“Mark Red” is now available on Kindle!

Okay, everyone, good news!  At long last, “Mark Red” – the complete novel – is available for purchase through Amazon Kindle, here.

In addition, we are currently formatting “Mark Red” for the paperback edition, which will soon be available as well.  It will probably be somewhat more expensive in paperback, but you will also have the option of buying both formats together for a discount, so keep you eyes open.  (You’ll also, in principle, be able to get it autographed by the author, so that’s something to keep in mind!)

In addition, we will soon be formatting both “Son of Man” and “Welcome to Paradox City” for paperback as well, and these too will be available for purchase, with the same deal as listed above.

Keep your eyes open.  If you like modern vampire stories, check out “Mark Red.”  And remember, 50% of royalties go to literacy charities!


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.


The Chasm and the Collision: Chapter 6 is now available!


Okay, everyone, just a quick little blurb here to let you know that chapter six of The Chasm and the Collision (aka CatC to me), is now available on Amazon Kindle.  Just click here, or on the picture above to take a look.

The picture, by the way, is a new cover I’ve decided to use, which is actually the resurrection of a design I had originally intended to use from the start for all the chapters.  This was before I had to go “away”, if you will, and so wasn’t able to have my original intent carried out.  Not to worry, though, things are now finally coming around.

This release is ever-so-slightly behind schedule, because I’ve been distracted by having finished Son of Man so recently, and by all the work I’m doing to get all the handwritten portions thereof finally rewritten.  I’m also plowing ahead on the next chapter of Mark Red, which has a bit of fun in it, and doing the rewriting of my not-so-short story Paradox City, which is going to be available soon.  I’ve actually got a cover pretty much ready for that story.  I’ll be posting it within the next several days to get your feedback, if you would like to give some.

Speaking of feedback, I would still love to hear from you about whether you think Son of Man should be published serially, as I’m doing with Mark Red and CatC, or if I should just publish it all in one shot–the full novel, no waiting (see my last post).  I’m leaning toward the latter choice, but I would love to hear from you about your preferences.  Also, if you have anything else you’d like to say–about my fiction, or about my blog writing, or about anything else at all in the world–please feel free to leave a comment below, or to stop by my Facebook, Twitter, G+, or even LinkedIn page.  I’m not shy…I’m just an introvert.

I look forward to hearing from you.  Remember, when you buy anything of mine that’s published on Amazon (or anywhere else, for that matter), I will give half of the royalties to reading/literacy charities such as RIF.  That way you can read a good story (in my opinion at least, biased though that opinion is), and at the same time help spread the gift of reading to others.

All the best.  TTFN!

P.S.  By the way, tomorrow IS my birthday, and if you want to do something nice for me (some people do, believe it or not), then please give me your feedback on the serialization issue with respect to Son of Man.  Alternatively, if you have read any of my writing on Kindle, please leave a review!

Also, of course, if you haven’t read any of my work…well, please give some a read.  Each chapter is basically only a buck, and you help promote literacy while you enjoy reading, yourself.

TTFNA…ta-ta for now, again!

Once More Unto the Breach, Dear Friends…

Once more

Okay, I’ve been putting off doing a post, because I kind of thought I wanted to have something profound to say after not having been around here for a while.  Then I decided, “What the heck? There’s no need to be so serious.”  I want to celebrate being back, and being able to post something, by actually posting something.  It’s not as though I haven’t been writing this whole time, in any case.  In fact, while I’ve been away, I’ve written two complete novels, gotten most of the way done on a third, and I also wrote a very long “short story”.

Those of you who’ve been paying attention (both of you!) will have noticed that chapters of my books have been published on Amazon for Kindle even while I’ve been away.  For this I owe thanks to my amazing and incredibly supportive sister, Liz, who showed breathtaking courage and tenacity by wading through my handwritten–often in cursive!–writing to retype it and publish it to Amazon.  But now I’ve been able to take that task off her hands.

Those of you who may not understand just what an undertaking that project was will do well to learn this:  Before I started using it, cursive was simply called “script” writing.  Only after people began to try to decipher my writing did it come to be known as “curse-ive”…and for good reason.

Okay, maybe that’s a mild exaggeration.  But it is only mild.

As for just why I have been away for such a long time…well, there will be more on that to come.  Suffice it to say that, like Gandalf, I was delayed because I was held captive.  I will be writing about that experience, about the things it has made me realize about the society in which we live, and the things which we so readily and thoughtlessly accept, which we should not, in the near future.  I’m sure you can’t wait.

There is going to be a shift in focus on this blog–one might actually say that it will be less focused going forward, in the sense that I am not going to attempt to tailor it narrowly about one particular topic or subject matter, nor even to keep it focused around narrow ranges of material.  Of course, I expect that I will continue to write about scientific and medical topics; these are two of the loves of my life, after all, and as the great Carl Sagan pointed out, when you’re in love you want to shout it to the world.  But another love of my life is writing fiction, and I am going to be discussing my ongoing fiction writing a fair amount, since it is the single most dominant fact of my life at the present moment.

I have been writing at least a thousand words a day (and usually more) at least six days a week for the past two years or so.  Thus the two and two-thirds completed novels and the seventy-five page “short story.”  I will publish the latter–called Paradox City–on Amazon as soon as it’s in shape to do so, and I am going to continue to publish serially the chapters of both Mark Red and The Chasm and the Collision as I get them in shape to do so as well.  I will begin to publish the third novel, Son of Man, the same way, as I get it ready.

I am doing this under the imprint of my own publishing company, which is called Chronic Publications, a company which I envisioned at least as far back as high school.  I am soon going to be incorporating it (as a Florida corporation), and carrying out my intention of giving half the after-tax proceeds to literacy charities.  As a writer, how could I do otherwise?  Without written language, civilization would not exist.  For anyone at all to be deprived of the joy of partaking in that fact in the modern world is unforgivable.

So that’s a little hint of the shape of things to come, at least as it pertains to this blog.  I hope to keep you entertained, perhaps to provoke some thought, and in any case, to indulge myself here.  If you like it, please share it (you don’t need to put a ring on it, though).  I really am going to try to make a difference in the world from here on in, so the more people I can reach, the better.

In the meantime, thank you for reading, if you are reading.  Well, if you aren’t you can’t experience my thanks, anyway, so I guess it goes without saying.  Trees falling in woods while no one’s listening, and all that…

TTFN:  Ta-ta-for-now!