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Saturday, July 28, 2018

The Toad of Tor returns!

It's going to be beautiful seeing how the SF-SJWs react to the coming collapse of Tor Books. They are just horrible little creatures. The Toad of Tor is still so bitter about her husband's muting by Macmillan that she is after anyone who dares to so much as speak well of me.
This week I launched Flying Sparks, my beautiful superhero comic of a hero and villain in love, and the mantra of Jon Del Arroz “isn’t really a bestseller” continued. The publisher’s wife and employee of the company Teresa Neilsen Hayden launched an attack on me because I spoke positively of fellow author Vox Day, who has recently taken a generous amount of time actually criticizing some of my work in a constructive way and guiding me to help me become a better author, something no one from Tor has ever come close to doing in their childish namecalling and gaslighting attacks.
But the Nielsen Haydens still have just enough influence within the creepy little SF fandom community to put on a show for the Twitter Trust & Safety Council at the expense of the leading Hispanic voice in science fiction. Based on my experience, this is the prelude to Jon Del Arroz's eventual banning from Twitter.

I don't know about you, but I'm truly going to enjoy Arkhaven and Castalia House crushing these evil grotesqueries. They have already failed, they simply aren't fully aware of it yet. Once the full extent of what we're now in the process of doing becomes clear to them, they're going to need to seriously up their medications. And speaking of Jon Del Arroz, I can confirm that Dark Legion Comics will be publishing the retail editions of his successfully-funded Flying Sparks comic.

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Blogger mike mike July 28, 2018 9:37 AM  

For some reason this made me think of Pat Rothfuss. What is happening with him? He's outdone both Martin and Vox at getting his next Fantasy book out. Is his creativity gone or is it the publisher holding him back? I think it has been almost 8 years now.

Blogger The Observer July 28, 2018 9:43 AM  

Once the full extent of what we're now in the process of doing becomes clear to them, they're going to need to seriously up their medications.

I only expect the lies and attempted sabotage to proliferate; it's so much easier to try and tear down your competition than build yourself up. "Alt-Hero is a comic about beating up Mexicans!" "Alt-Hero is verified to be a scam, Vox ran away with the money!"

Besides, if they were capable of honest self-reflection and improvement they wouldn't be gammas.

I wonder which it will be that finally sends them over the edge. Alt-Hero TV and movies? Alt-Hero games? Alt-Hero cosplayers at the con they're at?

Blogger VD July 28, 2018 9:51 AM  

"Alt-Hero is verified to be a scam, Vox ran away with the money!"

The amusing thing is that one of the things that particularly interested one of our prospective new partners is the way in which we have demonstrated an ability to maximize the resources provided to us. Infogalactic is running smoothly as work on Phase 2 continues, while people may not realize that we have already produced TEN print editions of comics, and the art teams are already in place to complete all 24 AH and CDA comics promised.

Chuck Dixon just delivered the script for CDA #8 yesterday and I've got the second Avalon artist getting started this week. If you check out last night's Darkstream, you can catch a glimpse of what will probably be AH#4 and AH#5 is now in progress. AH#3 will be out in early August, followed by CDA#2.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine July 28, 2018 10:00 AM  

Maybe a mutant toad. Regular toads have a kind of style about them.

Blogger Jason H July 28, 2018 10:02 AM  

Vox, Tor’s been collapsing for a LONG time now.

Blogger VD July 28, 2018 10:06 AM  

Vox, Tor’s been collapsing for a LONG time now.

Why would you think it's going to happen overnight? They have a backlog of books that will keep them in operation indefinitely. But what new authors are they signing? What new bestsellers are they publishing? What big media tie-in projects have they announced?

Blogger SouthRon July 28, 2018 10:07 AM  

Just picked up both of Jon's Steampunk books on principle.

Blogger Janus July 28, 2018 10:08 AM  

Just wait until they're banning Alt-Hero from their cons because it makes them feel unsafe.

Still not tired of winning.

Blogger Rantor July 28, 2018 10:11 AM  

As a veteran of the Tor Wars, I was hoping their long silence was a sign of our victory... it took a great amount of time but the disturbed croaking of the Toad has returned. Dark Lord, the ever so patient VFM await your orders...

Blogger VD July 28, 2018 10:14 AM  

The Toad of Tor is not actually employed by Tor. That's why she can croak away. The VFM are going to have an op soon, never fear.

