Sunday, August 4, 2013

Why Choose A Portable Building?

First, what comes to mind when thinking of used portable buildings is something like a simple rectangular blocks with doors and Windows as possible. Portable buildings are often associated with construction sites, events and other places, the term could be "temporary". However, you may be surprised to learn that the portable building today come in many different shapes, sizes and designs, which is so convincing that indeed, it would be hard to distinguish from a portable building from conventional building in-situ. Design features such as the roof and the ceiling style finish, internal and external options, window style and cladding options position, color and surface systems can ensure that portable buildings and modular buildings of conventional building indistinguishable. Portable offices offer a great solution for either temporary or permanent. You can easily be expanded to increase adds new "modules" into office space or reduced or sold if no longer needed. There are many standard layout usually soon may be given, or custom developed with individual design. Portable buildings are a growing trend is to build huge office complex, often using multi levels with internal stairs, including a variety of internal Office and kitchen/bathroom. The increase of portable and modular classrooms also asked, as schools struggle to new classrooms and buildings that have been completed in time for the increase in the number of students. You no longer are "old style removable" but is now designed and built with an architectural design and materials. They are an attractive option for schools not only in the aesthetic design and less disruption to school is now available, but also because of the short lead. The building is made from home and transported in schools for the installation at the time convenient to schools, usually the school holidays. Modular and portable classrooms and buildings offer significant cost savings compared to conventional construction, but the advantages Go modular is definitely more than just the savings. Time savings can be significant. Standard direct frequently available building way, complex, custom developed and weeks to produce can make buildings less than 6-8. Another advantage, which is easily expandable modular building or improving the presentation of the building or change the interior/exterior design can be arranged. And if there is any doubt about the quality of the portable buildings by the quick turnaround, you'll be glad to know that the material in the building is the same material that is used in traditional building. Flexibility is the main attribute of portable buildings and one that often moves to execute people on the idea of portable and modular construction solution. If more space is needed? Add refresh or new modules. You need to move somewhere else? There is no problem. No need for more about buildings? It's time to sell! With the construction, design and materials, finishes and Fitout latest portable buildings are not considered more of an invisible square box "to take". They offer not only a quick and cheap solution, but one that does not traditionally constructed buildings.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Portable Buildings - Why Choose A Portable Building?

First, what comes to mind when thinking of used portable buildings is something like a simple rectangular blocks with doors and Windows as possible. Portable buildings are often associated with construction sites, events and other places, the term could be "temporary".
However, you may be surprised to learn that the portable building today come in many different shapes, sizes and designs, which is so convincing that indeed, it would be hard to distinguish from a portable building from conventional building in-situ. Design features such as the roof and the ceiling style finish, internal and external options, window style and cladding options position, color and surface systems can ensure that portable buildings and modular buildings of conventional building indistinguishable.
Portable offices offer a great solution for either temporary or permanent. You can easily be expanded to increase adds new "modules" into office space or reduced or sold if no longer needed. There are many standard layout usually soon may be given, or custom developed with individual design. Portable buildings are a growing trend is to build huge office complex, often using multi levels with internal stairs, including a variety of internal Office and kitchen/bathroom. 
The increase of portable and modular classrooms also asked, as schools struggle to new classrooms and buildings that have been completed in time for the increase in the number of students. You no longer are "old style removable" but is now designed and built with an architectural design and materials. They are an attractive option for schools not only in the aesthetic design and less disruption to school is now available, but also because of the short lead. The building is made from home and transported in schools for the installation at the time convenient to schools, usually the school holidays. 
Modular and portable classrooms and buildings offer significant cost savings compared to conventional construction, but the advantages Go modular is definitely more than just the savings. Time savings can be significant. Standard direct frequently available building way, complex, custom developed and weeks to produce can make buildings less than 6-8. Another advantage, which is easily expandable modular building or improving the presentation of the building or change the interior/exterior design can be arranged. And if there is any doubt about the quality of the portable buildings by the quick turnaround, you'll be glad to know that the material in the building is the same material that is used in traditional building. Flexibility is the main attribute of portable buildings and one that often moves to execute people on the idea of portable and modular construction solution. If more space is needed? Add refresh or new modules. You need to move somewhere else? There is no problem. No need for more about buildings? It's time to sell! With the construction, design and materials, finishes and Fitout latest portable buildings are not considered more of an invisible square box "to take". They offer not only a quick and cheap solution, but one that does not traditionally constructed buildings.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Cara Import Artikel Blog Orang dengan XML

