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You've been warned.

Monday, August 22, 2011

8/22/11 Monday’s Random Thoughts: Sequelitis and BOATK Ratings

So, for the most part, people seem to like BOATK and it’s selling well, which is a weight off my shoulders.  Or, at least it started out to be.  Inevitably, thoughts turn to what’s next, and I don’t necessarily mean about my next book out in February/March 2012 (unrelated to Bear).  I mean about what’s next for the boys from BOATK.  Before I go on, a definition from Urban Dictionary:

Sequelitis: A medical condition propogated by a combination of commercial success and creative ineptitude. Symptoms include bad movies, books, and music: arrogance, denial, and desperation.  In that order.  Treat symptoms with a daily dose of self-realization.

Does BOATK need a sequel?  I don’t know.  I’d kinda-sorta planned on writing one, should the mood have struck me.  Really, though, I knew that any second book would be a bridge to a third book following the Kid when he’s older.  But last week something struck me, an idea for a direction to go with a sequel, and I started writing.  Will it amount to something?  Maybe.  I’ve found in my own experiences that sequels usually can’t live up to the original (see pretty much any summer movie sequel; with the exception of X-Men 2 (fan boy squeal!), the rest are usually crap).  So am I suffering from sequelitis?  Fuck if I know.  I do know I would never write anything to make a quick buck.  I can’t do that, it’s just not in me.  I think it’s bullshit.  Does it help that BOATK is successful?  Well, of course it does.  I’d be a liar if said that hadn’t crossed my mind.  I just want it to live up to the first one.  If I don’t think it does, then I don’t see the point of releasing it. Crap for crap’s sake is still crap.

That being said, I just wrote a scene where the Kid discusses his views on nudists colonies, the apparent nymphomaniacal ways of Mother Nature, and his new shirt GIVE ME TOFU OR GIVE ME DEATH.  God, sometimes I love him so much it hurts.

People are being generous with their ratings of BOATK.  The biggest complaint so far seems to be Bear’s long windedness (“I just wanted him to get to the point already!” someone wrote).  I can agree with that to a certain extent.  Could it have been shorter?  Probably.  Could Bear have gotten to his points quicker?  Sure, why not.  But, I ask you to remember and to understand, when dealing with life changing events, who doesn’t over think things?  I know I sure as hell do.  It’s human nature.  So again, could it have been shorter?  Yes, but I don’t think I wanted it to be.  But, that’s just me.  But still, the ratings are kind, especially since this was my first book and people didn’t know my name from the other multitude of m/m authors.  I’m still taken aback a bit by how many people have read it and/or are reading it and/or are planning to read it.  I didn’t expect that, in the slightest. Thanks!

(And, as a side note, my favorite criticism of BOATK have been from people who feel that the Kid was far to mature for his age and kids, no matter their I Q, would never be that logical—I think someone wrote that not even her 52 year old husband was that mature.  It’s my favorite, because I then receive emails from people who say that they have gifted children of their own and that I’ve nailed it spot on.  Who’s right?  I don’t know.  One person’s reality is another person’s falsity.  I just find that divide hilarious.)

So, we’ll see what happens from here.  I’m excited about my next novel, This Is How We Burn The World, the start of an urban fantasy trilogy following the same characters through each book  (shorten that title to TIHWBTW—doesn’t have quite the same ring as BOATK, huh?) and can’t wait for people to read it.  It’s dark and suspenseful but there is still humor there (I can’t wait for you all to meet the Clock Twins, Tick and Tock). 

Until next Monday, then.  Have a great week and happy reading!



  1. Honestly, Travis, I totally loved Bear as you already know. I think I was one of those people who told you they knew (or as the case may be, were) those gifted children with high IQs and weirdly perceptive views of the world.

    I would LOVE to read more of Bear, Otter and the Kid. I loved them, and I was sad to have to stop reading when there just wasn't any more book left. :)

    I, for one, loved Bear's long windedness. I'm just like that, I overanalyze things all the time, weird thing stick to my head and bother me, even after things have been resolved, one way or the other.

    What I loved about Bear, was that he wasn't one of those characters that were written to please the readers who want easy solutions and smooth, doubtless changes from one stage to the other in the main characters' relationship. Life is not easy, and despite ranting at you in my emails while I was reading the book, I still prefer the painful, hurty stuff over the fluffy, easy stuff when I read M/M romance.

    So YES for a sequel, or two, or a few... And the urban fantasy...hmm, I just might have to give it a go, even if it's not usually my cup of tea. :)

    - Tia

  2. Sequelitis only applies if you're a bad writer. I can't imagine someone whose first book was so good, putting out something bad, so I think you're safe. Other hazard is characters that no-one wants to hear about again, something I also believe you are safe from. I LOVE urban fantasy, so I am looking forward to the next book.

  3. I LOVED this book. I'll read anything else you write, and if I get more BOATK, it's a sure thing, I'll drop whatever to read it.

    And god, yes do we get long winded in our own heads when stuff is going south. I can't count the nights I lie away just thinking about everything that's going on in my life, or how many times I'm in a situation where things are racing through my head, and I just can't push it out, and the things I don't intend to actually SAY just come crashing out, leading to the inevitable "oh shit" moment.

    And I really related to The Kid. I'm 37 now, but I don't remember ever feeling, acting, or really, being treated like a kid. Sure I had my dolls, but I played quietly with them (when I wasn't lost in a book)!

    Anyways, as I was saying, LOVED BOATK and I anxiously await whatever you do next.

  4. I don't mind Bear's longwindedness (is that even a word?) so far because it gives me more time to savor the story. Oh man double squeal with X-Men 2.

    Anyways, I read your book because of the number of positive reviews linked with it. At first I was thrown off by the title, but after reading the sample I decided to try it. I love the kid. I only just started it, but so far so good. I have like 200 m/m books on my Kindle and I have this category called “Brokeback Mountain Proportions with HEA”. I put the really, really totally awesome m/m books in there. I only have 3 books in that category right now, but yours might be the fourth because it’s just that awesome.

    Just in case you’re interested, the three books are: Rough Canvas by Joey Hill, Keeping Promise Rock by Amy Lane and Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville. I’d put Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman in there if it actually came in an e book.

    I know you’re busy, but I was wondering if you could put up a list of your favorite books m/m and otherwise because I’m always looking for another good book. Also, I’m confused about your profile pic, which one is you and are the other people your partner and your son? Or are you being mysterious and such? That’s ok too. :)

    I was wondering you could put up the lyrics for “Rain” by Dashpocket because I tried googling the lyrics, but nothing came up. I listened to the song 10 times because there is just something about it…

  5. For the record, I love Bear's rambling longwindness. But then, that could be because my brain seems to work the same way ...