Tuesday, December 1, 2015

And then there was one (part of the fractal series)

By now you must be familiar with Tim, that oddball cousin of Gerad's. Recently we found a little story he wrote. We're not certain if this was before or after he knew aliens, but it certainly speaks to a certain personality, doesn't it? So enjoy and bask in the following.

The blue sky, this late in summer, this long after we’d come to be familiar with the cold, was more than welcome. But as I drove around after work, running errands, as one can only run errands in suburbia: sloshing between parking lots in a car. But even then, seeing one too many accidents, I sensed something was amiss, but checking my Twitter feed gave me no information. For a second, as I paused upon opening my car door, the smell of fried-something hanging strong in my nostrils, I glanced up and saw hundreds of black spots in the white-blue sky. Each time I tried to look directly at a spot, they would all vaporize. Gone. This happened enough times—these dots in the sky and sky alone—only in my periphery that I soon had vertigo.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Art as life, part deux

It's funny to try to judge someone and someone's work from a distance, and yet we do this all the time when considering public people. Of course, this leaves us open to making quick judgments based on nothing more than a handful of glimpses, and why it's important for those in the public eye to curate those glimpses and thus gain the upper hand by manipulating us.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Veteran is eviscerated by the word "veteran"

Here we are in the aftermath of the Paris attacks and I'm trying to make myself disciplined enough to not retort on my Twitter feed to the plethora of people who are touting Islamophobia and the exact same actions that brought about such attacks. [1]

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Why I write: on movies and writing. A confession

 This is a confession more so than an essay or critique... I suppose that I should expect as much on a cold and wet autumn day; those rain-smeared glass windows mimicking their stained counterparts by splashing that confession-dark-lighting upon my soul.

I feel that the last few years have seen a definite uptick in movie quality. It would also seem that many of those movies are scifi. Given the natural topics that scifi has usually covered, it would seem that scifi should only increase in popularity as it moves towards becoming ever more relevant [1].

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

On chipping away at a story

I mentioned in the previous post that sometimes editing was akin to shipping away at  a stone block (that initial, usually formless first draft) trying to create something like a story people will like. To add to that, I would like to add a picture that can better show this idea. I'm no artist, not visually speaking, so bear with it.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Why I write: the discarded remains of Labyrinth of Souls

The end of every major book of mine is followed by a refractory period. This quiet, solemn time is a moment for reflection. For my most recent book, the Labyrinth of Souls, this feeling has been compounded with the complexity of the book's world, its characters, and the issues being dealt with. I should remind you that the book started out as an idea that gestated from this short story. Hold on to that last thought. 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

It's here....

Just got the news that the ebook is out. So click on the picture below (or link back there in the previous sentence) and get the book today. Price will go up after a week, so get it while you can. Hope you enjoy it!

Also, for all those paper-bound folk, the paperback should be coming out soon. I'll announce that as well.  As for those looking for shorts, there should be more in the upcoming months. Please bear with me as I get things back into orbit (in terms of writing et al). Best.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

A game at a cafe

Once again I’ve been remiss in updating you, my dear readers [1]. So I’m back and stand ready to inform you about the many things I’ve been doing, to include having been busy getting short stories in minor publications on both coasts, and editing the massive quarter-million word story on AI and the coming rebellion. Not between human and robot, but a more complex fragmentary civil war.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Been meaning to write

So I have been meaning to speak about ISIS and that specific issue. Once again it has come to the fore, especially with regards to the refugee crisis. I will certainly deal with it in due time, but I should point out that my issue with not writing about it is that all these matters are intertwined.  Intertwined and ever changing.  Therefore at any given time one really cannot even say that things are so. No. Rather we try our best to paint a picture with official statements—biased summaries usually—to give us an idea of what is going on; to say nothing of trying to bring the past and cause & effect into the picture

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Oh, it's been a while

So I'm still stuck in the morass of getting the next book out. But even that doesn't excuse the time between posts. So I will definitely try to get as many stories out as possible (note, the best way is still via the email newsletter, which you can sign up for to the right). I have, outside of the novel, felt most of my muse has been of the short story variant. This is a partial result of what I've been finding interesting to read (Borges). One short, the one on Sasquan World-con, was well received over at file770. Many thanks to Mr. Glyer who called the story "an oasis". Much too kind, that.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The yarn and the old folk

All this editing is taking its toll. Sometimes, after work but before I can lay my head to rest, my mind wanders some. Hard thing, to have a deadline and to know the clock is ticking, but to have the muse—that delightfully mischievous even sexual ghost, just as she was sculpted so perfectly as that avatar in Rodin's sculpture—play games when there is no time for it, well, one grows weary, but one must abide.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

New Story out. Thanks to Omni-reboot!

Hi all. As I chip away at my edits like Snow White's companions, I'm also working on several projects at once. So trust and believe that the novel is being refined, but enjoy this short story while you're waiting. Called  RAW (short for Robo-Anthro-War), it's a short about a man and his companion at the end of the world. Enjoy it and share it!

Edit: thanks to all who enjoyed the story! Just so you know, it's two parts, and here is the second one

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Oh the editing. Also a survey you can fill out!

 I've been trying my hand at longer and longer blog posts, but this one will be shorter. Much shorter. Basically, I'm going to ask you to fill out a short 5 question survey. It's to aid me in my editing (and thus pruning) of my upcoming novel, Labyrinth of Souls. Available for pre-order now. This is a story about robots with super-intelligent AI. Here is the link to the survey. Many thanks!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

When Gods Fail II is free!

Ah, it seems as if summer is finally winding down with the scorching rays of the Inland NW's sun now almost calm. With that, I'll start a end of Summer sale.  I've talked to a few of you readers who thought enjoyed the first book in my When Gods Fail series was good but too short. Not enough of a teaser to read on. I want you to rest assured that I have rectified that and have now made the book free. There are three total books in the series and that leaves enough of a teaser to at least bring in some more of you to the last book. The links where you can buy it are below.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sasquan, worldcon and the science fiction convention

My oh my has it ever been a long time since I’ve posted. I apologize for this delay, let’s for a second forget this transgression of a blog commandment (thou shalt often blog at regular intervals) and allow me to explain:

You see, I’ve just barely exacted with my life and I have my wit (and accompanying smarts attitude) to thank and blame on the matter. Let me tell you what happened.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Heart beats, redux

 Hard to pin down the many muses that push creativity, that drive that which causes me to write. Now, I keep a notepad as well as a million sheets of paper at hand to write down whatever it is I have in the form of an idea for future use. Much like Stephen King, I am of the mind that I'll jot it down, but if it doesn't lead to much—the note isn't valid, it doesn't speak of that great of an idea etc—I can disregard it, though having copious notes helps mitigate this.  

Sunday, August 2, 2015

It's here.... New novel, pre order now!

 So I'll make this short and sweet with much much more to come in the next few days. First and foremost is the fact that my latest book, the Labyrinth of Souls (see picture above) is now available for preorder, with the book coming out on the 31st of October! Of course you can share this with whomever you like! I'm pretty excited about this book and will be adding more information about it in the upcoming days. Also, I'm more than willing to hear any feedback from you, dear readers.