LANDING PAGE: LESSONS FROM THE EDGE

I’m always happy when a project comes together.

Especially when a tremendous amount of time and energy is put into it.

With Adrift, the first Sequence in the Colony Series soon to be available for purchase, I turned my attentions to Lessons From the Edge: An Author’s Guide to Metatron’s Army. To my surprise and satisfaction, the project finished far quicker than I anticipated.  As a result, I now have a landing page for readers and visitors to view.

There is still quite a bit of production work to be done before the book will be available for purchase, but I anticipate its availability within the next 3 to 6 weeks.

Stay tuned.

LESSONS FROM THE EDGE

As I head into the weekend I am happy to say Adrift, first Sequence in the Colony Series is on track to be available for purchase next week.

I’m also well on my way to having Lessons from the Edge: An Author’s Guide to Metatron’s Army available by or before mid-May.

Likely before.

I’m anxious to have this project finished so I can get back to novel writing.

This nonfiction project is unique in that it tells the story of how Metatron’s Army came to be but also draws from the stories themselves in providing useful life lessons.

From the Book

At its core, Metatron’s Army is about transformation.  Becoming.  In many respects my life mirrored that of the characters for the simple fact that I, too, was transformed by the journey.

The journey of writing and publishing this saga.

The stress inherent in traversing the twists and turns that challenge and change us can be offset by various forms of support.  My hope is that this book that details the journey will be a form of support to others on their own journeys of becoming.

To give readers a taste, here is an excerpt from the book

Excerpt 

From the Edge: 

I was hoping my research trip would help get my mind off what -.”  She swallowed.  “Off things.”  She looked at him quickly.  “But I did need the information and honestly believe this is the only place I could get it.”

“I understand.”

“Seeing Shane – it brought home just how far from normal my life has skewed.  In a way, it was like looking in a mirror and not recognizing myself.”

“That I don’t understand.”

“We come to know ourselves, in part, by the way others view us.  Watching Shane’s eyes, seeing him search my face for signs that the Christine he once knew was still there – it was painful because on some level I was hoping she was, too.”

“Why is this important to you?”

Lesson:  

By this point Christine has not only accepted she is on a journey of transformation; she’s feeling the difference internally.

She’s starting to feel the responsibility, starting to make decisions and taking actions motivated by that sense of responsibility.

At the same time, she’s afraid of what it means about who she is becoming.

She’s afraid of that person, afraid she won’t like her or worse, recognize her, thus being unable to relate.  Talk about internal conflict!

It’s important to honor the process of transformation.  Part of doing so is to not let fear of the unknown keep us from making changes – internal and external – that will help us fulfill our potential.  It’s equally as important to protect those changes as and when they happen.  

Be wary of people who refuse to honor and respect who you are and who you are becoming.

I once worked with a woman who ran into former colleagues at a conference.  They hadn’t seen her in years and had known her in a different professional capacity.  She told me they were rude and condescending and refused to acknowledge that she was in a different role, one several levels higher than when they’d known her.

Refusal to acknowledge growth and change says more about the individual – that they are stuck in the past – than you. 

 Their disrespect should be ignored.

Protect your transformation.  Honor your achievements.

ADRIFT LANDING PAGE

Ah the joys of working from home when your neighbors are trying to find their way in the middle of a pandemic.

All that home renovation?  On the annoyance scale, the only sound more annoying than the sound of a compressor is that of a leaf blower.

It’s especially problematic when the one using the compressor doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing as evidenced by the fact it’s repeatedly cycling through like a portable generator on energy saver mode.  You know – because it’s not giving enough juice?!

My dad was a contractor.  I know my compressors.

Determined to get over the project hump I put headphones on, started up the Colony playlist, and went to work.  I’m proud to say the landing page for Adrift is ready for consumption!

Excerpt toward bottom of page.

I also finished the foundation for the Lessons from the Edge: An Author’s Guide to Metatron’s Army

Release Spring 2021.

As I write this, listening to Death on Two Legs  by Queen, Night at the Opera.

And contemplating next steps…

Stay tuned.

DEGAUSS WITH MUSIC

Listening to Charlotte Sometimes by the Cure and doing a reset (degauss anyone?) between projects.

I finished final edit for Adrift.

“Iron Maiden and human soup in one book.  How many authors can claim that?”**  

This was some of the feedback I got from the beta reader, who enjoyed Adrift.

There were other comments, comments that helped me know whether I’d achieved what I set out to, along with feedback where change might be needed.

