Weekly Digest Update

Posted: August 5, 2018 in Uncategorized

Being a collection of writings, posted every Sunday (hopefully)…

Reviewed some beer: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bl8lDIYnSjm/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Posted some pictures here and there: https://liesandlibations.tumblr.com/post/176523530690/from-a-local-joint-good-advice

And some foods: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155884980016553&set=a.253201441552.144789.548126552&type=3&theater

Sold a book or two at the bar, and started a new blog that should be interesting: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/strippedonthestrip

Not as much actual writing as I like, but that is coming. Please stand by, and thank you for your support.

 

~VDL

ShadowCon XXI, January 5th-6th

Posted: December 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

IT’S OLD ENOUGH TO DRINK.

Very happy to announce I’m starting the year off right by attending ShadowCon 21 at the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center as a dealer and roaming ne’er do well. Been going to this con since the early days, it’s a bit smaller but good people and a good time.

This will be my first time setting up as a dealer at a convention with my own books and whatnot, I’ll have copies of Zombie Strippers and Alien Hookers, as well as some freebies for the kids (do NOT give my poetry to the kids) and some flyers to preview the new things I’m working on in 2018. Should be fun, and hopefully this will kick off a new year of promoting my work more vigorously across the convention scene.

There will also be a return of “Get Your Picture Drawn Badly By A Writer For Free!”

Hope to see you there!

~V.

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Updates and Whatnots

Posted: October 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

Greetings, friendly creatures!

It’s been a minute since I’ve updated this silly thing so I figured I’d best blow the dust off as I have many a new project in the works. If this is your first time here, WELCOME and thank you for responding to a business card or sticker hastily shoved in your hands by a probably drunken me. I am a writer as you may have heard, and I have books and some other things which can easily be found via Amazon link here: https://www.amazon.com/Victor-Lorthos/e/B00E47VX0Q

That out of the way, here’s a list of the NEW STUFF happening soon(ish):

  • Vampire Lawyers and Other Strange Words: work continues feverishly on this latest addition to the Other Words trilogy. I set a deadline for myself of publishing by October 31st, so as to make the publishing deadline for inclusion in the Darrell Awards at next MidSouthCon. Will I make it? Fucked if I know, but I am working on it and/or having panic attacks about it every day, so stay tuned.
  • Stripped on the Strip: Stories of Life on Highland Avenue: this will probably start soon after VLAOSW as a blog. Will be posting stories of life on the Highland Strip in Memphis TN, a depraved hive of drugs and villainy and also college students and social change and love and life and everything else. A weird microcosm of fluctuation and experimentation for over 50 years, it holds a unique place in Memphis culture and underground influence. The general plan here is to amass enough words and pictures to eventually turn into a book. Should be a fun time, keep checking this blog for more information.
  • The Amardian Wars: the next Really Big project, a three-book series centered about the nation of Amardia and its fight for independence from the Orlaininan Empire. Steampunk fantasy at its finest, my friends. Daring tales of derring-do, heroes and villains, fantastical inventions, subtle notes of intrigue, just good damn times all around. More information and possibly a unique website to come.
  • The Ongoing Attempt to be a Big-Time Writer-Person: so this is less of a book and more of a series of changes as to how I write stuff and publish. I’m looking at starting a monthly newsletter and possibly a Patreon account. Trying to give folks a way to help me keep writing and give them neat stuff in return. As a result, some of the things I regularly post and write, at least the poems and stories, will be going exclusively to my Patreon supporters via newsletter, along with notes about the writing process and possibly special neat stuff. I have a lot to learn about how all this works, once I get VLAOSW published, it will be coming down the pipe.

And now you know what’s up. Thank you all for your support, for your love of the words, and of course, for your money which I promise I only spend on bills and orphans and not on beer and strippers.

Yours,

Victor D Lorthos

Things you can do what are good.

