Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Approaching Sophomore

Yesterday I was able to announce to the world that the very wonderful Blue Deco Publishing have accepted Tales of Timeless Springs into their catalog.

Author photos have been taken. Cover art is underway. Final edits are being done. Pants are being shat. Excitement is all around. It's very much the publication process.

Stay tuned, Readers. Updates and details are coming.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

J.S. versus B.D.S.

It's been a rather eventful couple of weeks on Bryce Land, which have been getting in the way of certain websites receiving their blog posts, but eh, what are you going to do? The Outhouse, Tongue Huggers, and Tales of Timeless Springs have all been getting their due when I'm not at the desk job, but as I've said before, when a new video game enters my life, writing kind of slows down a bit.

This has been happening.

I've also been giving the nonfiction stuff more attention for the simple fact that I've been trying to push my career outside of novels in the direction of writing as well. I enjoy my current job and I'm very interested in the opportunities that it's laying in path, but just as I'm trying to launch Bryce David Salazar's career, I'm also trying to launch that other guy's career. Which is a bit weird considering we're the same person and neither name is technically a pseudonym, because sometimes Catholic Mexicans want to make sure to fill the entire line on the birth certificate. But it does feel like duel careers and I sometimes wonder if maybe I should try molding the two together, you know? Why not gently put a pillow over the other guy's head as he sleeps and wait for him to take the long nap, and then change everything he's written to "by Bryce David Salazar" to make it clear we're one person?

I mean, it's not exactly a secret so I don't know why I should bother with the metaphorical homicide. Just read the bio given to me at The Outhouse:


Jacob Sailor? More like Jacob Seamen, amirite? Anyway... Jacob Sailor is the author of She Sees Metaphors (written as Bryce David Salazar) and co-host of the podcast We Write Weird Shit. You can find out more about him at www.BryceDavidSalazar.com.

Pretty simple to understand. No real drama involved. (Although because of the name Salazar, I am waiting for the day to come in which I am accused of cultural appropriation. Because if there's one thing a certain demo of white people in the great nation of the USA love to do, it's inform me that I am not actually of Mexican descent. Doesn't matter that my mother is Mexican. I don't check off enough boxes for my heritage to count, and they would know. They took Spanish classes and their rich parents paid for them to visit Mexico. So it would be in everyone's best interests if I stop offending their liberal sensibilities and stop announcing that you can trace my lineage back to Mexico. Which is all I'm really doing, however they seem to believe I have zero idea just how white I actually am. I'll step off the soap box now.)

So anyways, yes, this is where I'm at in life. Trying to make a writing career out of two separate names that all tie together because #CatholicMexicans exist. 

Also, here's a lovely, lovely quote photo from Jon James to promote She Sees Metaphors.

I like his coat.

Fuck, I'm out of coffee. Gotta run.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Guess Who's Back? Back Again? Bryce Is Back. Tell a Friend.

It's been a while, hasn't it? Apologies, life has a way of growing selfish and demanding one's full attention. But that's okay, things are calming down. And in this calm, I present to you..


I am published once again! And this time through a legit publisher, not just me going through Createspace. Which is still legit, but it's not... I don't know. It's just nice to have my name under a publishing house's label. After the whole crazy journey this novel has gone through, it felt incredible to hold it in my hands again. And the new design is absolutely incredible.

So what else is new?
I dunno.

Anyone who has worked in the Capital City's neighboring college town can tell you that when you work there in the summer, you're going to face some financial strain. So I took the liberty of getting a second job so that when the time came I would still be up shit creek, but I would have a paddle. It hasn't been fun. Working six to seven days a week to just have enough money to pay your bills and eat while the more privileged in our society struggle to understand that level of exhaustion when you say you need a break is...


But there have been some wonderful moments. The hippy and I have settled into our new home, a beautiful house with three bedrooms and a lawn big enough to attract some attention when I forget to mow it. I've found a job in my degree field (Communications) that allows me to put these skills to use. I call myself a Bakery Administrative Assistant, but if it's easier you may call me a secretary. 

