as a word processor. But the first two above are my doing.
I only wrote the 3rd one. I consider it the best western I've
done in years, btw.
Yesterday was an odd day of divergences. A friend of mine is
heading to Pittsburgh to work on her PhD. Had lunch for the last
time, I suspect, in a very long time. We'd pretty much hit a once
weekly lunch for the past 15 years. And one of the ASFS club members
had a going away party last night. She's on her way to Tennessee
to work on her PhD in IT. Will likely be the last time to see
her other than on Facebook.
Not much writing done because of the days spent making Smashwords
my bitch. So to speak. I need to spend more time getting ebooks
posted. There was a long lull in sales but the past few weeks
have reversed this (except for Nook--it is pining for the fjords).
A major project today is preparng for a talk I'll be giving with
Joan Saberhagen at Bubonicon on getting eyeballs onto your ebooks.
(The stats on Smashwords are great seeing how many have looked
at the posting and how many have looked at samples. Putting up
an ebook where you can see a chunk looks like a winner strategy.)
I'm not sure if I will guest host Mike Stackpole's Office Hours
in Second Life this Wernesday. If you are so inclined, come on
by and see. I suspect there will much talk about Amazon, authors
and how Kindle Unlimited is a bad deal for writers.
A week of lunches with people. Talked westerns and WWA with Ollie
reed on Monday. Wednesday was a more political gathering (the
paper today laments how NM has lost jobs and people in the past
year and can't figure out why--driving small businesses to bankruptcy
or out of the state might be a part of it, tho the newspaper would
never understand that. Lemme see, their circulation is 35% what
it was 10 years ago? Yup, clueless They might see the problem
but have no idea how to fix it.). Friday lunch with Joan, Saturday
Bubonicon! This coming weekend. Marriott Hotel. Come on by. Hoping
to touch bases with some Texans and Tex ex-pats just before the
con with a dinner getogether.
Theatrical movies: Nothing. Lucy is on deck for tomorrow.
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It's the small things in life... Or at least the 140 character
Summer blahs. Nothing nudging me in that direction.
of Steam and Rust! See David Lee Summers' Revolution
of Air and Rust. This is a high-speed, action tale of
Pancho Villa and airships. He will be at Bubonicon to sign copies!
My e-books on the catalog
page. Great stuff. Really.
iPad viewing: Finished Above Suspicion. Or the first 3
seasons. It's as if each one starts with the backstory. Not sure
what's up with that. Almost done with Single-handed, which
is another of those Brit grim crime dramas. Irish sgt returns
to his hometown as head of the garda. He finds his father (the
former head) is a double murderer as well as a blighter. And he
sleeps with his half-sister (unknowingly). The latest ep has him
stealing away his cousin's fiancee. Almost done with a Netflix
doc on Tesla.
iPad reading: Finished Christopher Nuttall's Ark Royal.
No description, no characters, nothing goshwow. Why is this a
huge seller? Enquiring minds want to know so I can do it, too.
Regular cable stuff: Longmire. Am I burning out here?
My mind wandered and I got lost in the plot threads. I'll have
to pick up Hell on Wheels since it debuts during Bubonicon.Face
Off still pleases--easily the best of the bunch is a *cake
decorator*. She's had to have some training somewhere. Nobody
stops decorating cakes and does makeup like that without training
in the tools.
for the finest in fantasy, sword & sorcery fiction (and sf
and mysteries and...) And in the for-free mode on my store, look
in on a story from along the Cenotaph Road.
Cloud Train" here from the anthology 4
Select from The Cenotaph Road Store!
The complete Accursed trilogy!
For my other online fiction, check out my CATALOG
page or go straight to Amazon for both Kindle and print.
About the site. What follows is a glimpse at the science fiction
and fantasy writing I've done, including the Cenotaph Road series,
God of War, Star Trek and BattleTech/ MechWarrior,
Vor:The Maelstrom, Crimson Skies, Pathfinder,
Traveller, what is current, and what might be forthcoming
VIPub (Vertically Integrated Publishing) . Be sure to go to the
Store link for free fiction and print and e-book publishing. Read
ole Karl Lassiter's 2009 NM Book Award nominated novel, Drifter
or the 2011 Scribe Award nominated God
of War. Don't overlook the 2011 NM Book Award and WF Peacemaker
nominee for best novel , Sonora
Noose. Or the 2012 nominee for best anthology,
Golden Reflections. Or the 2013 nominated China