Sunday, March 20, 2016

Time Swerve....again

Since I've finished "Monsters of Utopia," I've gone back to look over all the other writing I did in the past couple of years. If you look at the publishing dates on my books, you'll see that "Hold Still the Sky" came out in December of 2013. I haven't published anything since then until Monsters. It did not take me two years to write Monsters. I started a book (see earlier posts) that I eventually called (after a few working titles) "Time Swerve Terminal."

After finishing the rough draft of Time Swerve, I sent it to my beta readers. They were confused by it. And that's putting it nicely. I took in their feedback (without too much gnashing of teeth and pulling of hair) and reworked it and reworked it and reworked it. I reworked the book so much it became a different book and I put Time Swerve aside (just for a while I told myself). Then the book that came out of Time Swerve turned into a different book and that book turned into yet another book which turned out in the end to be "Monsters of Utopia."

So, after taking a few deep breaths I opened up the Time Swerve files again. I was pleasantly surprised. In my mind, Time Swerve had become this ugly mess of a narrative. Good, solid ideas but poor narrative flow. Jumping from one context to another without enough linkage to carry the reader along. And all that turned out to be true.

But what is also true is that there are sections of Time Swerve that are damn good. I know. Of course, I would say that. I wrote it after all. But, seriously. There are some good parts to Time Swerve. So I once again (into the breach) am reworking Time Swerve and hope to have it out in the next couple of months.

It will either be the worst book I've written or the best (fingers crossed).


Monsters is now available in a print version, too. Here's the link:

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Monsters and other things

For my latest book, I've chosen to work with My newest title, "Monsters of Utopia" is now available on amazon.

Here's the link:

Here's the cover:

I'm over 50K words into my next project. The working title is Doppelgänger. If the past is any guide to the future, the title will be different by the time I'm ready to publish. The story is set in the near future where America has been attacked by bombs and a plague. Society is geared around defending itself against terrorists. The latest attack blew off the head of the Statue of Liberty. The powers that be have a suspect in custody but he claims it was his doppelgänger that committed the crime.

Doppelgänger is very much a work in progress and I am sure the story will go through many changes  before I publish it. That's the process after all. Write, re-write, re-re-write, throw out a bunch of stuff, start over with the good parts, write, re-write, re-re-write...

I'll let you know when Monsters is listed on the other ebook stores.