“#DeathTo the TSA” or “0.N Repeating is Back in Progress After a Short Delay”

Hello, dear readers.

Finally, after too long, I’m back again behind the keyboard. If you’ve been paying close attention to the blog here, you might have seen this post from a couple of months ago in which I said I’d have 0.N Repeating–the fourth and final book in the Infinite Limits series–published by this time. You probably also noticed that the novel hasn’t been published. My humblest apologies, dear readers.

You see, the delay occurred when, on my flight home from visiting my family over Halloween, some TSA agent stole my laptop right out of my checked luggage–hence the #DeathTo the TSA in the title of this post. As you might imagine, it’s rather difficult for an independent author to format and publish a novel without a working computer, so I haven’t been making any progress since then.

Fear not, however, dear readers. Because as you can tell by my return to blogging, I was finally able to purchase a new computer, and now I’m back to work on formatting 0.N Repeating and getting the final edits done so I can publish it. I have some work that I’ve already done to redo thanks to the thieves at the TSA, so I don’t want to make any predictions about when exactly I’ll have this one up and published, but I’ll keep y’all posted.

So subscribe to the blog here and stay tuned for my next post in which we’ll find out what the cover looks like, and hopefully sooner than later we’ll all be able to read the conclusion to Ansel’s story in the Infinite Limits universe.

Thanks as always for joining me, dear readers. We do nothing alone.

-Bryan

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0.N Repeating Progress and Some Daily Sketches

Hello, dear readers. I know it’s been more than a month since I last posted anything to this blog, but that’s because I’ve been hard at work finishing the first draft of the computer game script I’m working on, writing a query letter for a novel I’ve been editing (The Vanguard), and yes, finally getting around to editing the fourth and final novel in the Infinite Limits series 0.N Repeating.

Currently, 0.N Repeating is the project I’m mainly focused on, and I hope to have it publishable within two or so months. As soon as it’s been edited, formatted, and published, expect me to return to my usual schedule of posting one new chapter a week, on every Saturday, until we’ve reached the conclusion of Infinite Limits.

In the meantime, I’ve also been participating in a daily sketch challenge, and if you have any interest in seeing what that’s like, you can find all my drawings on my new Instagram page here. Here are a few samples of what I’ve been drawing (and digitally coloring) so far:

 

So don’t forget to follow me on Instagram if you want to see more, and don’t stop following me here for updates on the soon to be released fourth and final book of the Infinite Limits Series, 0.N Repeating.

We do nothing alone.

Ask me anything about anything for my /r/books Author Spotlight AMA

Hey, y’all. I know already posted the new chapter this morning, but I also wanted to alert everyone who follows the blog here that I’ll be doing an Author Spotlight AMA on /r/books all day today and for however long it takes to answer whatever (likely few) questions I’m asked.

So please do click through this link and ask me any questions you have about writing, politics, memes, or anything you’re curious about. And thanks again for following along everyone. We do nothing alone.

Murder in “Utopia,, Audiobook

Finally, y’all. It’s here! The Murder in “Utopia,, audiobook has officially been published and I couldn’t be happier about the way it turned out.

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With Murder in “Utopia,, my intention was to write a literary novella in the absurdist tradition (think Tom Stoppard, Albert Camus, etc.) while at the same time telling a story that gave me an in-universe reason to eschew the use of quotation marks for setting off dialogue (a reason beyond style which seems to drive Cormac McCarthy’s decision to eschew the same). What this means is that the final product was necessarily going to be difficult for the reader to interpret–and doubly so for a voice actor trying to narrate the story for an audiobook.

I’m happy to say, however, that Julie Hoverson accepted that challenge and interpreted the story better than I ever could have imagined anyone would be able to–and she did it all without requesting a copy that included quotation marks. Let me tell you, hearing her spot-on interpretation for the first time certainly made me feel wonderful about my own writing. If she can bring the characters I had created to life in the way she did, maybe my writing isn’t too bad after all.

So if you’re interested in experiencing the absurd story of a priest and a psychiatrist in utopia discussing their mutual patients who too often turn out to be murderers, please do pick up a copy of the Murder in “Utopia,, audiobook right here so you can listen to Julie Hoverson’s interpretation. If you enjoy it as much as I did, I promise you’re in for a wonderful experience.

Thanks again to Julie for her hard work, and thank you dear readers (and listeners) for your support.

We do nothing alone.

-Bryan Perkins 4/19/16

Interview With SF-Books

The other day I did a short interview with the website SF-Books.com and I thought I’d share it here, too, so as many people as possible could read it. They sent me a list of questions and I ended up writing up a short five hundred word response. Here are both.

Here’s a brief list of questions:

What is your latest book? What is it about? What writers do you enjoy or influence your work? What did you do before you took up writing? Did you read much scifi/fantasy as a kid? What are you working on next?

Thanks, Simon

And my response, which you can find on the SF-Books website here:

My name’s Bryan “with a Y” Perkins and I make the money I need to survive in our capitalist society by doing independently contracted quality assurance work for search engines. That’s a fancy way to say that I’m a glorified survey taker who teaches AIs how to do his job for him. I didn’t go to school thinking I’d be a robot teacher, though. I attended LSU in Baton Rouge and got a degree in Biology but never really felt like starting a career in the field. Instead I worked through odd jobs in video game testing, freelance writing, and freelance editing while I became heavily involved in Occupy Baton Rouge. To this day I still do what I can to end the reign of profits over human needs–mostly writing revolutionary fiction–but now I do it from my new home in New Orleans, Louisiana.

