“Heavy is the cost”

I’m not a hardcore fan of Stars (the band, not the celestial bodies – I have nothing but good things to say about those) but I do have some of their albums and I throw them on in the car if I’m in the mood. There’s a bit of a The Smiths/Morrissey vibe to their lyrics that appeals to the sad old goth in me.

This song, Personal, is one of my favourites and I usually skip back and listen to it a couple of times when it comes on.

As far as I know, there isn’t an official video but here’s an unofficial one created by a film student. I agree with one of the YouTube comments that the actress seems too young, but otherwise its pretty good.


["Heavy is the cost" by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 23rd April 2014]

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Metrics Monday – 21st April 2014

I’m behind on The Ghost Smuggler. I really need to get this second draft complete by the end of the month and it’s looking increasingly unlikely. I figure I’m a couple of weeks away from finishing. It’s a deadline I set myself but there is an underlying reality to it. I need to move on to editing Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet and that really does have a deadline – I’m sending it to an editor at the beginning of July.

Last week’s word count wasn’t too bad – 4,675 words although that does include Friday’s writing exercise and I spent some time revising Immersion Therapy.


The reason I’m spending so much more time on The Ghost Smuggler is very simple. I’m still writing a lot of new chapters. Most of them are replacing the old ones and I’m far happier with the new story than I was with the first draft but it means it’s taking a lot longer than I’d originally hoped.

Still, it will be worth it in the end.

[Metrics Monday - 21st April 2014 by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 22nd April 2014]

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Altered Perceptions is Live

The IndieGoGo project I mentioned on Saturday is now live (now called Altered Perceptions).

Here’s the video explaining a little about the project.


There’s some great rewards including dinner with Brandon Sanderson and his wife – Check it out.

[Altered Perceptions is Live by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 21st April 2014]

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Five Things I Learned Last Week

Five more things I’ve learned in my ongoing attempt to level up in life.

  • Dogs can be majestic
  • Gallimaufry means a confused jumble or medley of things – thanks to Neil Gaiman for that one.
  • I want one of these. (Un)fortunately, they don’t ship to Canada.
  • Jack White has a new album coming out and pre-ordering on iTunes gets you early access to one of the tracks.

  • Peter Murphy has a new album coming out and pre-ordering on iTunes gets you early access to one of the tracks.

[Five Things I Learned Last Week by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 20th April 2014]

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New Anthology – Altered Perspectives

Dan Wells (author of I am Not a Serial Killer and other splendid books) has announced a new anthology to raise funds to help his brother, Robison Wells (also an accomplished author) with his battle against mental illness. The anthology – Altered Perspectives – will contain a collection of stories, deleted chapters, alternate endings and other “bonus” material from a whole bunch of great authors, plus essays and comments from each of them about mental illness.

The list of authors involved in this is pretty impressive:

Ally Condie, the foreword
Dan Wells, the introduction
Annette Lyon, An unpublished chapter from her retelling of the Finnish fairy tale, THE KALEVALA
Aprilynne Pike, TBA
Brandon Mull, Deleted scenes from BEYONDERS 2
Brandon Sanderson, five completely rewritten chapters from THE WAY OF KINGS, where Kaladin makes the opposite choice of what he makes in the published novel
Bree Despain, an alternate ending to THE LOST SAINT, and an alternate beginning to THE SHADOW PRINCE
Brodi Ashton, the first chapter from her YA novel about an unwilling alien fighter who has to rescue the boy she loves
Claudia Gray, a deleted scene from A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU
Dan Wells, the original John Cleaver free-write that inspired I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER
Erin Bowman, a deleted scene from TAKEN
Howard Tayler, a creative non-fiction story about life with mental illness
J Scott Savage, three original chapters that led to writing FARWORLD
Jennifer Moore, a deleted scene from BECOMING LADY LOCKWOOD
Jessica Day George, a deleted scene from PRINCESS OF GLASS, where the main character plays poker with a witch
Josi Kilpack, the original opening scene to TRES LECHES CUPCAKE
Kiersten White, an original short story, set in a dystopian, sci-fi world
Larry Correia, a deleted fight scene from SWORDS OF EXODUS
Lauren Oliver, two deleted scenes from PANDEMONIUM, plus a hilarious scene about the plotting process
Luisa Perkins, a short story, “Seeing Red”–a modern-day retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.
Mary Robinette Kowal, deleted scene from VALOUR AND VANITY (the scene was cut because readers thought the scene was trying to depict depression)
Nancy Allen, bonus scene from BEAUTY AND THE CLOCKWORK BEAST
Robison Wells, an epilogue to FEEDBACK and the VARIANT duology
Sandra Tayler, a creative non-fiction piece called “Married To Depression”
Sara Zarr, a story featuring characters from one of Sara’s previously published novels
Sarah Eden, “Farewells” for LONGING FOR HOPE and HOPE SPRINGS
Seanan McGuire, The original opening for DISCOUNT ARMAGEDDON
Shannon Hale, ”Ravenous,” a previously unpublished scifi short story
SJ Kincaid, the original first chapter of VORTEX, before it was entirely rewritten

It’s going to be funded through an IndieGoGo campaign (which is a lot like a Kickstarter campaign but with more flexibility).

This is what Dan had to say about it:

This anthology goes up on IndieGoGo on Monday, April 21, where you’ll be able to buy it in hardcover or ebook, along with a ton of extra perks like manuscript critiques, dinners with your favorite authors, and the ever-popular “die horribly in one of Dan’s books.”

The project sounds very interesting and I’m a sucker for crowd funding so I’ll definitely be checking it out on Monday.

[New Anthology - Altered Perspectives by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 19 April 2014]

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