Sirenia Digest #121 went out to subscribers late yesterday afternoon, so if you're a subscriber you should have the February 2016 issue.
Two important matters:
1. Very soon, we've got to move out of this house in the Armory District, the house we've lived in now since June 2, 2008. That's almost twice as long as I've ever lived at any other address. We've known this was coming for a while now. Our landlord is selling the house (and no, I cannot afford to buy a house, so please do not suggest that; I can barely afford to rent). This means that we have to find a new place fairly soon, and it means we're looking at the expense of a move. While moving in state will be vastly cheaper than was our move from Georgia to Rhode Island, it certainly will not be cheap. We're planning on trying to get out of the city and relocate to South County. Please do not ask why I've abandoned my plans to head back to Alabama or Georgia. I don't feel like explaining that right now. We've decided the sooner we move the better, to escape the impending chaos of real estate agents and prospective buyers.
2. A couple of months back, I had a long talk with my agent, Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House (NYC), and she stressed how much better it would be if, this time out, I could give her a complete novel instead of sample chapters and a proposal. By better, I mean that by shopping a complete novel, she's much more likely to be able to land me a good book deal. And by good I mean better money, better promotion, and better distribution. However, I can't afford to do that. I need the money from an advance to live on while I write the novel. And this conundrum is a big reason my sales haven't improved over the years. So, Merrilee and Kathryn and I have devised a solution. I'm going to set up a Patreon account that will allow readers to make donations to help keep me solvent while I write the Next New Novel. We expect to kick off the Patreon sometime this week. It will be announced here, on Facebook, and on Twitter. So, details TBA. If I can bring in a minimum of $1,000/month, then I'll be able, finally, to write a novel the right way round. This is very, very important, so please stay tuned, and I hope you'll help out.*
I was pleased with the Oscars last night. Six Academy Awards (!!!) to Mad Max: Fury Road, the film I despised on my first viewing and loved on my second (the same thing happened with The Fifth Element). And one to Ex Machina. And one to Ennio Morricone. That's pretty sweet.
* The Patreon income would also help with the considerable moving expenses.
Postcript: No, selling film rights to two novels did not make me independently wealthy.