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Brain Dump

Storms have rolled through here every day for the past several days. There’s a lull in one right now, so I’m outside with a small Sancho Panza cigar, pounding at the keys and enjoying the cooler weather. The bugs and toads are singing again, and everything is shiny and wet. The sky keeps flashing to the east and south, and a nice rumble will roll through several seconds later. There’s an ominous beauty about it all: serene and quiet, but it could all go to hell at any moment.

I should probably be working on a short story, but I’m physically exhausted and the mind is going a hundred miles an hour in different directions, so it’s not happening. I owe an editor and a collaborator some email, but those responses need more thought, too. Instead, I’m going to exorcise some of this other nonsense right here and clear out the works.

  • Cats are a pain in the ass. Ours has been missing five days, so we’ve been worried he got himself killed. Today, the Rugrats were fairly sure they spotted him in the field behind our back yard. They went to get a better look and he got spooked and ran, the little dumbass.
  • Today I snapped up The Baddest Ass, the latest Billy Lafitte book from Anthony Neil Smith. The first books, Yellow Medicine and Hogdoggin’, were some great reads, and I’ve been looking forward to this one for a long time. I wrote a review of Hogdoggin’ for Indie Pulp a while ago, and you can see a book trailer for The Baddest Ass on Smith’s site. If you haven’t read any of these books, Yellow Medicine is free. No excuses.
  • Because I’m told I don’t mention it enough: The Pack: Winter Kill is only $4.49 on Kindle, my friends. Expect news on the sequel, Lie with the Dead, soon. If the reviews won’t sway your purchase, you can get a free extended preview with the purchase of the Pack short story “Bravo Four” for only 99 cents.
  • I’ve got some more comics work lined up. Score. It’s too early to share any real info, but this is going to be a fun one.
  • The Jennifer Connelly Writing Motivator is my new favorite Tumblr blog. Okay, second favorite. But I can’t link my absolute favorite because I work for a school district and it would not be a wise move.
  • Of course, the day job doesn’t stop me from pimping my first novel, Deadliest of the Species. Only $2.99 on Kindle and it will also be available in trade paperback. No reviews yet, but it’s the book that won a Bram Stoker Award when it was first published. Try it. You’ll dig it. Find out why Edward Lee called it a “big, plush, hot, creepy, erotic gem.”
  • This cigar went sour quick. Not a fan. Pretty sure it’s a cheapo, though, and it may not have fully recovered in the humidor, so it may not be fair to Smoke Blog it. Let’s just call it caveat emptor.
  • Some of you may remember me mentioning a book called Powerless. It keeps getting back-burnered for other projects. I’ve come to the realization that while I still dig the plot and characters, the approach I had taken with it is way off. Time to scrap it and start fresh with a real outline.
  • Speaking of outlines, I’ve revisited the one for the third Pack novel and it will be off to my editor soon. I’m itching to start writing it.
  • While I haven’t always been a fan of outlining, I now find they are a huge time saver and can help avoid major rewrites.
  • The tub of Italian beef I buy at Costco tastes better than the Italian beef sandwiches offered everywhere I’ve tried in Peoria. That’s sad.
  • Holy shit. Sick Day was supposed to be a NaNoWriMo project a while back. Time moves way too fast.

That’ll do it for now. I hope to have that Chromebook review for you soon. Given a few recent conversations, I may put together something about how I use Evernote to support my writing, too. Tomorrow, I rewrite and resubmit a short story.

I’m out.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Getting the Work Done

It may not be apparent to the rest of you (yet), but the last month has been good to me. First, the publishers of a work-for-hire OGN project accepted the final draft of the script. Second, my editor at Evileye accepted the final draft of Lie with the Dead. And finally, I started a few things rolling on a couple of smaller projects before moving on to my next big one.

Oh, and I also built a new desk, which I continue to enjoy the hell out of.

This week marked the two-year anniversary of my first appearance on Shotgun Honey. Two years is entirely too long, so I cranked out another flash piece for them on that day. Hopefully they like it and I’ll have a second appearance in the near future. It’s still going strong as a fun little crime fiction site, and they have several repeat offenders. I was honored to be included in their first anthology, Both Barrels, and my next goal is to make deadline for their second book. (If I don’t make it in time, no worries; there’s another cool crime ‘zine I’d like to return to, too.)

Deadliest of the Species is hitting e-readers everywhere, but no reviews yet. Weird. I’ve heard from several folks holding out for the trade paperback edition, though. I’ll have more news on that front as Evileye Books and I put Lie with the Dead to bed.

I’m happy to say the publisher at Evileye was very pleased with the way Lie with the Dead turned out. He had a handful of very small notes which will be addressed no later than this weekend, if not by tomorrow. I look forward to having firm release news soon, as well as being able to share a small surprise for Winter Kill.

