Friday, November 10, 2006

Thank You, And a Book Update.

    Well, nuts! 

    I didn't win either of the Vivi Awards for which I was nominated.  However, I'd like to thank everyone who voted for me and this collection of general silliness and oddities.  It was a tremendous amount of fun and excitement, and I really had a great time with the whole thing. 

    I also want to congratulate all the winners, and I particularly want to congratulate Dorn and Dad (not my dad, but he's a dad, I think) for their wins.  Losing isn't so painful when the competition is just that damn good. 

    In other news, the book writing is going well.  I've torn past the 60,000 word mark which is most likely about half-way by my estimations.  I'm hoping to end somewhere around 120,000 before I start the slicing, dicing and rewriting.  Establishing this sort of goal is a new approach for me since my writing style is to normally just stumble out of the gates and run until I drop.   It's also really hard making the transition from writing short stories to extending a metaphor in such a way as this.  It's fun, but sometimes it seems that the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel is a very long way off.  Right now, though, it's the size of a solitary pixel.  It's tiny, but at least it's there to give me a little hope as I head into the locker room at half-time.

    The thing that bothers me most is that I wish I could tell you all about it.  I am horrible at keeping secrets when it comes to things that make me twitch with excitement.  But, I will say that it takes place in a not-too-distant future, but it's not science fiction per se.  There are no aliens, flying cars or big, honkin' space cannons (although....  hmmm).  It's got a lot of silly bits that have had me laughing out loud like a lunatic as I write, but there's also a serious underlying critique of today's world.  I think people will like it. 

    Unfortunately, I've said too much.  Now you all must be destroyed.  Sorry about that.  Please try not to take it personally.



  1. Please don't shoot!  I won't tell!  I can't wait to read it...sounds up my alley!!!!

    be well,

  2. Dan.. maybe you didn't win a Vivi.. but you are a winner in my book!  Always!  Speaking of books....I can't wait to read it!  Truly I can't!  Keep at it my friend... you will get there!


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  4. Hmmm, Is your book a combo of Stephen King and Dave Barry?

  5. Listen Dan, no one wanted Dorn and Dad to have to jump out if their computer chairs and pull a Faith Hail~~~WHAT!!!!  Who loves ya baby?

  6. Wow, pornography that has "a serious critique of today's world" is my favorite kind. Oops, I wasn't supposed to give that away. Glad you are making progress and you'll always be my favorite l'il VIVI nominee.

  7. I believe the favoured term is "speculative fiction." Love to hear more about it.

  8. What do you mean you didn't win? I voted for you and everything!
    Can't wait for the book. Martha :-)

  9. Sorry you didn't win the VIVI.  Sounds like you're making great progress on your book. Have a good weekend.

  10. Dan, I'll be honest... once I found out that I was nominated along with you and Mary I never dreamed that I would win.  (I guess farts are 'in' this year.)  Although there has been a lot of criticism for the VIVI's, this one is special to me because of the quality of my opponents.  I won't lie, I WANTED to win, and voted for myself... but I did vote for you as Lord of the Blog, because for as much as I like Dad's tomatoes, you have BEER!

  11. Congrats on your vivi nominations.  Glad to hear your book is coming along well.  Where in WI do you live?