You wish. ;)

I've also been writing comic book reviews for The Outhouse. It's been a wonderful experience and I look forward to continuing to write reviews for them, in exchange for a little bit of money and a lot of free comic books to read. You will find me in their list of staff profiles. Just look for Jacob Sailor, which if you didn't already know, is the rest of my rather long name.

Still a thing.

Jon and I still fuck around with the podcast, and have been outlining a story for the much, much delayed second season. I'll take some blame for it. Two jobs, a writing gig and an internship make it difficult to record a podcast. Oh, yes, speaking of...

I'm basically Peggy Olson.

I've written copy for several flavors of hot sauce from Tongue Huggers, a delicious brand of hot sauce that my brother keeps bugging me to share with him. You can learn about them here.

And that's about it for now. I just wrapped up a thirteen day stretch of work, which occurred fresh off the heels of one day off to separate it from the sixteen day stretch that proceeded it. I'm tired. I'm ready for this weekend. The hippy and I have both days off and will be spending the time together at a wedding and watching Trigun, which both of us are watching now for the first time.

Better late than never.

And so with that, I leave you now, Reader. Trigun and season two of Narcos ain't gonna watch themselves, ya know?

Me gusta.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Temporarily Unpublished

Readers, She Sees Metaphors is no longer available to purchase on Createspace, Kindle, or the Nook. The reason for this is very exciting. I'll bring you more details as they come, but Blue Deco Publishing has accepted the manuscript into its arms and very soon will be releasing it under its own label! 

This is, without a doubt, the most exciting thing that has happened with She Sees Metaphors in a long time. This entire novel has gone through quite the journey, from it's various incarnations and drafts over the years, to it's brief time with a small Texas publisher (you know, the one that didn't read it, accepted it, then dropped it), to self-publication, and now on to a whole new publisher. 

I am completely overwhelmed with gratitude at this moment. Not just to Blue Deco Publishing for accepting my wee little novel, but also to everyone that has supported me over the years, came to readings, and purchased the novel in its independent format. I can't wait to share this new experience with all of you as I take the next step in my career as an author.

In the meantime, I'm currently working on We Write Weird Shit: The Book! with Jon James, gearing up more special episodes, and, of course, prepping myself for season two. And, perhaps craziest of all, I'm deep in the process of adding additional material to Tales of Timeless Springs, which will take it from a novella to a full fledged novel. 

It's a good year, folks. Again, thank you all so much and I'll see you soon!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Ugh, Where Are We?

It's been a whirlwind of shit and honey these last few months, and now that the storm has settled down, I'm not surprised that March is already walking out the door and April is already starting to rear its stupid head.

Things were kind crazy. I took a job as a General Manager at a fast casual chain last December, and while the money was pretty cool, just about everything else involved with the job was terrible. And I can't stress that enough. Holy fuck nut, that placed sucked on so many levels. I made the hippy promise me to never to another management gig, not in this town anyways. When it all got to be too much, I did  the only thing I could do: I crawled back to my last boss and asked him for my job back.

So it's all okay now. I'm back to where I was, and even working a little job at a used record/ dvd/ video game shop to boot. Life is alright. I'm still broke but between cutting down on my expenses, the release of the second edition of She Sees Metaphors (so soon, so very soon), and being oh so close to finishing Tales of Timeless Springs, I'm pretty happy.

We Write Weird Shit is about to wrap up its first season, which also blows my mind. It feels like Jon and I just started, but it turns out no, no we did not. We record episode thirteen pretty soon, which means we've been doing this podcast thing for probably closer to fifteen weeks. There's currently talk of releasing the short stories we wrote in a collection, which I think would be a nice little treat to wrap up the season. Sort of a gift to ourselves, as well as something to boost the Amazon author pages.

Oh, here's a fun little fact: One of the stories that make up Tales of Timeless Springs is going to appear in in episode 9 of Random Transmissions. I am super fucking stoked about this. Justin K. Day, the creator of the podcast, has put together something very special. It's a great way to hear stories from new authors, and the world he's created within the podcast is wonderful. It's dark, creepy, and I'm oh so very curious as to where everything is going. So with that, I invite you to click the link and have a listen. I promise, you won't regret it.