Blogger Dirtnapninja July 28, 2018 10:15 AM  

Jason H wrote:Vox, Tor’s been collapsing for a LONG time now

Like most collapses, it will be slow at first, then all at once.

Blogger Franz Lyonheart July 28, 2018 10:23 AM  

The Toad of Tor is not a woman by any definition of the term as used by actual red-blooded men.

Blogger Dave July 28, 2018 10:25 AM  

If you check out last night's Darkstream, you can catch a glimpse of what will probably be AH#4

I grabbed the AH #4 sneak peek from the Darkstream and posted it on the Forums. Also on the Forums, see my question on an Arkhaven Fan Art Contest.

Received my copies of AH #2 and CDA #1 yesterday. They were in perfect condition. I noticed CDA #1 had page numbers where the digital copy did not, at least the backers digital copy didn't.

Very good job on the page layouts; maximizing the space on each page, and the margins are sometimes almost ridiculously narrow but the effect is it feels like you're really getting your money out of each and every page. That's been a huge improvement.

Personally, I like the color fades too on the page background behind the panels on CDA #1. I hope that continues.

Blogger The Deplorable Podunk Ken Ramsey July 28, 2018 10:26 AM  

It may be safe to conclude that Twitter people don't even bother reading the tweets of those they banhammer. They just react to placate the "RHEEE!"

I've never read anything by Jon Del Arroz, that begins to change today. Next stop: Amazon. And then maybe firing off a letter to Macmillan to keep them aware of the shameful, repulsive and unprofessional antics of their Tor braintrust.

Blogger bob kek mando - ( don't ask, "Who mentats the Mentats?", ask instead, "Who shitpoasts the Shitpoasters?" ) July 28, 2018 10:26 AM  

nicely done. if anyone is on Twitter, they should quote/reply Teresa with that.

Blogger Chiva July 28, 2018 10:28 AM  

"The publisher’s wife and employee of the company Teresa Neilsen Hayden launched an attack on me because I spoke positively of fellow author Vox Day"

Damn racists! Using their white privilege to keep men of color down.

Blogger Nathan Housley July 28, 2018 10:28 AM  

Jon's banning came out of a series of exchanges with conservative and Right authors calling TNH out on her attempts to frame conservatives not being welcome at WorldCon to being nothing more than Puppy tantrums and that these tantrums have harmed conservative's careers. As if she herself hadn't witch-hunted away prospective writers elsewhere online.

I'm looking forward to seeing WorldCon and the Hugos' attendance and voting numbers. I suspect damage has been done for TNH to be croaking thus.

Blogger tuberman July 28, 2018 10:30 AM  

This Twitter pre-ban, term ban is so PETTY...but of course.

Blogger tuberman July 28, 2018 10:38 AM  

I looked into Jon's pod casts and YT's, and the ones I've listened to are very measured and mild, unlike the attackers.

Constant projection (3rd Rule). You shall know what they do by what they accuse their enemies of...Every.Single.Time.

Blogger VD July 28, 2018 10:41 AM  

I'm looking forward to seeing WorldCon and the Hugos' attendance and voting numbers. I suspect damage has been done for TNH to be croaking thus.

It has. Precisely as intended. Remember Newton's Third Law.

Blogger Jeff aka Orville July 28, 2018 10:43 AM  

Why would you think it's going to happen overnight? They have a backlog of books that will keep them in operation indefinitely. But what new authors are they signing? What new bestsellers are they publishing? What big media tie-in projects have they announced?

See that's the thing right there, the backlist. Because the indie trend is relatively new, they don't have much of a back list yet, but indies are where almost all the new SF&F stories are at, not the tradpubs like Tor.

Check out these charts http://authorearnings.com/sfwa2018/ . The Tor, and their ilk, are surviving on only the backlist and republishing the "classics". In another five years the indies will have a significant backlist that will pull even more money away from Tor and Baen.

Blogger SJ July 28, 2018 10:46 AM  

Have you even tried reading that awful name of the wind? VD is correct it is awful gamma teenage boy crap. I recently tried to listen an audible suggestion of sufficiently advanced magic and that creep show is the only book that's come close (and possibly surpassed) name of the wind in gamma.

Blogger Ingot9455 July 28, 2018 10:46 AM  

But but but... aren't we waiting for like... 8 or 9 more Scalzi books?

Clearly he's on the GRRM schedule, without the talent.

Blogger Worlds Edge July 28, 2018 10:55 AM  

The Toad of Tor is still so bitter about her husband's muting by Macmillan

Wait. What? Would love to hear the sauce on this.

