It’s raining outside and my favorite month of the year is finally here, so I’m in a pretty good mood this morning. October is also the month where I usually debut new stuff. While no new books are coming this year, I do have a few announcements I’ll be making. Those lucky Dead Drop subscribers will get to hear it first, and you still have time to join their ranks.
Until all that happens, here’s a fantastic interview with Aldous Huxley that everyone should take time to watch. (Hat tip to Mike Glyer over at File 770 who shared this yesterday.)
For the last four years, my newsletter has been titled The Telegram. It was a reference to the telegrams used for communication in my Bell Forging Cycle. To be honest, I always found it a little boring and a bit stodgy. Since I am expanding beyond Lovecraftian horror with my recent projects, I figured it was time for a change. I wanted something fun and fresh, and its own thing, something that wasn’t tied to a specific property.
So for the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to come up with something new. As subscribers know my communiqués are rare, at most a handful a year. In some ways, their evanescence reminded me of espionage tradecraft. Secret missives passed from agent to agent in the shadows. This, in turn, got me thinking about dead drops. If you don’t know, a dead drop is a method used to pass information between agents using a concealed location. In the past it has been a hollow spike embedded in the ground or tree, at other times it’s a hollowed-out brick in a wall, and occasionally it’s a freeze-dried rat. While my newsletter isn’t a dead rat (for now), I liked the idea of secret exchanges of information. The name was a perfect fit, and thus, Dead Drop was born.
Going forward, Dead Drop will still operate like The Telegram. It will remain a rare and exclusive club. I’ll keep it reserved for announcements, previews, and such. I’ve been contemplating sharing some of my new work there as well, new chapters and the like. If you’re not a subscriber click the link below and sign up today, it takes only a few seconds.
I have it on good authority (mine) that those triumphant few who subscribe to my newsletter are getting their sneak peek of the Old Broken Road cover right now. That’s a full six days before anyone else. While you might have missed out on joining them, make sure you sign up so you’re first in line next time I have something spectacular to share. (Like the book’s release.)
I am starting an email newsletter! For now I am going to shoot for monthly messages, but I intend to ramp up to a bi-monthly distribution later this fall. It’ll be full of all sorts of stuff: tips on writing, reading recommendations, news on my books, interesting links, maybe even a few guest posts. You can sign up for The Telegram here!
Also, some of my old readers might notice there is a new look going on here at my blog. I spent some time over the weekend working on the site while prepping for the release of The Stars Were Right. The goal is simple, keep content the focus but still surface some other important information in a sidebar. I hope everyone likes it. Pardon my dust while I keep adjusting things.