Archive for November, 2010

Audio clips: Brussegem, a snug hell — PART TWO, Chapters 3 & 4

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Continuing offering free audio clips for my novel, Brussegem, a snug hell — following on from last week’s clip, below you’ll find Chapter 3 (short) and Chapter 4 (longer).


Click below to listen or download:


BRUSSEGEL, a snug hell, PART ONE, CHAPTER 3


BRUSSEGEM, a snug hell – PART TWO Chapter 4


If you missed my short-short video on this novel, CLICK HERE!


Thanks for reading, listening, taking the time. — Vincent

Brussegem: PART ONE, Chapters 2 & 3

Friday, November 26th, 2010




Hello. Short post.


Following from last Friday’s posting of the first chapter of my new novel, “Brussegem, a snug hell, Chapter 1“, I’m posting, just as promised, the next two chapters (2 & 3), in pdf file format: BRUSSEGEM, A SNUG HELL — PART ONE Chapters 2 & 3 — CLICK HERE TO READ OR DOWNLOAD.


Go here for more on the book.


That’s it. Thanks for dropping by, and hope you enjoy the read. — Vincent

Book trailer video: Brussegem, a snug hell

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

As I’m going through my to-do list of How You Launch a Novel All on Your Own All Over the Interwebs … a nice, clean, quick, somewhat non-hustle yet warm-blooded come-on type video is called for.


And by gee, by gaw, ’tis done, ’tis delivered with this blog post.


And…probably the best news for you…it’s less than 90 seconds of your eyesight’s life.


Relatively painless, go on and get yourself some art and only art aesthetic bliss:
HERE IS THE LINK TO THE VIDEO


Pass it around to people and let them have their moment of wonder and awe for themselves.


Enough wholesale love-me/buy-me. Thanks for reading. And watching. — Vincent




Podcast – Brussegem, PART ONE, 2

Sunday, November 21st, 2010




Welcome to my ongoing launch of my newest love novel about an artist and art and one determined, dreamy woman, “Brussegem, a snug hell’.


Every Sunday/Monday I’m posting a podcast of the beginning chapters of the novel for those out there who like to hear a good tale unravel into their ear. …read by the author….


The very first chapter was posted last week and can be found here: CLICK HERE FOR FIRST CHAPTER PODCAST.


For the following chapter–toady’s brand new chapter–click below:


Podcast – Brussegem, PART ONE, 2


This coming Wednesday I’ll be launching my wowie-zowie promo video (low on promo, high on hello, this is what I’ve just done). Look for it, because I’ll be looking for you to look at it…


Smiley faces all around and thanks for reading, and maybe, if you made time and want pleasure, for listening. — Vincent


Oh–a P.S. moment:
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON THIS NOVEL.

Novel Launch — Brussegem: Part One, 1

Friday, November 19th, 2010




Okay, here I finally go. Getting into the meat of this particular matter.


Ring some bells, shout some slogans, clap your hands. This is my official launch blog of my new novel, Brussegem, a snug hell.
Good, got that out of the way.


This book is the first in a series of novels I’ll be putting out that explore the contemporary concept of being and living as an artist. I’ve already completed or near-completed six novels about this subject. It’s something I’ve been exploring from all sorts of angles over the years. The other books feature a screenwriter, a stand-up, an actor’s widow, a wanna-be genius, an elderly photographer…. But we’re not here to talk of the future. We are here for this painter Brussegem – Now!


Now, what this book is all about, how it came about? Oh who cares… I’m not going to interview myself and give some semi-academic explanation. I liked the idea of a grumpy dedicated artist of a certain talent being invaded by woman who is innocent in these matters yet passionate in others. And watch what happened, with some humor, drama and discussion of the matter.


And size-wise, the novel’s more what the Anglo-Saxons like to call a novella than a novel. It’s around 110 pages in length, and in France, that’s rather normal. I like a good novella. So it’s a relatively short read, so the pace moves at a clip….