Cara Import Artikel Blog Orang dengan XML

Cara Import Artikel Blog Orang dengan XML  - Dalam posting kali ini, akan memuat tentang Bagaimana Meng-copy blog orang lain ( dalam hal ini adalah posting-nya ) sehingga kita bisa memperbanyak dalam jumlah yang banyak. Kita bisa menyalin posting blog yang akan kita cloning secara massal dan mengubahnya ke dalam file XML. Namun dalam posting kali ini, jenis Blog yang akan kita cloning adalah Blogspot. Cara Import Artikel Blog Orang dengan XML 

Untuk membuat Import Blogspot dengan mengambil source XML nya, silakan ikuti langkah-langkah di bawah ini dengan seksama :Cara Import Artikel Blog Orang dengan XML 

1. Tentukan target Blogspot yang ingin anda cloning. Anda bisa membuat cloning sebuah blogspot dengan cara ini meskipun Blogspot tersebut telah berganti domain menjadi TLD.

2. Setelah anda menentukan target blog yang ingin anda cloning, ambil feed XML nya dengan menambahkan
kode di bawah ini di belakang URL target Blogspot yang ingin anda cloning :

atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500
nantinya, susunan yang benar adalah seperti di bawah ini :
http://TARGET.blogspot.com/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500

Kemudian, tekan CTRL + U ( ini akan menampilkan source sode dari feed target Blogspot anda ) kemudian simpan source tersebut ke dalam bentuk XML.

3. Sampai step ini, silakan login ke account Blogspot anda. Buat blog baru pada account tersebut dengan Title dan URL yang anda inginkan.

Lalu, masuk ke Settings > Other > Import Blog




Setelah selesai melakukan importing, posting-posting dari blogspot yang anda cloning sudah berjajar rapi di bagian Posts. ( Biasanya setelah melakukan import Blog, tab "Posts" tidak menunjukkan adanya posting, silakan refresh terlebih dahulu ).

4. Agar lebih sempurna dan nyaman dipandang, silahkan ganti template blog tersebut dengan template yang anda sukai. Selesai.Cara Import Artikel Blog Orang dengan XML

Teknik Import Blogspot ini juga bisa anda terapkan bagi affiliate Amazon. Anda tinggal melakukan langkah diatas, namun bedanya, sebelum anda melakukan importing XML, anda buka dulu source berbentuk XML tersebut, lalu ganti affiliate tag Amazon yang tercantum dengan Affiliate Tag Amazon anda sendiri.Demikian Cara Import Artikel Blog Orang dengan XML Semoga Bermanfaat Buat Anda Semua..

Friday, June 28, 2013

Mind-Writing (and the Warm Bodies sequel)

When I write a novel, I write it twice. The first time, it's in my head. I call it mind-writing. I walk around, run around, sit around, I listen to music and look at pretty things and just think my brains out. I solidify what the story is and how I'm going tell it, and then I write it down in quick, loose sketches. When I'm finished, I have an outline of every scene in the book. Not an outline like the utterly useless kind they taught you in school.


I. Useless
   A. Fucking
   B. Bullshit
        1. Seriously

It's more like a storyboard. You know, those comic-book sketches that eventually become movies? I describe everything that happens and explore the mood and atmosphere and ideas of every scene without stopping to actually "perform" the scenes with prose. What I end up with is essentially the book itself, as written by an idiot.

The second time I write the book is when I take these storyboards and convert them into actual prose. Writing prose is hard. It takes a lot of care to craft a good sentence, even more to connect that sentence to another one, even more to transition from one paragraph to the next, and a whole hell of a lot more to tune the flow of dramatic tension so that each chapter builds into the next all the way to the end. You've probably heard of "pacing." It's hard. So is rhythm, emotion, and thematic coherency. All this stuff is hard even when you know exactly what happens in each scene, so imagine doing all these things WHILE making up the story. Even though I always know the basic elements of a story long before I start working on it--especially in the case of a sequel--there is still a lot of detail to fill in, connecting point A to point B, and doing that and writing the prose at the same time is like walking off a cliff and then trying to build a bridge under you. Aka, suicide.

Mind-writing the story before type-writing it frees me up to focus on the prose and makes the whole mountainous undertaking slightly more approachable.

