Sunday, October 25, 2020

Jack Frost's Wake (Part XXVI)

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Jack Frost's Wake (part XXVI)

 




 

Plain text: Scurrying after Jack Frost's coattails,

CONTINUED TOMORROW


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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Jack Frost's Wake (Part XXV)

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Jack Frost's Wake (part XXV)

 


 



 Plain text: A good time is had by all.

CONTINUED TOMORROW


Above: I hope it's obvious that a stone cemetery woman indicates the end of a paragraph. It is? Good.


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Jack Frost's Wake (Part XXIV)

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Jack Frost's Wake (part XXIV) 

 






 

 

Plain text: They perform dreadful deeds.

CONTINUED TOMORROW

 


Friday, October 23, 2020

Jack Frost's Wake (Part XXIII)

.Jack Frost's Wake (part XXIII)

 

 


 

Plain text: They dance and leap and howl.

CONTINUED TOMORROW


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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Tachyon Thursday

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Save for the serialization of Jack Frost's Wake (latest installment below), I haven't been posting much lately. Mea culpa. I've been busy as busy on a dozen projects of late, far too many of them non-paying. But while I've been away, Tachyon Publications has been taking up the slack.

Years ago, Gordon Van Gelder told me that when the Internet was new and hot, many writers saw its potential as a way of seizing hold of their own publishing destiny and asked their publishers for permission to do their own publicity.

To which the publishers replied, "Take it! Run with it! We don't want it! Thank God!" 
 
Publicity is still a function of publishing, of course, but not as large a function--and most of it, reasonably enough, is focused on the books they hope to make enormous amounts of money from.

Tachyon, being a small (-ish) press, has a more Old School approach. Their regular feature, Tachyon Tidbitss promotes their authors with news and bits of ego-boo gleaned from the Web. And yesterday's features seven worthy writers, one of whom was me!

You can find it here.

 

And . . .

Jack Frost's Wake (part XXII)

 








 

 Plain text:  Cemetery wine is poured and drunk, and whiskey from Hell’s own cellars.]

 CONTINUED TOMORROW


Top: Photograph by Beth Gwynn

 

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Jack Frost's Wake (Part XXI)

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 Jack Frost's Wake (part XXI) 

 




 Plain text: Oh, things get rowdy then!

 

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Jack Frost's Wake (Part XX)

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Jack Frost's Wake (part XX)

 




 


Plain text: and other ghastlies to toast the memory of some departed soul.

CONTINUED TOMORROW

 

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Jack Frost's Wake (Part XIX)

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Jack Frost's Wake (part XIX)

 



Plain text: tell of a gathering of werewolves, witches, ghouls.

CONTINUED TOMORROW

 

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Jack Frost's Wake (Part XVIII)

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Jack Frost's Wake (part XVIII)

 



 
 
Plain text: It might be a ghost story or it might, like this one, 
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW
 
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Friday, October 16, 2020

Jack Frost's Wake (Part XVII)

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Jack Frost's Wake (part XVII)

 


Plain text: then the second.

CONTINUED TOMORROW


Jack Frost's Wake (Part XVI)

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Jack Frost's Wake (part XVI) 

 





Plain text: 
Passing through a graveyard, you snatch up the first word and

CONTINUED TOMORROW 


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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Jack Frost's Wake (Part XV)

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Jack Frost's Wake (part XV)

 

 



 

Plain text: Other times, he'll tell a story, leaf upon leaf.

CONTINUED TOMORROW.


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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Jack Frost's Wake (Part XIV)

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 Jack Frost's Wake (part XIV)




 

 

 Plain text: No harm done.

CONTINUED TOMORROW


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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Apres le Deluge

 

I made a (small, admittedly) donation to Locus recently, because their advertising revenue is down and so they're rattling the tin can. Similarly, I'm careful to order books through Big Blue Marble, a local independent bookstore, flowers through Something Different in Flowers, whose shop is just a block away from me, and prescription drugs through Morrison's Pharmacy. 

Because these are all small businesses that I want to be around when the pandemic is over.

Megacorporations can fend for themselves and, to be frank, most of them I wouldn't miss if they couldn't. But the friendliness of the folks at Morrison's and Something Different and Big Blue Marble--and the quirkiness of the third--just can't be replaced. And Locus, which began as a one-page mimeographed zine is a remarkable creation, one that took Charles Brown decades to build from a one-page mimeographed zine.

Anyway, that's my plug. Think of the small, locally owned businesses around yourself and make up a list of those you could afford to lose. Then be careful to support the others.


And because it's October . . .

 Jack Frost's Wake (part XIII)


 





 

 

 

 Plain text: People find his handiwork scattered behind him by the wind.

 

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