Though I'm so out of the loop my first thought reading that was, "Isn't he dead?" Probably getting him confused with Gardner Dozois somewhere in the mix, I guess.

Blogger The Observer July 28, 2018 10:58 AM  

If you check out last night's Darkstream, you can catch a glimpse of what will probably be AH#4

Very pumped for AH#4, especially since you mentioned that a character as compelling as Soulsight would be introduced on the European front. I really enjoyed him, and the promise of more of the same is just catnip.

Have you even tried reading that awful name of the wind? VD is correct it is awful gamma teenage boy crap. I recently tried to listen an audible suggestion of sufficiently advanced magic and that creep show is the only book that's come close (and possibly surpassed) name of the wind in gamma.

Kvothe is an exemplification of what a gamma thinks a hero/alpha male is, and what a lot of gammas turn out to be when they manage to accrue power over others. Everything they think is "badass", revenge against the jocks and pretty girls, except the one he pedestalises.

Blogger maniacprovost July 28, 2018 11:08 AM  

If you are need to Jon D. Arroz, I would recommend starting with Rescue Run. So far I've enjoyed all his work. Don't miss his novella about baseball in space either.

Blogger Anno Ruse July 28, 2018 11:12 AM  

Kvothe is not written as a gamma's idea of an alpha hero. Kvothe is written as a gamma hero.

Blogger Matthew July 28, 2018 11:16 AM  

Dave wrote:Received my copies of AH #2 and CDA #1 yesterday. They were in perfect condition. I noticed CDA #1 had page numbers where the digital copy did not, at least the backers digital copy didn't.

I'm curious what comic book fans think about the page numbers. The mainstream examples I've seen often don't have any. We've been adding them to issues where they won't distract from the art.

Blogger Nathan Housley July 28, 2018 11:27 AM  

"It has. Precisely as intended. Remember Newton's Third Law."

It hasn't been a good year for Tor, restige-wise. They've lost their spot as the best-selling SFF publisher, the host convention for WorldCon filled the panels with people the host convention wanted to hear from instead of who WorldCon and the Torlings wanted*, and now TNH is trying to court conservative writers directly instead of using io9, The Guardian, and other sites to spread the message.

Not sure if it is WorldCon collapsing and/or Tor's influence. As I said, I can't wait for the numbers.

*Tor authors Scalzi, Anders, Stross, and Kowal all threw a fit and flounced away from panels and the Con "to let others have a voice." The power play worked, as Kowal had significant influence on programming afterwards. It is to the point where WorldCon should be seen as a liability to its hosts, as the hosts are one crisis away from losing control over programming to a cliche of authors representing their own interests instead of WorldCon's or the hosts. Look at this year's panel problems and 2014's Jonathan Ross flap.

Blogger Anno Ruse July 28, 2018 11:37 AM  

"I'm curious what comic book fans think about the page numbers. The mainstream examples I've seen often don't have any. We've been adding them to issues where they won't distract from the art."

They're comic books, not novels. If I'm looking for a specific page I look at the art.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan July 28, 2018 11:54 AM  

I was mildly curious yesterday as to what scalzi was up to after panelgate and no wonder Tor is trending down, he's a professional tweeter between cute cat pictures and riding the wave of fat sjw chick outrage porn.

Blogger Cloudswrest July 28, 2018 11:57 AM  

Has anybody noticed that the Toad and Heidi Bi-Witch of the SPLC kind of looks like twins separated at birth?

Blogger bob kek mando - ( don't ask, "Who mentats the Mentats?", ask instead, "Who shitpoasts the Shitpoasters?" ) July 28, 2018 12:11 PM  

28. Matthew July 28, 2018 11:16 AM
I'm curious what comic book fans think about the page numbers.


they can be moderately useful if you're trying to call up a specific panel or a turn in the plotline. ie - critique or editing. and editors and production are going to have access to the source data files anyways, so they don't really need the page number to be printed at all.

page numbers aren't slightest bit of concern to the reading experience, as such.

so, as long as you make a point of numbering something like every third page, that should be more than sufficient for reviewers and essayists to find their way around.

Blogger Emmett Fitz-Hume July 28, 2018 12:18 PM  

@25

I read "Everything they think is "badass", revenge against the jocks and pretty girls, except the one he pedestalises." as "...except the one he pedastalks."

I got a nice chuckle. Thanks.

