The Chasm and the Collision is now underway!

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It is with great personal pride – and some degree of amazement – that I hereby announce that I have finally finished (minus a few tidbits here and there) the rewriting of the 676 handwritten pages of “The Chasm and the Collision.”  It turns out to be about 240,000 words long.  That’s a lot of chicken scratching!  It’s the second of the novels I wrote while in Florida State Prison (West Unit), and is certainly my longest novel so far.  Itt still will be, even after I trim it down during the upcoming editing (which is going to be no mean task).  So look forward to a story with some meat on its bones.

I’m thoroughly excited about this.  Even more than all the other books I’ve written, this was a labor of love, dedicated to and inspired by my kids.  They were in middle school, or near middle school, when I started writing it, and the main characters of the story are middle school students.  Of course, now my kids are both in high school, but hopefully they’ll still appreciate the story.  Actually, it’s probably a book that’s better for young adults and adults, anyway.  It’s long, obviously, but that’s a well-precedented fact for fantasy adventures.  It is also, at times, somewhat dark (as are all my stories, though by no means is it too dark for the average reader…anyone who can tolerate Harry Potter will certainly not be put off).  It does, however, have not one single instance of profanity, despite several occasions in which it would certainly be called for and excusable for the characters.  Now that took restraint on my part, as anyone who’s read my other works would know.  It was, however, the recommendation of my late father, and it was a good one.

Of course, I will be delivering further bulletins as events warrant (though why bulletins need their livers removed I don’t know), and I will take the time to post some of my musings and meanderings on unrelated subjects when I need a break.


Some (Minor) Publication Updates

Hello all!

This is just a little FYI posting.  First of all, the formatting of “Mark Red” continues, and once that’s done, it will be available in paperback.  After that will follow “Son of Man” and “Welcome to Paradox City.”

In the meantime, the rewrite of “The Chasm and the Collision” can now continue…and so it will.  With that in mind, I will shortly un-publish the serialized early chapters of that book, so if you want to get those, now is the time.  If you want to wait for the full novel, though, I don’t blame you, and I give you my personal promise that you won’t be disappointed.  Seriously.  I’m very excited, it’s one of my favorite stories ever (and there’s not a single instance of profanity in the whole thing, so it’s safe for the whole family).

I’ll let you all know as everything becomes available.


Mark Red Chapters Are Now Unpublished


Okay, after many a threat to do so, I have now officially unpublished the serialized chapters of Mark Red.  I’ve been planning to do so for some time now, of course, in preparation for my eventual release of Mark Red as a full novel, but the editing of that novel has pushed me to stop procrastinating.  I realized, soon after beginning the editing, just how raw and rough the book was, and I thus felt the urgent need to pull it, lest any reader get a poorer-than-necessary impression of my writing skills.

I shouldn’t be too hard on myself about this, of course.  After all, this was the first real writing I had done since Med School, I think, so I was pretty rusty.  Add to that the fact that it was handwritten (initially on scrap paper, then notebook paper) while in prison, and then mailed to my sister, who gamely tried to decipher my handwriting in order to type it in and publish it.  You won’t know how heroic a task that was until you realize that, only after I begin writing long-hand did script begin to be called curse-ive—this because of the endless stream of profanity coming from anyone who tried to read what I had written.

Now, however, I am well along in the editing process, turning the very rough draft into a smoothly flowing bit of prose (I hope).  I still like the story, thankfully, so I’m not deeply disappointed.  But, man, were there some terrible stylistic gaffes and goofs…embarrassing.  I am editing a lot every day on the way to work and in between other things (mostly non-existent, since I have no life), and it shouldn’t take too long for the final novel to come out.  But I am going to have to go over it numerous times to make certain it’s smooth.  It’s a bit like drawing a picture, I suppose.  Your first line on the paper can really suck, but with repeating strokes you refine it into a graceful curve, and then finally you ink and color it, and if you’re lucky and persistent, it comes out pleasing to the eye.

In any case, I’ll let you all know when it’s coming out.  In the meantime, please do check out Son of Man and Welcome to Paradox City, both available on Amazon Kindle.  Read and rate, and if you feel up to it, review.  It’s okay, be honest.  I can take it.



Welcome to Paradox City is now for sale on Kindle


Hello all!  I’m sorry there’s been such a delay since my last posting.  In addition to working on writing my new novel, preparing the editing for Son of Man, and working six days a week on my “day job,” I’ve been preparing for that which I am now announcing:  Welcome to Paradox City is now available on Amazon Kindle!  This is a brief collection of three dark tales, at least one of which is verging on being a novella, while the other two are just rather long short stories.  Though they are all “dark tales,” dealing with subject matter a bit too grim for daytime TV, one is a actually somewhat lighthearted, while the other two are…fully dark.

