Coming Soon: New Editions of Flotilla and Iron Mountain

Okay – time to make an announcement: As part of my Evil Plan and the forthcoming Full-Time Author Project, I will be releasing new editions of Flotilla and Iron Mountain.  I haven’t decided on a solid release date but it’ll be later this year.

Coming Soon: New Editions of Flotilla and Iron MountainYou might be saying to yourself, “Why is he doing this – just work on your next book!”  Well, there’s a ton of backstory but it boils down to this: I need everything working together.  I go into more detail over here and you’re more than welcome to ask questions after that.

2015 is going to be a very busy year – you’re welcome to come along for the ride!  You can join the Pac Fish writing crew, you can join the mailing list or you can connect with me over at Goodreads or Reddit.  It’s going to be an interesting ride!

 

Check Out this Awesome Post-Apocalyptic Kickstarter

Because I love apocalyptic sci-fi, I thought this was a cool idea and am passing it along to you.  Anathema is a crowdfunded sci-fi film that you can back, taking place in a near future where mankind’s end is near, a lethal pathogen has consumed the globe and civilization is in the process of collapsing.

Always happy to help a fellow indie artist make their dream come true – check out ANATHEMA – A British Indie Post-Apocalyptic Feature Film and consider donating a few quid!

Professional Storytelling: Them’s Fightin’ Words

They gave away $13,000 of his books and he never saw a dime.

Ever read someone’s story and it makes you so angry that you want to punch a wall?  That’s how I feel right now.  M. Todd Gallowglas is a friend and he’s been writing for a while now.  He uses the math to break down just how much income he’s lost as a result of e-book online piracy.

As a writer, this is the scariest bedtime story I’ll ever read.  I know that some writers actually recommend giving their books away for free.  I do the same and that’s fine – it’s just disappointing to contemplate that the stuff I do try to monetize would be taken away from me.  It bums me out because it’s like … what’s the point? Like Gallowglas, I’m trying to do it for real – to make it into a full-time job.  It’s awful to think that I’m setting myself up to have my work taken away from me. Continue reading

More than a novel: We’re Building an Interactive Online Park

UntitledI noted earlier that we’re building Pac-Fish.com as an interactive experience for the Flotilla universe.  But what does that mean, really?

I just read this about the new Avatar interactive experience at Disneyland and thought “yep … it’s like that.” I don’t have Disney’s budget, obviously, but Pac-Fish.com lets you interact with Flotilla characters in real time and not only can you talk with them, you can be them!  I love interactive universes like what you see at the Ren Faire or Disneyland and this is my way of creating something for everyone to play with.  I hope you’ll join me in doing so. Continue reading

Professional Storytelling: Why Stephen King Had to Write ‘A Good Marriage’

This is an open letter to Kerri Rawson, the daughter of BTK serial killer Dennis Rader.

My dear Ms. Rawson –

I could not help but be very moved by your comments in this Kansas.com article from last year.  I apologize for the lateness of this response but I felt moved to respond as soon as I saw it … such are the vagaries of the Facebook newsfeed algorithm.  I cannot imagine the pain and suffering both you and your family have experienced.

I’m aware that your family’s experiences were the basis for Stephen King’s story ‘A Good Marriage.’  Let me be clear: My heart breaks for you and your family – no one should endure or even comprehend the horror you have experienced.  I’m a dad with a child and the details of your misery make me weep for everyone who was a victim, including you, of this terrible adversity.   Please be convinced that my intention in writing this is to reach out in kindness, only. Continue reading