My latest book, An Almost Tangent, is book two in the four part epic dystopian science fiction series Inifinite Limits. It continues the story of the worlds of Outland in which 3D printers provide every luxury humans could desire, from food to clothing, entertainment, and beyond, androids perform what little labor is left necessary in the resulting boon, and elevators travel anywhere anyone might want to go, whether it be upstairs, across the country, or to another world. Things might sound idyllic in Outland, but from Ansel’s point of view they look a little different.

As for my influences, I certainly have to name Margaret Atwood for helping me realize that long, beautiful sentences do belong in science fiction–if I can ever figure out how to write them myself. And of course Ursula K. Le Guin, not only for her writing but for her subject matter and fearless politics. Le Guin is never afraid to call out the established order of things and demand something new and better. Third I’ll say Kurt Vonnegut, someone who I read almost religiously in high school and who I only wish I was as funny as. And last but not least, Albert Camus for his absurdism. Without The Stranger, which I discovered in high school, or The Plague, which came to me later in life, I might not be the absurdist writer I am today.

I have several irons in the fire right now. I’m producing an audio book for my novella Murder in “Utopia,, which is currently only available in digital format right here. That should be out sometime in late March or early May. I also have book three of the Infinite Limits series, Dividing by Zero, sitting on my hard drive waiting to be edited and published, which I should get to after finishing the first draft of the novel I’m currently writing, The Vanguard, in the next month or so. And besides that I’m shopping around a shorter speculative fiction novel, called Executioner(s), for traditional publishing and editing another to start sending queries out for. It seems like so much more when I write it all out like that, and I’m starting to think that maybe I should go get to work on it now…

So there it is, dear readers. Subscribe to my email newsletter, delivered rarely, if you want to keep up to date as all those new releases start trickling out, and have a wonderful Thursday.

Audio Book on the Horizon

If you follow me on Facebook, you might have already heard the news, but I wanted to share it with everyone who reads the blog, as well. The news being that I’ve officially selected a narrator for the Murder in “Utopia,, audio book which should be releasing some time in late March or early May–as long as everything sticks to schedule, of course.

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I’m producing the novel through Amazon’s ACX which connects independent authors with independent producers, and the entire process turned out to be rather simple and straight forward. If any of you readers are authors yourselves and you have questions about the process, feel free to ask them here and I’ll answer to the best of my ability.

The audition I chose was from one Julie Hoverson. She’s produced hundreds of audio books through ACX under different pen names (or should I say voice names?), and I’m really excited to hear her final take on the novella. If you’re interested in hearing some of her other work, check out this audio drama podcast she wrote, produced, and starred in from 2008 on until 2012ish called 19 Nocturne Boulevard. From the website:

19 Nocturne Boulevard is an anthology series – half hour stories, ranging from horror to sci fi, from fantasy to dark social commentary and from humor to nothing funny about it…

So if you’re as excited to hear the audio book as I am, sign up for my email newsletter through this link and stay up to date on the release of the Murder in “Utopia,, audio book, and if you can’t wait that long, just pick up an eBook copy of the novella through this link.

Thanks for your time, dear readers. Happy Thursday. Have a good one.

Author’s Note on Murder in “Utopia,,

Another Saturday comes and still no new chapters to post for Infinite Limits. Sorry, dear readers. But I do have the print proof now so I can say for sure that next Saturday will mark the return of the Infinite Limits universe to this blog with the first chapter in book two, An Almost Tangent.

In the meantime, I took some time this morning to write an author’s note for my absurd novella Murder in “Utopia,, which you can purchase (or read for free if you have kindle unlimited or Amazon prime) through this link.

Here’s that author’s note to give you a better idea of what’s going on in the novella, and don’t forget to sign up for my email newsletter, with updates on new releases and offers for free books, right through here.

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Author’s Note on Murder in “Utopia,,

For this novella my main goal was to produce a work that was at the same time absurdist and decidedly literary. I think I’ve succeeded in both aspects.

Murder in “Utopia,, was written without the use of quotation marks to distinguish dialogue from narration, much like you would find in a Cormac McCarthy novel. I however, unlike McCarthy who uses the same format for all his works, only wanted to forgo the use of quotation marks if it was for a purpose in the story that went beyond stylistic preferences. With Murder in “Utopia,, I found that purpose.

The story takes place almost entirely inside a priest’s confessional office. Chapters alternate between a psychiatrist giving her confessions to the priest and the confessions of the very patients mentioned by the psychiatrist in her sessions. Every sentence that is written in the past tense is spoken aloud to the priest or by her, and every sentence that is written in the present tense is one of the priest’s thoughts or an action she experiences.

I think you can see now why I found the quotation marks to be unnecessary, even without my having to spoil the plot-based reasoning found in the final chapter of the novella. I think you can also see why Murder in “Utopia,, may be a difficult read the first time through. There are no quotation marks to set off dialogue, the tense of the writing changes based on whether the words are spoken or experienced, and to top it all off, no names are mentioned for any of the characters, each being referred to only by their occupation or the pronouns her, she, etc.

But fear not, dear readers. Continue on despite your confusion. Confusion is part of the experience. And by the end, I think you may realize that you’ve found more clarity than you thought possible in such a jumbled, messy “utopia”.

Thanks for reading along. I hope you enjoy the work and join me for more stories in the future.

We do nothing alone.

-Bryan Perkins 10/24/15