Time Travel and the Holy Trinity

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I am filing this post under the tag for philosophy even though it may be more apt to tag it as religion.  The trouble is, while I haven’t exactly figured out the point of this blog, I don’t want it to be one focused on such a divisive topic.  So, philosophy it is (until I can think of something better). One of the most baffling philosophical concepts in Christianity is that of the Holy Trinity.  The Rev. William G. Most describes it as “Perhaps the deepest, the most profound of all mysteries[.]”  Briefly, and continuing to quote Rev. Most, the …

Being Indie: Why You Should Produce an Audiobook

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Authors dream of writing books. Well, they actually dream of selling books, but I won’t split hairs. I am no different, and accomplishing the goal of publishing “From Here to Nearly There” last year was a huge tick on the old bucket list. If I am honest, however, I have to admit that writing the book was not exactly my dream. My dream was to create an audiobook. A bit of background. When I was a child, I received a collection of tape recordings of “Golden Age” radio programs. My grandmother and I went through the collection, and she pointed …

Being Indie: A Discouraging Observation

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I am a huge fan of Christopher Nolan’s film Interstellar. In fact, during a time in my life wherein I get to the theater about once a year, I saw it twice. You won’t be very surprised, then, to learn that I have been visiting Amazon.com once a day for some time trying to pre-order the film.   For day after day, I performed a text search with that one word: Interstellar. The results included many things, but none of them were the movie. Soon, I began to scroll down the list to see what items were presented to me …

“From Here to Nearly There” Coming to Audible.com!

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I am happy to announce that “From Here to Nearly There,” the first book in the series “A Voyage in the Near Distance,” will be released next week in unabridged audiobook format. Check out the sample below via YouTube. The audiobook edition was produced by Punch Audio in conjunction with the Audiobook Creation Exchange. Actor Alex Hyde-White narrates the book.   Mr. Hyde-White is an accomplished film and theater star.  His credits include role in films like “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” “Pretty Woman,” and “Catch me if You Can.” His television credits include roles on shows such as …

What the Future Used to Look Like

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Earlier this week, I tweeted a video of legendary science fiction writer (and genius) Arthur C. Clarke. In the video, Clarke describes with surprising accuracy what the future will look like from an information technology perspective. The tweet was part of my on-going #scienceforscifi campaign wherein I tweet topics that might be inspirational to science fiction writers. You can read more about #scienceforscifi here. In the same spirit, I wanted to share some videos that feature visions of the future as imagined by people of the past. I hope the futurists of our day will enjoy seeing what the future used to look …

My Review of “Souls of Astraeus” by Jeramy Goble

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I spent time with an old friend this weekend. That’s one of the nice things about living in our contemporary world, you can travel in time. The time machine is not very special, but it performs a neat trick.  Sorry for the metaphor, but there are few artful ways of saying the I wasted my Sunday watching the animated Star Trek series on Netflix. As a child, I remember when science fiction had an endless edge to it. Writers like Ray Bradbury, Roger Zelazny, Arthur C. Clarke, and countless others churned out novels and short stories that were markedly different …

What a Weekend!

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From Here to Nearly There Breaks the Top 20! I’m a big fan of Amazon’s KDP Select program. There are plenty of blogs that write about the pro’s and the con’s of KDP Select, so I won’t do that here. I will say that independent writers can make serious publicity in-roads by using the Select-only promotional tools. In particular, I like being able to make my book available for free on a time-limited basis. Why give your book away? It’s all about building awareness. Here’s the story. I released From Here to Nearly There in mid-August. At the time, I focused my efforts on building awareness …

My Review of “The Blood Cries Out” by Karl Bjorn Erickson

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Before you read this review, you should hear my confession. I am a tad biased in favor of The Blood Cries Out, Karl Bjorn Erickson’s debut mystery novel. The bias has nothing to do with Erickson or his novel. Rather, it has to do with the setting he chose for the book. I love the Pacific Northwest. In fact, my relocation to the Seattle area was a near-certainty just a decade or so ago. The move to Seattle did not happen, but the experience of exploring that often-overlooked corner of America left me with an abiding love of the place. …

My Review of “Black Jade Dragon” by Susan Brassfield Cogan

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I have become more than a little jaded in this era of teen-friendly pulp that focuses on vampires, werewolves, and the women who love them. That is my personal problem, but I think it highlights a larger conundrum faced by many an independent author. Namely, how does one tell new story within the fantasy genre while avoiding the production of yet another cliché? In Susan Brassfield Cogan’s novel Black Jade Dragon, the author accomplishes something quite remarkable. She weaves elements that should be campy and trite into an exciting and fresh story. Cogan has managed to write a great novel about dragons, …

“From Here to Nearly There” is Released!

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I am very happy to announce the release of my new novel, “From Here to Nearly There” on the Amazon Kindle Store! The new novel is the first book in the series “A Voyage in the Near Distance.”  Here is the Kindle description: Nicholas Carver began his day in Yorkshire. He will end it aboard an interstellar super yacht. Before he leaves Earth, Carver must race across England in a desperate flight from police and aliens. The police want to arrest him. The aliens want to do something far worse. All Carver wants is to survive. Join Carver, an English mapmaker …