Fixing Things with Spit

IMG_4499_blogifiedThat, in case you are interested, is a picture of my TV, a venerable old Vizio 37″ model purchased somewhere in the desert wilds of Las Vegas back in November of 2007. It’s the only TV in the house and has served me (and now my wife and offspring) quite well.

Yesterday afternoon, my wife summoned me to the living room. The TV wouldn’t turn on.

It had turned on just that morning, so I thought maybe something was bollixed up with the signal from the remote. I use a Harmony Remote (it, too, is venerable and dates back to the days of the first iPhone) that sometimes gives my wife fits. I figured she’d hit the wrong button, but it turns out, yeah, the remote couldn’t turn the TV on.

I pressed the power button on the TV itself and it sprang to life. Problem solved.

Except, a few minutes later, she summoned me once again — the volume buttons weren’t working. [Read more…]

WiRL: More Ranting

Episode 28!

Barry tours with a movie star. Can authors write while on the road? The true authorship of Gone Girl…revealed! Leia takes her first steps toward super-model-hood. What is a good minimum for maternity leave? Plus: Some necessary follow-up on the New York Times bestsellers list…and Barry rants about the Oscars.

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Killer BOB from Twin PeaksComes the news that David Lynch plans to shoot the Twin Peaks revival series as one massive movie, and then chop it up into episodes afterwards.

Oh, yes.

I am interested in this news not merely because I am a Twin Peaks fan of enduring passion and unhealthy obsession, but also because the artistic process fascinates me so. Especially this sort of “megastory.”

I find this tidbit of behind-the-scenes info particularly interesting because it’s a technique/tactic/stratagem I’ve considered in the past and, indeed, am still considering.

See, there’s a series I’ve always wanted to write. Even before my first novel was published, I was working on this series. It began as a lark, a fun little open-ended series that would spark the imagination and take you to another world for a few hours with each book.

But as I worked on it, it grew into something else entirely — a massive, sprawling epic with a complicated backstory and an interlocking continuity of its own.

So, as I’ve noodled with it over the years, despairing that any publisher would ever buy in based on the first book and my promise that “It all connects, trust me!”, I’ve considered doing the crazy, the mad, the insane: Writing the entire series as one enormous book, then cutting it up into book-length “chapters.” This way, I could be certain everything lines up properly and falls into place, and potential publishers could be sure I’m actually heading somewhere without just taking my word for it.

It would probably only be somewhere around 4,000 pages. *gulp*

Truthfully, I’m not sure y’all will ever see this series. It’s a huge undertaking and it’s a lot for any publisher to commit to, even if I took four or five years of my life and did nothing but write it.

Still, it’s heartening to see that David Lynch and I are thinking alike. I’ll take that.


Natural Fit???

Well, this is weird! According to Amazon…


Really? Who in the world could possibly be buying these two particular books? Especially “frequently!”

Weird world, man…

Peter Talks After the Red Rain on TV

I was traveling last week when this happened, so I couldn’t clue everyone in, but my co-author on After the Red Rain, Peter Facinelli, was on Live! with Kelly and Michael on Friday. He says some nice things about me and talks about the book. Check it out! (Book stuff begins at around 2:40.)