22 Mar 2014

Cleaning up the house

Whilst waiting to hear about Dispatched, and saying @#^! it to the idea of trying to write in a completely new universe (I have decided that I would like to work on a new Carl Nicole thriller), I have decided to clean up the house. Well, the files on my computer that contain story ideas. Some, like Thirteenth's Luck
will reappear on either Amazon or Smashwords, or both. Others, like the one in the hands of the lovely Jax, will be edited to shreds and rebuilt to either be something new or become part of the Carl Nicole story arc. Those stories unlucky to be deemed as hazardous to your imaginations will be shredded, stomped on and deleted.

Personally I'm excited with this renewed enthusiasm to revisit what I had written in the past, mostly because it would be fun seeing what I came up with back then.

Currently I plan to alternate between working on the next Carl Nicole story and editing/reworking a story currently titled Avalon. They are two completely different ideas; whereas Nicole's timeframe is roughly a couple years from now, Avalon is set on a made up world in the Epsilon Eridani star system and am hoping to be a bit of noir and science fiction rolled into one.

Exit Strategy

I was going over my files this morning, as one wont to do on a fine Saturday morning here. I have come Smashwords back in 2012. The story is the spiritual precursor to Compromised, as it features the original version of a character I once role-played on a play-by-email Star

across my first story that I published via

Trek game.

So what is this story about, you ask?--Here's the promo for it:

In fact you'll find Emilio Heerdan in another story, but different.

You can buy it, by clicking on the lower right corner of the blog or here.

I'm sure you're wondering why I didn't just delete the story and be done with it, considering that both characters make an appearance elsewhere. The short answer, why not?--It's a reminder of where I was back in 2012 and to a certain respect I'm still proud of what I have written.

Things we find online


Sure, why not. Just find out a wheelchair friendly slide and off we go.

17 Mar 2014

A whole new universe

That is what one of my favourite authors said.

Once you have finished a story and fired it off for submission, start another story. The trick of course was to write something not related to the last story, which is harder then I thought.

You see, I like writing a certain style of genre. You can find examples of Compromised and Across the Board on Amazon, two of my recent stuff that I put up for reasons that I still haven't come to grips with... of course some of my mates would state that I just jumped onto the whole independent publishing scene and hope for the best. But I digress.

As I was saying, I like writing in a specific genre because it's fun for me, and am getting better at it. Well, I like to think so. But my last few attempts at writing had proven to be a variation or replica of the current story that is in its second stage of submission to a small electronic press in the States. Whilst that isn't exactly a bad thing, but when you stick to a specific formula then things tend to get repeative (I have seen a few books that seem to follow a formula; some readers have no qualms with it, while others do).

However, writing in a whole new universe and even genre (I decided to return to my first true love, science fiction) certainly has its advantages. For one, you get to get passionate about your new masterpiece, befriend new characters and have the side effect of improving your writing. It also lets you forget about your last piece, which you could return to with a clean slate if the opportunity presented itself.

Right, off to write I go. Toodles!

Dragoon Liberator and other projects in development stages

As I started out on my writing journey, many, many eons ago, I focused on shorter works. Gradually, I moved to longer pieces and had come ...