And... that's about it. There are some other potential publishing options coming up, but I'm going to keep quiet on those until the ink dries. So for now, take it easy.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Got that whole Tales of Timeless Springs stuff figured out...

So when it comes to Tales of Timeless Springs, I feel like my whole life is a mess and I don't know what I'm doing. That was until earlier this afternoon when it all hit me...

Take a note of inspiration from the series that started it all.

Growing up I loved Goosebumps. It was my shit. That was what I wanted to do as a little nine year old writer.

Figuring out Tales of Timeless Springs has been a chore. I've been working on it casually for a few years. It was basically my affair project to go to when She Sees Metaphors was driving me nuts. And now that She Sees Metaphors is all set (mostly, more on that in a sec), ToTS has become my focus. But there's so much that I wanted to do with the world that I created and it was driving me nuts. And then I thought about Goosebumps and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Fear Street, and I realized I can do that. 

So how's this going to work?


I'm going to make things simple and just release each book (which will typically be either a collection of stories or a novella, all of which will take place in the city of Timeless Springs) on Kindle. Eventually I'll release an anthology in print, but for now, they're just going to come out as ebooks, one or two a year. Timeless Springs will be my getaway stories while I work on the bigger books, which brings me to my next topic...

We ain't done yet.

She Sees Metaphors is going to have a second edition! It's going to be nifty, too. There'll be an author intro, a sample from Tales of Timeless Springs, and I fixed the typos that so many people were generous enough to point out to me. And once this new edition is all set, I plan to start bugging the shit out of some local bookstores until they put it on their shelves. Because community.

So yeah, plenty of Tales of Timeless Springs to come. And I can finally get started on my second novel, which I'll talk about later. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Suck it, Winesburg!

So about that Timeless Springs story. Well...

I'm working on it.

If you listened to the latest episode of the podcast We Write Weird Shit (which I co-host with the F. Scott Fitzgerald of Bizarro fiction, Jon "jonjames" James) you'll have heard that I am actually working not only on the revisions and edits for Tales of Timeless Springs, but I am also adding some more material to it.

"Why?" you ask, every so eager to know because you can't stand another minute of this life without a copy of my sophomore effort to be on your shelf.

The long and short of it is that I've had this nagging feeling that the book wasn't really done ever since I finished it. Something felt like it was missing. After talking to one of my editors, who I paid tribute and gave mad exposure to in the We Write Weird Shit episode All Hail The King, I figured it out.

It's this one.

The first draft of Tales of Timeless Springs was actually a fourteen thousand word novelette about a group of kids trying to escape the city. And since second drafts are usually completely different from the first when I write them, the story I have now centers on those kids as adults and a cast of other characters that live in the city of Timeless Springs. 

But I couldn't let that original story go. It stuck with me and I figured that I could always put out a second Timeless Springs book later on. And then I figured why not just include the story? It's relatively short so it can be rewritten and fixed into the current story's continuity pretty easily. And it can be done within the deadline I have set for the release of the book, which is late summer. So what the hell? Why not?

And so that's where the book is now. I'm rewriting one section, the novelette, and working on the penultimate round of edits on the other section, which is a series of connected short stories that tell a larger narrative. 

And last but not least, I'm also working with an artist to help me put out an illustrated sample from Tales of Timeless Springs, much like I did with She Sees Metaphors. So soon I should be giving you guys a nice little taste of what's to come.

So yeah, in the meantime, be sure to check out We Write Weird Shit and enjoy the weird ass tales that Jon and I do our best to entertain you with on a weekly basis.



Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Old Man - We Write Weird Shit S01E01

Episode 1 is here! In this episode, Jon reads Jake's story about a haunted music box in a restaurant, as suggested by Leslie. We also discuss Uwe Boll's Nazi Gold.

Next week Jake will be reading Jon's story about trying to renovate a home while being propositioned by the house's deceased residents, as recommended by Alex, titled Extreme Ghost Orgy Home Makeover.

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The Old Man (C) Jacob Sailor 2016