Anyway, this is my long-winded, faux-academic way of telling you that I started writing the sequel to Warm Bodies today. For the last 8 months, since the day I decided I was going to do a sequel, I have been fiercely mind-writing it. (Well, that and finishing up the prequel novella, The New Hunger--which by the way, you are required to read if you want to understand the sequel.) In many ways, mind-writing is the hardest part. It requires the most sheer creative muscle, ripping ideas and images and emotions out of thin air, and it's by far the most perilous, because you can FAIL. You can't truly fail at writing itself; you can just keep editing and revising forever until it's as good as it can possibly be. But you CAN fail to come up with a good story. You can drive your ideas into an inescapable dead-end and give up in despair. That's a very real danger, so the fact that I made it all the way to the end is actually the biggest news I'll have for you until I announce a publication date.

I finished mind-writing last week, every scene from epigraph to epilogue, and after taking a few days to wipe the tears out of my eyes and regather my courage, I'm now diving into the main event.  I wrote the opening scene this morning. It's pretty good. So, please smash a champagne bottle against my hull and toss your hats in the air. This ship is launched.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

FROM PEN TO PC: HOW DO WRITING TOOLS AFFECT WRITING?

I'm curious how new writing technology--from pens to typewriters to computers--has affected literature over the years. The typewriter allowed us to write faster and with less physical strain. The computer allowed us to edit and revise with a level of ease and fluidity earlier writers could never have dreamed of. Even the laptop changed things, allowing us to break free from the office and desk and write wherever we felt most inspired.

All of these also came with their own drawbacks. The typewriter introduced new distractions to the peaceful repose of handwriting--the noise of the keys, the loading of the paper, and the constant wrangling of the carriage for each and every line. The computer eliminated mechanical distractions while introducing a whole buffet of digital ones. And the laptop put us in writing environments with the potential to distract us even more--noisy coffee shops and the too-hot, too-cold, too-bug-infested outdoors.

Despite the costs, it's hard to argue with the benefits. Today's writers have a vastly more direct, more efficient and more flexible path from brain to page than the writers of antiquity did. But what are the effects? Because there have to be effects. It's impossible that such a radical shift in writing method could fail to alter the nature, style, and perhaps even quality of the writing itself.

As a modern writer raised with computers, the idea of writing a novel by hand--a massive pile of paper covered in wrist-breaking, barely legible scrawl--is unfathomable. Even the thought of typing one makes me collapse in despair. If I knew that deleting this sentence would require a laborious process of markups and notations, and that I wouldn't be able to hear how the paragraph sounds without it until I'd retyped the whole manuscript, would I still delete it? Or would I sigh, "Good enough," and leave it in?

Or--would I be more careful with my words? Would I plan further ahead? Would I approach the chapter with a stern clarity of intent that's foreign to my modern "let it flow" mindset? The completely paralyzed Jean-Dominic Bauby wrote The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by blinking one eye when a nurse spoke the letter of the alphabet he wanted--his only method of communicating. He had no way to edit once he had delivered his words, so he was forced to "write" and "edit" entire chapters in his head before the nurse came to take dictation. It's hard to imagine a less efficient, less fluid writing method than this, and yet The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a gorgeous book, showing no evidence of the difficulty with which it was written.

When I read a book, I like to imagine the writer writing it. Did he scratch it out with a feather quill in a lamp-lit study with six screaming babies in the bedroom? Did she tap it into an iPad in a busy coffee shop with Maroon 5 in the background? I want to be more aware of the machinery my thoughts pass through on their way to the page. I want to understand my tools and the hands that wield them and someday master both.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Warm Bodies 2: The Soundtrack

Music is a big part of my writing. Sometimes it provides the emotional groundwork for dreaming up the story, sometimes it fuels the writing, and sometimes it finds its way into the story itself, but it's always involved somewhere.

As I've mentioned quite a few times already, I'm writing a sequel and conclusion to the Warm Bodies story, and since it's a much bigger, more complex tale than Warm Bodies, it requires a lot of planning and in-brain sketching before I can actually put fingers to keyboard and start writing chapter one. Most of this process happens during long drives, long train rides, long walks, and long runs, with a steady flow of music being pumped into my brain to keep feelings in and distractions out.

