Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Novel Summer

As hoped for, the summer has provided me with a really good opportunity to cruise ahead with the novel writing. This is primarily because my older boy is in sleepaway camp. It's amazing the difference between two and one children. The time gained is like on a logarithmic scale. Also, my wife understands that I'm counting on finishing this bad boy in the next month or so, and she has been incredibly gracious in keeping my younger son occupied on the weekends so I can write.

And I've been doing it! I am at the end of chapter 11. One more chapter to go. Not even sure if I'll need an extra bit for an epilogue. We're talking the end is really full on 3-D big screen iMax in sight. Then I'll give the whole thing a read through, let the wife read it, and send it in to my editor. I can't tell you how relieved/excited/drained I will be when this is done. I knew it would be a challenging/mind crushing task to write this at the same time as I am writing my Dark InSpectre series. It's basically been writing two novels at the same time. But how often do you have an editor/publisher ASK you to write a novel for them? What was I gonna say: naw, I'll pass?

So I committed to doing it. It's taken about a year, and I've just got a little more to go. Of course, it could still suck...

Monday, July 18, 2011

New Episode!

Episode 39 of The Dark InSpectre is now online, in which our hero gets a history lesson from a friend who is far more than he seems.

Here’s an excerpt:
What he was describing was a myth, a superstition that was half legend, half nightmare. “You’re talking about…” The Nameless, named after the lost children. Every tel knew the tale, a group outside the law, unseen, unheard, always watching. Whenever someone disappeared, or some tragedy befell a normal perceived to have wronged a tel, people would whisper, “The Nameless.”
Yes, came the unspoken answer, sending a nervous trill up my spine. He smiled again, breaking the tension. “Tell me, how do you think such a group would see its mission?”

My response was automatic. “Vengeance.”


Friday, July 15, 2011

Space Bubbles and Ancient Hotties

My monthly blog post is up over at Abandoned Towers Magazine on how to take every day news items and turn them in to cool scifi-fantasy stories. Check it out here.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

There I am!

I did a blog interview like a year ago and it kind of went poof! Disappeared, never saw it go live. Or maybe I just missed it. I didn't really know. Until today, when I got a google alert that led me here. And low and behold, there's my interview. Thank you Google Alert! And thank you Ambrose, for the interview. :)

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy July 4th, with a new Episode!

Episode 33 of The Dark InSpectre is now online, in which our hero goes on a perfectly normal double date. Or so he thinks!

Here's an excerpt:
That’s when he grabbed my full attention. One second he was the same normal guy I’d just met. Then he lowered his shields a fraction. Enough for me to see beneath the practiced facade to the dangerous, coiled potential that lay watching, honed to a razor sharp edge. There was no imminent threat there, but whoever “Phil” really was, he could be deadly in a heartbeat.