The Clown God, and other news

Hey there. Long time so see. Long time no … anything but SPSFC, actually. More of that to come but so far I’m at 30% through the first of my 5 (okay, second of my 6 since I already did one), and it’s a 170,000-word chonkminster so it may take a minute.

What else has been happening? Well, as all my main readers and commenters know, I quit my job as a technical writer and started a new job as a marketing copywriter in August, at a fancy little tech startup named Aiven. Did I even post about it in among the rest? Maybe I did, here? Anyway, that happened.

Then, well, this happened.

I find myself caught between wanting to say all the positive things about the few months I spent at Aiven, and all the cynical things about the way it ended. I will, for legal reasons as well as reasons of class, simply repeat what Oskari said. Leadership fucked up, and a lot of people paid the price for that.

Me, I was okay (and I feel confident the excellent people I worked with at Aiven will also land on their feet). After the long and weird process of being recruited and having my former employers bid for me to stay, I made sure that said former employers knew I wasn’t leaving because I didn’t like them. And they in turn assured me that, if things didn’t work out, I was welcome to come on back.

So, things didn’t work out. So, on Monday the 6th of March, I’ll be heading on back. And I’m fine with that. Only another 20 years to retirement, right? And it’s a nice crowd. And I learned a lot, these past six months. Will it be useful, back in the technical writing world? Enh. Maybe?

In far more interesting and important news, however, my latest book is finally live!

The Clown God is available here:

The paperback link, and other marketplaces, will be propagating through the Amazonisphere over the next few days. I hope you enjoy it! Party on April Fool’s Day. I feel the main players in these stories would have approved.

Next up, I need to update my phases graphic, order up some paperbacks to sell at the bar and pass on to my cover artist, refresh my pinned tweet, and get marketing!

Oh yeah, and the next book is already underway. Maybe I’ll just write that.


About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy.
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2 Responses to The Clown God, and other news

  1. aaronthepatriot says:

    Cheers, and thanks for the update! Hope things settle down for you!

    • Hatboy says:

      Thanks! I’ve got one more week of vacation before going back to work, and I have to say it’s been very socially and personally active. Not particularly relaxing, but still nice.

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