Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Random Space Bits

Just a few updates today...mostly in the form of space news.

The Mars Curiosity rover appears to have discovered some methane on Mars. Although scientists are unsure what the data means for the long term, it will be something to watch since the source of the methane is unknown.

Out near Saturn, rogue winds are shaping dunes on Titan. Even further out in the solar system, a bit of great news: the New Horizons spacecraft woke up from its slumber. Hopefully in the coming months we'll see some amazing photos from Pluto and its collection of moons.

Back on Earth, here is a trailer for a new arcade game: Star Wars Battle Pod. I wonder if it incorporates any imagery/scenes from the upcoming movie (due in December of 2015)?

Lastly, here is a book that recently came out that is full of steampunk Lego projects and illustrations.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Book Release: Chronopticus Rising

Book III of the Chronopticus Chronicles, Chronopticus Rising, is now available in paperback, on Amazon, and as an e-book over at Lulu.com. It will also be available shortly on the iTunes, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo websites.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Chrono Update, Part II

This is one of those "in-between" type weeks where I am wrapping up publishing several formats of Chronopticus Rising and beginning to re-read through my outline and extensive plot notes for the next novel, Race the Sky. I'll start posting more again soon, but until then, here is a preview of the first eleven pages of Chronopticus Rising. Click on the small "preview" link just below the book's cover for more details. The novel will also be available shortly on Amazon, iTunes, and Barnes and Noble.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Opening Line

This thing still needs some work, but here is an opening line I'm working on for Chronopticus Rising:
"When Pierce Steadman awoke, he realized that not only was he no longer the mayor of Magnopolis, but that everything he worked for over the past few months was now in the hands of a madman."
More news coming shortly...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Chrono Update

Edits are going well on the third and final book of the Chronopticus trilogy, Chronopticus Rising. Things are still on track for a mid-December release, and this time it will be across multiple channels (Amazon, B&N, iTunes, and Lulu). If you haven't seen it already there is a giveaway in progress over on Goodreads, and I'll probably run an e-book giveaway over on LibraryThing soon, too.

This novel has been full of challenges and thematically the whole series is one of the most complicated things I've ever written. There are also a lot of storylines and questions that developed in the first two books that will only get answered in the third. Originally, I hoped to one day write a sequel to Theft at the Speed of Light...but oddly enough, many of the ideas I was going to use ended up in this series instead.

Next up: a short story called "Fermat's Last Theorem of Robotics", followed by the standalone stormchasing novel, Race the Sky.

Race the Sky has a long, interesting history as I originally wrote the first version back in 2001. Despite a great deal of editing, I was unhappy with the original result and rewrote the book from scratch a few years later and saved the best parts of the first version.

After even more editing, I still thought the book could offer more. So, over the past several years I went on some storm chases, watched tons of storm footage, read multiple books on the subject, and read several chaser journal entries. Yet something was still lacking.

So I decided to study what the Bible said about the weather. And even wrote an entire book on the subject. Then, some other unusual events occurred and suddenly a new take on the subject materialized. I suppose you could call it a supernatural version of Twister, but Race the Sky is not a book I could have written ten years ago.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Return of Spirograph

A few years ago, I wrote up a post about my surprise at what happened to the original Spirograph set. I couldn't seem to find anything that resembled what I played with as a kid and the current sets seemed to be quite different. Alas, the other day, I stumbled on this and this and this. Apparently, the "original" Spirograph is back, albeit with mixed reviews.

Some reviewers complained about the use of putty instead of pins like the original set, while others mentioned warped wheels. Maybe someone with a 3D printer should come up with some new wheels and or try out different shapes to see their effects on the designs. Either way, these sets look a lot like the original, sans pins. Add a piece of corrugated cardboard and things would be complete.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Trilogy Giveaway

For those who are interested, I'm running a giveaway over on Goodreads for all three books of the Chronopticus Trilogy (Fractal Standard Time, Ionotatron, Chronopticus Rising). The giveaway is for paperbacks and will run until mid-December.

Details here.