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In an attempt to drum up a little bit of interest and give back to all those people (all three of you) who have “supported” me for these past five years, I wanted to put up a free short story collection on Amazon. Then I remembered that Amazon doesn’t allow “free” (or under $.99) anymore. So I tried to put it up at Smashwords. Then I discovered that Smashwords fucking suuuuuuuuuuuucks the cock at allowing you to upload cleanly formatted e-books and, instead, forces you to upload .doc files formatted to their fucked up standard that is no way for a normal human being to have to type anything, which is then badly formatted into e-book formats I already made. So fuck them.

Giving up hope on rational human beings allowing me to put up a free e-book (without charging me anything for the privilege), I have thrown up on my website that nobody looks at the fruit of my labors, The Charles Whitman Sampler, containing five short stories totaling around 15,000 words of reading for you. Or, in all likelihood, 250 words of reading, followed by 14,750 words of Recycling Bin.

I hope someone enjoys and, if not, at least I only wasted about 10 hours of my life dicking around with e-book formatting.


Well, it seems I fell off the November writing wagon pretty quickly when some scumbag Russians managed to hack my website. I got myself all tied up in looking into that and didn’t pay attention to working on Rudderless. Since I got everything working again, I completely lost all momentum. (And Skyrim.)

But, for those who got shiny new Kindles for Christmas, I marked the Kindle version of my book down to a minimal $0.99. So as not to screw over others with worse e-reading options, the Nook and iBook stores should be marked down to somewhere around $1.25, which is as low as I could make it.

Maybe some new readers will enjoy the book; I sure won’t be seeing any royalties anyway.