I’m going to get around to giving you a link to the first chapter and a link to buy the sucker, which brings me to pricing. After wondering whether I should price some books more when there’s more pages, and less when there’s less pages and so I figured on this and wondered and eventually told myself, No, I’ll sell everything at 10 dollars (the equivalent in euros and pounds) for all books, no matter the size. I need to keep my life simple. That’s my whole sophisticated economic basis for this….


So, economics. CLICK on this link to go get yourself a copy right this very minute. You’ll find links to the USA, UK and Europe Amazon bookstores, as well as the eBook you can buy from the Kindle bookstore — from Europe, you have to buy via the USA. If you have the right app, you can buy from Kindle the ebook that’ll suit your reading device. I’ll be getting the eBook versions for the reading devices from Barnes and Noble, iBooks, and others … but everything in good time…or the time I can find to get this done….


You’ll notice on the link above there’s no audio book offering yet. I’m working on it. The recording/editing on this has been completed, and I’m querying various distributors, and expect this to happen sooner rather than later. And, as I’m a voice over professional and video maker, it’s pretty well done, if I do say so myself and I do. So keep your eyes peeled, or reading my blogs, whatever’s easiest.


There’s also short promo book launch video coming. Probably next week.


Okay, I’m getting exhausted with the length of this entry, but hey, I’m launching a book so I’ve some bases to cover. I’ll be posting about four excerpts, Chapters 1 to 5. So right now here’s BRUSSEGEM, a snug hell: Part ONE, Chapter 1 in a pdf file… I’ll be putting these up every Friday for the next few weeks (I have other books coming quickly). Of course, if you can’t wait, you can read the first four chapters already on THIS LINK – just click on the Read section.


Here’s the opening of this novel, Brussegem, a snug hell, in case you don’t want to link to the whole chapter right now:


1.
A word about Brussegem: look hard at a detailed map of the small European country of Belgium and you may, with perseverance, find the faint dot of the village of Brussegem. It’s a prosaic village, where hardworking peasants reap and sow food and fodder year after year on their little pitted patches of land. It’s a fairly safe place to live—all is calm and decent—little crime, little litter, little anything.
In Brussegem, they still ride in wooden wagons pulled by broad-chested horses, and they lead cows through the streets with rope harnesses. The streets still have the same lumpy cobblestones of years gone by. There’s an ancient, crumbling mishmash of a church in the center of the village, where, over the warring ages, passing conquerors have stopped briefly to stick a Kilroy‑was‑here brick in the façade before moving on. The right wing of the church is Romanesque, the left wing Germanic, the steeple Scandinavian—the live bird perched upon it Brussegemish—and the whole thing a bore. Nothing any culture vulture tourist need bother about.
So … tidy, snug Brussegem—a quiet place—a benign place—a place that keeps up, day after day, its small promise of being, and forever remaining, a faint dot on the map.
Just on the outskirts of this dot lived an American painter—secluded, aloof, an odd part of this unhurried heaven. Also odd, his name was just like the village’s: Brussegem. And he possessed as bumpy a disposition as any cobblestoned street in the village: a moody man with gray hair, a full beard, and beady eyes. Children irritated him, he disliked fluffy animals, and hated sounds that kept him awake at night. Neither was he very fond of taking walks, but take them he did; for between finishing one painting and beginning another, there was not all that much to do in this little corner of the world, save walk.



Meanwhile, just a bit of useless news for you. I started this blog 13 months ago, and, bit by bit, just as I was forewarned, there’s been growth: comparing this week with a year ago, according to my Google statistics, I’m up 880% during these past 12 months. So some folks, many I don’t know, are visiting. Enjoying the fact that I’m a storyteller here, and not much else. Again, folks, you’ll mostly only get storytelling stuff on this blog, not badgering and daily opinions on this and that: just stories in words, images and performance. On my personal Facebook Page you get all sorts of other junk. And, if you did not know, there’s a Hidden People Fan/Like page, if you care to join that…CLICK HERE!


