In part 5, our thinly-veiled tropes . . . err, characters . . . received their draft notices. Existentialist debates and really bad foreshadowing followed. (Looking back, I’m pretty sure the ‘drafting people based on psych evals’ was (air fingers quote) borrowed (air fingers quote) from Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War. At one time I owned at least three copies, each of a slightly different version. That, I suppose, is the one bad thing of culling your dead tree collection of books in favor of digital. But I digress . . .
Onward with the awful!
Today I’m happy to announce that I’ve officially signed with Silver Empire to publish the Paxton Locke series!
Going forward, this means that the current edition of Fade will be . . . fading away? . . . from Amazon at some point, and be replaced with a snazzy new Silver Empire version. If you’ve already bought a dead tree version, congrats! You’ve got a collector’s edition! Track me down at a con and I’ll gladly sign it for you.
As for the e-version, no worries. If you’ve already bought it, it will remain in your Kindle even after the switch-over. If you were on the fence about giving it a whirl, go for it now with no worries about losing your purchase. Or you can wait until the re-launch here in a couple of months, followed closely by the fresh launch of ‘Night’s Black Agents!’
Another massive section today, as my long-winded, 20 years ago self finally gets around to introducing some of the characters who will actually be doing cool stuff at some point.
I’m about ready to pass ‘Night’s Black Agents’ off to the editor. More news on that later. For now, revel in the Awful.
Time for editing, and then it’s on to ‘A Place For War’ …
Two chapters today. Combined they are STILL less than the mammoth chunk from part 3. Not sure, but I think I probably wore myself out back when I wrote that part, heh.
Hopefully you’re enjoying the awfulness! The stack of paper in my closet slowly diminishes …
You know Shenanigans, right? The restaurant with all the stuff on the walls?*
I’m proud to be a part of Silver Empire’s latest release, the horror anthology ‘Secret Stairs.’ As it stands, ‘Stairs’ is the #1 new release best seller in its Amazon category! Go team!
If you’re even somewhat familiar with Reddit and/or Creepypasta, you’re probably familiar with the 21st Century urban legends that have sprouted up around those discussion boards. Slenderman is probably the most famous example. As far as I’m concerned, the digital campfire stories that have cropped up around the idea of mysterious staircases in the wilderness where strange things happened were just as good.
I’m not sure where I got the ‘spirit of cooperation’ bit from part 2. Probably Independence Day, unless I miss my guess — there’s even an annoying aide, a la James Rebhorn’s character in ID4.
Also, I apparently expected the UN to be much more functional and effective than it’s proven to be in the last 20 years. Hey, what can I say. It’s science fiction and I was writing from the doe-eyed perspective of youth.
If I were to update this for today I think I’d have to bump the setting out at least 40-50 years. In part 3, in particular, there’s a lot of tech that we aren’t even sniffing yet. That’s one of the ongoing bummers about being a lifelong science fiction fan. For the most part, reality just disappoints. “Oh, you thought there’d be fusion reactors in the 21st Century? Ha! No such luck. We do have Hoverboards, though. No, not like that. Well, they don’t really hover.”
In more modern news, I’m rounding around home on the end of ‘Night’s Black Agents’, so there should be some content relating to that, soon. I’ve also got a Paxton-verse short story in a pretty impressive anthology that drops next week. More on all that later. For now, pull up a chair. You might want to get a drink or possibly use the restroom. This part’s a doozie.