Review Request

If you like my books, and if you’re reading this I hope you do, I have a favor to ask: Could you please review my Doc Vandal books on Amazon.com?

Against the Eldest Flame is free through tomorrow, so you can easily pick that one up.

The other two books aren’t free, but I have two copies of each book to give away in return for an honest review. Just hit me up through the Contact page with your Amazon account email and I’ll gift you a copy.

Please post your reviews on Amazon.com as those reviews propagate to the other sites, but it doesn’t go the other way.

Why wait? Ask for your free review copy today!

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Attacked Beneath Antarctica Release Day!

Today’s the day! Attacked Beneath Antarctica is out in both Kindle ebook and paperback!

An ancient evil lurks beneath Lake Vostok!

When Doc and the team receive a mysterious message from a lost Antarctic expedition they launch a rescue mission only to find themselves stranded in the coldest place on Earth. Their only hope of survival lies in an 800 mile trek across the icecap, and nothing can prepare them for what they find beneath the ice.

Trapped between an invader from outside space itself and a Nazi expedition seeking secrets humanity was not meant to know the team is caught in a race to save the world from threats it cannot understand.

To celebrate this release; book 1, Against the Eldest Flame, will be free on Kindle from August 28-September 2nd, and book 2, Air Pirates of Krakatoa will be on a Kindle Countdown sale from $0.99 to $1.99 from August 28th to September 2nd.

A Writer Writes

If you’ve been following Twitter much in the last few days you’ve probably seen this article by Stephen Hunter saying that a writer has to write very day or quit now. It’s a great idea in theory, but what about the real world.

Full disclosure: When I wrote my first novel I wrote every day. For the next seven, I didn’t. The idea of building the habit of writing is important, but saying you have to write every day or you’re an utter failure who shouldn’t bother continuing is unrealistic.

After two months of not skipping a single day working on my most recent novel, I skipped a day last week. We had to spend the night in the emergency room because my partner was having breathing troubles. Spending the night with her was more important than writing every day.

I finished the book, still at the hospital, two days later.

You have to make allowances for life.

If you ask me, the only two things you have to do are you have to write, and you have to finish things. It can be a novel, an article, or even a blog post. What it is doesn’t matter. What matters is that you write it, write regularly, and you get things finished.

Expecting people to meet unrealistic goals is ridiculous.

Giant Robots are GO!

As of one o’clock this morning I finished the draft of Giant Robots of Tunguska, bringing it home at 53,839 words. I created the Scrivener document on the evening of February 20th, and finished it in the early morning of May 25th– so it took me three months and five days to write making it my fastest ever novel.

Now it’s planning the next one, editing book three, and looking at the other novels I have in the drafting stages.

 

 

 

 

Marvel Comics Intellectual Dishonesty

Captain America and the Falcon issue 171 was the first Marvel comic I ever read. Cap was my gateway into Marvel comics, and I’ve been a fan of the character ever since.

As most of you may know, Steve Rogers–the classic Captain America–is the central figure in Marvel Comics’ big event this year: Secret Empire. Boiled down to basics the story line features a world where Steve Rogers was always a Hydra Agent and the Allies used a Cosmic Cube to win the Second World War by rewriting history.

In the current story line Steve has reverted to his original Hydra loyalties and is working to bring about a fascist victory in today’s Marvel Universe–an attempt to put things back the way they should have been had the Allies not used the Cosmic Cube to win the war.

Throughout this event, Marvel has consistently argued that Steve Rogers is an agent of Hydra, but not a a Nazi. They say Hydra is not racist, but is an evil and fascist organization. At the same time, they’re using fascist imagery to tell a story that draws most of its power from the association of Hydra with Nazism. It’s Cap’s ultimate heel turn.

I have a HUGE problem with this. Marvel is essentially saying that people who weren’t racist actively worked toward a Nazi victory in World War Two. Marvel is saying that people who weren’t racist thought the New Deal was more of a deal-breaker than the Holocaust.

That doesn’t fly. You don’t get to say you’re not racist and actively work to expand the Holocaust.

While I wouldn’t have liked the idea, I think Marvel would have been more intellectually honest had they said Steve was a Nazi.  It would have been ugly, and I think indefensible in today’s social climate, but at least Marvel wouldn’t be out there sending the message that it’s not as bad if you only supported the Nazis but weren’t really one.

 

Pulling it All Together

As I write this I’m coming into the final stretch on Doc Vandal book 4, Giant Robots of Tunguska. Everyone’s in a bad situation, even the characters who don’t realize it, and it’s time to pull all the threads together.

Some writers plan everything out with a detailed outline so they know exactly what’s going to happen next: I’m not one of those writers. I have a rough outline and I know where I want all the pieces to end up. What I don’t know is exactly how they’re going to get there.

It’s also where I go back and look for any dangling plot threads I need to tie up. This would be a ton easier if I could just stick to my outline, but I can’t. The story I end up with is never exactly what I planned.

However, not knowing exactly where I’ll end up and how I’ll get there helps make the writing fun. It’s like reading the book to find out what happens, only much slower.