Friday, September 12, 2014

Reader, reader. Gimme reviews.



If you've already bought, downloaded and read one or more of my books, I offer my profound thanks.

If you liked what you read, I thank you even more and ask that you keep reading.

One of the greatest favors you can do for me would be to go to the place from which you got my book -- you know, the one you liked -- and to provide a rating and review.

If you're feeling especially generous with your time, you can also go to Goodreads.com and do the same for me there.

Again, I thank you.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Writing, Again: Part III

My re-reading and editing of the trilogy has come to a close.  I've finished my work on Lords of Kobol - Book Three: The Final Exodus and I've uploaded it to Smashwords.  (It will reach other ebook retailers in the next few days/weeks.)


In Book One, I removed a few chapters to make it flow better.  In Book Two, I removed a superfluous chapter and added a new one.  In Book Three ... I didn't do that much.  Honestly, I found the threads to be taut and there weren't any real distractions from the main stories.  It's a huge book, of course, but it's the culmination of the two previous books so the puzzle had to get assembled and the way had to be pointed toward the TV series.  (Battlestar Galactica, in case you forgot.)

So, I removed portions where I "told" instead of "showed."  Cleared up a few confusing bits.  Made some different word choices.  That kind of thing.

To get current, download and read the conclusion to this epic trilogy by clicking the banner:


Up next ... well, I guess I have to get started again on Book Five, huh?  Blog-wise, I'll have some posts in the near future about that.

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Writing, Again: Part II

I'm continuing my trek through the trilogy and I whipped through Book Two with a quickness.  Man, what an action-packed read.  (Yes, I know I wrote it.  I'm almost surprised that I wrote it, in some places.)



I did some minor rewriting.  Mostly word choices; a couple of instances of "telling, not showing."  There was only one chapter I removed but I immediately replaced it with something new.  Something that actually previews Book Five.  More on that in a second.

The revisions and additions, comparatively minor as they are, have been published at Smashwords.  The new version will filter out to other retailers (iTunes, B&N, etc.) in the coming weeks.  Click the banner to get it:



The chapter I removed and the chapter I added?  Both are after the JUMP.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Writing, Again: Part I

Where, oh where, have I been?

Around.  Doing stuff.  Not writing, though.  Believe me, I'd rather be writing than just about anything else.

I've had a taste for Kobol for a few months now.  I get a germ of an idea of how to handle something in Book Five ... and I scribble it down, hoping I don't forget the essence of it whenever I decide to get cracking on that again.

I got tired of having those thoughts and feelings and decided to just go for it.  I can't, however, dive into Book Five without my head in the right place, so I'm re-reading the Trilogy.

A few chapters into Book One, I decided that a rewriting was in order, too.


Book One was always, always a mean pill.  Almost a chore.  Don't get me wrong; I love it, but it was a tough nut to crack.

I knew I wanted to parallel the Thirteenth Tribe with the Lords themselves and that meant not only setting up this Utopia that the Lords created, but also showing the creation of the organic Cylons and coming up with a reason to get them to leave Kobol.  I went through a few different versions of the book before I clicked "publish."

In the end, I was satisfied if not entirely pleased.  Reading it again ... I don't know.  I'm a hard critic, especially on myself.  I found that it drags in places (something echoed by a few reviews, too).  More egregious than that, I realized how often I "told" instead of "showed."  Meaning, instead of presenting action or dialogue about a subject or scene, the author just typed a bunch of paragraphs about it.  That's lazy.

So I re-wrote.  I "showed" where I quite unnecessarily "told."  In tightening things up, I removed five chapters that didn't add to the overarching narrative (a couple were about establishing the Lords and their place in the world, a couple were about the organic Cylons).

I hit "publish" again.  Yes, the edits are final and they're available now on Smashwords (filtering out to other ebook retailers in the coming days/weeks).  Click the banner:


The chapters I removed?  You can read them after the JUMP.


I've resurrected.

I'm not dead.

Despite my radio silence for quite a while, I have been working.  I'm in the middle of a re-read and minor rewrite of the "Lords of Kobol" trilogy.  After that, I intend to fully dive back into Book Five.

More posts to come in the near future on the rewrites and what's ahead.

Thanks for your patience.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Review: GODZILLA (2014)


In July, my son and I made a list of kaiju and other monster movies to watch before Godzilla.  Now we're at the end of our big list, all ninety movies of it.  You can see the list and read our many reviews HERE.

The final film is, of course, Godzilla (2014).



Spoiler-free review?  We both loved it.

Get the details in the JUMP ...

Friday, May 16, 2014

"GODZILLA" is open!


And it's great.  Go see it.

My son and I will be posting our review early next week.  You know, after we've seen it a couple more times.