Random Thoughts

On the transitory nature of things:  So I’ve mentioned Project Wonderful on here a couple of times.  Well, after over a decade of great adverts at low prices, they’re closing their doors.  It’s like going in to check on a great restaurant you used to frequent…only to find that they’ve been closed for several weeks.  Yes, feelings of guilt may be involved.  However, it sounds like the advertisement market is just going through some serious change.

On eternal arguments:  I work in a building with several other air enthusiasts.  This includes a gentleman who has been in the Commemorative Air Force almost as long as I’ve been alive.  Well, if there’s one discussion you can expect to have with a fellow flight fiend, it’s “What do you think is the best fighter of World War II?”

I think I threw him for a loop when I came back immediately with, “Where am I flying and what’s my mission?”

“That’s overcomplicating things, don’t you think?”

“Not really.  If I don’t have to go above 10,000 feet and ground fire isn’t that much of a problem…”

“Fine, what’s your favorite fighter of World War II.”

*without missing a beat*  “P-47, all day, every day.

“So you don’t think it’s the best fighter of World War II?”

“There I was over the Philippines when my only engine conked out.”

“Okay, good point.”

On nerves: No matter how many cons I do, I still have those moments where I’m afraid the whole thing is going to be like the scene from Carrie, i.e., “They’re all going to laugh at you!”  (Except, you know, hopefully I don’t get that homicidal surge to go with my previously largely nascent telekinesis.)  It’s silliness–I actually like going to cons and getting to meet new fans.  Plus the dealer room closes early at GENCON so vendors can game.

Speaking of gaming, I’ve been playing a lot of D&D 5th Edition.  While I grew up with 2nd Edition and played a bit of 3.5, I think 5e has hit the sweet spot between “Having a d20 system that keeps folks honest…” yet being simple enough that you can teach someone to play well in a matter of hours.  Even better:  The Better Half has started to apply her talents to preparing game sets:

Haunted House

Anyway, enough musing for the night.  Time to take Mama Shark her copy of Aries’ Red Sky in the AM.

Not able to offer Pre-Order

So the great thing about the Con circuit is you meet some amazing authors. A.D. Trosper is a fantasy writer who is out of southern Kansas, and I share this as a cautionary tale for folks looking for external companies. Bottom line: Contracts, contracts, contracts, written in such a manner that if someone ends up screwing up your work to this degree they don’t get paid.


I got my ebook files for Unveiled finished. Went to KDP and uploaded everything, but it wouldn’t let me set the pre-order option.  It said I was ineligible to use that function. So today I called Author Central and they put me through to KDP. And it was as I feared. The files for my last book weren’t uploaded in time (you have to have them uploaded in advance of the release date) and so my ability to set up pre-orders was suspended for a year.

As irritating as it is, I have to blame myself. I was using a design company and they consistently failed to get files to me in time for release. Every single time they got them to me just in time to upload with no time to proof them before release. This resulted in having to go back in and make corrections in both the…

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Quick Update

In the middle of Con / Book Signing season, as well as trying to get Collisions of the Damned, the sequel to Acts of War complete by 1 July.  I’ve managed to complete the first few drawings, with the winners being as follows:

Planet Comicon—Mr. James Webb was the winner for the Planet Comicon drawing. As he too indicated he would like to be surprised, he is the winner of a free T-shirt. I’ll shortly be in touch with Mr. Webb to see what his shirt size is, at which point I will provide him with a “Battle of Hawaii” T-shirt from the novel Acts of War.

Boom Comics—Mr. Enrique Ramirez was the winner at the Boom Comics drawing that celebrated the grand opening of the Manhattan Store.  As he indicated that he would like to be surprised, he is now the namesake of the C.S.S. Enrique Ramirez, a Rescorla-class destroyer that will be featured in the upcoming novel Though Our Hulls Burn. The background for the C.S.S. Enrique Ramirez is as follows:

C.S.S. Enrique Ramirez (3048)—Name for Confederation destroyer captain Enrique Ramirez (Fleet Academy Class of ’95). In 3025, Commander Ramirez and his vessel, the Edwin O’Hara (3010), encountered two larger pirate vessels assaulting an intrasystem ore carrier. With little regard for his or his own vessel’s safety, Commander Ramirez immediately attacked both hostile vessels. The O’Hara was able to destroy one pirate vessel and so damaged the other it was not able to execute FTL travel. This second vessel was subsequently destroyed by the heavy cruiser Puducherry when the latter came searching for the missing O’Hara three days after the initial combat. While the ore carrier managed to escape to a nearby asteroid belt, the O’Hara was fatally damaged with 95% crew casualties in this encounter. Commander Ramirez was not among the survivors.

Wichita Novel Experience (9 May)—Ms. Josephine Jacobs was the winner of the Wichita Novel Experience drawing. Ms. Jacobs opted to be characterized in an upcoming novel, and will be included in Though Our Hulls Burn, the next novel in the Vergassy Chronicles that will likely come out in December 2015. As there is already a character named Josephine in my alternate history novel Acts of War, it would likely confuse the reader if I introduce another one. While I may enjoy knocking off characters, I’m not so keen on befuddling readers. 😀

Boom Comics (16 May)—Mr. Benjiman Kowach is our winner. As he indicated that he would like to be a warship, he is now the namesake of the C.S.S. Benjiman Kowach, a Gago Coutinho-class destroyer that will be featured in the upcoming novel Though Our Hulls Burn. The background for the C.S.S. Beniman Kowach is as follows:

C.S.S. Benjiman Kowach (3037)—Name for Confederation navigational officer Vice Admiral Bejiman Kowach (2065-3033), Fleet Academy Class of ’87. Vice Admiral Kowach exited the Academy as a Navigational officer, and swiftly developed a reputation for getting his vessel or a task force to a given point in the shortest amount of time. As a commander, Benjiman Kowach was the navigation officer for the C.S.S. Atali when that vessel was called upon to deliver vaccines to the planet Bomani (Eurasian Sector) in response to a rare, but deadly plague. In the words of the Atali’s captain, “Commander Kowach’s navigational fixes and jump planning allowed us to save an estimated ten million lives by arriving a full week ahead of Fleet Command estimates.” As the head of the Bureau of Navigation from 2095-2099, Vice Admiral Kowach oversaw the integration of critical technology that doubled the number of light years that could be crossed by a single hyperspace jump. After retiring in 3005, Vice Admiral Kowach returned to his home planet of Lucille where he passed away from complications due to pneumonia at the age of 68.

Thanks for everyone’s continued support, and I’ll post more information on here shortly.