Month: September 2014
UPDATED CONTENT AT BOTTOM OF POST
As I was walking my wookie this morning (my dog Jack who we call “wookie”) I was thinking about the upcoming Episode VII of the Star Wars franchise. I think about Star Wars often. I even watched the best of the first 6 (I have to include the terrible terrible terrible prequels in the 6 I guess) as recently as last night; The Empire Strikes Back. Even the sometimes glaring silliness of that movie such as Fett and Slave I not being spotted in the rear view mirror by Han, who is an experienced smuggler who is always on the lookout for “the man,” as he jetted away from the dumped trash after the star destroyer departed. There are several others but that isn’t what this post is about.
And getting to it…
My first guessification (aka prediction) is that because the Star Wars movies always start with a starship shot, of the craft arriving somewhere – Abrams better not mess with this tradition!!! – the first thing we will all see in Episode VII is…the Millennium Falcon. I believe that seeing the Falcon, for the first time in more than 30-years!!!!, folks will stand and cheer (with me among them despite not being a “cheery” kinda guy). This will go a long way towards setting the tone for the new series. A tone that was last set by leaving the audience with mouths agape at the end of Episode I when folks were trying to come to terms with such a terrible terrible terrible opening for what would be one of the worst trilogies of all time.
Stay tuned for more guessifications as the inspiration strikes.
UPDATED: So I predicted (guessified) that Episode VII – The Force Awakens (kinda a silly name?? maybe??) will start with a ship traveling/arriving. Now, more specifically I would like to speculate just what that ship is. What was missing in the prequels? Well, an awful lot as we all know, but what I noticed as missing from the theaters was excitement and cheering. Of coruse there was cheering for those folks that bought tickets months in advance or stood in line all day to get to a midnight showing. That sort of excitement is expected for such a franchise and its loving followers. Some of those that saw the prequels the first day probably thought Jar-jar was “fun”…to avoid a tangent I’ll get to the point. Finally. That ship we’ll see zooming from an underneath shot will be…the Millennium Falcon of course! What better craft to bring everyone to their feet in excitement? There’s your update.
The Bellerophon: Ambush book 1 is still on sale! In the Top 100 in several sub categories.
In other news I have been talking with an incredibly talented artist regarding the cover art for my upcoming works. I’m hoping it all comes together and I look forward to the the possibility of maybe even going some graphic novels in the universes I explore. Very cool stuff!
Who would have thunk that that Mariners would matter on a Sunday deep enough in the NFL season that they would be the Seattle team to watch? And not just because the ‘Hawks are on a bye. Wow! They should have wrapped up a playoff spot a week ago but that collapse only to be followed by this 3-game rally! Wow!
I want to thank all of those our there that supported my first book over the past month. The numbers are in and with just this blog, my month-old Twitter account, and word-of-mouth The Bellerophon: Ambush has been ranked in several of the top-100 eBook sci-fi genres on Amazon.com. Being in the top 1% of all Amazon eBooks has been pretty awesome so again I want to thank everyone for the support.
Sigma Draconis news: I’m trying to put together another piece of work to release soon. I’m at approximately 20K words so far. Originally I’d planned to have it be a short novella so I could have a piece out quickly as a follow-up but then two things happened. First, I expanded the characters and scenes greatly from my original outline because the story deserved such. Second, it is just so dang fun to write that I let it grow into a larger story. In short, it looks like Sigma D. will be somewhere between a novella and a full novel. I can promise this…it’s already a much better story than the first book released in the Captive Galaxy.
If you haven’t downloaded a copy of The Bellerophon: Ambush yet please act fast! It is currently $0.99 on amazon.com. And please put up a quick review if you get a chance.
Thanks for the downloads Australia! Enjoy and tell your friends!
News regarding the novella/novel that is taking shape as Sigma Draconis: The Lost Colony.
I will pass the 10K word mark today for the story. I’m really excited about this project and I can promise that it is an even more entertaining read than the first book. I know that each book/novella I produce will be better than the previous. This has been an absolutely fantastic endevour thus far and I thank everyone for the support. Hope to have Sigma Draconis out in November sometime. Stay tuned.
My steeply discounted first book (and only book at this point of course!) continues to be popular within the genre. Check it out for $0.99 or free from KindleUnlimited if you haven’t already and send me notes about what you think via this blog or on my Amazon.com author page in the discussion section.
Wrote a prologue today that exhausted me. Lots of description without giving it away for free in the first 1K words of the story! Gotta pay for that cow! Surely no milk for free here! I do have a concern…that the novella may turn into an actual novel. Good news is that it would be a REALLY fun novel with a hero that few would expect. The bad news is that it would move the next piece to a delivery date of Christmas or so (“or so” meaning New Years). I would rather have mid-November or Thanksgiving for the release. We’ll see where it goes!
I fall asleep each night imaging what I could create if only I didn’t have to go and teach for 8-10 hours a day!
Great progress being made on a novella in the Captive Galaxy Universe. 3500+ words in two days! If I didn’t have to go to work…!!! Before book 2 is out learn the secrets of the lost colony of Sigma Draconis!
Welcome first blog viewer in Ireland! Enjoy my book(s) and know more are on the way! Enjoy this happy American football NFL Sunday! What a day!
Just posted on the Amazon.com book page: “Great book and destined to be an awesome series! I found the introduction fascinating and by the time I reached 40% completion of the book I couldn’t put it down. The scientific explanation of space travel/life in space was amazing. I greatly enjoyed the character development and all the action. I can’t wait for the next installment!!!”
I would like to thank my brothers and sisters across the pond for their support of my book this week. Fully a quarter of my book downloads were from the Isles. JW Kurtz sends his tremendous appreciation from the Colonies.
P.S. – Know that I am hard at work on a novella set in the Captured Galaxy Series. I want to put something out in the same universe as fast as possible as a way to show my appreciation to all those who have shown interest by downloading the first book. Hopefully this can be done in the next 6-8 weeks…but no promises! I have a day job that keeps me VERY busy!