And I read The Name of The Wind when it came out. Besides the gamma-ness of the writer/Mary-Sue protagonist, it was also notable for lame, zero-climax ending. Rothfuss is one of the most overrated writers in Fantasy at this time. He produces almost nothing except the occasional blog post and apology about not getting his trilogy finished. The same trilogy, which he claimed originally was completely written when he gave it to the publisher-it only needed to be cut down and edited.

Blogger Emmett Fitz-Hume July 28, 2018 12:22 PM  

I'm sure Tor might be in slightly better shape today (only slightly) if the had an extra 3.4 million dollars sitting around that they hadn't turned over to some over-hyped, self-proclaimed 'heir' to Heinlein.

3.4 Million buys a lot of Ring Dings and Poptarts and Hot-Pockets for various Blue Hairs and fugly Toads and their spouses.

Blogger wreckage July 28, 2018 12:38 PM  

Where capitalism shines, is in letting the dead rot.

Blogger Resident Moron™ July 28, 2018 12:47 PM  

SouthRon wrote:Just picked up both of Jon's Steampunk books on principle.

Good point.

Done.

Amazon must chortle like hell watching these wankers destroying their own businesses.

Blogger Trinian July 28, 2018 1:06 PM  

Matthew wrote:I'm curious what comic book fans think about the page numbers. The mainstream examples I've seen often don't have any. We've been adding them to issues where they won't distract from the art.

As a reader, I like page numbers. It helps me keep track of my progress through the comic.

Blogger ÆtherCzar July 28, 2018 2:00 PM  

So Nielsen Hayden presumes to arbitrate who is entitled to be called a best selling author despite Tor anointing Scalzi's Collapsing Empire a "New York Times Bestselling Series" some ten months before release? At least VD will have no shortage of material for SJWs Always Project.

Blogger Jon Mollison July 28, 2018 2:25 PM  

To add additional context, the CHORFs are working overtime to rewrite narrative of the recent WorldCon dustup. Y'see, despite what your lying eyes tell you, the REAL problem wasn't that the Victim Olympics have led to the True Fans eating their own. Oh, no no no. Mistakes were made, apologies offered, and things corrected. No big deal. Except those awful dudebro puppies that we ran off showed up to point and laugh at us. The REAL controversy is that the dudebros still think they are entitled to have an opinion on our private fiefdom. This is all their fault!

Blogger bob kek mando - ( don't ask, "Who mentats the Mentats?", ask instead, "Who shitpoasts the Shitpoasters?" ) July 28, 2018 2:43 PM  

anything is better than accepting personal responsibility for their own fuck ups.

you have to remember, the hypothesis promulgated by Marx fags was that IF ONLY BOURGEOISIE WHITE MALE SEXIST RACIST HOMOPHOBES ARE ELIMINATED FROM SKIFFY SOCIETY
...
then every thing whill be whine and roses and tea and crumpets and the 'TrueFans' whill be able to enjoy their peace and quiet now that those nasty aggressive boys have been put in their place and told, "Shut up, you fascist Nazis."

what they all forgot, was that women and fags tend to be a bunch of Drama Queens. they CREATE the Drama.

you put Wammenz in charge of something, and it will become a drama engine.

Blogger tz July 28, 2018 2:53 PM  

Tor is going to croak?

The thing about high time preference is the hare trigger instead of the slow and steady tortise, getting up when you trip, recovering from stumbles, but just persevering.

Perseverance is one of the Western Civilization key virtues. As is Patience. These may be more important than raw intelligence - consider Japan, even from Pearl Harbor to their lost decades.

SJWs and the left have high time preference. What do they want Hillary! When do we want her? NOW! well, we want OC/DSA NOW! Occupy ICE!

Meanwhile the God Emperor is slowly but systematically destroying Obama's Bush's x 2, and Clinton's legacy. When one attack doesn't work, he attacks elsewhere. He also anticipates - Pruitt leaves and now they have worse.

Even Gingrich had a meltdown over the Presser with Putin, but I quickly learned during the election to wait 72 hours or so. Or like Obamacare when it couldn't be killed with a single bullet, it is being left to the death throes and convulstions.

Like a driver that knows the bad roads and good short cuts, let Trump lead as we will arrive as early as possible. And watch the left go into cul-de-sacs, construction zones, and keep arguing about who should drive and whom should be thrown under the bus.

Blogger RobertT July 28, 2018 4:13 PM  

I believe the term is 'evil bastards.'

