The 2017 eclipse had a path of totality that cut across close to my area of Kentucky; in Lexington and Richmond, the sun was occluded by nearly 95%. Our office let us out of work for the afternoon for a viewing; so I went home, and quickly put together a pinhole viewer box. I went outside to an open field that serves as a storm retention basin in our subdivision, and I was able to watch the eclipse as it approached fullness. The image was clear in the viewer; it began for me already at about 1/4 occlusion and within about 10 minutes the sun was cut off by half. At two thirty, our target for full eclipse, all that remained was a narrow sliver shaped like a crescent moon. The real experience for me, however, was in the world around me. The sky did not go dark, which I’d expected. But the day got cooler, and the sunlight that did get through had a cast that I’d never experienced: the air itself seemed tinted with dimness– but it wasn’t like an overcast day. Monday was beautiful and clear, and so the light, if you will, didn’t seem gray; it was a color I’d not seen, as if it hinted at being blue. It was a rather alien experience I won’t forget. Beyond the all-inclusive light, things got very quiet. The only sound other than a rare, passing car was a single dog barking. The dog seemed like he was on replay: he barked in the same exact way, on repeat, for about a minute, over and over. There’d been other dogs, earlier. But they were silent, now. So that was my experience with the solar eclipse; it seemed awesome in how unusual it was.
You could’ve probably found a copy hanging around at an online marketplace dealer, but I did, in fact, renew the 2017 Ingram distribution fee for Hovering Bright. Wasteland Press has re-listed the book under their New Releases on the Wasteland Press website bookstore; because the book is renewed through Ingram, I expect Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, or most any other bookstore, online or brick-and-mortar that deals with Ingram, could order a copy for you.
I’ve re-named the BOOKS category to MY WRITING. My books and other writing will always be listed on this site. It accommodates my list of short stories and my books. To date my writing has been under a by-line that includes my middle initial: Earl P. Dean. The Internet Speculative Fiction Database has it correct for my short story The Heat Tailor and my letter that appeared in Weird Tales Magazine, but it’s got me as Earl Dean for Hiding Mountain: Our Future in Apples– that’s incorrect compared to my by-line as it appears in the Harlan County Horrors collection– check the contents page of that book to see it’s me, as Earl P. Dean.
I was going to post a related note in the bulletins category, but this website theme doesn’t support off-stream blog posts so there’s not much point. I’ll say it here: I found a book titled Camelot Road on Amazon, and it’s by another writer who goes by Earl Dean. That’s not me; for the record, I didn’t write Camelot Road; it was apparently published in February 2017; my stories and books are older than that, and with the exception of one story that’s omitted (it was in a regional chapbook, and is now re-written in a state currently unpublished), they’re all listed here under MY WRITING.
-Earl P. Dean
I finished reading THE STORE by Bentley Little over the weekend. It was good; I like how he chose not to put a label on the evil in the novel– whatever Newman King is, it’s clear enough he’s a pretty bad egg. The ending is a bit surprising, and that’s a welcome discovery, too. Now I’m moving on to read CRY OF THE ICEMARK, a youth novel by British author Stuart Hill. Fantasy of that sort is a more likely choice for me anyway, but horror can be interesting.
Tonight at 7PM science fiction author John Scalzi will do a book signing at Joseph-Beth Booksellers. In recent years it has been a regular promotional stop for him. I’ll be there; authors like coming to Lexington for things like this because the town has a strong fan base of readers.
UPDATED: I changed my mind and swerved over to THE DRAWING OF THE THREE, Stephen King’s second volume of THE DARK TOWER series. I’ll read ICEMARK later.
I finally got the story guide finished for the Cordwainer Smith collection. It’s up in issue 6 of Orschy’s today if you’d care to read it. As always, the earlier issues are there as well. I plan to avoid doing large story guides like this in the near future, just sticking to things I can get done at a more rapid pace. Thanks for your patience; enjoy!
I’ve wanted to play around with a new look for awhile. I hope you like it!
-Earl P. Dean
I took off work about an hour and a half early and went to dinner, then I went over to Joseph-Beth Booksellers where The Carnegie Center had audio-visual equipment set up on the events platform. I looked around at books for a few minutes and then bought a Cherry Italian soda, settled in and watched the crowd grow. The turnout was respectable when you consider I only saw the event advertised in the Kentucky Literary Newsletter at the last minute. The documentary focused on some background of Neil’s early years, the book tour billed as his last (which I attended at his Lexington signing, where it was held at the Manchester Grand), and featured interviews with several people who either know him or who I presume that know him; people like Terry Pratchett, Bill Hader, Merrilee Heifetz, and Patton Oswalt. I particularly liked the coverage of his time writing The Sandman; it had a lot of footage I would expect is rare, and he explained how he decided that was what he wanted to write. I’m glad I took the time to go visit Joseph-Beth and watch this.