**Though the implication may make it seem otherwise, Adrift is not horror sci-fi, nor is it gory.

It’s where sci-fi meets passion.

Though I’m tempted to jump into the next in the series I have a number of outstanding projects

It’s tempting to start on the next in the series since the plot and characters are so deep in my psyche but I’ve learned from experience that 

  • Stepping away allows me to look at a series storyline with fresh perspective
  • I can easily reconnect to characters that live in the ether

As does the psyche

I anticipate having a landing page for the first Sequence in the Colony series available by Friday.

The book will be available for purchase shortly thereafter.

Stay tuned

UPDATE AND EXCERPT

Enjoying the sun and working on Adrift, first in the Colony Series.

First draft completed, I went and finished the second draft of Lessons from the Edge: An Author’s Guide to Metatron’s Army.

Setting the first draft of any project aside for a period of days to weeks is amazingly helpful as it allows the mind to rest.

Once my mind is focused on something else I’m able to consider what I might have done differently.  I can then go back and edit those inspirations in.

The beauty of working on the two manuscripts in parallel is that focusing on one gives me rest  from the other.  Since the projects are never far from my thoughts I am able to spend the time writing down notes that I look at when I next pick up the manuscript in question.

I have three scenes for Adrift I will be adding in in the next day or two.

I’ve also come up with an additional Port Gallatan story though it will be a bit before I get to it.

I have the next one in that series ready to go when I have time in the schedule.

I have a number of other projects on the horizon and novels for a number of the series.

Stay tuned.

In the meantime, I am sharing the opening scene from Adrift.

Enjoy!

CHAPTER ONE

SEQUENCE 1:  KYLE

2240

Mars Trojan region

Command Lab, MNS Vernier

Kyle Steven Decker, Commander of the multinational research vessel Vernier and ruiner of lives stared unseeing at the screen, unseeing because though his eyes were trained on the document, his focus was elsewhere.  

If only.

If only he’d seen.  The signs had been there.  If only he’d listened.  To do that however, he’d have to tune out the voice he enjoyed listening to most, his own.  Which circled back to the truth staring him in the face, the only if only that mattered.  If only he hadn’t been so arrogant.  So goddamn arrogant.  

And damned he was and more than willing to accept his punishment but to have dragged innocent people into the nightmare of his making -.

A chime announced the arrival of one of the souls sharing his self-created hell.  Which of the two, he wondered, as they’d been in and out of his lab like a revolving door for the past seventy-two hours.  Ever since he saw the message that damned him.

COLONY UPDATE: ADRIFT

I’m happy to announce that Adrift, first Sequence in the Colony Series is in the hands of the beta reader.

Though there is plenty of work still to be done I anticipate a late March 2021 release.

I was pleasantly surprised but very happy with how this complex story launching the series came together. 

Though I had a general idea of where it was going, for the first several weeks I had only one plot line and three characters to work with.

The story unfolded itself to me as I went along.

As with all my work I focused on the characters that make up this story.

Though the setting is sci-fi the characters face many of the challenges faced by humans throughout history.

I enjoyed getting to know my characters as I wrote the story.

  • Who are they?
  • What motivated them to be part of a deep space terra forming effort?

What kind of person sets out on a trip that isn’t just one-way but may not even succeed?

In this series I work with characters who are one step beyond passionate.

What some might call obsessed.

  • How do they handle adversity?
  • What do they consider when doing a cost benefits analysis?
  • How do they live with the consequences of their actions?

I will be releasing additional information about the Colony Series in the near future.

I am on track to release Lessons From the Edge: An Author’s Guide to Metatron’s Army Spring 2021.

I am also working on new material for the Dragon Core Series.

I’ve missed working on this series but made good use of my time away from it as I solidified plot elements and dealt with changes in the character line up.

I anticipate the next Dragon Core story to be available Late Summer/Early Autumn 2021.

Stay Tuned.

UPDATE AND INTERVIEW

Taking a break from Adrift, first in the upcoming Colony series to provide an update.

Colony.  Adrift is well on its way to having a first draft completed within the coming weeks.  I’m hoping to release this Sequence mid to late spring 2021.

Metatron’s Army.  An interesting thing happened on my way to the next book in this seriesRefugee

Metatron’s Legacy, Karma, and Refugee all take place after the original series ends.

Over the holiday break I decided to set aside Lessons From the Edge: An Author’s Guide to Metatron’s Army. 

