Sigma Draconis update:
Sigma Draconis threatens to end me, I swear it! I’m about 55K into the story and it wants, calls, to be split into a two parter! This was a project that originally started as a novella mind you so perhaps you can understand my trepidation and concern. Well…it’ll get done for no other reason than I’m super excited to begin my other projects. I really wish this is what I did full-time!
Novella update: I’m aiming for 30K with this one. A fast, fun, and exciting piece centered around one of the characters of my first book. It’s coming together. I hope to have this one done soon before Christmas and then Sigma early into the New Year. If I could devote the time I want, that it deserves, to this project I’d already be done! It is what it is…
Thanks to all those that have supported me by downloading my first novel. I hope to get more out to you soon!
Good morning Sci-Fi fans. I’m very happy to display here, for the first time, the new cover art for my first released book The Bellerophon: Ambush. The original art was done with the cover art maker software on Amazon.com and it worked for me. For a time at least. Then I started to see others with nearly the same cover…so it was obvious that I needed something different.
From time-to-time over the years I’ve chatted with the talented Portland area artist Kevin Reynolds, a friend, brother really, for nearly 30-years (I cried at his wedding which means nothing as I cry at all weddings). We’ve talked about graphic novel work because I love to write, he loves to draw, and we both love to create. So here is the cover he came up with. I think it very well evokes the minimalist environment that is the arena for much of this series: deep space. I immediately thought of one of the original covers of the Greg Bear book Eon and one of the original covers for Rendezvous with Rama, one of my favorite books by perhaps my favorite author, Arthur C. Clarke.
I look forward to again work with Kevin Reynolds in the near future on more creative projects. Hopefully he can find time to fit me into his busy schedule of being a husband, father, co-owner operator of the Via Chicago restaurant (ttp://www.viachicagopizza.com) on Alberta Street in Portland, OR, (stop by and have a slice!) oh and he’s a Senior Art Director for Leopold Ketel & Partners (http://www.leoketel.com) in…you guessed it, that same Rose City. I need a nap after writing all that. Again, he’s quite the busy guy!
And an update on how things are going on Amazon.com…
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,792 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
For an Indie-writer I’m as happy as a clam with these numbers. Never thought I’d write “happy as a clam.” Ever. Thanks to all you readers out there. Now to get some work done. Also, stay tuned for some movie reviews. I’ve watched some off-the-beaten path films lately that I thinks folks will enjoy.
Have a great weekend and as always…
Reviews are coming in and The Bellerophon: Ambush has thus far been enjoyed by many. On this rainy weekend pick up a copy from Amazon.com and enjoy a book that features fast-paced shipboard combat with power armor, plasma weapons, sarcastic characters, and a building mystery. This is the first of a series that will include multiple sequels, spin-offs (SEE: upcoming novel Sigma Draconis), and novellas featuring some of the most interesting characters on the privateer Bellerophon.
Pretty good rankings:
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,151 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
P.S. Stay tuned for an updated custom cover from artist Kevin Reynolds.
Thanks to all the people out there reading and hopefully enjoying The Bellerophon: Ambush (Book 1). The last 3-4 days have been tremendous. Downloads have been triple what they were before. Glad folks are spreading the word. Being in the Top 100 for the past week in three sub-categories has been…awesome!
Writing updates: Tinkering with an idea and Sigma Draconis.
I’m tinkering with the idea of actually writing a novella while working on my current novel length project Sigma Draconis. Why? Well, because I started Sigma with the intent of writing a short novella to get more entertainment out there quickly for all the folks that have been reading my first book. Then disaster (???) when Sigma took on a life of it’s own and now 40K words later I’m done with the first of what looks to be 3 acts. I’ve rightfully allowed Sigma to go where it needed to and thusly it looks to be a larger piece of work than The Bellerophone: Ambush which is kinda scary when I look at the editing and proofing that will then be involved. Yikes! So in the meantime I may find a moment or two here and there to write a short novella about some of the characters from my first book. Some quick action stuff that gives depth to some of the more interesting characters in the first book. Stay tuned fans!
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As I peck away at my next book I have come to the realization that colonizing a distant world will be a great challenge for humanity. And it won’t be because of the distance, hostile environment, or technology required. It will be because of the bureaucracy, permits, and paperwork. Building a realisitc story with realistic characters for Sigma Draconis has been fun yet daunting at the same time. Really looking forward to how the final story turns out. I’m excited to get reactions from readers.
Nearly done with Act 1 (of3) for my next work Sigma Draconis. Can’t wait to write the next two acts. Those are going to be hot!!! Some good old fashioned Sci-fi especially in Act 3. Mark my words!
Thanks for taking the time to look at my first book over the weekend. All the purchases and downloads are greatly appreciated.
Had a couple of things that got in the way of making the progress I wanted this week. Working 8+ hours a day and then dealing with the curves life likes to throw can do that I suppose. I’m at nearly 30K words since starting the second week of September so I guess that’s not too bad but a little behind what I was hoping for. Originally Sigma Draconis was going to be a novella to entertain folks quickly on the heels of my first release while I worked on the true sequel to The Bellerophon: Ambush but then the novella took on a life of its own…so now it’s looking more and more like a novel which is fine by me. Telling a more complete story may take longer but it’s still fun to write and even more fun to release.
Things to look for in Sigma Draconis: Ancient alien shipwreck. Biological artificial intelligence. Sneaky corporate dealings. Discovery. Duplicity. Settling of a colony on an alien world. Oh…and lots of fun!
Sigma is the type of book I want to read and of course I very much hope others do as well! I’m also working with a very talented artist to put together a cool cover. He will possibly also work with me on my future works (I have my next 4-5 pieces outlines and ready to write). The possibility of graphic novel work is also there and intrigues me greatly.
Again, thanks for all the support and downloads from all you science fiction fans out there. It’s keeping me writing and pursuing the dream.
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