Yes!! It’s Monday!!
Me and Henry, my AI sexbot (pictured above in the driver’s seat!!), will be heading out to do our weekly marketing in the next county over within the hour — the county that is no longer in Code Red! Yay! The county where we hope people are still wearing their fucking masks so that it doesn’t go back into Code Red again anytime soon!!
The summer is basically over, after all! School starts this week! No need to frolic around joyfully without our masks on, right?? We’re sad now. School is starting. Let’s wear our masks…
Okay! Re: the title of this post — here is what my fridge looks like on Monday mornings:
It’s really ridiculous how things look first thing in the morning on Mondays, compared to how it looks a few hours later when I come back home from the store.
(And those packaged broccoli crowns are a week old, so I’m not really sure they’re even any good.)
So, Mondays are always exciting around here, if only that it means we get more food!!
Okay!! Two winners were selected for the Bad Seed TeeVee fan music video contest. (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.) I didn’t see either of the videos!! I wish I had, but there were just tons on there. (And wonderful, wonderful stuff, gang. I hope you got to see some of them.)
Anyway. The winners were: “Waiting for You” performed by Juldiz. And “Spinning Song” performed by Ilya Gruzdev. (Both songs are off of Ghosteen.)
I still just marvel at what people can achieve so economically these days when it comes to music and music videos and/or visual images set to music on a video.
I feel pretty grateful that I even know how to take a 5-second video with my phone. Even though I have plenty of apps to help me make videos and also to make music, and even though I know how to read and the apps I have are in English, I still can’t figure this stuff out.
And I mentioned this last summer, too — how amazing it is that a lot of people learn how to play (often electronic) instruments on their phones. For instance, a woman I know bought an inexpensive drum machine recently and learned how to play it through an app on her phone.
In my totally outdated opinion, those aren’t real drums, and to be a drummer, you need to know how to actually play drums. But that is no longer the case. She’s considered somebody who now knows how to play drums. Plain & simple. And every single bit of it is electronic and app-driven.
Well, I think it’s just incredibly cool. I’m on this tangent only because I think it’s amazing how quickly these Nick Cave fans put together such incredible videos. If I had wanted to submit something, I’d still be sitting here, trying to figure out how to work the app. And I’m a classically trained musician, with years and years of experience in audio engineering and multi-media production.
So, the Universe is sort of becoming this place wherein the less you know, the better equipped you actually are.
If you want to read what Nick Cave himself had to say about all the entries as well as the winners, his Red Hand File from today is here.
And on a related note — Cave Things Instagram feed announced today that it is adding more “coming soon” stuff so check that stuff out here.
Okay, gang. So this is what I’ve decided to do.
Loyal readers of this lofty blog no doubt recall that I have decided to start self-publishing all my books from now on, and in anticipation of that decision, I will soon have a separate web site for Marilyn’s Room Books.
The books coming either soon or in the very near future are:
- The Guitar Hero Goes Home
- The Muse Revisited Vol. 4: Selected Erotic Fiction 1994-2012 (POD)
- Twilight of the Immortal (POD edition)
And then, coming in a slightly more distant future:
- Girl in the Night: Erotic Love Letters to the Muse
- Thug Luckless: Welcome to P-Town
- In the Shadow of Narcissa: An Intimate Memoir of Childhood
These books will be listed on the new web site but actual orders will be fulfilled by Amazon.
However, I have also decided to start selling new erotic short stories through that Marilyn’s Room Books site, as well. These are stories that I will post for sale as I write them, and they will sell electronically for extremely cheap (and I mean cheap) and the sale will be processed through Lulu.com (Paypal or CC), so I will not have access to any of your private info, gang. And once I accumulate enough new stories, they will be gathered into a new POD collection and the individual electronic stories will be removed from the site.
I really, really love writing erotic stories, gang. I really do. But the economics of doing that for a living became just crazy once the publishing industry imploded back in like 2010 or whenever that was. At the height of my career, I was paid between $300 -$1200 per story, and each story would be 1000- 3000 words; I could turn those things around in a couple of days. And then I earned ten times that (and upwards) to edit anthologies of stories by other erotica writers. (And this was strictly through the small presses; a fraction of what the large presses paid.)
And this was not erotic romance, either. This was hardcore literary erotica by writers that would really just amaze you.
That market simply does not exist anymore. Not even close. Now, an original erotica story will pay between $5-$30. And usually they do not come out as an actual print book that you can buy in the bookstore , they’re all eBooks or audio. Which is great, but still, you can readily see why writing stand alone erotic stories got pushed way to my back burner.
Yet, I feel bad that so many of you (those of you still willing to pay for them and not download them free through torrents from game boys in distant lands) keep buying that really old stuff, over and over. So we shall see how it goes: In between (erotic) novels, memoirs, screenplays and plays, there will be new erotic stories for you, and about 50¢ for me!!
I’m actually really excited because I do love writing that stuff, but I also do need to earn a living around here.
I will of course announce any new stories here on the blog, but if you want to be updated about new content, there will be an email sign-up on the other site.
Well, all righty. The grocery store is beckoning me!! So I will get going. I hope you have a great Monday, wherever you are in the world today!! I leave you with my listening music from last night: Yo Yo Ma playing “Cantata BWV 147, Jesus bleibet meine Freude”. I had it on “repeat” for about an hour. Listen and rejoice!! Okay. I love you guys. See ya!