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24 May 2015

-- New book out --

I am very happy to announce the release of my latest book.

"8 Billion" is an end-of-the-world tale describing the final week of the human race. It centres around one man as he tries to overcome his past failings and find the strength to protect his young daughter from the approaching apocalypse.

This is very different from the Alpha series. It is dark and gritty with no punches pulled. The language is "colourful" in places and the imagery can be graphic, so if you are offended by the odd swear word, please beware. This was not written with a Christian audience in mind.

"8 Billion" is available in e-book format from Lulu.com for 99c.

 

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20 May 2015

-- New book coming soon --

It has been a long time in the works but last week I set up a Lulu account and registered my next novel with them.

Which means "8 Billion" now has an ISBN number. The front and back covers are done, so all I have to do is upload everything and set a price.

This week I want to do a final edit. Then I'll prepare it for print and do one last check. Hopefully, it will be available early next week.  

This is my first attempt at self-publication so I'm a tiny bit nervous. Can't wait to see it on the shelves though.

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10 April 2015

-- New Year goals quarterly check --

- Finish writing Alpha Retribution (Alpha 3)
I've just passed the 10,000 word mark. Ths puts me behind schedule but, considering I've only spent about 5 days on this so far and that I'm writing another novel on the side, I think I can catch up if I commit more hours.

- Self/Publish "8 Billion", "Odd Jobs", and "Captain Consonant"
I'm still waiting for word on these from my publishers.

- Read 25 books, of which at least 5 should be speculative
So far this year, I've read:
- Revival by Stephen King
- Augustus by John Williams
- The Martian by Andy Weir
- Cape Fear by John D.MacDonald
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
That's 7/25 total and 2/5 speculative. So well on target.

- Learn how to self-publish on Kindle
About half way.

- Post a blog at least once a week.
Done.

 

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27 February 2015

I am pleased to report that Alpha 3 is coming along nicely. Not quickly, I should point out, but nicely.

The story isn't quite complete in my head, but it's getting there. In the meantime, I am risking a potential complete rewrite by throwing down the first few chapters.

Happily, I'm getting that old excited feeling which is...well, exciting. Brett feels like an old chum and his world is so real I can almost touch it.

As with Revelation I am trying a different structure and mixing it up a little this time. The story starts with some of the intimacy of Redemption, before moving into what I hope will be a psychological thriller set on Alpha Centauri. We'll see when we get there.

In the meantime, everything else is up in the air. Hanzet should be out this Spring (I hope), and I have two more projects being interrogated as we speak (I hope). Either way, I'm determined to have a whole bunch more reading material available for you guys in 2015 so don't go anywhere. 

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12 February 2015

-- Video interview with Adam Collings --

Fellow speculative fiction writer Adam Collings did a video interview with me late tast year.

It was surprisingly fun to do although I still haven't worked up the courage to watch the final version on the Collings Zone here. I guess that confirms my resolve never to pursue a career in television.

If you get a chance (or are really really bored) please stop by and say hello. Adam worked hard to put this together. My contribution involved mumbling into a webcam for half an hour. Adam put it all together and got it ready for broadcast. This, I know, takes a lot of effort.

Thanks Adam.

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27 January 2015

-- Hanzet on the horizon --

After a lengthy delay due to a series of unforseen circumstances, Hanzet has made an appearance on the horizon.

I have spoken with my publisher and he said that they plan to publish in the spring.

I started writing Hanzet way back in 2005 so I'm excited to see it so close to print. It is one of my personal favourites and I hope you'll have as much fun reading it as I did getting it written.

I'll announce the publication date when I know it. Until then, watch this space....

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19 January 2015

-- New Year. New goals --

Now that I've ascertained once and for all that I'm a writer and there's nothing I can do about it, it's time to set some new goals for the new year.

To that end, here are the things I hope to achieve this year:

- Finish writing Alpha Retribution (Alpha 3)

- Self/Publish "8 Billion", "Odd Jobs", and "Captain Consonant"

- Read 25 books, of which at least 5 should be speculative

- Learn how to self-publish on Kindle

- Post a blog at least once a week.

I think that should all be achievable this year. I'll re-evaluate every quarter and adjust as necessary.

Happy writing for 2015!

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5 November 2014

-- You know you're a writer when... --

So, last week I decided to call it quits. I've done this a number of times over the years but this time I really meant it. Really. I closed my WIP and folded my arms and glared at the screen. "No more," I said. "This writing lark is going nowhere."

Of course, sleep deprivation will do that to you. And stress. Combine them and you can't think like a normal person. It's like shopping when you're on a diet. A casual stroll past the bakery aisle reduces you to a zombie with no brains and zero capaciity for rational thought.

I spent the rest of the week determined that writing was no longer something I did. As per usual, I listened to my latest purchase from Audible, happy to be a reader and no longer a cog of the production process. At some point, however, the writer part of me took over. Yesterday morning, by the time I got to work, I had mentally written the entire first chapter of Alpha 3.

I would love to quit writing but I can't. I guess that makes me a writer.

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