New awesome thing of this incredibly awesome week: This is How You Die is now available as an audiobook from Audible.com. Also, I lugged home a tonne of copies for the event on Sunday, which is fast approaching and making me a wee bit nervous. Also the feedback continued throughout the day. This has been an incredible week.
More, you ask? Fine! Also of the amazing is this: Foolish Hearts: Gay Romance has been revealed, with a cover and everything. You know how I feel about the cover reveal. And this one is very pretty. I'm incredibly stoked about this anthology because it's the sequel (of a sort) to my very first publication, way back when, in Fool for Love.
I'm really and truly overflowing with good these days. It's a wonderful feeling. Life, as they say, is pretty darned good.
Let's just pause for a moment here and allow our minds to boggle over the idea of trying to produce a piece of creative art with a sibling, shall we?
John and Bill Chernega's story in This is How You Die is actually a booklet/pamphlet that the government has produced to help parents explain to their children what's ahead for them when they go for their mandatory "Big CODT Machine" visit at age six. The presentation - complete with illustrations - reminds me of every pamphlet I was ever handed as a kid that showed some young fellow (in this case, Jimmy) nervous about some impending unpleasantness like going to the dentist or what-not. He has three buddies with him (three stuffed dinosaurs) and between the four of them, Jimmy will of course learn about what's about to happen and maybe conquer his fears.
The real cleverness of the story, of course, is the tone and delivery, which hints at the society that created this pamphlet. Why would we force kids of six to learn how they are going to die? The whole reminded me a bit of Fallout, if you've ever played the game. The tone is delightfully spry, even though the context is incredibly dark.