12 Jan 2018

Projects Update 4

So we are midway through a new month, with many of us either been back at work already or are just coming off from holiday. I on the other hand am waiting for my new job to start, but that won't be for another two to three weeks. In the interim however, I have taken the opportunity to write.

Consequently, my military science fiction story has been through the first phase and in the hands of a couple of betas. Hopefully all it'll need is a tweak here and there, and ta-daa!

Then there was the collaboration, which is still a work in progress.

My good friend Gene Bukowski (actually my very first ever character in a story) is still in a holding pattern, but recently found myself gravitating towards such television shows as Criminal Minds, Hyde & Seek and Blue Murder: Killer Cop. Those three shows, along with a few other examples, are what I enjoy about police dramas, most notably the intrigue, fast pacing and all around good story telling.

1 Jan 2018

Projects Update 3 and welcoming 2018

So it's just on ten past 11 o'clock in the morning, January 1 of 2018. Thinking back over the last twelve months, I have done a lot of growing as a person, professional and as a writer. The fact that my fiancee is home certainly helps and now we're both striving forward to get our pre-wedding things underway.

As of today, I have three projects that am working on.

The first, but not in any particular order, is Bukowski's first adventure. It is a completed draft at 95,000 words. All it needs is a rewriting, fixing and polishing before I hand it over to a couple of betas for a read.

The second is part of a military science fiction series that I've always wanted to write. One of my friends says it's a cross between James SA Corey's Expanse book series and something written by Tom Clancy, which is a nice thing to say if you don't mind me saying so. Personally, I got the idea after watching the cut scene movies for ...
and ...

While I like the concepts behind both franchises, I couldn't help but notice how cookie cutter and one dimensional the antagonists were. To be fair, I believe that Killzone did a pretty good job of creating the Helghan Empire's backstory as seen here. My only grumble is that they were a hybrid stereotype of Soviets and Nazis. Just as equally, the bad guys in the Call of Duty Infinite Warfare have a lot of potential but their backstory just fell flat in my eyes. So, inspired by both and a few others, I am now sitting on a semi complete draft of 50,000 words.

The third is another military science fiction, this one a novella of 20,000. It is a collaboration.

All going well, this year I won't have so many interruptions and false starts that I had in the previous two. 

Hope all is well with you all ...


18 Dec 2017

Projects Update 2

See what I did there with the title? If you've noticed that I've used the plural version of 'project'. That's right, I have more than two projects underway.

The first one you know about, and am happy to say that it's now 35,000 words. Set in the far future and situated in our very own backyard, in the form of the Solar System, it follows the adventure of the JSSAR vessel Opportune and her crew as they uncover something big.

The second is a collaboration with my friend Nigel Gillson and features a story on what happens when your allies aren't whom they seem to be. All going well, it'll be a series of novellas and so forth.

Third, we have Bukowski and friends, and for now I'll leave that there.

5 Dec 2017

Project Update 1

So a while back, like last year, I wrote this. It talked about the prospect of something other than a Gene Bukowski update and sometime later I announced that I have a new character, and then ... well, the sound of crickets really, as nothing eventuated. Then there was the failed venture in trying to write an original military science fiction story based on my fan fiction, which was rightfully ripped to shreds by several authors whose opinion I value. It forced me to go back to the drawing board, quite literally.

Hence this update, really. I have a new project that doesn't involve Gene Bukowski. So what can I tell you about this new project? Well, it's the result of going back to the drawing board and it does feature Abdul Jafari and the Joint Space Forces, and there is indeed a rough draft of under 20,000 words. That is all for now.

25 Nov 2017

Nearing the end

Who would have thought that this year would go so fast. It was only yesterday that it was January, wasn't it? A lot had transpired, such as my fiance moving in with me, job and life in general. I tried submitting stories a few times, but rejections were the outcome. That didn't mean that I was giving up in any way, shape or form. I like to write, and am thinking of starting the next year by going independent like my friend Erica Conroy and a few others that I follow.

Hope you are well though . . . 

20 Mar 2017

First story submission in 7 years away

So last week I have submitted a 11,000 worded novelette to Asimov's Science Fiction and Fact, a science fiction magazine (they have an electronic version too). Hopefully in four weeks I'll know.

Considering the false starts recently I think that trying to go indy with short works is not a good idea, as I do not have enough to show just yet.

9 Mar 2017

Down for the count . . .

So my first attempt in introducing a new story kind of backfired, the formatting was a bit of a hiccup and the initial feedback strongly recommended revisions. Consequently, the first of the Venture Forth Ganymede series has been taken off Amazon for the time being while I go fix what needs fixing. If you have purchased it already, let me know by email and I will reimburse you by offering the reworked first episode for free.


6 Mar 2017

Venture Forth Ganymede is live

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, may I please gain your attention to my Smashwords and Amazon pages. There you will see Itaque per Mortem, So what is it about, you ask? All going to plan, it's a start to a series or serialisation of short stories novelettes, novellas and (once I get the hanf of it) novels featuring the adventures of one Jack Crowley and his peers in the United States Fleet Forces and later the Joint Space Forces in the mid twenty-second century.

If you enjoyed the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, its spin-off Caprica and computer games like Starlancer, the Killzone franchise and the recent Infinite Warfare from Call of Duty . . . and like a quick read in one or two sittings, than this series is for you.

Please note that if you want to purchase the story from Smashwords, you'll need to sign in and create an account with them.

5 Mar 2017

Success, but without the death

So some good news, I have uploaded the first of the Venture Forth: Ganymede onto both Smashwords and Amazon. 

Personally, am rather excited and will keep you all informed as they go live. In the interim, please check out the link to the left (the one sporting the blue cover with red writing).

And below that you'll see With Prejudice.

26 Feb 2017

A different look and an update

February is a rather short month, and what better way to see the end of it than by fiddling with the layout of my blog, change its name and sign up to Upwork.com . . . and even spend sometime in the sun. 

So what did I do? Well, I linked my Amazon and Smashwords pages for easier access. Amazon has one non-fiction book and two fiction shorts and Smashwords is currently empty for now, but that too would change. 

Why do all those things? Why not, a change is as good as a holiday, right. 😈 Okay, to be fair, just wanted a change.

Not only that, I do have a bit of an announcement to make . . .


See the poster here . . .

So what is it, you ask? It is essentially something that I have eluded to back in a previous post. The story will be part of a series, whether it be just three books or more will be determined, and it's something that evolved out of my attempt in introducing Olympus Mons a few weeks back (I need to work on it a tad more). I do have more on the subject, but for another post.

Stay tuned . . .

14 Feb 2017

Is patience a virtue?

I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying “Patience is a virtue” somewhere along the way? According to the English Club, the quote means something along the lines of having the ability to wait for something without getting angry or upset is a valuable quality in a person. For me, it’s more a matter of strategy. Think about it. Things do not happen overnight or straight away, whether it be finishing school or finding the perfect path to your career, or get that manuscript done right. It takes time, and for those of us who are impatient hearing someone say that patience is a virtue . . .

Well, this is my reaction:

Let’s face it, we all live in a society of instant gratification. We just want things now, now, NOW!

Consequently, being patient is a strategic tactic that I use proactively in my daily life both professionally and personally. Along with each new step forward (and the occasional stumble), I am closer to my goals and my eyes are on that prize.

Projects Update 4

So we are midway through a new month, with many of us either been back at work already or are just coming off from holiday. I on the other h...