Monday, December 11, 2017

Cities of Mars is on sale: 99 cents

It's December, and Santa Tanyard comes down the digital chimney bearing gifts.  For the rest of 2017, you can get Cities of Mars for $0.99.  Ho, ho, ho!  :D

Thanks for reading, and thanks for supporting my work.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


I've finally got this battle scene at the bridge finished.  I've been wrestling with it for a few days, and it's been slow going.  I initially had Shariel using a Reliant rifle (with bayonet) in the fight, but I switched that out for her usual Felid sword and an Agrarian rifle.  I also ended up changing some tactics and movements.  I ended up adding a couple thousand words, I think.  Anyway, it's done, and there's now a nice heap of mutilated bodies at the bridge, so I can move on.

In other news, Alasdair Shaw has announced the theme for his next anthology.  It's "The Renegade."  I already have an idea.  Once I finish this second draft of Mind Games, I'll work on the first draft of the short story I plan to submit to his anthology.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Keanu is the real deal

I recently watched John Wick for the first time.  Yeah, I know... I'm late to the party.  But I've seen it now, and seeing John Wick 2 is definitely in my future.

It was interesting to learn that Keanu Reeves has done some 3-gun training for the movie.  For those who don't know what "3-gun" is, it's a variety of shooting sport that involves pistol, rifle, and shotgun shooting on a timed course.  I've never done it myself, but it seems to be one of the more popular shooting sports nowadays.

Here's Keanu training 3-gun style:

Nice shooting, Mr. Wick.  Looking forward to the sequel.  :D

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Progress report

I'm still working on the second draft of Mind Games, the second book of Wheel of Fire.  I'm on page 167 of a 208-page file.  (Those are OpenOffice pages, not book pages.  The finished product will have a much larger page count.)  I've run into a delay, though, because I've decided to re-write a portion of a battle scene.  I still hope to get this draft done within the next week.

After that, I'd really like to start on the first draft of the next book.  That would give me some time away from book 2--which is good for objectivity--and then I could return to it after the new year and make the final revisions and proofreading and whatnot.  I'd like to get Mind Games published before January is over with.

Of course, these plans are very optimistic, and life has a way of interfering.  So no promises.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Guardian is now live

My short story The Lattice is one of eleven stories featured in Alasdair Shaw's anthology The Guardian.

It's available at a number of retailers, and it's only 99 cents.

If you decide to give it a try, then I hope you enjoy it.  Thanks for supporting the work of independent authors.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Life imitates art

I've only just recently written and published The Lattice.  In the short story, the main character travels into space via a homemade spaceplane.  The craft was assembled by hand from parts made on 3D printers. 

Today, I happened to come across an article about a man doing something similar:

Hughes is a 61-year-old limo driver who’s spent the last few years building a steam-powered rocket out of salvage parts in his garage.

On the one hand, I think this is a terrible idea that is fraught with all sorts of danger, not to mention the various legal risks.  On the other hand, I'm a bit envious.  Good luck, Mr. Hughes.  :D