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September 21, 2013
Posted at 10:44 am

First Uploads ready for posting

I've uploaded the prologue/cast and first chapter of The Props Master and slated it for automatic posting on Monday. As soon as the story posts, I can start uploading the rest of the chapters and we'll have a great next three months (ending just before Christmas). I'm excited to have this story out where folks can see it.

Old Rotorhead suggested a different title for the work and I fussed about this for an inordinate amount of time. There are three or four books in this series and I filled a couple pages with possible titles for all four books and finally decided that this story was not "The Props Master." Rather, that is the name of the series. So, when the release comes out on Monday, it will be under the title "The Props Master 1: Ritual Reality." I've used that phrase in some other things, including a blog I used to maintain on rituals and paganism, but it seemed to fit here better than any prior use.

To give the names of the other books in the series would be premature at best and likely hubris. So I'll sit on that while I get them written.

I was going to upload the next four chapters last night, but I have to wait until the serial is live before I can add chapters to it. So I'll be waiting Monday night to start uploading and cuing them up for posting on Mondays and Thursdays. So you know what to expect, chapters are ~4,000 words, give or take a few hundred, and if it stays on track like it currently looks, there will be between 22 and 24 chapters total. I'm working on Chapter 20 now and I can see the end from here. I've had just enough experience on the desert this past week, though, to know that even the end you see could be miles and miles away. Without a cell tower.

So, as you are prepping for reading on Monday, fix yourself a music playlist. Here are some songs from 1968 that you should listen to, just to get in the mood.

"Hey Jude" and "Revolution" by The Beatles.
"Love Child" by Diana Ross
"Abraham, Martin, and John: by Dion
"Chewy Chewy" by Ohio Express
"I love how you love me" by Bobby Vinton
The entire White Album by The Beatles.
"I heard it through the grapevine" by Marvin Gaye
"Hooked on a feeling" by BJ Thomas
"Crimson and Clover" by Tommy James and the Shondells

Those just happen to be some of my favs that made the charts in the fall and winter of '68. Add your own!