That’s it (better be). If you know of anyone else might like this stuff, my sort of stuff, please Spread It (this) Around.
And thanks for reading. –Vincent

Launching of “Brussegem, a snug hell”

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010




This is my new novel. I’m launching. After delays and editorial and design fine-tunings. At this point, I’m indulging in low level yippee and push. Here’s the basic description of its contents:


Brussegem is both a place and a person. But mainly it is a painter. A fully dedicated and fairly isolated American painter living in Europe whose creed is art, and only art.


Until Veronica Weise, the wife of another, seeks his attention, companionship, something artistic, and, if possible, something wild.


But then there’s her baby. And that cat.


The struggle between art and domesticity begins, between an artist who does not want to fall in love, and a woman who does.



For the next few weeks I’ll be doing this:
— On Sunday evenings/Monday mornings, I’ll release an audio clip of the book, for you iPod people (so you can listen to it on your way to work, or start off your week Right!).
— On Wednesday, publishing news/video/info, like today’s post.
— On Friday, the first chapters of the book in pdf files so you can taste it, and, if you like it, buy it.


I’ll start “selling” then, i.e. let you know how to get it in different formats.


I don’t know if this is the ultimate soft selling or non-selling, but it’s my way of getting the word out without raising my voice.


Oh, really, at bottom, my novel is a love story, or rather, a story about love. (I can write my books, but can’t blurb them to simplification death.)


Thanks for reading. More on Friday. — Vincent

Audio clip, Part One, 1: Brussegem, a snug hell, read by the author

Monday, November 15th, 2010





This is the official beginning of launching my short novel “Brussegem, a snug hell”.


I’ll have more info, background, wowie-zowie stuff come Wednesday, but for now, here’s the beginning of my audio book on this novel–soon to be on sale!–if you care yo have a listen. I’ll be posting audio from the first chapters over the next few months.


CLICK HERE:
Brussegem, a snug hell, audio book, Part One, Chapter One


Thanks for listening, reading, being. -Vincent

Max Dix, zero to six: the Car Trip Scene

Friday, November 12th, 2010



This is the next to last Max Dix play excerpt that I’m posting. I wrote/directed this a couple of years ago; it won some awards. I’ve just signed a contract with an agency (NODA) to have Max Dix represented throughout the UK.


This scene is about a mom with her two sons driving and driving, leaving behind the bad memories and home after the father has left them. The kid Max has a nice monologue.


CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO OF THE CAR TRIP SCENE


Here are some photos from the scene:



















Here are the previous videos I have put online, with massive gaps, in the order that they appeared in the play:


Beginning of Play


The Soap Opera Scene


War in the Living Room


The Garden Scene


Monkey Brains Scene

Videos of me playing corporate character “Victor Tytonius”

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010




Excuse this double dose of me in so short a time, but there’s a lot of launches and stuff going on, yet it’ll all calm down into something regular and orderly shortly.


Recently got cast to play an on-going character for corporate presentations.


It needed some humor, earnestness, what’s left of my hair slapped back and down, and all done on green screen. Meaning I was playing against an empty green screen set and then they added all the visual elements in post-production.


When I’m flying around this way and that, it was just a guy off-screen with a pole pushing this precarious pedestal I was standing on to a little to the left or to the right; very basic. But showbiz effects seem to have made it work. They liked the results…more in the pipeline…


Here’s the link: CLICK HERE TO GO TO VIDEOS.


The third one on Chemical Protection is the most “fun”. Skip the voice over, because it’s rather long.


Thanks for reading/watching, and your interest!
Vincent

Connotation Press publishes my Creative Nonfiction piece “The Newspaper Shop”

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010




Connotation Press, an online magazine, selected a personal essay of mine, concerning a time in the early eighties when I worked in a magazine shop. It’s under their creative nonfiction column this month.


Click here for a direct link to my piece.


Click here to to the editor’s comments for this November issue.


Click to link to the Amazon book page of the editor who selected my piece, Robert Clark Young.


This piece will find itself into my personal essay/creative nonfiction collection, “Intimate Details & Bodily Functions” which is 80% done, but will probably only see the publishing light of day in 2012.


Thanks for your interest. — Vincent