Ghost Train to New Orleans, Episode 4

Ghost Train to New OrleansYes, two episodes in one week! Episode 4 of Ghost Train to New Orleans, is here via FREE podcast!

You can subscribe to this podcast with this feed.
http://www.murverse.com/tag/GTNOLA/feed

If you’re enjoying the story, consider supporting me by purchasing the book either in book stores, in online retail stores, ebook stores, or via Audible.com. If you purchase the book, then it will increase the chances for a book 3!

This will only be live until 31 July, 2015. Subscribe now!


Buy the book*! Chapel Hill Comics (signed books!) ~ B&N ~Powell’s ~ Indiebound ~ Waterstones
Buy the audiobook! Ambling Books ~ Audible

Don’t have book 1, The Shambling Guide to New York City yet?
The book: (BN) (Indie) (Waterstones) (Chapel Hill Comics) (Powell’s)
The audiobook: (Ambling) (Audible)

*Amazon is still fussy with Hachette, my publisher, so AMZ are saying there’s a 1-3 week delay. I’ve heard anecdotes that this is bullshit, as some readers say things still ship on time. YMMV. Get The Shambling Guide to New York City here, and Ghost Train to New Orleans here.

Ghost Train to New Orleans, Episode 3

Ghost Train to New Orleans

Episode 3 of Ghost Train to New Orleans, is here via FREE podcast! You can subscribe to this podcast with this feed.

http://www.murverse.com/tag/GTNOLA/feed

If you’re enjoying the story, consider supporting me by purchasing the book either in book stores, in online retail stores, ebook stores, or via Audible.com. If you purchase the book, then it will increase the chances for a book 3! This will only be live until 31 July, 2015. Subscribe now!


Buy the book*! Chapel Hill Comics (signed books!) ~ B&N ~Powell’s ~ Indiebound ~ Waterstones

Buy the audiobook! Ambling Books ~ Audible

Don’t have book 1, The Shambling Guide to New York City yet? The book: (BN) (Indie) (Waterstones) (Chapel Hill Comics) (Powell’s)

The audiobook: (Ambling) (Audible)

*Amazon is still fussy with Hachette, my publisher, so AMZ are saying there’s a 1-3 week delay. I’ve heard anecdotes that this is bullshit, as some readers say things still ship on time. YMMV. Get The Shambling Guide to New York City here, and Ghost Train to New Orleans here.

ISBW #334 – NaNoWriMo Prep // Charlaine Harris Interview

midnightcrossroad-199x300I’m back from technical difficulties, ready to talk about NaNoWriMo! Also got the amazing Charlaine Harris as this week’s interview.

If you want the daily NaNo show, support via Patreon!

Reading Now: Dust, by Elizabeth Bear
Writing (editing) Now: Afterlife Series 6: Stones

Ghost Train to New Orleans Episode 2

Ghost Train to New OrleansEpisode 2 of Ghost Train to New Orleans, is finally here via FREE podcast!

You can subscribe to this podcast with this feed.
http://www.murverse.com/tag/GTNOLA/feed

If you’re enjoying the story, consider supporting me by purchasing the book either in book stores, in online retail stores, ebook stores, or via Audible.com. If you purchase the book, then it will increase the chances for a book 3!

This will only be live until 31 July, 2015. Subscribe now!


Buy the book*! Chapel Hill Comics (signed books!) ~ B&N ~Powell’s ~ Indiebound ~ Waterstones
Buy the audiobook! Ambling Books ~ Audible

Don’t have book 1, The Shambling Guide to New York City yet?
The book: (BN) (Indie) (Waterstones) (Chapel Hill Comics) (Powell’s)
The audiobook: (Ambling) (Audible)

*Amazon is still fussy with Hachette, my publisher, so AMZ are saying there’s a 1-3 week delay. I’ve heard anecdotes that this is bullshit, as some readers say things still ship on time. YMMV. Get The Shambling Guide to New York City here, and Ghost Train to New Orleans here.

Worldspinner Kickstarter

It’s been a rough week with the hard drive failing* and everything, so I missed the launch of a Kickstarter for a tabletop RPG project I’m involved with. I blinked yesterday, and LO, today the project was funded. People are excited about it, which thrills me to no end! BUT it still needs support for the stretch goal with my content. If you enjoy RPGs and stories, please, check out Worldspinner.

*Of COURSE I have backups. Multiple backups. I’m not a barbarian.

Happy October!

Greetings, folks, and welcome to one of my favorite months. Please, make yourself comfortable and try not to drown in the pumpkin spice. (I think I tipped my husband’s tolerance scales when I bought pumpkin spice hot chocolate, doughnuts, and coffee syrup. I CARE NOT. BRING ON THE PUMPKINS)

But I wanted to do some housekeeping news:

  • My hard drive on my Mac is failing, and we’re getting that fixed. While I can still write/email/blog/etc (basically do anything Google lets me do via Chrome) on my Chromebook, this means audio and video editing is right out. No ISBW till next week at the earliest.
  • I’m heading out of town on business tomorrow, so emails may be long to respond to. I’m not going out of the country or anything so I will have all my electronic tethers, I’m just going to be really busy.
  • There’s an interview with me at the Genretainment podcast!
  • Did you see that Ghost Train to New Orleans is out via FREE podcast? It is! It’s out in podcast! Download now, then buy the book! Keep me flush in tea and glitter!
  • Aeropagitica re-read. It’s long and dense, as I expected. Censorship is bad, mmkay?
  • I’m on Ello now as mightymur – holding back from posting a lot. I’m not thrilled with the lack of a block button, so I’m waiting to see if it’s worth it.

