Quick joke – today, #QuarentineLife is trending on Twitter. Not #Quarantinelife, #QuarentineLife. Let that sink in. I have good news, though. Through Saturday, I’m giving away free e-copies of ‘The Battle of Victoria Crater,’ a gritty scifi western about greedy landowners, desperate settlers and a lone gunman … on Mars.
Hope you enjoy it, if anything it will help you as you get through your #QuarentineLife, or your #QuarantineLife. Whatever floats your boat.
Here you go – living proof that I can write jokes really quick sometimes – wrote all these in about 15 minutes.
PS – you’ll see a lot of tweets from me today in support of #pitmad. Sorry if it looks like spam, I just want to give Mesh the best shot I can.
Happy to say that it’s nice to get back to work. Just sent off a new short story to Motherboard – ‘Paparazzi Therapist’ is a scary look at the future of being rich and famous. Hitting the big time is never the end of the story.
New Sci-Friday tomorrow!
Pleased to say that I’ve finished a draft of a new short about human explorers making contact with a primitive society, only to find more than they bargained for. Inspired by my undying love for old school scifi (Bradbury, the Twilight Zone, etc) I’ve been thinking for years about this premise. Finally, I had some idea about how to tell the story and got to work while waiting for feedback on Mesh. Ruined civilization, space men, and aliens … I think you’re going to like ‘The Conquered.’
Today in the ‘big happy news department,’ I’m excited to tell you that Mesh appears to be ready for launch/book agent queries! To help facilitate that process, I’ve created a new portal page for the book to tell newcomers what Mesh is about and help drive it forward to representation.
So if you’re interested in learning more about Mesh – the scifi novel I’ve been working on since 2016 – please visit the new portal page for information about the book, a quick synopsis, and how to get in touch with me. This is another step forward in the journey toward Author Success, and I hope it connects me with the tribe I am looking for.
Happy to say that I have completed a new piece of concept art for Mesh. Hope you enjoy this new scifi digital painting that I call ‘Chilling at the Station.’
While I’m waiting for feedback from other beta readers, I submitted Mesh for consideration in a Coverfly competition that offers feedback from other editors.
At best, Mesh gets discovered and this is the small step for an author, one giant leap for Mesh-kind. At worst, I’ll get some more feedback on how to take the story to the next level. Submitting Mesh to Coverfly forced me to write a better log-line for the book, too: Set in the near future, a group of supersmart kids come together to work on a secret project. The question is: are they saving the world or destroying it, and what will they do when they know the truth?
Imma keep working, but wanted you to know what the story about the story is, for now.
You’ll be happy to know that I’m now including The Rocket in my list of titles available for free over at Free Stuff. The Rocket, of course, is my Twilight Zone-esque tale of a man confronting his absent father, right before humanity’s extinction. Not a bad read, according to people other than myself. Here’s the description:
In the last few hours before life on earth ends, a young dad has a chance meeting with his estranged father. Will this be a moment of reconciliation, or recrimination? How can you communicate with someone who refuses to listen? Mike Crane takes one last shot to save his father’s life before he boards THE ROCKET.
Hard at work doing a few nerdy tech things for the website. Retooling the automation behind this blog post and I’ll post an updated how-to later on.
Additionally, updating the graphics around the site to reflect our scifi heritage. Hope you enjoy them.
Getting all this stuff done so I can go work on Mesh tomorrow. Nighty-night.
Pleased to say a new short story popped out of me. I submitted ‘They Did the Math’ to Terraform on Saturday, a short story about the discovery of time travel.
Although most people will think ‘Back to the Future,’ let me assure you that I went a different direction. Like the discovery of fire, or atomic weapons, a working time travel technology would have broad implications for humanity and I wanted to explore those ideas.
Now we wait to see if Terraform likes ‘They Did the Math’ enough to buy it. If they don’t, I’ll be submitting it elsewhere. I’ve got a good feeling about this one.