Since the completion of this book is in the distant future (Wild guess: maybe mid to late 2014?) I thought I might offer you a little window into the world I'm building via the music that's inspiring it. A little taste of the mood and atmosphere bubbling in my head at the moment.  So this is the playlist I listen to during those drives, rides, walks, and runs, imaginatively titled "Writing Mix":


1. "Window" - The Album Leaf
2. "Dayvan Cowboy (Odd Nosdam mix)" - Boards of Canada
3. "That Home" - The Cinematic Orchestra
4. "The Snow" - The Eastern Sea
5. "The Commander Thinks Aloud" - The Long Winters
6. "Terrible Love" - The National
7. "Music for a Nurse" - Oceansize
8. "Deadbeat Water" - Thee More Shallows
9. "Zoetrope" - Boards of Canada
10. "The Mighty Rio Grande" - This Will Destroy You
11. "Down There" - Jenni Potts
12. "Phone Call" - Jon Brion
13. "The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack" - Liars
14. "Takk" - Sigur Ros
15. "Big Red Machine" - Bon Iver
16. "Counting in C" - Jad Abumrad
17. "Start a War" - The National
18. "Tell" - Son Lux
19. "Odi Et Amo" - Johann Johannson
20. "Green Arrow" - Yo La Tango
21. "The Optimist" - Zoe Keating
22. "An Ending (Ascent)" - Brian Eno
23. "Frysta" - Olafur Arnalds
24. "Atoms for Peace (Four Tet remix)" - Thom Yorke
25. "Near Light" - Olafur Arnalds
26. "To Build a Home" - The Cinematic Orchestra

This is a pretty good representation of the feels that will be involved in this book, although it should be noted that there will also be thrills, jokes, and scary shit. Those emotions are not well-represented in this playlist because I don't need assistance writing them. Primal responses like fear and laughter are relatively easy to provoke. Beauty, heartbreak, and elevation are much more fragile and harder to capture, but they are the prey I'm hunting. Wish me luck!

-Isaac


P.S The sequel is not going to be called Warm Bodies 2, for God's sake, or Warm Bodies: Even Warmer, for the love of the aforementioned God. Get a grip, you guys.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Marion VS the US Postal Service

Disaster.

Tragedy.

The US Postal Service may in fact deserve its apparently imminent destruction.

As described in this blog I am in the habit of signing people's books and returning them, provided that they include a pre-postaged mailer. I have signed and returned dozens of books by now, and I just learned a shocking fact. It seems that book-sized packages can not be mailed via my home mailbox. They must be presented to the almighty Post Office Clerk his-or-herself. But since the mailperson is a mindless mail-delivering automaton, he or she gladly picks up all my packages from my home mailbox and takes them away, despite them being undeliverable.

I have mailed dozens of books this way. And since I am a lazy man, I did not write a return address on any of them. Which means that they have all been sent to the Dead Letter Office: a vast, goblin-staffed warehouse located 5 miles beneath a nondescript corn field in Ohio. There, in the bowels of the Dead Letter Office, all your signed copies of Warm Bodies are being creased, dog-eared, and peed upon by goblins for all eternity.

I'm so sorry.

It's a pretty horrible situation, especially since I specifically promised so many of you, "Yes, I really will sign these and send them back to you!" but there's absolutely nothing I can do about it at this point, other than offer my sincere apologies for your loss and promise to do it right from now on. Keep in mind this only applies to books I received more than a month ago, as I have a big box of newer ones I haven't mailed yet, so if you haven't received your book yet, don't panic--it may simply be due to my own slow reply speed rather than any goblin-related treachery.

That is all. Good day.

P.S I still haven't received any cupcakes, n00ds, or powdered diseases. Very disappointed in you people.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

FAQ YOU

I've been getting a lot of questions lately in various forms of communication. Emails. Snail mails. Facebook messages. Twitter mentions. Formspring questions. Instagram comments. Notes in bottles. Air-dropped leaflets. Encoded cat meows. And many--most--of them are asking the same exact questions. I love talking to readers, but I'm a person who craves novelty and newness, and repeating myself--verbally or artistically--is a painful bending of my nature. Every time I hear myself saying the same words I've said before to answer the same question I've answered before, a few thousand neurons die and return as hideous slimy zombie neurons that shamble around in my brain making me irritable and misanthropic.

So, in order to streamline this process for everyone and prevent me from becoming a frowny old crank in my early thirties, I've decided what you need is a good, vigorous FAQ. So, out of the many questions my existence seems to generate, here are the most common, with accompanying answers fine tuned for MAXIMUM HELPFULNESS.

