First Book Signing

from amazon
from amazon
I will keep this short, but I had to share a couple of pictures of my first book signing. Yes, it is in my kitchen, and yes, it was the books that my mother bought to give as Christmas presents, but it felt pretty cool to sit and sign them all. There were enough of them to make it feel real, but not enough to give me writers cramp. Thanks.

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Surprise! The Madness is Loose

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Print Version
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Ebook Version

Conquest is easy. Control is not.

— James T. Kirk ‘Mirror, Mirror’
One of the greatest evil minds of any time

With those words we being our journey. The original plan had been to have the print and e-book versions of the book available on June 1st 2013. However, things don’t always go as planned. On April 17th, (a whole month and half early) I received word from a very good friend that they had gotten shipping notices on books they’d ordered. To my surprise, it was true. A day later they had a copy of the in their hands.

Madness in the Wild
Madness in the Wild

So what is an evil super villain to do? Well we do what we always do. Reset the death traps, take a step back, and fire the super, spaced based laser until you’ve drain the power supply. Oh wait that is what you do when you are getting over run by heroes.

We are going full force as if it were June 1. Believe me we already looking into adjusting the calendar, but Superman was not available to do the spiny Earth trick and said something about it being against his code, the Enterprise was busy correcting it’s own time line mistakes, and Dr Who was well, he was last sighted going to a police box, presumably to call the cops on us. So those options are out. Instead we are just going to run with it. That is what we do best.

To that end, Michell Plested and I are working hard to put together a press kit, we are working out a schedule for up coming conventions, and we are trying to get the word out to every one that we can that the book is now available. I hope you will consider checking it out.

A Method To the Madness A Guide To the Super Evil
The quintessential guide for aspiring ne’er-do-wells everywhere. A collection of 24 papers presented by evil luminaries, destined to become a legendary yet practical handbook to the pressing subjects of:

– Cognitive Perspective in the Pursuit of Evil;
– Principles of Biology and Genetics for Minion Breeding Programs; and,
– The Importance of Date Night to the Married Super Villain.

… to name but a few subjects.

The book is kid and teen friendly, and should be great entertainment for both kids and adults. It has “papers” from some incredibly talented evil… I mean people.

Imagination Space

Picture 35I know there a lot of people out there who really hate doing research. I am not one of those people. The research part of writing is one of my favorite parts.

Unfortunately it is also a double edged sword. Some times you go into a research project with a particular story in mind, and while you are researching that project you come across something else that is really exciting and you get an idea for a brand new project instead.

Rocks and Stones.egg_f7487This has happened to me, more than once. It happens a lot in fact. For example, While I was working on the first draft of Rocks and Stones I came across an idea, so wild that well, it had to be written down.

Greek Hoplites.
Greek Hoplites.
Understanding of my thought process while I am coming up with stories is way beyond the scope of this post so I won’t go into all that at the moment. Let’s just say that there is a story on the way (someday) about solar activated, steam powered Greek Hoplites.

This morning I was not exactly doing research. Technically I was just getting caught up on the world from my weekend away from the net. As I was scrolling through, I found the video below. Now I am a sucker for time lapse videos of space. Though this is technically of Earth, I still really like it. What struck my “Creative bone” this morning was not actually the video but a comment about the video by son #4. The conversation went like this.

ME: Those are cities at night, see how much light we throw out into space.
SON#4: Oh I though those were volcanoes, but that is cool.”
ME: See that, those are thunder storms
SON#4: Oh cool, I hope no ones house burns down.

And of course now I have ideas in my head about some great stories. I just hope that I can manage to write them. And since this video is so very cool on it’s own and well it gave me some really creative ideas I really wanted to share it with you all. Enjoy.

I highly encourage you to view this in full screen with the sound turned up.

The Lump Thanks You.

I want to take a moment to thank everyone who bought or downloaded a copy of The Lump That ate Long Island. The story was great fun to write. If you enjoyed the story please consider recommending it to one of your friends or family.

I have been working on this universe for years, but have only recently decided to release it in little chunks like this. let me take a moment to explain why I have decided to do it like this verses a novel.

This “universe” or at least the story I want to tell in this universe spans about 300 years, well beyond the life span of any particular character. So it would be impossible to follow a single character through the entire story. That brings up the next point, The story and the universe are really too big for any one character to tell. Sure, I could focus on one character within the universe and let him or her tell their story, and let us learn as much as we can from them, but I don’t really want to limit the story like that. This story is huge, and it really needs to be told from a lot of different view points, so what I have done is taken each part of the story and focused on just a small number of characters. I want to tell their story within the universe, and then move on to someone else’s story. There are going to be some recurring characters, like the Doctor that you met in The Lump That ate Long Island, and Long Island herself will make a cameo, as well as another doctor who will make an appearance in the next story. The founder of Sol686, the company that starts the first Mars colony will make appearances in several of the stories, but for the most part the stories are meant to be stand alone. I want some one who finds these stories to be able to pick up any one of them and enjoy it on it’s own, but also for each story to be part of a larger richer universe.

At some point in the near future (this year I hope) I will release all of the stories that I am publishing individually as a collection with a group of stories that will only be available in the collection. So For those of you who really want a physical book that you can hold in your hand, it will be available that way then. I will be looking for a publisher for the collection but I am not above self publishing it.

So that is it. Thank you all very much for your support. I really hope that you are enjoying the stories. If you got a copy of Cargo or The Lump That ate Long Island, I would love to hear what you think so please consider leaving a review.

Thank you again
-Jeff

The Lump That Ate Long Island.

The Lump That ate Long Island is the second in a series of stories that I call Leaving the Cradle. (The first of those being Cargo.). There are about ten stories so far of various lengths in this series, that as I get them finished I will release. I also plan to release the whole series with a number of extra stories as part of an anthology either late this year or early next year.

These stories chronicle the struggles of the human race as they leave their home planet and colonize first Mars, then the other planets in the solar system, and finally move out into the galaxy. There are a lot of lumps and bumps in the road along the way, and this is just the first.

I really hope you will enjoy all of them.

A writing question – do you need a timeline?

Question for all you writers and readers out there:

I have a number of short stories that fit into the same universe, but…

A) The universe is very large and spread out (huge time line.)

B) The stories can really kind of stand on their own without the rest of the universe though there are common things in each story.

I was thinking of including a picture with a timeline of the universe in each story. Each story that came out would be marked on the timeline and the current story you were reading would be marked with a big red arrow.

Would something like this be helpful or useful? Or would it be distracting.

I would like to note that the fact that that I am asking this question means two things.
First, that I have more new stories coming out. Second, that I have actually thought about these stories enough that I have a whole universe with a timeline. That is completely unusual for me. Normally my writing is very much fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants, but for once this seems to make some sense.

For those of you that care I am calling this my “Humanities Cradle” universe, because it has to do with well people leaving Earth and what happens after that. And yes, there will be a new story coming out in this universe hopefully in the next week.

Story #1

As I talked about in the post on Wednesday, I have been working on a lot of writing projects.  The first of those was part of a challenge I set for myself and the first “due date” was today.  I have posted what I managed to get done on my writing site  here World Builders Unlimited – Isabella If you have a moment I would appreciate you taking a look at it.