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  • Don’t forget! Books go live on Wednesday, February 1, and Live Release Party on Twitch, Sunday February 5!

    OMG! IN LESS THAN TWO DAYS MY BOOKS WILL GO LIVE ON AMAZON!!! LINKS WILL BE HERE

    AND in just 6 days, at 10 pm Central European time (4 pm Eastern US/ 1 pm Pacfic US) will be my online release party on Twitch! I will be giving away a signed FULL 4 BOOK SET and 3 signed copies of the first book, Survey!

    You’ll need to sign up on Twitch to be able to chat and win prizes, but sign up is free!

    I will also be starting my live Sunday podcast recordings of Survey, so you’ll be able to listen to me read the first three chapters during this stream!

    Hope to see folks there! Woot!!

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  • 16 Days!

    OMG FOLKS!!

    In a little over two weeks, on February 1st, my books come out! I am so incredibly excited! AND! We’ll be having a live release party on February 5th on Twitch! There will be giveaways of ebooks and papers books, with the grand prize being signed paper copies of all 4 books! 

    You can follow me over on Twitch at http://twitch.tv/worthyadvisor where I’m now doing writing streams. I use the Pomodoro method (aka Sprints): 20 minutes writing, 5 minutes break in between each sprint, with a longer break after 4 sprints. It’s not just for writing, either, you can use this method for other work as well. Or, you can just have me on in the background while you do other stuff and listen to my Awesome Wife’s incredible music!

    The covers are all done! The Awesome Wife did an incredible job on them!! Check them out:

    Head on over to the Books page where you can click on each cover to find out more about the book.

    I also have a Patreon now, so if you’d like to support me that way, you can do so! Minimum is $3, which includes a Discord where you can chat with me and about the books once you get to read them!

    And last, but by no means least, I’ll be doing a podcast called “Tales From Flat Space” where I’ll have serial reading of all my novels. I’ll be reading them live on Twitch every Sunday during my stream, but afterwards, they’ll be on the podcast. You can listen directly from the Libsyn page, or, eventually, it’ll be in all the usual podcast outlets.

    This month is so exciting, and not just because the 16th is my birthday, but also because, in such a short time, you’ll all be able to read these books that I’ve been working on for so long. I really hope you’ll enjoy them! 

    (And yes, I like exclaimation points. I’m excited, ok?)

  • Live Reading of “The Four Keys”– Part 4: The Eastern City

  • Yule Dinner Recipe: Mashed Roasted Cauliflower

    Every year I make a big Yule dinner for us. I’m kind of a foodie-ish person, so I do things a little fancy. This year we had roast beef, which I put in the sous vide for 24 hours, then roasted in the oven for about 15 minutes to get the proper crust (makes the beef suuuuuper tender). I also made brussels sprouts fried with bacon, gravy, and Yorkshire puddings.*

    However, we don’t do potatoes anymore because The Wife is diabetic, and combining puds and potatoes isn’t a Good Idea. So instead, I usually make mashed cauliflower. I used to steam them in the Instant Pot**, mash them with butter and cheese and call it a day. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t bad, but it was still a bit on the watery side. Passable and tasted good, but not Perfect.

    But this year, friends, I tried a thing and I will be making mashed cauliflower this way forever!

    I roasted the cauliflower first, and my gods! So amazing. So much so that The Awesome Wife told, nay demanded, that I must share this recipe far and wide for all and yon to enjoy!

    So, here ya go:

    Ingredients:

    • 500 g of frozen cauliflower (or fresh, if you want)
    • about 40 g of butter
    • milk
    • shredded cheese to taste (I recommend something on the mild side, but definitly NOT mozzarella! You want something like gruyere or a mild chedder.)

    Instructions:

    1. Turn on the oven to 230 C (about 450 F)
    2. Put your cauliflower on a cookie sheet or whatever roasting thingo you have. Make sure it’s one layer.
    3. Put in the oven for 30-45 minutes, or until there’s browning on the cauliflower and the cauliflower’s shrunk by half. (This is the important bit, really.)
    4. In a bowl, put the pat of butter, and when the cauliflower is done, add the cauliflower to the bowl and let the butter melt. (Make sure it’s a decent sized bowl.)
    5. Using an immersion (aka stick) blender, blend the cauliflower and butter until it’s smooth. This doesn’t take long.
    6. Add shredded cheese to the mix. Mix with a fork until it comes together. The mix will be a little stiff. Add milk a tiny bit at a time until the mix is more proper “mashed potato” consistancy. Feel free to add salt and pepper here if you want.

    That’s it! This makes enough for 2 people, but if you want more, just double or triple the recipe.