So, preparing that publication has been one of the things that’s slowed down the posting of the monthly chapters of Mark Red and The Chasm and the Collision.  I’m also continuing to work on new material, and getting the editing of Son of Man done, and looking for a good cover design.  It’s very busy, and I’m probably going to have to scale back to releasing only alternating chapters of Mark Red and CatC per month, instead of one each.

Welcome to Paradox City is available for only $2.99 on Kindle, and of course, 50% of the royalties will go to literacy charities such as RIF, as is always the case with works by Chronic Publications.  The more readers there are in the world—and the more reading those readers do—the better off we all are.  I’m convinced that this is an absolutely true correlation.

Hopefully Son of Man will be ready for publication within the next few months.  Certainly it won’t be very long before the last chapter of Mark Red is published, though The Chasm and the Collision has quite a bit more to go.  Give me your feedback, positive and negative.  I can take it!

Above all, thank you all for reading and following my blog, be well, and keep reading.


The Chasm and the Collision: Chapter 8 is now available


Okay, everybody, Chapter 8 of CatC is now available here, for your purchase.  It’s a bit of a long chapter because there’s a lot of things that get revealed to our young heroes…and by someone who may be a bit unusual as a character in a novel.  Remember, the cost of the chapter is only $0.99, and 50% of the royalties go to literacy charities.

In other news, I am almost ready to release “Welcome to Paradox City,” my small collection of dark stories.  I plan on releasing it early in 2016, probably on the weekend following New Years.  I’ve got the cover ready, and of course, the stories are all done.

And in yet OTHER news…I’ve decided that, from now on, I’m going to be doing my politico-legal posts on a different blog, and to keep this blog for writing-related posts.  I’ve already re-posted the two recent articles from this blog on that blog, which is Here.

I hope you all have had and continue to have a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year…but I hope to make the first part of 2016 at least a bit unsettling for you with “Welcome to Paradox City.”  I’ll let you know.

In the meantime, I wish you all the best.


Mark Red: Chapter 14 is now available

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Hello all.  Not a lot new to say today, except that Mark Red:  Chapter 14 is, as the above title clearly states, now available.  You can go here to purchase it.  As always it is a mere 99 cents, and 50% of the royalties go to literacy charities such as RIF.

Mark’s in real trouble, now, and not just because he realized that, when he discovered that he really liked Jean, what he really wanted to do was drink her blood.  Not a very romantic show of affection.  On top of that, he’s now stuck without Morgan’s guidance, because she hasn’t shown up as usual…and Mark needs to try to find her.

I’m going to try to put together a non-writing-related post soon.  Keep alert!


The Chasm and the Collision: Chapter 7 is now available


My apologies to those who were expecting CatC chapter 7 to be available in the middle of the month.  That was the plan, of course, but I have been in transition back to Florida, into a new dwelling (that sounds more impressive than “little house”, doesn’t it?), and restarting my “day job,” after a bit of a hiatus, so things have been a bit erratic.  It is, in any case, available here, now.  The schedule should self-correct now, and I plan to release Mark Red:  Chapter 14 at the end of November as planned…which will only be a few days from now.

I think this chapter of CatC is a particularly good one.  Our heroes are caught up in what seems to be a peaceful discussion with the people who abducted them from near their school, and they learn about a monstrous danger that threatens…well, everything.  They also learn that something they have done, quite unwittingly, seems to have made that danger far greater.

Then, of course, they are faced with an immediate and surprising threat to their own lives, and that’s rarely a good thing.  To survive, Alex is forced to do something truly horrible that he doesn’t understand.

If you want to find out more…well, you know what to do.

On an unrelated note, I’ve decided to expand the publication of Paradox City, and instead of one novella, it’s going to contain three stories of mine.  The title of the compilation will now be “Welcome to Paradox City,” unless some clearly better title comes along, and the cover will be suitably adjusted.  It should come out sometime in the next month or so, I suspect.

In the meantime, Son of Man is in the process of being edited, which of course will take some time, given the fact that it is a full-length novel.  We’re also not ready with a cover yet, but there’s still time for that, so don’t panic…

I’m also going to be making an announcement soon about a change in the process of my non-publishing/writing-related content in the future, so keep your ears pricked and your eyes open (but please, don’t keep your eyes pricked…that can lead to expensive visits to the ophthalmologist).

Lest anyone worry about what’s happened to my writing during my transition, I can at least reassure you:  I have continued to write at least 5 to 6 days a week, never less than 1400 words a day, and usually more.  So, much that is new will continue to be forthcoming.

Well, that’s everything for the moment.  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a reasonably sane Black Friday.