Blogger Jon D. July 28, 2018 5:29 PM  

Thanks Vox and all. Been an absolutely crazy week. Since I wasn't a "real bestseller" last week, does that mean I'm not a "real successful crowdfunder" this week?

Someone mentioned Rescue Run -- that book's out of print.

And I also can confirm Alt-Hero is no scam at all. The first draft of the novel is done, and Vox's additions have just made this story really awesome. We discussed draft 2, going to be adding in a few personal subplot scenes to deepen the main character. Should get that wrapped up sometime this next month. Can't wait to get this out.

Blogger Cataline Sergius July 28, 2018 6:38 PM  

Nathan Housley wrote:

I'm looking forward to seeing WorldCon and the Hugos' attendance and voting numbers. I suspect damage has been done for TNH to be croaking thus.


The voting in the Hugo's is down 40%.

And that's the least of Worldcon's problems.

This year the entire panel program blew up in the wire due to a mass triggering of Worldcon's League of the Exceptionally Gendered.

Keep in mind my vile faceless brothers, they honestly think that the following is spelled correctly.

Hugo nominee Bogi Takács reported that Worldcon was using a bio for em that misspelled eir name and changed eir pronouns to he/him, which Bogi has never used.

Bogi's...spouselikeloveunit(?) (*Cataline shrugs*) resigned in protest from it's own panel.

Everyone started screaming at everyone. And then the utterly hapless chairman: Kevin Roche, did the one thing you must never do in this situation...You guessed it, he apologized.

They went for his face. "What? Did the fucking Puppies decide that proposing racist and sexist slates of nominees wasn't working, they'd just take over the programming committee?

All White Cis-Het Males on the panels were required to step aside. Including John Scalzi.

This was to create space on the panels for those members of the League of the Exceptionally Gendered who had been nominated for this year's Hugos.

The problem being, these nominees are so obscure, 80% of Worldcon attendees have never heard of them.

Keep in mind, these are people who have passionate arguments over which actor on the 1980's Robin Hood TV series was the best Robin Hood. And they've never heard of these Hugo nominated authors.

To sum it up. We've won.

The Hugos are destroyed.

Blogger Grumpy Guy July 28, 2018 7:09 PM  

TNH. Total Neurotic Ho. So let it be written. So let it be done.

Blogger Dave July 28, 2018 7:52 PM  

And I also can confirm Alt-Hero is no scam at all. The first draft of the novel is done, and Vox's additions have just made this story really awesome. We discussed draft 2, going to be adding in a few personal subplot scenes to deepen the main character. Should get that wrapped up sometime this next month. Can't wait to get this out.

I'll be looking for it. I'm interested in how you guys approached these first two novels and then Chuck's working on the third.

Blogger Dave July 28, 2018 8:05 PM  

Matthew wrote:Dave wrote:Received my copies of AH #2 and CDA #1 yesterday. They were in perfect condition. I noticed CDA #1 had page numbers where the digital copy did not, at least the backers digital copy didn't.

I'm curious what comic book fans think about the page numbers. The mainstream examples I've seen often don't have any. We've been adding them to issues where they won't distract from the art.


I have no idea what the industry norm is but the page numbers are very unobtrusive in CDA #1. I just noticed you left it off the King Ace KEERUNCHHH page which was a good call. I like the uniform size, color and positioning of the numbers.

Blogger pdwalker July 28, 2018 8:53 PM  

You could crush your enemies, or you could let them enjoy the taste of your victories as ash in your mouth.

Blogger Greg Hunt July 29, 2018 12:43 AM  

Heh. Over the edge. I observed some "fan art" of an adult variety regarding Rebel. Unmistakable character. Not for public consumption, despite being positive for the genre. I think that's called Rule 42 or some such nonsense.

It's already known throughout the art world.

Blogger Killua July 29, 2018 4:37 AM  

Too bad for Jon. I'm glad his comic reached 8000 dollars in funding despite twitter censorship. The need for real social media alternatives is pressing. The de-facto monopoly facebook and twitter have on the social media market is not good, given the crucial role social media plays nowdays in project promotion. If they don't like you, they can de-platform you any time. Not good!!

Blogger Vernon July 30, 2018 8:16 AM  

Of course Kvothe is an over the top comic book superhero who is better than everyone at everything. Sometimes that's what I want to read. Other times it's Frodo, the common everyman who wins through perseverance, luck and Fate that I want to read. You seem to be categorizing me and strongly implying that I'm somehow inferior because I enjoyed a little escapist fantasy. Harsh, man.

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