Book release: At the Hands of Madness now available!

Two years ago, a psychic kaiju appeared on Earth, destroying at random, and driving people insane, content to revel in chaos rather than outright kill all the humans it could.

Now, a scrappy militia team attempts to defend their city from the Phranna, the locust-like swarms that spawn from its flesh. These battles are hard enough, but when Medraka, the four-armed beast of madness, threatens all they love, will they be able to keep their lives, and their sanity, long enough to stop it?

Check it on Amazon!

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Cyborg Sunday, update 1.28.2018: Freestyle Libre, poetry, and Life is a Beautiful Thing

Monitor the blood:

When flesh tries to end your life,

Turn to computers.

–“Autoimmune,” by Kevin Holton

This week’s haiku is obviously about diabetes, but I’m starting with cyborg news, because I finally decided to try a continuous glucose monitor–for real. I’d used a silhouette model in the past, but hated it. The thing was bulky, uncomfortable, and snagged on everything.

The Freestyle Libre gets my full endorsement! This nifty little device lives up it its name, providing a detailed scan Final Fantasy-style. Aside from how small it is (about two stacked quarters, as the website claims), this gives me a readout of my current blood sugar, an arrow indicating if I’m going high or low, and a graph so I can see trends. Each lasts for ten days, though it takes twelve hours to start reading, and so far, it seems pretty accurate.

I already know for a fact that my glucose control is better than before, so any diabetics looking to improve their monitoring or just reduce finger tests ought to check this out. The best part? I didn’t even feel myself insert it!

I’ll update you next week on how the Libre works toward the end of a sensor’s life cycle, but I can’t imagine it’ll be a problem.

On to writing news…

I had three poems picked up for an Anti-Valentine’s Day anthology with Azoth Khem publishing. Another poem of mine went up on The Bold Mom, and another four are up with The Horror Zine. No fiction this week, but hey, eight poems? That’s a nice haul! I might have a collection ready soon… Maybe two, actually. Theme is important!

The REALLY big news this week is that the first audiobook of Harmon Cooper’s Life is a Beautiful Thing is up! Why’s this big news? It’s performed by yours truly. That’s right! I began acting in middle school, and fell out of it due to some personal stuff in high school, but have begun dabbling in the area again as of late.

Life is a Beautiful Thing follows Meme as he trips–metaphorically and literally, thanks to his addiction to designer drugs–through a satiric capitalist cyberpunk hellscape where corporations decide America’s fate. This book is chock full of psychotropic imagery, sex, drug use, and body switching, so buckle up! It’s a wild ride.

I’ll be narrating the next three, in addition to some works of my own soon. Stay tuned. Updates to come.

You know, I wrote that haiku up above about diabetes, but it actually applies to Cooper’s book, too…

Anyway, thank you for stopping by. Drop a line below if you’d like to say hi, or see me talk about something specific next week. Have a good one!

 

 

Cyborg Sunday, Update 1.14.2018: Positive energy, inspiring news, oxygen factories, and ducks via @GoodNewsNetwork, @TheBoldMom, @EAPodcasts

Open up your eyes:

The world is as small as you.

Why limit it with hate?

“Awakening” by Kevin Holton

It’s a little after six AM, and I’m already tired. Not in the “ugh can’t wake up way,” but damn, I’m sick of the way people are treating each other. There’s so much hate and negativity these days. If you, like me, are having trouble with this, here’s a few positive things to happen in the tech world recently:

–Ukraine is installing its first solar plant at Chernobyl! Isn’t that an amazing way to bounce back? Truly green energy–and not green from radiation–at a site no one can live anyway.

–Paralympian Kate Grey went viral for her delight at catching a ball with her new 3D-printed left arm, courtesy of Open Bionics, a really beautiful company. Look how happy she is!

–Israeli company Intuition Robotics announced the upcoming test runs of ElliQ, an Alexa/Google Home style robotic intelligence designed to combat loneliness and isolation in the elderly, who are living alone at increasing rates. Huge quality of life boost there!

–We can breathe a little easier now that Assistant Professor Fenando Uribe-Romo of the University of Central Florida has found a way to trigger photosynthesis in synthetic material. This method both reduces the CO2 in the atmosphere AND creates solar fuel! This is extra good, because the excessive CO2 has been causing plants to grow too quickly, resulting in nutrient loss. If we can get this going on a large scale, we’re talking OXYGEN FACTORIES, which I’m now stealing for a sci-fi story. This’ll help balance the scales again!

–And, in tiny news, here’s a duck that got a new leg from some caring young students. Look at it go!

There you go: a snapshot of the wonderful things happening in today’s world. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling better.

As far as I’m concerned, I reviewed C. V. Hunt’s Ritualistic Human Sacrifice for The Bold Mom. The Amazon review isn’t up, but it hasn’t been rejected, either. Hm…

My Escape Pod fiction submission got rejected, but, I’d auditioned for Escape Artists recently, and they loved my reading! I’ll now be periodically contributing to them as a narrator, which is superfreakincool. You can also check them out on Patreon.

I wrote a story for Helios Quarterlysubbed that, and sent a bizarre little piece I love that hasn’t gotten picked up over to Liminal. I also signed short story number 86 into consideration: Turning Back the Clock, for Mad Scientist Journal.

In long-form news, I finished Crimson, Inc., so I’ll be revising it and sending it out this week, hopefully. I have another thing to revise and one extra story to write by EOD tomorrow, so we’ll see.

No fun cyborg news on my end… this week. I did play Asemblance, which I’ll likely post a review for soon, and watch Tank 432, which I won’t post a review for, because I don’t like delivering unduly harsh reviews. I don’t have much good to say about it.

I hope all’s well with you. Drop a line below if you’d like to say hi, or hit up my Patreon, if you want to be generous. Remember, the next four patrons get a free eBook!

Much peace and love to you all. Talk to you soon!

#Kickstarter already 5% funded! http://tinyurl.com/j96mg4y

Thank you to the generous backer who contributed a whopping one hundred dollars toward my $2,000 goal! You really are the best ever.

To everyone else, you can be the best ever too (that’s how things work, right?)! Stop on by my Poetry in Prague Kickstarter to check it out. Contribute enough and I’ll dedicate the book to you!

Upcoming Reading in Long Branch, NJ!

Hi there, you lovely people,

I’ll be joining a bunch of other talented local poets to read from Howl of Sorrow. It’s a collection inspired by Hurricane Sandy and the impact it had on the Jersey Shore. If you’re around, or would like to come out, I’d love to see you there! I have two poems in this collection and will presumably be reading both.

Given the nature of this anthology, I’ll sign whatever you want for free–including other anthologies, should you pick up something else I’m featured in and bring it along. Check the tabs above to see what else I’ve been up to (but I have to update those pages, so they don’t include everything).

Talk to ya soon!

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