Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Catching up on the blog today. Since I last posted I have written four more stories. I'll post the covers below.

The Flying Machine Blues is my modern take on the Daedalus and Icarus myth. I am currently fascinated by that story and am thinking about other ways to update and modernize it.

Old God Relocation Service started as a bigger concept and I whittled it down to its current form. Part of the reason I'm focusing on short stories now is to get some of my many (too many?) ideas down in print so I can read through and look at them then let them sit in the corner for a while then read through them again. I've learned that this process helps me distill a story down to its core components. Some of the stories (see below) I will expand on and make into larger works.

Hold Still the Sky, Part I was initially inspired by an online story competition. The competition had a shorter word length requirement and no matter what I tried I couldn't tell Kara's story in fewer words. As I wrote the story more and more ideas for characters and events set in its world kept popping into my head. This led me to. . .

Hold Still the Sky, Part II is the second story in a series of stories with interconnected characters all taking place in a near future, post-apocalyptic world. My goal is to have each story stand on its own and also fit together as a mosaic to tell a larger narrative. I don't like most post-apocalyptic material out there now and so I have challenged myself to use that setting to create something different. A different outcome, a different tone, a different take on the genre. (sub-genre? trope? You know what I mean.)

I have finished the rough draft of Part III and have it out to betareaders now. It should be up in a couple of weeks.

Here are the covers for all the stories which are, as usual, available on Amazon (

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Ask David

Just submitted information for NOVA SOL to, a free book promotion site.

Check out the page, authors. It's a good deal. Free is free, after all.

Here's the link

Friday, October 19, 2012

New Short Story

My short story, "Origins," is now available on kindle. Here's the cover:

And the description:

A dark twist on the classic superhero tale.

How far would a superhuman go to protect the people and planet he has sworn to defend?

What can mere humans do living in a world dominated by heroes and villains?

What price does duty extract from an honest soldier?

***"Rated R" for the last ten or so pages.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Word Count

This being my first year fully dedicated to writing and self-publishing I, as you may imagine, have learned a few things. Truth is it would be hard not to learn more than a few things while taking on a new project/career/endeavor.

One of those things (besides how to locate the "reverse P thingy" in Mac Word - it took me hours to realize it was at the top of the screen, yes, hours), was how to measure a manuscript/book/written work. In digital publishing the font sizes and spacing are changeable on the ereaders so page length becomes a  useless metric. Word count, it seems, is the basic measurement of works now. Having learned this I went on a little search to see how my books compared to others. Each book in the BHOH trilogy is just shy of 200,000 words. Perhaps the most recent and most well-known book to come out in the past few years that has a similar length is the last book in the Harry Potter series. Yes, Deathly Hallows is roughly 200,000 words long.

So, a little under 600,000 over the course of fifteen months later I am not surprised that I have taken a liking to short stories.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Here's the screen shot for mt current amazon listing.

It's a good morning!

Woke up this morning to find out I had reached number #1 in the Kindle free, scifi, adventure category and #71 in the overall Kindle free category.

Thank you all who have downloaded Nova Sol.

I have decided to extend the free offer for the next two days. If you like what you've read so far tell  your friends so they can get the book free, too.

I feel a little like Ron Popeil right now. "But, wait, there's more!"

My short story, Origins, will be up in the next 10 - 14 days so keep your eye out for that.

That's all for now.