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I’m So McPretty

Newsletter Posted on Tue, July 27, 2021 09:53:38

Guten Morgen, as they say in Japan. Or is that Ohayogozaimasu as they say in Brazil? I may be wrong about all of them. No matter, it’s always a pleasure to see you again. Of all the people reading this newsletter you’re the best looking and smartest. I don’t want you to panic but next week Kim and I are going on a mini vacation and there will be no way to do a newsletter. It will just be us, a large dog, and a pool. If all goes well and God truly loves us, there will be alcohol as well.

I’m going to keep today’s missive brief.

I have been spending the last week or so updating some of my social media pages, ones I tend to neglect, and working on a couple new projects. Let’s take them in reverse order.

I’m once again leaping into the abyss with the legendary Cyril Brown to work on a new dimension of the Hybrid Zero Multiverse. This time our broken brains are creating an intergalactic, pansexual, rock band that may, or may not, alter the paths of governments and bring down despots. No matter what, they make some pretty cool music. So, make sure your boss isn’t around, and CLICK HERE to meet The Neutrinos. Their motto is “We were the shit they scraped off their shoes when we arrived, but now we’re the shit. Catchy, isn’t it?

I’m also circling back to work with the infamous Ghoulbeanz. Back when she was known as “innocent little Soybean” we worked on Svarozic together. The story of a woman trapped inside a man and a god trapped inside a human has earned more fans than expected. Since it was just a character introduction you’re welcome to click the link and read the story for free. Now, just for giggles, we’re turning our jaundiced eyes on the afterlife. Specifically, those beings who shuttle us there when we shed our mortal coils. Bob: Sins of the Son is a fun look at the son of death and his quest to be a superhero in Chicago.

Most people who follow me know I try not to sully the Internet with my visage. My avatars are much cooler and make me look more human. However, thanks to the rise of Tik Tok, more and more people demand to see a face with the promotion. I’ve been dipping a toe into the shallow end, but I have been trying. If you go to my Tik Tok or YouTube pages, you will see videos of me sitting in my living room talking about stuff. Since I’m still not comfortable with this I tend to sound like I washed down ten hits of speed with a gallon of espresso. There are even some examples on my Instagram page. Although, fortunately, they are fewer in number.

Okay, you’ve endured enough trauma. Please make sure to stay safe, sane, and masked. I’ll see you in two weeks. And, yes, I can see you through your monitor. That’s how the Internet works.

Bill McSciFi


Getting McChatty

Newsletter Posted on Tue, July 20, 2021 08:59:36

Good morning fellow humans, and those of you who species identify as same. Welcome back to another edition of the McSciFi Newsletter. Or, as the cool kids like to say, “It’s like having ten gallons of amazing sauce squeezed into a five gallon bag.” I kind of wish I knew those cool kids. It would be great to hear stuff like that.

As I continue ramping back to full speed I have been doing interviews again. I will be sharing links as they go live. The first out of the box is a rollicking look into how I do what I do. Presented by the, accurately named, Awesome Gang you can CLICK HERE for a breezy trip through my squishy brain. You can leave a comment if you wish.

Until the rest show up I can share these recent classics. The lovely and fun, Jude Matulich-Hall, ran into a social media tsunami and was forced to repost every episode of Titles, Talk & Tipples. Which means, yesterday, you could have been treated to the teaser ad for my interview, the first half of my interview, the second half of the interview which, oddly enough, has been watched more than the first, and, since we were drinking vodka throughout the whole thing, we share some fun tipsy moments.

In the meantime, I thought I’d share some readers’ thoughts from various social media pages run by me and Azoth Khem Publishing. They’re kind of fun.

