29 November 2010

Yet another new cover for Patriot..

As I inch closer to releasing a print version of the Patriot Paradox, I've gone through a flurry of cover changes. Here's the latest:

17 November 2010

It looks like H5N1 Bird Flu is back....

We (as in humanity) dodged a nasty bullet with the H1N1 swine flu a couple of years ago. At the time of that pandemic, I was in the midst of editing Self Arrest, which deals with an attempt to release an engineered strain of the Spanish Flu virus, and let me tell you, you do not want to research this stuff. The implications of a true pandemic with a high mortality rate are the stuff of nightmares.

Anyway, every time I see a news story like this one, I feel the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. It's one thing to imagine the worst case, but the idea of something like this exploding across the globe like the pandemic of 1918 terrify me.

Hopefully this is just an isolated case.

14 November 2010

So much for NaNo :(

I was dreaming to think I could do NaNo, renovate a house, move, and promote The Patriot Paradox all in the same month. Something had to give, and it was NaNo. 

I'm kind of bummed about it--I love the idea of working on a story while so many other people are doing the same.. but at the same time - that's life.

On a positive note, Patriot will be on Kindle Nation Daily on 26JAN. It's a chance for great exposure and will hopefully drive some much-needed sales.

On my first novel, Self Arrest, it's been selling well this month. Hopefully the pace will continue. Not much else to say about that.

02 November 2010

Writing again

Last night, for the first time in several months, I did some serious work on the sequel to The Patriot Paradox.

It felt good. Really good.

I started to edit PP in mid-August, and between revisions, formatting, initial marketing and promotional activities, time for writing was almost nonexistent. Oh yeah - did I mention my wife and I also bought a new house somewhere in the middle of that as well? It's been busy. I managed to squeeze out a short story for Zombiepalooza and do some planning for the sequel, but that was it.

Last night (the first day of NaNo 2010 coincidentally) I banged out 3320 brand-spanking new words. I make no claims as to their quality. That's what editing is for :)

In other news, I'm experimenting with Twitter. There should be a twitter link doodad-thing in the upper right corner of the blog. Click it and you can follow me. I may say something witty. Or I may bore you with talk of word count. Who knows...