Wanderings

Anything you dream is fiction,
and anything you accomplish is science,
the whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction.
- Ray Bradbury
July 25th, 2011

Possibly the Best Rejection Letter Ever!

I am not a big HS Thompson fan. His stuff is too intensely crazy for my tastes. I do, however, appreciate his sad efforts at writing and his inability to control his anger.

Letters of Note: Hunter S. Thompson writes a rejection letter.






July 24th, 2011

How Technology Frees Genius






July 19th, 2011

Wonderful Comments on My Story

I am very happy about the comments on my story at FreeZine. The readers of Freezine not only have good taste, but are scary smart.

Readers wrote:

Duckie said…
Hauntingly wonderful. I couldn’t tear my eyes away while I was reading it. I also love the artwork as well. The end was definitely good, but it broke my heart.

A. A. Attanasio said…
A dark vision, yet a good story, because it survives its constraints. With elegant simplicity, the story dramatizes the complement of philosophy, the love of wisdom, with the wisdom of love, which the philosopher Emmanuel Levinas proposes is the remedy to humanity’s subordination of people to power: Sandra would have been glad that her freedom in death served life.

the Freezine of Fantasy & Science Fiction: EVERYTHING BUT THE OINK.






July 18th, 2011

My story is up at Freezine

Shaun loaded my story up at Freezine. He even made some very creepy, and not work safe art for the story.

I love it when a story of mine get’s art.
Pigs are People, Too

the Freezine of Fantasy & Science Fiction: EVERYTHING BUT THE OINK.






July 18th, 2011

Bee-wearing competition

Bee-wearing competition.

This is how I feel sometimes when feeding the bees.

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July 14th, 2011

Cats have an on/off switch

This is good to know. The next time one of my cats gets a little crazy I’ll use one of these clips.






July 12th, 2011

Story to appear in Freezine

Shaun Lawton told me that he’s including one of my stories in the next issue of Freezine.

This is a good thing. Freezine gets some better than average stories and some fairly well known writers contribute.

What I am really looking forward to, though, is the artwork. Shaun is always able to get some very cool artwork for each story he publishes.






July 12th, 2011

LinkedIn – too much mail

When I was looking for a job, about 10 years ago, I joined LinkedIn. Maybe once a year I would receive an email from them. I’d read it and delete it.

I never use LinkedIn and I don’t really like it. Lately, I have been getting what I consider spam from them. I get email every other day it seems. I’ve logged into LinkedIn several times and reset my email preferences and I still get email that I am not interested in and don’t want.

Today I set my gmail account so that all messages from LinkedIn go to the trash.

Is there a better way to set it so I get zero mail from them? I don’t want to cancel my account because some day in the future I might want to use the site, especially if I am out of work.






July 12th, 2011

Kobo eBooks

I have sold more ebooks through Kobo, than any other bookstore except Amazon. This is a surprise because I hear very little about Kobo anywhere. Kobo makes a nice ebook reader and it seems to be a generation ahead of other ereaders.

Kobo has my books listed through SmashWords. All of the sales have been of my short stories. From the looks of it, I may have several fans at Kobo because the pattern is that one of my stories sells and then a little while later all the rest of the stories are purchased at the same time.

I am going to try releasing my next collection directly on Kobo at the same time I release it on Amazon and compare the two sites. I can get a better deal if I bypass Smashwords. Smashwords has yet to pay me for any sales on Kobo, B&N or Apple. If I go direct with the next book, I will at least get paid quicker.

I started researching this and found that Kobo does not allow me to directly sell. I have to use SmashWords. Bummer!

I make more money selling individual stories than I do books.

I should also release a bunch more short stories as they seem to do well on Kobo. The only problem is that I have to make covers up and it is hard to make a cover at work without someone sneaking up behind you and asking what you are doing.

Search: Keith P. Graham – Kobo.






July 8th, 2011

Innsmouth – A Nice Place to Live?