    Now, because I’m a dang adult, and have fulfilled my Wife’s request, I’m going to go and watch Discovery with my Awesome Wife while enjoying a tasty non-alcoholic adult beverage. There may even be leftover puds with cream and sugar free maple syrup later. Because, again, I’m an adult and I do what I want. 🙂

    Blessed Yule to all those who celebrate it! Hope your day has been merry, and your night too!

    *aka Puds. I always have the Awesome Wife check them and declare them proper Puds, because She is British and I wouldn’t want to offend her on Yule.

    ** aka The Best Kitchen Appliance Ever Made. I will die on this hill.

  • Live Reading of “The Four Keys”– Part 3: The Southern City

  • Twitch Streaming! Survey Intragalactic Release Date! Woo hoo!

    Can you believe it’s December already? It’s been snowing here in Switzerland and it’s been holiday-card beautiful! 

    But enough about the weather! The first big announcement, if you haven’t heard about it yet, is that I am now streaming 3 days a week on Twitch doing co-working streams. Co-working (or body doubling) is something that I’ve done for a long time, as I like just having other people around while I’m working. The side effect of having other folks around is accountability. I can actually get work done. Streaming is nice because there are folks who come and hang out and chat with me during breaks, and I seem to get a lot of writing done, even while chatting with folks. It also lets you see my process and get a sneak peak of new books! You can find my stream at http://twitch.tv/worthyadvisor. I usually stream on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. (The schedule is on my Twitch page.) Although, I won’t be streaming on December 25 and January 1 (obviously!). 

    The second, and most exciting announcement this month, is that the Survey Intragalactic series will be coming out on February 1, 2023! I’ll have more detailed information in January, but there will be an online release party on Twitch with a bunch of giveaways of paper books, ebooks, and maybe even some other merch! 

    My Awesome Wife is working on the covers, and here’s the cover for “Survey” the first book of the series:

    How awesome is this? I am super stoked, and I really can’t wait for you all to be able to read these books that have been three years in the making!

    I hope you all have excellent Holidays, no matter what you do or celebrate, and a great New Year! Or as is said in Switzerland: einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr! I’ll see you again in January!

  • Live Reading of “The Four Keys” — Part 2: The Northern City

  • Live Reading of “The Four Keys” — Part 1: The Great Tree and the Crossroads

    This is a live reading I did of the first part of “The Four Keys” I did on Twitch on December 5, 2022 during my regular stream.

  • NaNoWriMo, Book Progress, and now on Twitch!

    November has been a busy month! My proofreader finished up the last novel of the first series of the Survey books, which means we’re going into formatting mode now! Yay! We’re looking at a release date somewhere in early 2023.

    I’ve also discovered that there are writers who stream on Twitch, and now I’m one of them! You can catch me live on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Sundays will be 10 pm Zurich time (4 pm US Eastern/1 pm Pacific). I’m still working on the right times for Tuesday and Thursday. They’ll either be 2-6 pm (8 am EST/5 am PST) or 8 pm (2 pm EST/11 am PST). Mostly I’ll be doing writing sprints and co-working with some chill music. I’ll also doing readings from time to time, and will have a live launch party when the Survey books come out!

    NaNo has been good, and although I’m not going to “win” this year, I still managed to log over 25K words, and that’s not too shabby! My approach to NaNo the last few years has been to keep chill about it. If I make it to 50K, that’s great! If not, I’m not going to worry about. I’m still writing nearly every day, and that’s what matters.

    This month I also started a discord server for self-publishing authors called Publishing Heretics. I’d been trying to find a discord for self-publishing authors that was geared towards folks who were doing it on principle. I do feel that the way that traditional publishing works is torturous to people, especially for those of us who are neurodivergent, with the endless rejections and other trappings. Especially since publishers are moving towards making authors (especially new ones) do all their own marketing anyway. I could go on, but I think you get the idea. So, if you’re so inclined, feel free to come and check out the Discord!

    It’s strange to think that there’s only one month left to this year. This year has been a wild ride for our family, for sure. We decided a while ago that we’ll just have a chill December. We’re not going to crazy about, well, anything. We might go to a Christmas market for some tasty noms, but even that is something where, if we go, it’ll be for fun and not for last minute shopping or whatnot. And if we don’t go, we’re not going to sweat it.

    In talking with other folks, it seems that a lot of them are going the same route of keeping the holidays chill. I’m all for that.

    One last thing is that I have my Diamine Inkvent calendar sitting at my desk waiting for December 1! I had a lot of fun opening last year’s and trying all the inks, so I know I’ll love this year’s as well.

    Have a safe and happy holiday season! Remember to mask up and get your vaccinations!