Airship Ambassador

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Ask most people about 2016 and, instead of giving you a nuanced selection of highlights and amusing anecdotes, they will be sick into a bucket. That is because, by pretty much anybody’s standards, 2016 has been, on the whole, horrible. If it wasn’t the Tories trying privatise air or bring back gollywogs, it was Donald Trump groping his way to the top, like an angry toddler in a wig.

Unless you are a paid up member of the KKK, mad person or recently fed dog, it’s very hard to justify 2016 as anything but an enormous and unexpected delivery of donkey poop arriving on your doorstep, first thing on Christmas morning.

Never fear gentle reader, for I have the solution- over the past 12 months I have been working on a cure for 2016. Steampunk medicine if you will, but without having to swallow any painful cogs along the way…

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Convention Wrapup

Posted: March 20, 2016 in Uncategorized

Home now in the cool dark and quiet. I love cons but they can be especially draining sometimes, lots of people, lots of interaction. It’s good but exhausting, and having a severe sinus flareup all weekend did not help.

Didn’t win the Darrell Award this time around but I’m still happy and honored to be a finalist, especially considering they get easily over a hundred nominations for short stories. And I was sitting at the table with the runner-up and the winner, and they were very cool people who were so excited to win. I was happy for them. Good times all around.

Didn’t sell a lot of books, which is a bit disappointing but I think mostly my fault. I need to work on my marketing and of course there is the fact that collections of stories and poems don’t exactly fly off the shelves. No worries though, I have some plans to get some into local stores and the hands of the people. More on that later.

To the people newly checking out this blog, HELLO THERE. Nice to meet you and I hope you are enjoying the stickers I handed out liberally at the thing. I’m working on the next project, a steampunk/fantasy series and website, most of which was supposed to be ready to show off at the convention but due to my own tardiness with everything, will have to wait about a week.

So please, check back soon! More cool stuff and things on the way, lots of fun times to be had, plenty of words to read. Enjoy!

~V

So, It looks like I will be in the Darrell Awards Panel at MidSouthCon around 3pm Saturday the 19th. And also at the Darrell Awards Banquet at 6pm that night, which will preclude my participation in the “Jocks, and Nerds, and Goths, Oh My!” panel, so some changes have been made to the thing.

The new thing now appears thusly:

MidSouthCon 34 Schedule

  • Friday 9:00 PM
    Humor, Gore, & So Much More
    Ridgelake

    Panelists will discuss writing horror novels; when it’s okay to add humor, how much gore is too much, and which is better gore or suspense?

  • Friday 10:00 PM
    Dystopias, Zombies, and Apocolypses
    Ridgelake

    Panelists will discuss this new trend in story telling and what type they think rules over the others.

  • Saturday 11:00 am
    Pro Row

    I’m selling books and stickers and fun and OMG I may have to lie down because of the hangover I’m sure to have from Friday night.

  • Saturday 3:00 pm
    Darrell Awards Panel
    Ballrooms D&E

    “It’s just a chance for the readers to get to know some of “our” authors and for you to get to know some of your readers or potential readers.” Also probably high shenanigans.

  • Saturday 6:00 pm
    Darrell Awards Banquet

    Presentation of the Darrell Awards. Awkward eating of food in front of strangers. That sort of thing.

  • Sunday 11:00 AM
    Writing Real Events
    Ridgelake

    Panelists will discuss how to write real events in a story, whether non-fiction or retelling it to make it a part of the story. Real events, like hangovers, you know.

That’s all for now, I’ll let you know if anything changes.

~V

Brain Not Brain

Posted: March 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

Me: Hey I’m awake at o’dark-thirty in the morning, feeling good, I should write.
Brain: NOPE
Me: Uh, what?
Brain: WANNA LISTEN TO MUSIC AND SURF THE WEB FOR CAT PICS AND STEAMPUNK GOGGLES.
Me: Dammit…

And so here we are, however, I now have some pretty badass steampunk glasses on the way, and I found this desktop background which may be the greatest ever, so I guess we’ll call it a win-win. Sometimes you gotta work with your problems, not against…

 

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