#FreeAwfulNovel Part 12: The Shortening of the Stack

I had a great Labor Day weekend, and hope yours was as well. Didn’t get much writing done, but I’m still on track to finish up A Place for War by the 30th.  In the meantime, here’s another chunk of Warhawks, in which I start culling out the stupidly huge roster of characters.


Where we’ve come from vs. where we are. Baby steps!

Looking back, scope is one of the biggest rookie mistakes I made. In trying to let each of the dozen plus characters shine, I really kept any of them from doing so. I’d have been better off focusing on, at most, two or three while interweaving their plot lines. On the bright side, I’ve been mining characters from this book for a while to use in various other works, particularly the Z-Day series, where both Sticks and Dr. Eberman have shown up.

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Let’s get it (Kick)started

Silver Empire Publishing has announced a bold new project: a shared superhero universe with multiple authors contributing their heroes and villains. If you’ve ever read the Wild Cards mosaic novels, it’s something like that – except that rather than anthology-style collections, each individual book will be a complete story, built upon by the following works.

The Rampage

Depending on what level of contribution contributors make to the Kickstarter, they’ll have their choice of add-ons or special versions of the Heroes Unlimited universe books.

If you’re the kind of reader who’s ever suffered from sequel withdrawal, have no worry: there are enough individual writers in the pipeline that Silver Empire to keep the content flowing on a very regular basis. Just like comic books used to be, back in the good old days.

And, this is a little bit of a spoiler, so keep it to yourself — they’ve currently announced the five Phase I authors, with plans to announce the Phase II authors as the campaign progresses . . . but one of them will be yours truly. So in case you were wondering if I might have too much time on my hands after the end of the Z-Day trilogy and the first Pax trilogy, have no fear. I’m planning on starting work on Vigilance at the beginning of January. So do the new guy a favor, would you? Make sure he’s got a nice universe to play around in, and check out Heroes Unlimited!


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#FreeAwfulNovel Part 11: I Think I Can

The stack of paper is ever-so-slowly growing smaller and smaller. In this section, we actually get into a big battle scene, which is convenient because I just started writing the climax of A Place for War last night. Things are progressing really, really well and I’m excited to put out the next entry in the Z-Day series.

Onto the Awful!


And today’s entry:

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Minor updates & paperbacks are BACK

  • The dead tree version of both Fade and Night’s Black Agents are available from Amazon in the links in the sidebar if you prefer the heady smell of library paper to pixels on a screen.
  • I just rounded the 72K mark on A Place for War. Planning on having that out to the editor and alpha readers by early October for an early November release.
  • Audiobook narration for A Place Called Hope has begun with a new narrator, hopefully for a late Q4 / early Q1 release. The audiobook of A Place For War will start production based on his schedule after that point.
  • My current (heavily-penciled in) schedule after I finish my current WIP consists of Come, Seeling Night in Q4 of this year, then beginning work on my contribution to the Heroes Unlimited shared universe (tentative title of Vigilance unless the Silver Empire folks decide on something else). Spring and summer will be the first Paxverse spin-off book, Tombstones, and I’ll start the next Pax trilogy once I’m done there. There may be an anthology in there as well depending on what happens. I think that’s enough on my plate, but who knows what else will come my way!
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The cat’s out of the bag! My publisher’s been cooking up something interesting: a shared literary superhero universe. We need to come up with a cool shorthand like “lit-RPG.” Any ideas?

From the launch website:

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Cross-post: The Transparency of Zombies

A few weeks, ago, I participated in a blog-tour round-up for the “Summer of Zombie” on Jay Wilburn’s blog site. If you’re a fan of the Z-Day series, the content, snippets, and discussion posts are well-worth checking out. I added a few names to my ever-growing ‘to-be-read’ list and had a grand time participating.

I’m often asked some variation on the question ‘why write about zombies?’ Fairly or not, the genre tends to be looked down upon. I disagree with that assessment. Original, slightly revised and expanded post:

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#FreeAwfulNovel Part 10: The Farce Awakens, and some tidbits

Jim McCoy had a great review of Night’s Black Agents. Check it out if you’re still on the fence. It’s a definite change of pace from my zombie stuff, but as soon as I’m done with A Place For War the Paxton universe will be my main focus for a while as I have, at minimum, the next four books in the series sketched out. That’s not to say I won’t ever step back into the world of Z-Day (I’ve learned to never say never, heh) but sometimes it’s good to switch gears and let the ideas mutate on their own.

Anyhow, on to the awful–

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