51K And Counting

Happy to say that Redemption, a Dragon Coreshorter” story is at 53K plus and counting.  And counting.  And…

So much for shorter.  This book is writing itself.

I am always amazed by the fact no matter how many stories I write there’s always a new way, a new angle. 

Something new to learn.

Redemption started as a maybe, turned into a this would work, and evolved into a runaway horse.  Fortunately, I managed to lasso the beast and get things under control.  

I think.

Maybe.  Months back and in response to the global chaos I decided to do shorter stories that were filed under the various sci-fi series I have going.  I quickly kicked out three “shorter” Bite Size Pieces that fit within two of the three series.  

All that was left was to do something for the Dragon Core series.

I was surprised by how difficult it was to come up with a story I was happy with for this series which is itself evolving into more than I imagined when I initially conceived it.

I think it’s because for the depth of passion I include I felt doing something short would “short change” author and reader both.

This Would Work.  As I worked on BeaconRainmakerKarma, and Mirror, I mentally chewed on an idea for the Dragon Core series.  

But it felt lukewarm.

Runaway Horse.  Determined I put fingers to keyboard and forged ahead figuring after I got past the initial “oh my god this is going to take forever” I always feel when starting a new novel, it would smooth out.

Little did I know.

This smoothing out process took far longer than I’m used to.

More than once I worried I was forcing it – never good.

I continued to push through.

What choice did I have?  Quit?  After talking about the story for weeks if not months?  Um – no.

suddenly, like the sun bursting through the clouds, the thing took off.  

Twenty thousand words turned into thirty turned into …

Lasso to the Rescue!  Worried I’d lost the thread of intention if not the story, I took time to go back and read what I had from the beginning.

I’d started the book with a significant event in mind but wasn’t sure where in the story the event would take place.  I worried I’d backed myself into a corner and would have to rip out sections to fix it.

To my relief I ‘d written the book in such a way I could decide later on.

I’d written everything so it could go in either direction.

Rather than just moving on ahead, however, I took time to do research.

  • Podcast of Templar Battle Tactics**
  • Article on sleeping habits of horses

Redemption continues to evolve, dragging me along for the ride.

But I’m holding on.

This Dragon Core story which is a full-length novel that will – as promised – be put under the Bite Size Pieces umbrella will be available for purchase Autumn 2020.

I will work on a landing page in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned!

**To listen to the podcast by JStephen Roberts click here.

Beacon (deja vu) Landing Page

I am happy to report that the landing page for Beacon (formerly known as Deja Vu) is now available.

In addition to the title, I changed the last name of one of the characters

I anticipate this story, first in the Ghost Games series, will be available for download by the end of the week.

I’ve started work on Rainmaker, 2nd “case file” in the series.

I have no release date yet.

I have full-length novels for the Dragon Core and Ghost Games series at various stages of completion.

I also have at least one additional full-length novel tied to the Metatron’s Army series.

Stay tuned!

Deja Vu update and name change

So, happy to announce that Deja Vu, a short story that will introduce readers to the Ghost Games series is in post-production.

I hope to have the landing page up by the end of day Monday.

I was chillin’ last night and came to realize that a plot device I’d intended to use never made it into the story. Here’s the thing. The plot device drove the name of the book!

Oops! I guess that’s why they call it a “working title” until it’s released.

So, Deja Vu will be released by next weekend but it will have a new name.

I’ve enjoyed working on this story, the way it challenged me as a writer.

I had to come up with a story that would do justice to the overall series plot and yet be able to stand on its own.

I had a lot of information to cover in a short amount of time – I mean pages – and while I wanted readers to love the characters and the setting, the nature of the series makes it so they play a unique role in that they are front and center in their own story and yet bit players in the bigger picture.

The stories in this series are “case files” and while readers may see some characters in more than one story or even throughout the series, the files are about specific events/incidents/etc.

Ghost Games is a contemporary technology driven science fiction series.

Although some “case files”, including the upcoming Rainmaker, will have a looser tie to the technology-centric theme.

