So today is the actual five year anniversary of this blog. Yay! I hope you’ve enjoyed the month’s festivities. The new serial story blog https://homunculuscartographer.home.blog/ is live with the first three entries for the story. There will be another chapter on Sunday and then every Thursday and Sunday for weeks and weeks!
I hope to do the Hugosauriad book launch tomorrow or the weekend. You can access it on Smashwords already (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1023724 ) but it is still under review for circulation to other outlets. After a miraculous zero issues with the file itself, it then got snarled up in a different automated check. Smashwords scan files for links to or references to Amazon (basically to stop authors using books on Smashwords as just spam links to their books on Amazon). Because the Chuck Tingle chapter and some of the chapters in that same era talked about the impact of Amazon and the Kindle and/or had links to relevant pages (eg the story summaries for Chuck’s books) that set off warning lights. I made some crude edits to de-Amazonify those bits, so the this is now the expurgated Chuck Tingle chapter but not the expurgations that people might expect! Pounded in the Bibliography by Somebody Else’s Amazon References I guess 🙂
Here’s the very first post: https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2015/05/29/hello-world/ which was more of a ‘Hello World’ (which is in the actual URL)
The second post explained the https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2015/05/29/about-the-name/ and also said:
“Logic can be equivocal, whimsical and pedantic. Entities that have interesting characters and names need not be human and need not even be things. This blog will look at books and politics and particularly speculative fiction. Occasionally there will be logic and maths. Often there will be crimes against spelling and grammar.”
I think I met the five year KPIs for that task!
The next post (still on May 29) was a very short introduction to what would be a major topic https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2015/05/29/puppies-and-hugos/ That was a story so far. I think I thought things had passed their peak for 2015 at the time…
And then (still May 29) I got started: https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2015/05/29/on-petunias-and-whales-part-1/ Well, if there was an original sin for this blog it was that series of rambling posts!
The very last post of May was the other thing I needed a blog to explain: how to vote in an era of trolls https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2015/05/31/hugo-voting-strategy-high-bar-no-award/ What I was anticipating was more spoilery/trolling tactics in the future. The idea was that we might end up with slates every year and on the slates there would be some stuff that actually was good put there to mess with our heads — what we would later call ‘hostages’.