Q: Why is your blog called Burning Building?

A: This blog has been around for centuries* and has gone through many repurposings. I originally created it to promote an art show I was doing which was called Burning Building, and the name just stuck. The closest I have to an explanation is this odd little outburst from the art show page.



Q: How did you come up with the idea for Warm Bodies / what was your inspiration?

A: When information and experiences love each other very much, they touch each other in a special way and then your brain gets pregnant and an idea pops out. And that's where ideas come from. To put it another way, the idea began as a simple thought: what would happen if I jumped inside the POV of a zombie and just started writing? What would a zombie think about when it's just wandering around, waiting? What would life look like through the eyes of a dead person? So I wrote the 7-page short story, "I Am a Zombie Filled With Love." Later, I realized this concept was richer than I initially thought so I decided to expanded it into a novel, and in doing so, I began to notice many surprising parallels to my own life at that time. I was a depressed and apathetic cynic looking for purpose and identity after spending my whole life immersed in a conservative religious culture that discouraged having any purpose or identity outside of itself. The desire to understand what it means to be a human being rather than a mindless pawn of God, and to meaningfully engage with a world I'd spent my life dismissing became the story of a zombie trying to rediscover life. So, oddly enough, the book is autobiographical.


Q: How much involvement did you have with the movie?

A: I was consulted throughout the process. While writing the script, the director Jonathan Levine would call me whenever he had a question about the story or wanted advice on translating a particular element to the screen. I read two drafts of the script and gave editorial feedback. It wasn't exactly a collaboration, but Summit and Jonathan seemed genuinely interested in what I thought, and many of my suggestions seem to have impacted the film. In the end, it's their movie; it's my story filtered through their vision (and the various demands of the cinematic medium, the film industry, marketing plans, budget, etc) but I feel they were respectful toward me and the story, when they really didn't have to be, since the book wasn't at all well-known at that time.


Q: What do you think of the movie?

A: I like the movie a lot. It's not perfect, of course, and as with all adaptations, there are omissions and departures from the book, but that's the nature of transplanting a story from its native medium to a drastically different one. The tone is lighter and more comedic--R's voiceover in particular is different, more "awkward teenager" than "zombie philosopher"--but it's not at all the crass spoof it could have been. I think it has genuine heart and personality and even retains a few of the themes and ideas I was going for in the book. I look at adaptations like cover songs. It's one artist taking another's material and reinterpreting it in a different style for a different audience. The original is not altered by the cover version. My book remains its own entity with its own separate personality and continuity, and I'm incredibly happy that the movie has resonated with people enough to draw them into the book's world.


Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

A: Not much, I'm afraid. My road to publication was very atypical and not reproducible, so I don't have any "secrets" to share. I can only advise in broad platitudes and generalities. Prioritize your writing. You can't have everything at once. If you really want to be a writer, be willing to sacrifice some other things in your life--including your financial comfort, social life, and even other creative interests. (I quit painting and sidelined music in order to give writing the necessary focus, and never even considered pursuing a "legitimate career.") Writing a novel should be an all-consuming passion, not an idle hobby you do in your spare time. It seems like every other person I talk to "is writing a novel" but I have literally not met one single person outside of industry events who "has written a novel." I think most people think of writing as a romantic dalliance that is fun to think about and impressive to talk about, but not a tangible reality that can actually be accomplished. Stop talking about it and do it. Don't waste that coal of desire on idle chatter, passing it around the room for everyone to admire. It will go out. Keep it hidden inside where it can burn and drive you and don't stop blowing on it until you've finished something. You'll have plenty of time to talk about "being a writer" when you actually are one.




Q: Who are your influences?

A: I jump around a lot and rarely read more than one or two books by the same author. There are just too many new voices out there to discover. So I prefer to cite individual books rather than whole authors. A few that were significant in the development of my writing are: "The Road," "Slaughterhouse Five," "Something Happened," "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius," "Everything Matters," "The Children's Hospital," "On the Road," "The Catcher in the Rye," "Life After God," "Never Let Me Go," "The Dark Tower (series)" "The Time Traveler's Wife," "Crime and Punishment," "House of Leaves," and all the movies written by Charlie Kaufman.