SPLICE: HIT BIT TECHNOLOGY
Winner of the Best SciFi Novel of 2020 on the Critters Reader’s Poll

A nonstop thrill ride
Fascinating and terrifying
The best damn thing I’ve ever read
The Desert Eagle seems like overkill for a close shot, but I have no complaints
I’m buying popcorn now for when this hits the big screen

The Brittle Riders Series or its Omnibus Edition

Some of the best world building I’ve ever encountered
It sympathetically manages to bridge the gap between faith and technology
McCormick packs more in twelve words than others do in twelve paragraphs
Fuck McCormick, he made me cry when a cockroach died
When I hit book three I surrendered. I had no clue what was going to happen, but I needed to find out

Goptri of the Mists: Kitaab Ek

There’s a horny squid and nukes. What more could I ask for?
I never considered giving my spouse a year’s worth of meat for our anniversary
Okay, wow, did not see this villain coming
Relentless and riveting
He’s always been LGBTQIA+ friendly, but this subtly raises the bar and I, for one, am thrilled

I think that’s enough for now. Please keep in mind the pandemic hasn’t gone anywhere. Wear a mask in public, make sure you’re vaccinated, and feel free to share the cult of McSciFi to your fellow shut ins.

Bill McSciFi
Bill McSciFi


Back in the McSaddle

Newsletter Posted on Tue, July 13, 2021 08:09:17

Back on June 22 I said I was going to take a little break so I could handle a few things that were dropping into my lap. Yeah, it all sounded so easy.

It was anything but.

In order, a potential client sent me a fake check for $4,000. It got caught before anything really bad happened, but that ate into my time. Then a company that was going to hire me for some background writing sent me an invoice for $10,000 worth of crap I neither needed nor wanted. As that sailed downhill rapidly I ended up involving legal authorities and blocked everyone.

Still, that wasn’t the main highlight. Nope, a minor intestinal issue I’d been suffering through decided to make itself a more prominent part of my life and I ended up in the hospital. The amazing peeps at Advocate Trinity made sure my stay was short, pleasant, and that I had a cheeseburger. I still need some more tests, but the scary stuff has been ruled out so you’re stuck with me a while longer.

I’ll have announcements on new stuff next week but, until then, here’s an unsubtle reminder that you can wander over to Azoth Khem Publishing and get your well manicured hands on my novels.

My TikTok page is only a couple of weeks old but I’m hard at work creating content that will be used to target SPLICE: HIT BIT TECHNOLOGY to the United States Military. Fully a third of the book revolves around Splice’s tour as a U.S. Marine. And, while the sample size isn’t the largest I’ve seen, vets and active troops really seem to like the book.

SPLICE is a non-stop thrill ride, taking the reader on an edge-of-your-seat experience through the military and organized crime worlds. Bill McCormick absolutely captures the senses of the military and combat from sight to sound to smell and leaves you only wanting more at the turn of every page. This book gets it right and keeps it coming!

Josh Grenard
Former Infantry Captain/Combat Veteran
U.S. Army

As those who follow closely know, I put a lot of research into my books. I talk to those who know what they’re talking about so I can sound like I do too. I don’t. I’m more like a cool parrot that can type, but it gets me where I need to be.

Many years ago, when I was first starting to assemble what would become The Brittle Riders I interviewed several people in the military. Former combat nurses gave me the best insights into the ravages of war. However, one man, a Brigadier General with the U.S.M.C., was kind enough to let me buy him drinks while he discussed common, and not so common, battle strategies. I gave him the technical abilities of my creatures and he gave me reams of information on how they could engage in combat. Of course, this was years before the book came out so he’d never read it.

Until now.

A couple days ago I got a brief email from him reminding me he was still active duty so I can’t use his name in advertising or promotion. Nevertheless, he’d just finished reading The Brittle Riders and had this to say about that.

So, if I get this, you’ve got lesbians, poly amorists, Muslims, sorry Muslim cows, giant Christian cockroaches, and so on, fighting for the betterment of all who live? I’ll never admit this publicly, but I’m glad we’ve got a president who thinks you’ve got the right idea. Great story, kept me buried in it, and I just ordered hard copies for the den. Some day you can sign them. You’re a strange guppy, but you do write like a pro. Semper Fi crazy stranger.