Though I kept a copy in case I wanted to revisit the idea later.

It’s Later.  I spent the rest of the break doing an immense amount of work on the back end of my career and while I was proud of what I accomplished, I was also exhausted.

I was beyond anxious to get back to the easy part – writing the stories.

I was subsequently contacted by Lamont Gates of Real Spiritual Talk Radio.  

He found me through an internet search on Metatron in association with a rather unique filter, Near Death Experience which led him to my site, metatronsarmy.com.

Intrigued by my story he asked if I would do an interview and talk about the NDE and how it led to the development of this sci-fi series.  As this aspect of the Metatron’s Army journey was described in detail in Lessons From the Edge, I considered the timing quite the coincidence.

As a synchronicity junkie, I don’t believe in coincidences.

They’re forks in the road.  More often than not they are points where we are being offered a choice.

In lieu of this, I’ve decided to finish Lessons From the Edge and release it.

It will provide insight into the story of Metatron’s Army and add depth to what is discussed in the interview.

I anticipate this book to be released shortly after Adrift.

Stay tuned.

The interview can be heard here.

This article will be cross posted on metatronsarmy.com.

A BREAK FOR A SMILE

There are times when the intensity of a scene – or a series of scenes – translates to tension in the body. At these times I look for a way to ease the tension.

  • Do Housework
  • Go for a walk
  • Go bug another hapless soul
  • Listen to some music

That doesn’t always help. Much of my favorite music has found its way into a novel playlist.

  • Watch a music video

It was this last that got me this evening. It’s a blast from the past but one that makes me smile so I thought I’d share it here.

Enjoy!

Now back to work…

COLONY: BUILDING THE BRIDGE

Pacing is oh such fun.

Not.

I’m not talking about pacing a story – I’m talking about pacing my mind which at the moment is like a runaway train going through the mountain that is Adrift, the first Sequence in the Colony Series under construction.

I can count on one hand the number of times this has happened but it’s painful when it does.

It takes restless mind to a whole new level.

Under the Covers.  The issue has its roots in excitement. 

Specifically, of what’s to come.

The Idea.  A story has a beginning, an idea that may start as a small vibration of energy at the edge of consciousness, which grows if it is deemed by the deeper layers of consciousness that perceive the vibration to be more than a ripple in the creative field.

If I’m lucky I’ll get a glimpse of characters as this allows me to get a visual which provides details I hadn’t consciously thought of yet, details that can be used for backstory or various plot elements.  

Mental Movie.  Colony is a little different in that I spent a lot of energy mentally incubating it rather than starting a draft and allowing it to surface through the creative energy that uses my fingers on the keyboard to get through.

In this regard it’s similar to how Metatron’s Army came to be though I did write a draft of that one right off so this truly is different.

Construction.  Deciding I was ready to start I went through the routine steps of setting up the various documents, organizing them, setting up a backup routine, creating the artwork to go with it, etc.

Lots of work happens before Chapter One is ever laid out.

Floodgate.  Once I started typing, it was as if a floodgate was open.  

And therein lay the problem.

All these ideas came tumbling forward and while I appreciate that I have them they are somewhat disruptive to the writing effort.

Okay, they are very disruptive.

Mental Movie Take 2:  I thought if I gave time and energy to the scenes vying for my attention it might bring a bit of calm to a mind filled with excitement over the possible ways I could develop various plot lines. 

It didn’t.

Like a bratty kid who now has a way to get an adult’s attention, the creative energy behind this particular storyline is being relentless in introducing new possibilities.

And to think about a month ago I worried my creative source was drying up, no doubt the result of mental fatigue.

Adapt and Go.  I’m hoping I get to a point where the excitement of future scenes settles, perhaps due to an inner confidence that it will all come together.  

I’m confident it will all come together. Someone needs to tell the creative source!

Calming the mind to focus on the actual writing will be awfully difficult otherwise.

In the meantime?  I’m splitting my time between mental movies and putting fingers to the keyboard.

And Adrift is taking shape.

NEW SERIES UPDATE

It’s been a busy few days here as I’ve mapped out a release schedule for upcoming projects.

Hint:  There are multiple in the works.

In addition to Refugee, a Metatron’s Army novel, I have been hard at work on Colony, a brand new series debuting this year.  

I’m pleased to report that I have a landing page up as well as an introductory paragraph on the home page.

Check it out!

I’ll continue to post updates on various projects and their release dates in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned.