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Another Novel Done

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I finished another rough draft novel last night.  And when I say rough draft, I really mean I have pieced it together at a rate of about 500 words a night, about two nights per Canto (What Mickey inexplicably calls a chapter), with revisions and editing already complete.  Of course, there is no such thing as a final draft.  The majority of my novels have been plotted and planned and created over the last 40 years of my life.  I will continue twiddling, correcting, and messing with all of my novels until I drop dead.  But this draft I just finished is actually 95% finished and almost ready for publication.  The books I have lined up now for a final effort are Recipes for Gingerbread Children, The Baby Werewolf, and finally including Sing Sad Songs.  Look for all three of them soon.

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Oopsie! I Did It Again

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I have published yet another book.

This book is now available on Amazon as both a paperback and as a Kindle e-book.

It is a story that I have lived with for a very long time.

It is about friendship.

It is about the challenges of friendship.

It is about friendship surviving over time even when bizarre circumstances try to get in the way.

It’s main character is a scientist/inventor, and he’s laser-focused on science, but a bit lost in the world of people.  So it is also about science and technology, both the good things and the terrible things about them.

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It is also, hopefully, a funny story.  One of the main characters, Millis, is a pet rabbit that in a lab accident is transformed into a walking, talking rabbit-man.  He proves to be a loyal friend and a very good vegetarian chef.

Now I know you might argue that rabbits shouldn’t become people.  That is probably a very bad idea for a serious science fiction story.  But I would argue right back that this is intended to be a humorous story, the opposite of a serious science fiction story.  So it is not science fiction, but, rather, science funny.

And good science fiction probably shouldn’t have too many evil alien robots in it… or man-eating chinchillas, or self-aware computers, or ray guns that can change girls into boys and boys into girls, or invading alien frog people from another star system… and this book has all that.  So don’t think of it as good science fiction.  Think of it as good science funny.

Those of you who are the guardians of literature and culture in this world, before you condemn and burn this book, buy a copy and read it, to see how bad the thing you hate really is.  And I hope that you will then be so outraged that you buy up a million copies of it to burn in a huge bonfire to protest the existence of this book.  In fact, buy two million copies.  Wouldn’t that make a marvelous book burning?  Book burners everywhere would talk about it for years to come.  Just saying…

Anyway, the deed is done.  And now let the consequences happen however they will.

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Superchicken Lives!

I published another danged novel on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing.

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1,333… it’s a numbers thing

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March 15, 2018 · 11:37 pm

Mickian Awards Time

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I received this Versatile Blogger Award from one of my followers, The Educated Unemployed Indian.  If you follow this link back to the blog, you will find a talented young writer with some journalistic skills and a command of literary English that is obviously developing swiftly.  I would like to thank Binita for believing my goofy little blog deserves this award.

This award, while it is an honor, is a chain award, meaning that when you receive it, you are obligated to pass it on.

These are the rules;

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I am not sure I really like chain awards.  I am superstitious enough to fear that there are negative consequences lurking for the winners of this award as well as for the ones who break the chain.  I am also smart enough to know that superstition is a form of ignorance, so I have to keep that under control.

If I have tagged you with this award, then here is an award certificate you can copy and use on your blog to identify yourself as receiving this curse (oops!) honor for your blog.

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Here are the seven things that Binita didn’t know about me before making the error of giving me this award;

  1. I am a retired teacher.  I taught in Texas public schools for 310 years.  I taught English to both middle schoolers and high schoolers.
  2. I was born in Iowa in 1456 and am currently 561 years old.
  3. As a story-teller and a humorist, I am also a liar, and exaggerate things by 500 or a factor of 10.
  4. I write novels for young people that are available on Amazon, and Barnes and Noble that nobody buys and nobody reads when they don’t buy them.  I have made, $16.43 as a novelist, $0.43 of it just last month.
  5. I have recently become a nudist in order to do a writing job about nudist parks in Texas.  And while I am not purty to look at naked, the rumors that people turn immediately into stone when they see me with no clothes on are probably not true.  At least, no one who has ever been in that situation ever told me afterwards that they turned to stone… although they have all been rather quiet since…
  6. I collect stuff.  I have a big collection of comic books.  Another big collection of action figures and dolls.  Pez dispensers, old books, role-playing game books and materials, pictures of sunrises that I have taken myself, toys, and… you know, I could probably use another house to store it all, but then I would also be collecting houses.
  7. I have an I.Q. of about 155.  I calculated it myself in 1980 as a part of an educational statistics course in grad school based on my ACT, SAT, and GRE scores.  The margin of error is about 3%, because, technically I am not a math genius, but I got an A in that class because you only had reach plus or minus 5% margin of error on that project.

I have not yet determined the 15 bloggers I will tag for this award, and I will edit this post and put links to the cursed ones winners below sometime in the next couple of weeks.  As always, you can leave a comment of if you wish to plead to be spared this curse honor, or if you wish to inquire how to offer me a suitable bribe.  And, no, a collection of used chewing gum does not work for me as a bribe.  My wife threw the last one of those in the garbage and cussed me out in a foreign language for accepting it.

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Magical Miss Morgan

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My latest published novel is now for sale.

You can see it by clicking here on Amazon Books.

And you can see it by clicking here on Barnes & Noble.

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Mickey Makes Novel Magic

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Yep, it happened today.  A box of ten books arrived from my publisher.  Magical Miss Morgan has reached the published stage finally.  It will hit the bookstores saying, “first edition; 2018”.    I struggled long and hard for two years to accomplish this.  I did practically all the work myself.  Even the cover is my artwork.  I don’t know how to explain the author feeling it gives me, but those of you who are published know what I mean.

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It may not be perfect, (Blueberry has branches with leaves on them growing out of her head), but it is beautiful to me.  I approved it for the final time today.  It goes to Amazon and Barnes and Noble soon.  Don’t know when… but they tell me soon.

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So, do I recommend Page Publishing?  I do not.  But they did get it into print and into stores for me.  And they also convinced me to self-publish from here onward.  And I love this book.  It makes me happy.  Even if all the money I spent on it was for nothing and I am the only one who will ever read it cover to cover.  I gave my daughter a free copy of it.  She might read it.  Someday.  If the internet dies and nothing good ever comes on Netflix again…

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