If you dug “Bravo Four”, the next The Pack short is under way. I have several planned and will continue to work on them as my editor and I nail down the outline for the next The Pack novel.

I will also have a short story collab going up on Kindle soon. I’ve got the original version edited on paper and will get those edits in place, and then I need to talk to some folks about designing a cover. If said cover won’t break the bank, I’ll have it live sooner rather than later. Stay tuned.

All of this is part of my revised Exit Strategy, which is my plan to get enough projects out there to write full time. I do all right when I finally have something available, but it’s still far from financially feasible to quit the day gig. I’m working up a few things that will help, but the Exit Strategy is long-term, not an immediate solution. For the next few months, at least, I’ve concentrated on making it realistic and attainable. So far, so good. I’ll check off the last goal box for last month very soon and be on track for this month thanks to some vacation time. (For the record, while there is a lot I like about my job, I can’t see myself doing it for another 20 or 30 years. Thus the Exit Strategy.)

And so begins what I intend to be a long and fruitful summer. Stay with me, folks, it’s getting better.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

The Deadliest Ad

The remastered and relaunched version of my debut novel, Deadliest of the Species, has been out a few weeks now. Response has been good, but things have been quiet on the review front.

My publisher worked up a new ad, and it should be making the rounds soon:

She's back, and she's waiting for you

She’s back, and she’s waiting for you

Check it out on Kindle, Nook, or Smashwords (with more to come, including trade paperback). I’ve been waiting a long time for this, and I hope the rest of you find it worth the wait, too.

Already have Deadliest? Great! Thank you very much. If you enjoyed it, be sure to read the extended preview for Winter Kill at the end, or peruse my other work in the side column on my home page. Some of it is even free!

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

DotS: Remastered and Relaunched

She’s back!

After ten years out of print, Deadliest of the Species, my Bram Stoker Award-winning first novel, is now available from Evileye Books.

Deadliest Book Stack

Now available on Nook and Kindle!

 

She’s been through a lot in the interim, but she’s now in good hands with my editors at Evileye, the same guys who helped bring you Winter Kill. Judging by the email and convention conversations I’ve had over the years, this release is going to make a lot of people happy.

This new, electronic edition of Deadliest of the Species is only $2.99. It’s already live for the Nook and Kindle. Other electronic formats will follow shortly, including iBooks, and we’ll have a trade paperback edition soon after that.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Back at Last: Deadliest of the Species Remastered Next Month

There is one question I get from readers more than any other: “Where can I get a copy of Deadliest of the Species?”

The answer alternated between “eBay” and “you can’t,” depending upon my mood. Though it won a Bram Stoker Award, Deadliest of the Species has been out of print for ten years.

Next month, that changes.

Deadliest Book Stack

Deadliest of the Species, remastered

I’m happy to announce Evileye Books will republish Deadliest of the Species in an all new, remastered edition. It will drop for Kindle and Nook readers this March, followed by a trade paperback edition in April.

From the press release:

In “Deadliest of the Species,” Mr. Oliveri lays down the roots of his writing craft and stakes out his place in the horror tradition as a masterful writer of plot, suspense and thrill sequences. Anyone who has read his work will tell you they couldn’t put the stories down. The same is true of “Deadliest of Species,” where it all started.

This has been a long time coming, folks. I hope you dig it.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Deadliest Back on eBay

Can’t wait for a publisher to re-release Deadliest of the Species in English? Check out this eBay auction.

Good luck!

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

It Never Gets Old

They’re Here!
Originally uploaded by MikeOliveri.

I love opening a box of my books from a publisher. It’s been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to do so, but it still feels as good as it did the very first time.

It doesn’t even matter that I can’t read these German translations of Deadliest of the Species, it still rocks harder than your hot mom at an Iron Maiden concert.

These paperbacks are easily the best presentation of my solo work to date. I don’t know that having my name printed in a comparable font size to the title is going to have any effect in the German market, but I think it’s pretty damn cool.

The bar has been set for US publishers. With luck I’ll find one worthy of the challenge.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

The Zen of Motorcycling

My Motorcycle Safety Foundation instructors hammered a phrase home: “You go where you look.”

It reminded me a bit of the old saying “keep your eyes on the prize,” but the difference is you can actually feel the motorcycle maxim at work every time you turn. If you’re not looking at where you want to be, you’re going to end up off course because your body tends to steer a bike toward where you’re looking. If you’re negotiating a turn and you’re looking at the shoulder instead of through the turn, then you’re going to take a ride on the shoulder.

Better hope there’s no gravel.

I got to thinking about that again the other night, and I had a Zen moment: maybe I’ve stopped looking at my writing goal.

