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Auction and Other Updates

The Montoya Journal has just over a day left to go on eBay, and last I checked, had climbed to $177.50. All you snipers out there might want to stand ready. As stated before, all proceeds from the auction go to The Hero Initiative.

And yes, that IS a lot of money, but then again, it’s for a very good cause.

On the Other Updates front, work continues apace, or, at the least, is beginning to do so with something resembling a pace, which is a grand improvement. There’ve been several bumps the past week, and the next week will be very telling as a result, and may cast the die for several future works upcoming. Yes, that’s vague, I know.

8 Responses to Auction and Other Updates

  1. winterbourne

    Vague, yes. ;) But progress is always nice!

  2. kali921

    I love your cryptic utterances. Just so you know.

    There’ve been several bumps the past week, and the next week will be very telling as a result, and may cast the die for several future works upcoming.

    Particularly that. It’s positively Lovecraftian.

  3. admin

    Yeah, I actually struggled with that.

    The problem is, despite occasional appearances to the contrary, I like to try to maintain a certain amount of professionalism when I talk about my work and the people and publishers I work with.

    Rereading it, I’m reminded of one of my favorite Holmes-isms, from “A Scandal in Bohemia”:

    “‘This account of you we have from all quarters received.’…A Frenchman or Russian could not have written that. It is the German who is so uncourteous to his verbs….”

  4. sweetdragon

    Oh Greg, why are you encouraging snipers? I respected you. :(

  5. admin


    An acknowledgment of an established behavior does not, in my opinion, equate to an endorsement of the same.

    You know my secret eBay shame, don’t you? (I tried to find an image, but was mercifully unsuccessful.)

  6. incogvito

    Whenever you post, whether it’s good news, bad news, or so-so news, I want to write.

    Please keep posting!

  7. kali921


    You know, I scribed about eBay sniping recently. Or rather, had a poll as to whether or not Stuff from Mars was better than Sniping Someone on eBay with 0.005 Seconds to Spare, and Stuff From Mars won by a landslide. On the one hand, comforting that my flist has their collective eyes firmly on the sky and the infinite possibilities suggested by same, but on the other hand, I was disappointed that my flist lacked a certain bloodthirst and mercenary competitive urge for capitalist victory.

    Speaking of German discourtesy to verbs, I work for a huge German megalithic entity that recently acquired another German megalithic entity, which means that the site where I work has been flooded by Germans. Last week I was stuck in one of those all day corporate communication trainings, forced to watch a glossy marketing vid where our senior German leadership was interviewed about various issues pertaining to corporate strategy, and you know how Germans say “take a decision” and “strike a decision” instead of “make a decision”? Well, our team leader is German, but the rest of my team is very much not German, and us non-Germans all became convulsed with laughter after about ten minutes of hearing “vee vill TAKE a decision! Act decisively! Strike a decision!” in said video, and our team leader was befuddled by our wanton American laughter, so we finally had to explain to him that no, literal translation of German verbs doesn’t always transfer well to English and isn’t always a good idea. Because “take a decision” sounds so passive. He finally got it, after we hauled out some German-English dictionaries and spent an hour explaining, with flowcharts.

    My favorite was and is Hound of the Baskervilles. HOTB scared the bejeebus out of me when I first read it at age ten or so. It scared me almost as much as this short story I read in a Boris Karloff horror anthology called Second Night Out, which was hands down the most terrifying thing I’d ever read, Lovecraft included. Sadly, I lost the book, so can’t even remember who wrote the story, but let’s put it this way: I am never, EVER getting on a cruise ship, for any reason whatsoever, for the rest of my life, lest I wake up on the third night out and find every other passenger slaughtered into ground chuck, and a gibbering monstrosity sitting on one of the deck chairs, waiting for me with white, pupiless eyes.

    Edit: I just remembered who wrote it. Frank Belknap Long.

  8. electricvinyl

    Well, I went up to $200 for the journal… unfortunately that is my max. As much as I want it, I can’t go any higher. V_V

    Good luck to the rest of the bidders though! Support the Hero Initiative! =D

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