Yeah, I’ve been quiet and there’s a reason: when you survive one of those “mean cancers”, you really never stop fighting it.
I was in Wisconsin last week, on business, and I forgot my daily meds. You see, the radiation I received weakened my thyroid and left me exhausted for years afterwards. I always assumed it was just an after effect of my year-long battle, but a blood test before we traveled to Vietnam revealed my thyroid deficiency. Now, I take a pill everyday to correct the issue – yay modern medicine!
Well, I forgot those pills at home last week. Doing some quick “Matt math” in my head, I reasoned I could survive 5 days without my maintenance meds. After all, I’ve been taking them for years – the residual effects should be able to “carry” me for a little bit, right?
I guess I forgot that I’m not a doctor. I was drained and tired again last week, almost immediately. Then, my flight home was delayed-then-canceled late friday night and I scrambled to find an alternate route home. Though I succeeded, it was an extra level of stress/effort at a time where I was ready to collapse. Heap on top of all of this the fact that we’re selling our house and it makes for a recipe for less blog updates! 🙂
Fear not, I’m back on my sauce and working on one of the many projects I’ve hinted at recently. Of course, this is in addition to Babylon and I’ll have some teaser artwork quite soon for y’all.
So, not quite a “bestseller” yet (whatever that means these days), but I suppose I could tag my covers as such:
“A novel by mid-lister Matthew C. Plourde”
And the subtag:
“He’s good, but not that good.”
Actually, I wonder if some of the other self-publishers are cheating when they list themselves as “Bestselling Authors.” I mean – what list are you looking at? The one your kid made out of crayon? Does it need to be NY Times? Eden has been in the Amazon top 100 in religious fiction and epic fantasy quite a bit over the past 3 months – does that qualify?
I’ve even seen some self-pubbers “steal” shit for their trailers. One trailer very clearly had a scene from The Mummy in it, and I’d call him on it if I wanted to be petty. He actually had a supporting quote from a bestselling author but it makes me question the validity of that endorsement. If the author was willing to steal copyrighted material (likely without permission from Universal Pictures), then what else are they willing to do to try and snag a sale?
Dammit guys/gals, if yer self-publishing – don’t cheat/steal! ‘Nuff said.