But having just listed my influences, I have to say I hate listing my influences. I feel like I can never come up with a list that accurately encapsulates who I am or what I try to do with my writing. I think people spend too much time analyzing influences instead of just analyzing the work itself. I don't care who my favorite authors were inspired by or who this band "stole" this chord progression from or what classic movies this movie paid homage to/ripped off. I have a different view of what art is--not a power struggle between old masters and impudent upstarts but a coequal collaborative effort extending through history--so I'm not much concerned with the copyright court of ideas.


Q: When will THE NEW HUNGER be a physical book?

A: I don't know yet. Hopefully sometime this year, but it's complicated. It's definitely not "around the corner" so if you're really eager to read it, best go with the ebook via Zolabooks.com


Q: When will the WARM BODIES sequel come out?

A: Hopefully some time in 2014, but it's too early to say, since I haven't actually started writing it yet. I'm still getting it all worked out in my head, which is always a greater challenge than writing the prose itself, even more so in this case since this story is huge and complex and makes Warm Bodies look like...well, a cute little love story. It will collapse and fail if I try to rush it, so I beg your patience.


Q: When will you come to my city for a signing?

A: When a book store or event or publisher from your city reaches out to me and extends an official invitation. I don't know how to set up appearances for myself and don't want to go force myself upon your population unless they really want me there. If there's enough demand, someone will invite me.


Q: Why do you talk about your cat so much?

A: Because I am a loyal citizen of the Internet. And because he's adorable okay? Shut up. Go away.



Q: How would you describe your relationship with pizza?

A: Intimate.


Q: Are you saying you've had sex with pizza?

A: I have allowed pizza to enter my body. It was a special moment shared between a man and a pizza, and it was beautiful.


Q: Are we still doing this FAQ or are you drifting off into madness now?

A: That. Probably that. Asdfghjk.













Saturday, February 2, 2013

A comment on Zola and THE NEW HUNGER

I want to share this comment from a reader because it says a lot of things I'd like to say but from a perspective more credible than the guy selling something:


I know lots of people are really not fans of ebooks, but Zola are fantastic. Someone there was very patiently answering my emails at 5:55 New York time (on a Friday!) to make sure I got the book (I was having difficulties because I'm in the UK). To anyone worrying about it, don't - they really do seem to care about their customers, authors and books.

Anyway, The New Hunger kept me up most of the night - first reading it straight through and then my head was buzzing thinking about it. It was a joy to get some more insight into these characters. Some things about them really surprised me. It confirmed Nora Greene as my favourite character - she's just incredible. And that moment where the new character gives *that* speech - my hair stood on end (sorry to be vague, I just don't want to spoil it for anyone).


While I was really happy to hear there was a sequel to Warm Bodies on the way - just because spending time with these characters is always going to make me happy - I didn't think it was *needed*. But The New Hunger opens the world up so much, I've completely changed my mind.

Monday, January 28, 2013

THE NEW HUNGER: EAT THIS BOOK

Listen up because this is the last time I'm going to say this.*

I wrote a prequel to WARM BODIES and it's called THE NEW HUNGER and it's available now.

I foretold the coming of this book in my previous post and explained at length what it is (a novella) and what it's about. (horrible things happening to sweet children and sweet children happening to horrible things.) Now it has come, and I want you to read it.

This is not quite the final cover design...the kids look weird...but it's close enough.




BUT WAIT!

Before you go, I need to explain some things to you.

1.
I'M SORRY BUT THIS IS AN EBOOK.
Due to time constraints involved with trying to make this book line up with the release of the WARM BODIES movie, THE NEW HUNGER is just an eBook for the moment. BUT! Paper books are very important to me, as are all the readers who hate reading on computer screens, so a print edition will follow in the near future. I love paper. I love real books. But it happens that eBooks are much, much faster to put out, and this is why you're getting this sudden, last minute announcement for this book rather than a big media parade leading up to the release.

2.
YOU DO NOT NEED A TABLET DEVICE TO READ IT! You can read the eBook on your Mac or PC. There will be instructions on how to do this somewhere on the Zola page.

3.
WHAT THE HELL IS ZOLA? WHY CAN'T I GET IT ON AMAZON, IBOOKS, ETC?

This is the biggest point of confusion, so allow me to explain.

