Progress–and Breaking My Wrist

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Last night, in the wee hours, I published the above ebook: Frozen Heart.

This is actually a novelette (about 9,000 words), not a full-blown novel or what most might call a “book.” And it’s not new.  I wrote the first version of it (I think) while I was in nursing school, circa 2007.  It also appears as one of three sci-fi stories in my mini-collection (“book”) The Scythe of Kronos.

So it’s not new.  And it might not be what you’d call a full-blown book in and of itself.

You see what I did there?  I criticized and tore myself down.  Despite having accomplished something that millions of people talk about doing and only thousands actually ever accomplish.

Why do I do that???

In adding this new standalone publication to my roster of works published, I made a surprising discovery: so far in 2017, I have published about 122,500 words.  

That’s a lot of words.  More than many (maybe even most) indie authors get published in a year.  And it’s only August.  If I manage to get the novel done I’m working on by New Years, that’ll add 70,000 to 80,000 more to the total.

That’s something!

And yet for some reason, it’s hard for me to acknowledge that.  It nearly breaks my wrist to pat myself on the back.

It’s much easier for me to ridicule myself for not getting more done.

Ready for more of that?

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So of that 122,500 words, only about 73,000 are “original words.”  Now, that does NOT mean I stole them from someone else.  It’s just my way of saying that 49,500 of them already appeared somewhere else.  Like Frozen Heart, which is in that other book I published earlier this year.  23,000 of them make up the novella Secret Identities, which was first published in the anthology Hiding Behind the Cowl a couple months before I put it out again as Book 2 of my Secret Origins series.  (So in that 122,500, I’m counting it twice, because it was published by them and me; it exists in the world in two different places.)

The optimist in me says that I should count every individual publication of each work.  The pessimist says that I shouldn’t.  So I do both.

And that’s okay, because both numbers are way better than I expected.  (If only I could convince myself of that!)

So here’s everything that’s come out so far this year (plus Cowl, above).  And the year ain’t done yet…

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And now I’ve spent time blogging instead of working on that novel.  Excuse me while I go inflict Reminder Scars on myself with the cat-o-nine-tails in the corner… 

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(Btw, if you click the images, it’ll take you to Amazon.  You don’t have to buy them on Amazon, they’re everywhere, but it was just easier to do that right now.  If you’d like to buy some, that is.)

 

 

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Review of The Thorne Legacy on Castalia House

Wanted to share a nice review of my SF story, The Thorne Legacy.  (Just click here.)

legacy-17-miniI happened to find this when I noticed a spike in sales for that particular book.  Wondering why that might have spontaneously happened, I consulted the trusty oracle Google and discovered this blog.  It’s a nice review and an interesting discussion about the wider scope of science fiction.  A conversation I was flattered to be mentioned in.

Which was why I felt compelled to comment.  I know I should remain professional and silent on these things, don’t get into or comment on reviews about your work, but I was excited to be brought up at all, so…  I stuck my nose in it.  Oops.

Next time I’ll just express myself through interpretive dance where only the dogs can see it.

Thanks for sharing your reading experience with your peeps, Jeffro!

 

Groundhog’s Day: Book #2 for 2/2

This feels like a Two-Face reference already.  But on this day, 2/2 (2017) I have Book #2 in the Cold Stars sci-fi series of stories up and ready to roll.

(In ebook form, anyway; paperback coming in the next couple weeks.)

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     A naval scientist leads the expedition to explore a ghost ship in space. Only he can unlock its secrets. And once he does, the universe will never be the same.
     A young sniper in training faces his final exam. And now he’ll find out whether he’s predator or prey.
     A sarcastic bounty hunter and beautiful assassin join forces, but their quarry is far more dangerous than either imagined.
     Three tales of military science fiction, mysterious space opera, and daring pulp adventure, delivered to you from between the Cold Stars and the Endless Dark.     

Three exciting stories–about 100 pages in the forth-coming print version–for three bucks.  (Well, $2.99.)

Find it on Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords, and more, right now.

Book #1, by the way, was the novelette The Thorne Legacy… (Only two bucks!)

 

Review of Cirsova 3

cirsova3Here’s a nice review of Cirsova #3 on Wasteland and Sky, which featured my story “The Lion’s Share” and the reviewer ranked as one of the top two tales in the  issue.  You can check out the review here.

I’m also trying to motivate myself to do some daily blogging about my Paris vacation, which I am in the middle of right now, but it’s difficult.  Trying to squeeze such sights and wonders into a blog post requires a bit more work than I can muster right now.  I’m on vacation after all, and feeling lazy after long days of exploring.  And when I do get some computer time, I’d rather be working on getting some other stuff published.  But I’ll try to get to it… sometime.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Deals!

Just a reminder of what’s happening for a limited time:

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Beginning August 15th, you can get 16 exciting science fiction titles worth $69 for as little as $9.99!  I’m talking about the “Out of This World” ebook bundle on Bundle Rabbit.

Bundled books include works from best-selling authors Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith, Douglas Smith, Blaze Ward, and even me!  You can choose your own price and donate some to charity.  It’s win-win!

Stock up on your fall reading right now for less, because this amazing deal will only be around for a limited time.

Click here to find its home on Bundle Rabbit and here to find its page on Facebook.

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The Kickstarter for Cirsova issues #3 and #4 is up and accepting all comers!  There are rewards to be had for both meager and generous contributions, not the least of which is knowing that you’re supporting a quarterly indie magazine and the authors who publish within its pages.

I myself, Captain Leonidas Hawksblood, am one such author.  Or rather, one such lively buccaneer of the Vast Empty Sea.  Join me and my crew—Mister Pug, Soot, Pidgeon, Spleen, and Comely John—aboard the Lion’s Share as we venture off for daring-do across the black canvas of stars.  Assuming The Lion’s engines don’t fail us and torpedo tubes can spit for all their worth.

Rewards via Kickstarter are greater than those without, so don’t delay!  You can’t get a better piece of the pie without stealing it, and then you’ll be running for the rest of your days.  Trust me, I’d know!

Click here to go to the Kickstarter Page.

 

Sci-Fi Fantasy Kickstarter: Pirates, Pulp Fiction, and Planetary Adventures

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The Kickstarter for Cirsova issues #3 and #4 is up and accepting all comers!  There are rewards to be had for both meager and generous contributions, not the least of which is knowing that you’re supporting a quarterly indie magazine and the authors who publish within its pages.

I myself, Captain Leonidas Hawksblood, am one such author.  Or rather, one such lively buccaneer of the Vast Empty Sea.  Join me and my crew—Mister Pug, Soot, Pidgeon, Spleen, and Comely John—aboard the Lion’s Share as we venture off for daring-do across the black canvas of stars.  Assuming The Lion’s engines don’t fail us and torpedo tubes can spit for all their worth.

Rewards via Kickstarter are greater than those without, so don’t delay!  You can’t get a better piece of the pie without stealing it, and then you’ll be running for the rest of your days.  Trust me, I’d know!

Click here to go to the Kickstarter Page.