Ghost Train to New Orleans, Episode 1

Ghost Train to New OrleansIt’s finally here! Ghost Train to New Orleans, my book released this past March from Orbit Books, is available via FREE podcast!

While I wait for iTunes feed, you can subscribe to this podcast with this feed.
http://www.murverse.com/tag/GTNOLA/feed

If you’re enjoying the story, consider supporting me by purchasing the book either in book stores, in online retail stores, ebook stores, or via Audible.com. If you purchase the book, then it will increase the chances for a book 3!


Buy the book*! Chapel Hill Comics (signed books!) ~ B&N ~Powell’s ~ Indiebound ~ Waterstones
Buy the audiobook! Ambling Books ~ Audible

Don’t have book 1, The Shambling Guide to New York City yet?
The book: (BN) (Indie) (Waterstones) (Chapel Hill Comics) (Powell’s)
The audiobook: (Ambling) (Audible)

*Amazon is still fussy with Hachette, my publisher, so AMZ are saying there’s a 1-3 week delay. I’ve heard anecdotes that this is bullshit, as some readers say things still ship on time. YMMV. Get The Shambling Guide to New York City here, and Ghost Train to New Orleans here.

[EDIT to fix error in audio. Sorry about that.]

Banned Books Week: A re-read of Aeropagitica

When I was in college in 19(mumblemumble), I became obsessed with John Milton. My Milton professor was passionate and willing to help our class wade through the thick poetry and essays, and I loved how the history of the time was reflected in his writing.

For example, Milton was one of Oliver Cromwell’s allies, the dude who kind of overthrew King Charles I, cutting off his head and inspiring a Monty Python song. Since many people of the time believed that light was directly connected to God’s favor, when Milton started to go blind, his rivals said it was God turning His face from Milton for crimes against the crown (which many believed was divinely appointed). Thus, book 3 of Paradise Lost begins by invoking light as a muse:

HAIL, holy Light, offspring of Heaven first-born!
Or of the Eternal coeternal beam
May I express thee unblamed? since God is light,
And never but in unapproached light
Dwelt from eternity-dwelt then in thee,
Bright effluence of bright essence increate!
…and so on

But I’m not here to talk about Paradise Lost.

I’m sad that I haven’t read a lot of Milton since leaving college, and I no longer have Dr. Barbour to help me puzzle through the text. I feel that muscle has atrophied. But I think of his work often. And aside from Paradise Lost and L’Allegro and Il Penseroso, his pamphlet Aeropagitica was my favorite of his works because it was the most clever piece of verbal dancing that I had ever read.

Essentially, in 1643 English Parliament passed a law requiring all written works to be approved by the government before distribution. (Man. Imagine if self e-publishing had been around then. They would have died under the deluge of publications.) Milton didn’t like this, partly as the government weren’t in favor of his written arguments for divorce, so in 1644 he released Aeropagitica. It was an 18 page pamphlet against censorship, distributed without government approval.

He could have been beheaded for this. But remember the verbal dancing I mentioned? It is so cleverly written, so carefully written, that he survived the publication. It didn’t move the government to repeal the law, that didn’t happen until 1695 or so, but it’s still considered one of the most important works against censorship that exist.

So what is Aeropagitica about? I’m going to try to figure that out in future blog posts this week. But what I remember is that the basic, core argument is one cannot be virtuous if they are only offered virtuous texts. If I say to you, “Hey, today we can help the poor, or we can help the poor,” and then we go help the poor, can we really say you are an altruistic volunteer? You gave a lot of your time, but you didn’t know you had a choice to go ride roller coasters instead.

To break it down to food, if someone eats a cookie, and then later chooses a vegetable over a cookie because they know the cookie is bad for them and vegetables are healthy, says Milton*, then they are more virtuous than someone who didn’t even know cookies existed, since they made a choice between good and bad.

Cookies aren’t evil. This is just a metaphor.

Essentially you can’t understand good until you understand evil. There’s nothing to compare it to.

Now, in today’s censorship arguments, we argue that “good” and “bad” are relative. I hate censorship because I don’t want another person’s values deciding what I or my child read. I hate it because I believe that hiding things from people make it more likely that innocents will go seeking it out of curiosity. We argue that the law is too broad for the intricacies called for in deciding what to censor. These are all good arguments.

But this year, for Banned Books Week, I want to look at one of the original arguments, that you can’t tell me what is good and what is bad. I have to decide that for myself, or I will never understand it. It’s about choice, and when you take that away from me, you stifle me on an intellectual, spiritual, and deeply personal level.

So I’m going to try to read Aeropagitica again. Despite me calling it very cleverly written, I don’t mean it has Joss-Whedon-like dialogue. I mean it’s written to fool the government to thinking Milton was totally on their side, only had they maybe thought about this point, which is supported by the Greeks and the Bible, and please don’t cut his head off cause he’s just saying. It’s dense.

Wish me luck.

Want to read along with me?

* Pretty sure this quote isn’t in the pamphlet. This is extreme paraphrasing.