So, another satisfied customer.

Finally, Goptri of the Mists: Kitaab Ek is now out in paperback. Just CLICK HERE to get your copy. If you want to know about the Goptri’s universe, before busting out your credit card, I created a fun video to help you immerse your mind in its awesomeness.

One of the beta readers had nice things to say about it.

This world is our world and not. It is our future, and not. When multiple nuclear missiles can rightly be used as an example of subtle persuasion it becomes a testament to the deep, and twisted, humor that permeates this series. The fact that a gay wedding is the capstone for a bloody revolution is a perfect example of how dichotomies constantly intertwine to tie every story thread together. All in all, this is world building, and story telling, at its finest.

Sarah Z. Gallagher, PHD

Given that we’re far from done with the pandemic, please stay safe, sane, and away from strangers as much as possible. See you next week!



Taking a Brief McBreak

Newsletter Posted on Tue, June 22, 2021 07:27:46

These last few days have been whelming, to say the least. So, rather than try to jumble something together and pretend it didn’t sound like Tuvan Throat Singing on cheap meth, I’m taking today off.

Simply put, there are too many flaming bowling balls being juggled to say this or that is definitively happening.

But, there are too many flaming bowling balls being juggled to say this or that is not happening either.

At this point, if I don’t get burned I’m calling this adventure a success.

I apologize for the vague blogging, but I don’t want to say anything until the ink is dry or the papers are thrown out. Either result gives me something to deal with so I can move forward.

I will be active on social media, as always, so you can click here to say hi. I will say hi right back. I’m evil that way.

Until next week, I bid a hearty welcome to our new readers and please, all of you, stay safe, sane, inside, and wear a mask. Don’t worry, if Mortal Kombat cosplayers who work at strip clubs can do it, so can you.

Bill McSciFi
Bill McSciFi
Bill McSciFi


Say it with McPride

Newsletter Posted on Tue, June 15, 2021 06:30:09

Welcome and good morning. Well, it’s morning in Chicago. God only knows what time it is near you. I say that without trying to sound all high and mighty. Last week a person in Mongolia signed up for this newsletter. How they found me is a mystery, but, thanks to Google, I now know there’s a thirteen hour time difference between us. For them, and anyone else who may think they might have missed a newsletter, or just wish to crawl through the wasteland of my mind, CLICK HERE for my blog. It contains a copy of every newsletter I’ve ever written.

As you may, or may not, be aware, we are smack dab in the middle of Pride Month. In my work with Hadithi Sambamba diversity has always been front and center. From the very first issue of Legends Parallel to the ongoing madcap multiverse that is Hybrid Zero, every project, no matter how big or small, has represented characters from all walks of life.

Here’s why that matters.

About a year after Svarozic came out I was working a con in northwest Illinois. The audience skewed much younger than was good for me, so I’d resigned myself to watching cute kids do cute cosplays and maybe eating some pizza. Then a woman showed up at my booth. She’d driven over an hour to meet me and buy Svarozic. Fun fact, you could, and can, buy it for $2.00 online plus shipping and still get it autographed. Nevertheless, she was there, I had copies, so I sold her one, autographed it, and chatted for a bit. It seems her daughter had recently come out as trans and she wanted to show her she was represented too, and not just as a token background character.

Two weeks later I got an email addressed to Mr. McSciFi. I opened it and it was from the nice woman’s daughter. And, like all conversations with teenage girls, eye rolls and OMGs were easily noted. But, she also noted how much she loved the story, how cool it was to feel as though she had a spot in the world, and how she was looking forward to more. And, as I noted two weeks ago, we are finally in negotiations to make that happen.

HAPPY PRIDE EVERYONE!

More below.

