Monday, April 7, 2014

Audio Versions Available

I've just made some audio versions of my short stories available along with the opening chapters from several novels.

Selections currently include: Dust in the Whirlwind, The Last Holdout (from Horizons), Snowbound (from Horizons), A Moveable Peace (from Corridors), In Remembrance of Simplicity (from Corridors), the opening chapter from Theft at the Speed of Light, and the opening chapter from An Echo Through the Trees. The opening chapter of Ionotatron is also available, along with the first chapter from the non-fiction work, Gathering the Wind.

Check out the new audio page here. As time goes on, I'll add more content.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

I'd Rather Be Writing About Storms

I'm at a peculiar point in the writing of the last book of the Chronopticus Chonicles trilogy. I'm nearly finished with the outline of the book and will likely start in on the rough draft this week. The book has a lot of interesting elements and storylines to it...many of which were set up in the two previous books, Fractal Standard Time and Ionotatron. There are also a lot of clock references involved. The plot moves along at a steady, escalating pace, new details are revealed about characters in the first two books, and many of these characters learn to work together to take on a menacing threat to their existence.

So why I would I rather be writing something else?

First, it's been a long, long, winter in the part of the country. Like, twenty-degrees-below-normal-for-most-of-the-winter long. So when the snow melts it's not exactly a conducive evironment for writing.

Second, storm season is just around the corner. I wrote a quick storm-related short story, Dust in the Whirlwind, which will be arriving on the iTunes and Barnes & Noble shortly. Although this story will later become part of a bigger short story collection, The Tesseract Rose, it is also a lead-in to the stormchasing novel I have on the drawing board...Race the Sky. And, to be blunt, I'd rather be working on that at this moment due to the change in weather.

It doesn't help that I've always wanted to write Race the Sky during the spring (or at least the final version of it, since I've already written two versions of it but will not be publishing those). Although I don't have an outline written for it yet, I know the general story and have the characters pretty much figured out. It's possible that after I finish the rough draft of this current project, I'll switch over and write the outline of Race the Sky. Time will tell, I guess.

In other news, I do plan on posting a bunch of audio versions of my short stories and opening chapters of some of my other novels over on my main website. More on that shortly...

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

It's Complicated

Here is a tentative cover for the third installment in the Chronopticus Chronicles series (click on the image for a larger view). If you have been following the previous two installments, you can now see where the artwork was going. I don't know if I will stick with these covers long term because they are a bit abstract. Basically, it's an evolution of a Hilbert curve across the series.

The reason for the curve art is that the structure of the story complicates and escalates quickly across the series, and a fair amount of character history will be revealed in the final book. Unfortunately, those same histories will also be used against certain characters by the antagonist, Kalen Rusk.

I'm currently working through a final outline for Chronopticus Rising and I hope to begin on the actual rough draft before the end of the month. More updates on that soon.

In other news, my e-books should be arriving to the Kobo online store any day now. I will also be sending the paperbacks out to other outlets such as Barnes and Noble and Amazon shortly.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Book Release: Ionotatron

It's alive.

Here is the link to the Amazon e-book version of Book II of the Chronopticus Chronicles...Ionotatron.

And here is the paperback version if you're interested.

You can also sign up here to win a paperback copy of Fractal Standard Time AND Ionotatron while there is still time. The contest ends tomorrow.

On the horizon: Chronopticus Rising (Book III of the Chronopticus Chronicles), Race the Sky (a stormchasing novel), and a new science fiction short story collection that focuses on a single character.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Io Arriving

After a brief delay, Book II of the Chronopticus Chronicles (aka "Ionotatron") has been finished. The e-book version will be available on Amazon.com within a week or so and the paperback will follow after that.

I've already been working on the outline of Book III, Chronopticus Rising, where everything in the series finally comes together. More on that soon. And then, there's this stormchasing novel I've had lying around for some time...

With every book it seems, there is always something to learn and something unpredictable that happens. With this particular novel, I had to rewrite the opening chapter almost a dozen times before I was relatively happy with it. Initially, the rest of the book was fine, but in this instance the opening chapter was a mess of ideas. Eventually many of the ideas and lines from the opening chapter ended up elsewhere in the book...which is where they really belonged anyway.

Ionotatron is quick read and a short novel...which technically may make it a novella, depending on how you define your terms. Chronopticus Rising should be a longer book and I hope to have it done by the summer of this year.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Io Update

About for the lack of updates as of late...I've been typing in lots of edits to Ionotatron as well as preparing the groundwork for the third book in the series. I've moved the publication date of the second book back to the beginning of March, but I may move it back further if necessary. The Gravity of Dreams short story has also been delayed...for the same reason. This book is also turning out a little shorter than I hoped, so I don't know if I'll leave it alone or add another subplot. Whatever the case, I need to tell the story right in the second book in order for all three of the books to fit together.

Speaking of Mars...in Mars news, there are new pictures coming out that show a new impact crater on Mars. The crater is about 100 feet across and was made within the past three years. Some may argue this is all the more reason to put a colony underground, but I'm not as convinced. I think a lack of sunlight might create new problems underground unless some means of transporting sunlight below the surface can be created.