Zola Books is a new eBook retailer, but it's a lot more than that. It's a hub for the entire literary universe. When it's fully up and running (which will be a while; it's still very much in beta) it will be a place where lovers of books can congregate, interact with each other, discover and purchase new books, and have a direct line to the authors they already love. It will be a community that brings readers together and connects readers with authors in a way that's never been done before. There are other sites that do some of things Zola will do, but there is no site that does all of it in one place, and there are things Zola will do that no one else does anywhere. It's like an insane and beautiful hybrid of Facebook, Goodreads, Blogger, Amazon, and Netflix, centered around nothing but BOOKS. No movies, no video games, no paper towels or office furniture, no pictures of cats or sandwiches or lists of your friends' favorite bowel movements--just books! Fucking BOOKS, man!

These things.


Zola is a new concept built in defiance of the massive conglomerates (Amazon, mainly) that currently dominate the book marketplace. Zola is a young upstart trying to change the landscape. It's author-centric, putting most of the control (and profits) in the author's hands and going to unprecedented lengths to connect writers and readers in meaningful ways. It's about giving books a cultural spotlight that currently only exists for music and movies. It's about drawing readers out of their bedrooms and connecting them to each other and to the literary culture stream, and making the experience of loving books a little less lonely.

4.
ZOLA IS IN BETA!
Having said all those great things about Zola, I need you to keep in mind that it's far, far from finished. They're still putting all these systems together, so a lot of the stuff I've described isn't functional yet, and some of the stuff that is functional is extremely buggy. Please give them some grace when trying to buy THE NEW HUNGER, because we are launching this book before Zola is really open for business, kicking down their locked doors and assaulting the cleaning crew. So if you have problems getting the book into your tablet or onto your desktop, please contact Zola and they'll work it out.


5. OTHER NOTES!
Zola is primarily a US store, but they are currently working on ways to take orders from abroad. If it doesn't work for your country, contact Zola and they will work something out.
Unfortunately, Zola can't sell to the UK, Australia, or New Zealand, because Vintage Books is already publishing in those countries, so you will have to wait for Vintage to release it--most likely on Amazon, iBooks, etc.


THAT IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY TO YOU. NOW PLEASE ENJOY THIS STORY I WROTE.


Again, this cover isn't quite finished...the kids look stupid.





*I'm totally going to say this a lot more times.





Thursday, January 24, 2013

THE NEW HUNGER

I have an announcement to make.

This may seem a little sudden. I have dropped vague hints into some of my postings and occasionally revealed the truth to random people on the internet in moments of drunken indiscretion. Passersby on the street have certainly heard me mumbling about it while scratching furiously at my neck with one hand and petting invisible cats with the other. But I've been waiting to officially announce it until I could give you some real information, since the mutterings of madmen count for little in this fast-paced, fact-driven new media web 2.0 world.

So here it is: I've written a prequel to WARM BODIES.

It's called THE NEW HUNGER.

It's coming out on January 28th. Yes, this January 28th. Like...next Monday.

Now I'll provide a little more detail to satisfy the media's insatiable demand for context, nuance, and accuracy.

THE NEW HUNGER is a novella, which is like a novel only cuter. It's 140 pages. It takes place 7 years before WARM BODIES. It involves a formative early encounter between R, Julie, Nora, and M.



12-year-old Julie drives with her parents across the wastelands of mid-apocalyptic America--a nightmarish family road trip in search of a new home.

16-year-old Nora finds herself her brother's reluctant, terrified guardian after her parents abandon them in the ruins of Seattle.

A man in a red tie awakens in a forest with a mind as blank as a baby's. With no idea who or what he is, he must unravel the grim mystery of his existence--right after he learns how to think, how to walk, and how to satisfy the mad creature shouting in his belly.

Unaware that their paths are set to collide, these three warped families move inexorably closer, toward an encounter that will change the course of their lives--and their deaths--forever.




I can hear some of you asking, "Why a prequel? Why should I care what happened 7 fictional years ago? Quit stalling and get on with the sequel!"


Book 2 is about the future, but it gets there via the past. People are forgetful, dead people even more so, and confronting these buried realities will be crucial to understanding the world they're now living in--and how they might attempt to change it. THE NEW HUNGER is a necessary bridge between WARM BODIES and Book 2. It sheds a wider light on the landscape of this world. It introduces people, groups, and cosmic mysteries that will become very important. It shows how R, Julie, Nora, and M ended up where they are now, and points to where they might go next. And in my humble opinion, it's just a fucking good story.

So that is my announcement. I will have more news on release day, such as what this book looks like and where you can acquire it. Have a great weekend, and I'll see you Monday!

With much throbbing love,

Isaac