I’m focused on my karate, and things are going very well. I’m focused on my family, and that, too, is going very well. Even my job is going well. My writing, however, has been very slow of late. Sure, I’ve had a few small triumphs, with Deadliest of the Species hitting the German market and another sale still to be announced, but I haven’t achieved my ultimate goal of having a steady stream of work hitting the shelves.

Maybe I’ve stopped looking. I’ve let other things distract me, and now I’m off on the shoulder somewhere. To break it down further, maybe I’m spending too much time looking at RSS feeds and surfing the web and not enough looking at that word processor window.

I’ve surrounded myself with the tools, no doubt about that. For example, all of my computers are armed with OpenOffice.org or NeoOffice. I carry my Moleskine just about everywhere I go. I recently bought a new lap desk for writing notes in the car. I’ve got this blog and I do the whole social networking thing. I’ve got a printer when I need it, access to plenty of reference materials, and of course email for corresponding with editors, publishers, and colleagues (not to mention the few fans I hear from). I even rented a post office box the other day because I’ve been getting signature requests. I’ve also got more time than ever this summer, because working in education rocks hard.

In short, I’ve got my new bike and I’ve got my metaphorical writing bike. Now I need to spend more time looking at the destination for my writing career. I have a good idea of where that destination is, I just need to do a better job of aiming for it.

Right after I swim with my kids for a little while. ;)

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Buy My Shtuff

Ready for a Michael Oliveri fix? Excellent. Here’s a couple easy ways to get your fix.

Jack Haringa Must Die!
Available here and on Amazon. Features a piece of flash fiction by yours truly. Plus it benefits the Shirley Jackson Awards.

Restore From Backup
Plenty of copies still available directly from Bad Moon Books. This collaborative novella with JF Gonzalez is a blend of supernatural horror and dark sci-fi. If you like The Outer Limits, we’re confident you’ll like our novella.

The Phantom Chronicles
An anthology of short stories featuring the Ghost Who Walks, published by Moonstone Books. Mine pits The Phantom against snake cultists bent on human sacrifice. You can buy it from Amazon or, if you’ll be at Wizard World Chicago next week, you can pick it up from Moonstone at exhibitor booth 950 in the main exhibitor hall. Track me down on the show floor or at the Moonstone booth and I’ll be happy to sign it for you (as well as anything else you may have brought along).

Werewolves: Call of the Wild
If you’ll be at Wizard World next week, chances are Moonstone will have all three issues bundled cheap! As with The Phantom Chronicles, I’ll be more than happy to sign your copies.

Das Todliche Geschlecht
The book is now officially available through Amazon.de. This is the German-language edition of Deadliest of the Species.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Hallo Deutschland und Österreich!

The German edition of Deadliest of the Species, Das Tödliche Geschlecht, is now available for preorder on Amazon.de! How cool is that?

Don’t worry, English readers. You won’t be neglected for much longer.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

The Gap Years

“How come you haven’t written any novels since Deadliest of the Species, Mike?”

I have, actually.

They just suck.

Okay, I’ll rephrase that: they’re far from ready for publication, because with both I decided their execution was off. Way off. So far off that they need to be rewritten from the ground up, and I don’t have time to do that because I started on Powerless, wrote a comic, and worked (or am working) on a handful of smaller prose projects. On top of which I’m thinking Powerless is the best of the three and will make a great follow-up (at last) to Deadliest.

I may still dust them off at some point, but I imagine they’ll remain trunk novels for some time. Hell, maybe they’ll become discoveries after I hit the big time and die early.

Though if that’s the case, I hope my wife and/or executors have the sense to hire a good manuscript doctor to work them over, because they’ll definitely need it.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

"The Deadly Gender" Imminent

We’re getting closer and closer to the release of Das Tödliche Geschlecht, the German-language edition of Deadliest of the Species from Otherworld Verlag. I’m told the German title translates to “the deadly gender,” which I think is a fair approximation. The original title is derived from a Kipling quote:

“For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.”

I’m assuming Kipling has been translated into German, so it shouldn’t be lost on my German readers any more than the average US reader.

The publisher has also sent me the final version of the cover art. It’s not changed much from previous versions of shared with you, they simply touched up the blood and the woman’s eyes.

Das Todliche Geschlecht - Final

They say we should see release on schedule in June. I’m excited, because this edition is probably going to have the largest print run to date of all my solo work and will probably see the most readers. I’ve been asked if it bums me out that the original English edition hasn’t seen a wider reprint yet, and I have to say no, I’m not.

Readers are readers, whatever language they speak or read. I’m a writer, and while it would be nice to make a living off of it and see more success in my home country, I just want to be read.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.