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.

TTFN!

All My Published Books Are Now In Paperback

Okay, well, at long last I am pleased to announce that all three of my published books are now available in paperback on Amazon.

You can find Son of Man here:

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you can find Welcome to Paradox City here:

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and You can find Mark Red here:

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They’re also of course is still available for Kindle.  I’m a big fan of Kindle, but I have to admit that there’s something rather special about having my books out in paperback now.  As always half of my royalties will be given to literacy charities such as RIF, but don’t let that influence your decision to purchase them.

(Wink, wink.)

I am now proceeding full steam with the rewriting and subsequent editing of The Chasm and the Collision, and hopefully within the next few months or so it will be available for purchase as well. It’s a rather long book, so formatting it is going to be interesting.  It’s probably going to be in a bigger volume format, like Mark Red.  It also has not a single instance of profanity it the entire book, which is rather unusual for my work. So it’s kid friendly and family approved

This is literally true; it was my father who suggested to make sure to leave profanity out of this one.

I’ll give you further bulletins as the writing and the editing continues on The Chasm and the Collision, and of course I’ll be posting other random thoughts as they occur to me, so keep your eyes open.

TTFN!

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.

TTFN!

The Chasm and the Collision: Chapter 8 is now available

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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.

TTFN!

The Chasm and the Collision: Chapter 7 is now available

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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.

TTFN!

Paradox City cover design preview. The story itself will be published soon

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Okay, as I promised a while back, here is a preview of the cover design for Paradox City, my story that is a little too long to be a “short” story but just below the traditional borderline of “novella” (it’s about 29,000 words long).  It has been completely rewritten, and is now in the editing process, so it will soon be available for purchase.  As always, when it is up for sale, half the royalties will go to literacy charities.

I actually plan to give you all a little teaser from the story, either right before it comes out, or when it comes out.  Oh, and just so we’re clear:  While Mark Red is oriented toward the young adult market, and The Chasm and the Collision is appropriate for anyone from pre-teens to the elderly, Paradox City is definitely not for very young readers.  Bad things do happen in this story…you know, profanity, adult situations, violence, nudity, references to Elvis singing Guns ‘n’ Roses songs…things not for the faint of heart.  One of the joys (for me) of the short story is that situations don’t always have to turn out for the best, or even for the better.  Bad things can happen to good (or at least benign) people without anyone receiving his or her comeuppance, or any deep philosophical treatment or explanation of what’s been happening.  While novels, by and large, have more good endings than your average strip-mall massage parlor, it’s perfectly okay for a short story to end in an ambiguous fashion.  Actually, that’s one of the most satisfying aspects to short stories:  They can leave you guessing, which leaves you thinking and imagining.

I love ’em.

Just in case anyone wants any recommendations on the matter, my personal favorite short story authors include Stephen King, Orson Scott Card, Edgar Allen Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Robert E. Howard…just to name a few.  It’s fair to say that I’m much more excited when Stephen King is coming out with a new collection of short stories (as he is now) than I am about his novels*.

I suppose you can guess what my genre tendency of preference is in the short story world, based on that list of authors.

On a different subject, here’s advance warning:  Mark Red:  Chapter 13 is going to be out just in time for Halloween–partly by coincidence, and partly by design, like so much of the world.  In it, Mark’s nature as a newly-made demi-vampire is going to collide with some aspects of adolescence that would have made him very happy, if only…well, you’ll have to read it to see.

And on a different different subject, I am still taking feedback on the issue of “Son of Man:  Serial or novel?”  The final decision has not yet been made, and the rewrite is still very much in progress, so there’s plenty of time to put in your two cents.

Finally, I’m soon going to be posting another entry on the criminal justice system, informed by my own unpleasant and too-prolonged experience with it.  These articles take a little longer than regular blog posts, because I want to make sure they are products of serious thought as well as real research, when appropriate, not just my own personal experiences.  This is not a simple subject, and it deserves great care.

Thank you all for reading.  If you like what you’ve read, please feel free to “Like”, to “Comment”, and to “Share”, as well as to repost.  (If you make any money from doing so, just throw me a cut, okay?)  Oh, and by all means, follow me on FacebookTwitter, and so on.

TTFN!


*Which is not to disparage his novels.  While I don’t love them universally, many are among my favorite modern works of fiction.