Announcement: Parallax is Now Live!

I got the email about two hours ago that Parallax is now Live on Amazon. I would have notified you all sooner, but I was busy updating my website and making new cover pictures for the social media pages.

I also had to work on creating a new editorial schedule so I can keep better track of the state of my writing projects.

I’m fairly sure I’ve written about this in the past, but it bears repeating. With Parallax out, this completes my Writing Goal for 2015, which was to have four books out before the end of the year. Of course, even though I have over three months of essentially free time, (not counting my Day Job…hehe) I won’t be resting on my laurels. I’ll be filling up the remaining space working on Lights and Shadows and getting ready to write Parallax: Genesis in January.

I never thought I’d enjoy being busy, but it sure beats the alternative.

Announcement: Parallax is In Final Review

Well, Guys, Parallax is in Final Review with Amazon KDP and should be available for purchase and download within the next 24 hours. I’m very proud to have gotten it out and I hope everyone who reads it enjoys it as much as I did writing it. It is now currently available through Createspace as a print option.

Now, I can either take a break for the next few months before I have to write the Sequel or knock out Lights and Shadows in the interim. Of course, we all know what I’m going to be doing but it’s fun to have options. 😉

My 777 Writer’s Challenge

I’ve had a number of requests to participate in The 777 Writer’s Challenge, especially from Sandra J. Jackson at https://sandrajjackson.wordpress.com/2015/09/14/the-777-writers-challenge, Jacqueline at http://acookingpotandtwistedtales.com/2015/09/13/excerpt-of-my-work-in-progress-777-challenge/, and Orangepondsconnects at https://orangepondconnects.wordpress.com/2015/09/04/the-777-writers-challenge/.

I tend to shy away from these things because they cut into my Writing Time, but the idea grew on me and it seemed a fun way to do some writing practice and be more a part of the Blogosphere Community. Plus, I’m sure they will keep after me until I give in…hehe.

Since I promised that I would participate, here is my response. I decided to use my current project, Lights and Shadows, for the Challenge:

Before I start, let’s get the rules out of the way, courtesy of a Copy and Paste.

The rules are: I am to go to the 7th page of my WIP, find the 7th sentence on that page, and then paste the following 7 sentences into my blog post. And then select 7 other writers for the challenge!
The best way to describe Lights and Shadows is to call it a Sci-Fi/Adventure/Mystery since there are elements of all three in the story. I don’t get hung up on labels because, in my opinion, they’re only useful in Marketing and blah blah blah. Anyway, let’s do this thang. 😉

The bike hummed to life and rose up on an invisible force cushion. He pulled his pistol from the holster and popped the revolver’s cylinder free to study the six rounds in the chamber. Directed energy weapons were common sidearms among the Alliance, along with plasma-based firearms, but batteries had a tendency to fade with repeated use and without a handy charger, that fancy-schmancy laser pistol turned into a flimsy club. Plasma weapons fared a little better, but they tended to break under arduous conditions. Projectile weapons almost faded away altogether except for the invention of the smart bullet, turning an ordinary lead bullet into a deadly accurate slug with an onboard guidance system capable of traveling around corners and some cases, straight through a wall. Now all you had to do was aim, wait for the targeting data to be uploaded to the bullet, and then squeeze the trigger. He admired the feel of the brushed chrome finish before he snapped the cylinder back into place, giving it a spin for luck.

Now, for my challengees. The choices were tough because there are so many good bloggers out there and being limited to 7 means being choosier than normal. Man, I feel like I’m doing an Academy Awards Thing here…hehe:

1) Barnaby Taylor at http://falconboy.ie/about/

2) Michelle Iannantuono (Sorry if the spelling isn’t right) at https://aetherhouse.wordpress.com/

3) Eve Messenger at http://evemessenger.com/

4) Michael at https://michaelathonyrios.wordpress.com/

5) E at https://writingthentonow.wordpress.com/

6) Wings-of-Dawn at http://trudistreasures.com/

7) Kay Morris at https://kaymorriswrites.wordpress.com/

This has been a fun experience and to those who kept after me to do this: See? Persistence DOES pay off…lol.