Bill McSciFi

Once again I find that I have a story in the Autumn Issue of Sci-Fi Lampoon. This is my third story they’ve snagged. My humble contribution is called Fun Time at the Apocalypse a Go-Go. It’s a first person horror comedy based on a serial killer living in the land of Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica. Of course, I didn’t use those names. I have this aversion to being sued into oblivion. If you click that link you’ll be gifted with the dulcet tones that emanate from my mouth hole reading a snippet. You’ll also be gifted with some amazing pandemic hair. Not to worry, I did eventually buy a comb so now I can pretend to be adulting.

One thing I feel should be mentioned; this story has naughty words, graphic violence, and uses a cheese grater in ways you might not have considered. Proceed at your own risk.

The winter issue of Sci-Fi Lampoon has hit the streets as well. I guess they’re just clearing the decks so they can prep for the holiday season. Those Turduckens aren’t going to debone and stuff themselves.

I think that’s enough fun for one day.

Bill McSciFi


McSciFi in the McMagazine!

Newsletter Posted on Tue, June 08, 2021 07:42:02

Last week, due to a hiccup in the space/time continuum, last week’s e-blast got marked as SPAM and sent to everyone’s naughty folder. I do know that some companies, and colleges, have strict rules when it comes to emails and my little missive ends up in their spam folder every week. Yet, bless their souls, they keep digging them out and tagging along.

This was different. One hundred percent of my emails got marked, and I came thisclose to being banned from emailing ever again.

I’m working with all the governing parties to keep that from happening again and we have made great progress.

Anyway, if you want to read last week’s blast just click the above link and enjoy. It’s all about the three new comics I have in the pipeline. All three titles, Bob: Sins of the Son, Pestilent, and the full length version of Svarozic, will all be out this year on Hadithi Sambamba Comix.

This week I wanted to talk about something different. As some of you may know, and the rest are about to find out, I’m the assistant editor for ICC Magazine. The magazine is geared towards showcasing indie creators from many disciplines. It has featured scifi writers, comic book creators, cosplay specialists, and many more. It is the most library friendly thing I’ve ever worked on. Any library with kids interested in creating pop culture would benefit by having copies of it around. I know the library near me treasures theirs.

With that in mind I’d like to offer you, yes you and only you, the opportunity to get involved. All you need to do is CLICK HERE to advertise in the magazine itself, online, or both. ICC Magazine is a slick quarterly magazine that’s printed on glossy paper and is eye popping to look at. If you have any questions the previous link is your path to enlightenment.

Here’s a list of upcoming issues for you to consider.

Summer 2021 – July, ICC Magazine #15
Kid’s Comics, Movie Month, Free Comic Book Day

Fall 2021 – October, ICC Magazine #16
Halloween and Horror, Do-It-Yourself: How-To Make Comics Guides, Graphic Novels, Back to School!

Winter 2022 – January, ICC Magazine #17
Indie Comics Holiday Gift Guide, ICC Magazine “Big Toy Chest”

ICC Magazine also produces a Holiday Gift Guide where you can get your books or comics listed for free.

Until next week, stay safe, sane, and inside.



See You in the McFunny Pages

Newsletter Posted on Tue, June 01, 2021 09:58:23

Due to the pandemic eliminating personal appearances at conventions, some things had to take a back seat. Our comic distribution agreement went belly up on the carpet and we had no viable venues to sell in anymore. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but prospects weren’t looking all that good.

But, as they say, when one door closes, open a damn window. Hadithi Sambamba Comix partnered with a couple other indies, helped assemble a list of over three hundred stores that sell indie comics, and then we met, virtually, to discuss the best method of rolling things out.

After some back and forth, we came up with a solid plan. Hadithi’s owner, Brian “Bigger Lion” Daniel has made arrangements to appear at multiple pop-ups to sell off back inventory and start ordering re-branded comics with the new, exclusive, Hadithi logo.

Plus, and this is the truly exciting part, we, once again, have new comics in the pipeline.