Everything is on schedule. In the meantime, I wish readers a Happy AND HEALTHY Easter.

Stay tuned.

deja vu with rain on the way

So, just got back from my somewhat daily walk.  

I don’t get out every day.

It was wonderful to be out in the sun.

Even if it was cool enough to justify wearing my Red Wings jersey.

It’s a Fedorov (91).

For most of the walk I mentally wrote the ending to Déjà Vu, the upcoming story. As I neared the end of the walk I decided on my next project.  Titled Rainmaker, it will be another short story tied to the Ghost Games series.

And yep, I’ll do the same as I did with Karma in terms of pricing.

I wasn’t passionate about the next project and in fact, doing another short story solves a problem.  A few actually.

  • I’m able to creatively channel excess energy created by the chaos
  • I didn’t think I had enough to make Rainmaker a full-length novel but loved the plot
  • I needed a break from series fiction.  Even standalone books in a series are intense

I’ve had fun working on Deja Vu though it was challenging, too.

It’s really different than anything I’ve worked on and short stories have always been a challenge for me.

Deja Vu solved a unique challenge I was having with the Ghost Games series.  Namely, What was going to be the inaugural story?

I had three very cool book ideas but couldn’t decide which one I wanted to release as the first in the series.  By releasing a short story, I was able to introduce readers to the style of the series without the pressure of having to choose.

I was also able to double back.  

When first considering the plot for the initial short story, I had two ideas.  I liked both but ended up choosing one for Déjà Vu.  I figured I’d eventually use the other one somewhere along the series way.  By doing it as another short story I tie all that creative chaos into a neat bow.

I’m guessing I’ll have Déjà Vu available for download within 10 – 14 days. 

Stay tuned. 

Here is an excerpt from Déjà Vu:

River’s stomach twisted at the look on his face.  She’d obviously ruined the moment.  “Sorry.”

Dodi put a hand beneath River’s chin, tilted her face so she’d look at him.  “Do you see, River?  The world is experienced not in fleeting moments but what we capture within through what we see, smell -.”  He handed her a glass of cool water, waited while she sipped before setting it down and continuing.  “Taste.”  He put a finger to her cheek.  “Touch.  Love is everywhere but to connect with it you need to be aware on a level that you have not yet mastered.  How could you?” he asked, “when your experience with the world has been so limited.  If you want to know love – to truly know love – you have to embrace the world and all that is within it.  Only once you let it inside through those senses will you be able to know what it is when you finally find it.”

Karma available for download!

I am pleased to announce that Karma, first of the Metatron’s Army Chronicles stories is available for download.

As I have written, there is a free download available. However, the kindle edition will be 99 cents.

I hope you enjoy Karma, a story that ties into the Metatron’s Army Universe.

I am working on Deja Vu, another short story that will be tied to the Ghost Games Series.

I will be releasing Shadow of the Gods in the coming months.

Stay tuned!

No-Cost Download coming soon

I just finished the final edit for Karma, the inaugural installment in Metatron’s Army: Chronicles.

There’s still work to do but I’m hoping to have the story available for download by the end of the weekend. I should have a landing page up within the next day or so. The cover is finished but I’m still working on the “What’s it all about” task.

Summarizing 50,000 plus words in a few paragraphs is one of the more challenging aspects of postproduction.

I also have about /13 of Deja Vu’s first draft written though I have no estimated time of release.

Lots of other projects are in the works. I will update readers as appropriate. In the meantime, both Karma and Deja Vu, which is an introduction to the Ghost Games series, will be available at no cost.

Stay Tuned.

writing ahead

I’m happy to say that Karma, a short story related to the Metatron’s Army series is in post production.

Those who have not read MA or Metatron’s Legacy will still be able to follow.

This book will be released at no cost as a way to introduce readers to my work.

And help the thousands of people who are now at home find a way to take their minds off the chaos.

I am now working on Déjà Vu which is also a short story that will be released at no cost.  This one is tied to the Ghost Games series.