I just reread Lovecraft’s The Shadow over Innsmouth. I last read this horror story in the Fordham University Rose Hill Library circa 1972. I would go there and wait for Erica to finish classes. Sometimes I’d do homework, but I found that the library had original first editions of the Arkham House Lovecraft books.  (They are worth hundreds of dollars, now, even as ex-libris copies and have probably all been stolen.)

I read all that the library had then, but I developed an aversion to Lovecraft. This was a depressing time in my life, and the Lovecraft stories, which are anything by uplifting, contributed to my depression. I have not read Lovecraft except in fits and spurts since.

In 2010 I visited old HP’s grave in Providence and a week or so later I picked up a large collection of his stories at a garage sale. I decided this week that it was time to revisit Lovecraft and started reading. H.P. Lovecraft is, after all, an extremely important writer in Speculative Fiction.

As I read The Shadow Over Innsmouth, I began to wonder where the town was supposed to be. From hints in the story I decided that Innsmouth is above Cape Anne southeast of Newburyport within a few hours hike from Rowley. On the map this would be near Plum Island. Plum Island might refer to the reef described in the story. The name Innsmouth is similar to Ipswich, which is nearby, but not directly on the ocean as HP described. The location could be out on a settled piece of land called Great Neck, but that is too small to be the town described in Lovecraft’s Novella.

There is no town directly on the ocean with a deep water harbor on the lea side of Plum Island. Ipswich is similar in sound to Innsmouth, so it could be the place HP was describing, although he may never have been there.

I spend time every once in a while looking for a nice place to retire. I decided to search around Ipswich for a house with sea views and enough property to keep me separated from the strange degenerate alien inhabitants. There are some nice places. I have driven down route 1A from Portsmouth to 133 and over to Rockport for dinner on several occasions, and I like this area. Rockport is in a dry county so you have to go to Gloucester to buy a bottle of wine and bring it with you to the restaurant in Rockport.

The houses are not cheap, but I am finding a few nice places in the $400,000 range, and they don’t seem to be inhabited by degenerate half-frog aliens. I will try to talk Erica into spending a weekend checking a few of these out.

If we go, I just have to remember not to be caught outside alone at night and avoid locals with large lidless eyes.






July 8th, 2011

Sciencefictional Flying Car

Erica is a pilot. I think that she should get one of these. It would be nice to spend weekends on Block Island or Nantucket without having to worry about expensive tie-down fees.






July 7th, 2011

Nyack black bear draws a crowd

This is near the house where Mom grew up. It probably wandered down from Orange County, although I am not sure how it could avoid some densely populated areas on the way. It probably went off across 9W into the woods up near Christian Herald Road, or wandered back towards Hook Mountain Park.

I think we will see more of him, but I hope he stays away from my bees.

A black bear is seen near Sixth Avenue and Front Street in Nyack about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday. A crowd of about 20 residents surrounded the bear, which climbed a tree but later left on its own.

A black bear is seen near Sixth Avenue and Front Street in Nyack about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday. A crowd of about 20 residents surrounded the bear, which climbed a tree but later left on its own

Nyack black bear draws a crowd, and a police alert | The Journal News | LoHud.com.






July 5th, 2011

People Who Hate the Kindle

I was on a discussion board over the weekend and there was a thread where people trashed ebook readers. The kindle and its ilk were thought to be signs of the end of the civilized world.

I like paper, I really do. I like the feel of the book. I like to see a shelf full of books.

But…

What everyone seemed to miss was that it is the WORDS that are important.

The kindle makes it easy to read books. I can carry around 100 books and pick the one I want to read according to my mood. The paper does not need to be part of the process. eBook readers are very good things and is a step forward in reading.

People who hate the Kindle have missed the point.






July 5th, 2011

Kindle Direct Publishing – Returns

For the first time I have received returns on my books at Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. This is a little upsetting. It means that someone did not like the book, or else, they are ripping me off.

Since I can’t imagine that someone would not like one of my books, it must be some bad person who has found a loophole in the system and is reading my stuff for free.

Is anyone else out there getting returns? Has anyone returned a kindle book? Why?