First up will be Bob: Sins of the Son. The story of the son of Death who wants to be a superhero in Chicago. Unlike my usual fare, this is aimed firmly at teens. So, money changed hands, concept art got approved, and this bad boy is on it’s way. Look for it around the end of summer.

Next up is Pestilent. This is more in my wheelhouse. The story is about a distant future where Earth has been abandoned and humans search the galaxy for aliens to eat since alien essences prolong human life. It’s a dirty, wild, head trip. Warren Belfield, the editor, made a note at one point that sums this up nicely; “Honestly I think the anal sex joke later in the story is much stronger than this one. I’d maybe skip it here or come up with a different act to cause the private to blush in order to not steal any thunder from that one. As a secondary note, I’m not sure I thought I’d ever write the preceding sentence.

Plus, negotiations have already begun to bring Svarozic to life as a full length comic. The story of a woman trapped inside a man and a god trapped inside a human gave people their first, true, transgender superhero. We’re letting people read it FOR FREE ONLINE in the hope of getting as many people as possible familiar with the character.

Not to worry, the cult phenomena Legends Parallel and Hybrid Zero will be adding to their, Rated “M” for Mature, multiverses as well.

After the disaster known as 2020, it’s good to see things moving in a positive direction.

That seems to be enough for today. Until next week, stay safe, sane, and inside. Oh, and wear a mask.



Getting McSocial

Newsletter Posted on Tue, May 25, 2021 11:01:50

Today’s just gonna be chill. There’s stuff percolating behind the scenes but none of it is ready to be shared. Even so, there’s fun to be had. And, oddly, all of it relates to our Armed Forces. So, that’s new.

If you scroll to the bottom of this newsletter, you will be greeted by a series of pretty icons. Each is a link to one of my social media sites. In the middle is a brand new link to TikTok. Don’t worry, I’m not going to be twerking or anything like that. But, the nice people at TikTok have made it easier for authors to connect with their audiences. My page is only a couple of days old but I’m hard at work creating content that will be used to target SPLICE: HIT BIT TECHNOLOGY to the United States Military. Fully a third of the book revolves around Splice’s tour as a U.S. Marine. And, while the sample size isn’t the largest I’ve seen, vets and active troops really seem to like the book.

SPLICE is a non-stop thrill ride, taking the reader on an edge-of-your-seat experience through the military and organized crime worlds. Bill McCormick absolutely captures the senses of the military and combat from sight to sound to smell and leaves you only wanting more at the turn of every page. This book gets it right and keeps it coming!

Josh Grenard
Former Infantry Captain/Combat Veteran
U.S. Army

As those who follow closely know, I put a lot of research into my books. I talk to those who know what they’re talking about so I can sound like I do too. I don’t. I’m more like a cool parrot that can type, but it gets me where I need to be.

Many years ago, when I was first starting to assemble what would become The Brittle Riders I interviewed several people in the military. Former combat nurses gave me the best insights into the ravages of war. However, one man, a Brigadier General with the U.S.M.C., was kind enough to let me buy him drinks while he discussed common, and not so common, battle strategies. I gave him the technical abilities of my creatures and he gave me reams of information on how they could engage in combat. Of course, this was years before the book came out so he’d never read it.

Until now.

A couple days ago I got a brief email from him reminding me he was still active duty so I can’t use his name in advertising or promotion. Nevertheless, he’d just finished reading The Brittle Riders and had this to say about that.

So, if I get this, you’ve got lesbians, poly amorists, Muslims, sorry Muslim cows, giant Christian cockroaches, and so on, fighting for the betterment of all who live? I’ll never admit this publicly, but I’m glad we’ve got a president who thinks you’ve got the right idea. Great story, kept me buried in it, and I just ordered hard copies for the den. Some day you can sign them. You’re a strange guppy, but you do write like a pro. Semper Fi crazy stranger.

So, another satisfied customer.

That seems to be enough for today. Until next week, stay safe, sane, and inside. Oh, and wear a mask.

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