You know how the saying goes, “don’t judge a book by its cover.” I’m sure no author wants their work judged on the cover alone, but when you’re self-published, the struggle is extra real.
An update on a longtime work in progress.
The sequel to one of the few books to ever make me laugh aloud in public. (more…)
Part two of my larger discourse on science fiction. This section focuses on what I am trying to accomplish with my own fiction, before broadening the scope once more to discuss other contemporary works and where the genre is headed. (more…)
Or… part one of a longer than usual post. This is about my perceived decline of franchises and works of art that have inspired me, but have fallen far from their peak or were not allowed to peak to begin with. This is intended to lead into a larger discussion of science fiction as a genre, where it is going, and my part in it. (more…)
In addition to the more typical blog post that is to follow, this post is making its way to existence. Its purpose: to let you know that Kindle versions of two of the After Terra novels are on sale today. There is no contemporary reason I am aware of to mark January 6th as a day of any great import (as far as holidays are concerned), however, in the fictional future of the world I’ve rendered, January’s equivalent, Germinal, and its sixth day, marks Merchant’s Day. It’s a quaint event, begun by the vapid salesmen of the Neptune and Logos territories, meant to jumpstart sales figures for the brand new year, after what are often multiple days of drinking and carousing by most of the populace on New Year’s Day.
If you have read Year 200 and have yet to continue the journey, now is a great and cheap opportunity to do so. Take advantage of your possible descendants’ future habits and grab the rest of the series at a steep discount.
It has been a while since I have updated the blog here on afterterra.com, due to fault strictly of my own.
There are not going to be any drastic overhauls to the site like the last update, however, there will be a refinement to the sort of content that appears on the blog henceforth. I will still be posting about my books, about writing in general, as well as reviews and explorations of things and topics that I enjoy, such as Star Trek. Writing about my personal life, on the other hand, will see a decline in frequency. Also some of my older posts that were of a strictly exploratory, personal nature will be consolidated, as in going through them I noticed a lot of redundancy. Basically, I reiterated many of the same points and lessons throughout multiple posts. I also have a few other reasons for putting some old posts on the chopping block; firstly, because while talking about things like breakups or struggling to cope with a job seemed like big deals at the time, experience has taught me that these weren’t the life shaking struggles I though they were (more on that later). More importantly, even though many of my personal posts were written for catharsis, and the hope that they might help someone who was going through a similar situation, I’ve come to realize that letting these past hurdles be immortalized on my site gave them more power and relevance than they deserved.
I’ve come far enough as a fiction writer, I believe, that I can exorcise whatever grief I need to through my creative work, and save blogging about deeply personal matters to subjects that have real gravity to who I am as an author and a person, instead of using the blog as a sort of pressure release diary. It also seemed simple and logical to me to shift the focus of this site more heavily to my creative work and science fiction topics, seeing as it is the official site for my After Terra series.
More content for the After Terra codices and news about my next written works in the pipeline will follow in the future. In the meantime, please pardon my absence and my dust as I do some cleaning up and refining of the site.
Coming off the terrestrial spookiness of Halloween, my eyes return once more to the stars. In part to help celebrate Irish Book Week, in part to show off an updated look for my first novel, and thirdly, as a thank you, my way of giving back to those of you who support and appreciate the literary world, the digital version of my first novel, After Terra: Year 200, will be free on Amazon’s Kindle platform during November 3 and 4, 2018.
I realize that some of you prefer to read physical, rather than digital, copies of books, and that is totally understandable. If you don’t have a Kindle, I beseech you to pass on the word to those that do so they can score a free story, one I hope they will enjoy.
As always, reviews and shares are appreciated by any of those who read my work. I am now on goodreads.com as well as bookbub.com, so if you for some reason encounter any problems leaving feedback through Amazon, there are other options.
For those of you new to the After Terra series, and want a preview before downloading, please click the read more link below to sample the first chapter of Year 200. Thank you! (more…)