I have several projects in the queue including Shadow of the Gods and an app I’ve been working on for several years.

I delayed the public release until I’d worked a few things out.  The process behind it was in the works for years.  It’s just automated now.

The order of release of these projects is fluid and will likely remain so though I’ll provide updates as I have them.

A SHORT STORY: My definition of a short story is 40,000 words or less whereas I consider a full-length novel 60,000 or more.

Karma is currently at 50,600.  Not sure what final release will be.

I have to admit, my arms and fingers are a bit tired.  In addition to getting this draft finished in a little over a week I wrote blogs and texts and emails.  I’m ready for a break.  

But my mind isn’t.

I have Déjà Vu going and though I’m anxious to get that one finished I hope I don’t push myself the way I did with Karma.

Part of that was letting off creative steam as an answer to the chaos.  I also cleaned and caught up on all the laundry.  YUCK!  

I’ll post updates as appropriate.  In the meantime, I’m hoping to have Karma available for download within 1 to 2 weeks.

Stay tuned!

Write, drink, and be merry

So, sitting here in the sunny quiet – in my pajamas – sipping a pinot grigio and finishing the first draft of the short story Karma.

I hope to turn it over to the beta reader tomorrow.  If all goes well I’ll beat my self-imposed deadline for release of this no-cost story that is connected to the Metatron’s Army series.

Though I’ve worked from home for 26 years I too have been impacted by this chaos.

I’m usually out of my pajamas by now. In my defense – there are more people hitting the hot water tank these days.

I am used to working from home though.

I worked for DEC in Santa Clara when they became the first corporation to send workers home; the TC’s at least.

 I learned why I never heard my neighbors in the evening.  They worked hours that translated to incredible noise during the day.  

To deal with this I would drive up into the Santa Cruz mountains to do my work. With no cell coverage it was the ultimate place to work uninterrupted by stupid and useless emails.

I was later on an advisory committee at Hewlett-Packard when they decided to take the plunge.

Flushing toilets heard over concalls was the biggest complaint I explained.

Not even switching to a career that all but screams work at home has allowed me to escape the weirdness of the hour.

But it has spurred an uptick in creativity as I seek an outlet for focusing on something other than the chaos.

I had such good luck getting Karma ready I’ve decided to do another no-cost short story.  As yet untitled, this next work will be connected to the Ghost Games series.

On a lighter note:  I read that California is allowing the delivery of spirits and cocktails.  I figure this will keep crime down and sanity up as people learn who their spouses are and remember they had kids somewhere along the way.

It reminds me of what happens when a spouse retires and decides they need something to do, forgetting that someone else has been managing things – for years if not decades – just fine.

I’ll update readers as things progress.  

Stay tuned.

Here Comes the Sun and more

Working on Karma and enjoying the additional evening sunlight thanks to the switch back to Daylight Savings Time.

And waiting for Congress to give us the waiver so we don’t have to go through the outdated and unnecessary bi-annual process.  We voted to do away with it after all and having lived in Arizona I know how sweet life is when you don’t.

I just finished writing a very challenging scene, challenging because though a vivid moving image in my mind, it is difficult to describe.

My entire body tenses up as I seek to recreate what I see in my mind’s eye on “paper.”

I started my writing career on paper so even though that paper is now virtual, to me it’s still paper.

I’m anxious to finish this shorter story that is part of the Metatron’s Army family.  I’ve really enjoyed working on it and though I went back and reread Adjudication and sections of other MA novels, this story is pretty independent.

The Twelve Star Systems are vast with numerous species living on a number of planets.  Lots of room for stories of those not directly involved with the saga though I do include familiar characters and provide backstory so anyone who hadn’t read MA or Metatron’s Legacy could follow.

I’ve started working with my art team on a cover design though it’s in early stages.  I’m hoping to have a landing page up within a week to give readers an idea of what’s coming.

I’m hoping the book will be ready for download within the next two weeks.

I have a number of projects I’ll be talking about soon, including a new app I developed.

This one was fun.

Stay tuned.