This article’s title is a bit flippant, I think, in that it is a gross simplification of life’s current state. However, I felt that I needed to say such a thing because, well, unintentionally, I realized I had strung together a consecutive run of posts that made my life and condition out to be depressing, somewhat nihilistic, and bleak. True, there have been days where I have felt dismal, and there was a spot where I hit as far down to rock bottom as ever with regard to morale. Yet, the truth is that on any given day in between the posts I’ve made this year (which I admit have been too few), life has been at least okay. That’s really the prevailing theme, things have been rather mediocre, with enormous amounts of room to improve yet with a staggering depth to which they have not fallen. It’s hard to feel thankful when stuck somewhere in the shallow pool of “average,” “okay,” or “mediocre,” but to paraphrase Jayne Cobb, it’s not nothing, and that’s something.

I have also been more critical than praising in the few media reviews I’ve done, I realize, as well as anything that counts as social commentary. It’s not with the intention of being a negative bitch, as when I criticize it’s with the intention of protecting something from moving to a dangerous extreme (as with my writings pertaining to the LGBT community), or to challenge a particular piece of art or culture to do better (as in the case of Star Trek as helmed by CBS failing to meet the quality standards of what came before it). However, as with what I mentioned in the first paragraph, I noticed that my trend in commentary has leaned negative (or at least favored the harsher side of constructive criticism). Such things are necessary and have their place but I don’t want that to be the prevailing theme here.

That brings me to what After Terra itself is even about, which is first and foremost my love of science fiction. I wanted to distill everything I loved and thought was critically effective about works such as Star Trek, Firefly, Farscape, Battlestar Galactica, Cowboy Bebop, and Mass Effect, alongside a certain in-universe awareness about the curious human relationship with storytelling. As well, in the original edition of Year 200, it was intended to be an almost silly at times love letter to all things science fiction, while introducing a cast of characters that was largely immature, that was forced to confront something far more refined and aged than they could even comprehend. Among other things, I failed to properly sell that notion, which is one of the many things I set about correcting in the novel’s Illuminated Edition. I wanted to convey an idea along the lines of, “well, okay, what if a ragtag bunch of people who were living in a time capsule of 21st century culture but in space, essentially immature social media Gen Xers in spaceships and stations, were thrown into a space opera adventure?” It’s a way of asking, how would a sampling of the current/up and coming generation handle an epic quest? Do they wilt under the pressure or do they mature and evolve in the face of something far bigger than the lives they thought were important?

That’s a question I find worth asking of myself as my life sits at a weird crossroad.

In the spirit of the aforementioned, I will be going back soon to reviewing more things I love, as well as endeavoring to make my voice more nuanced in how I utilize it.

Until then.

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Oh hey internet.

Because of positive response, and because there are only 4 copies left of the now out-of-print version of After Terra: Year 200, I am keeping my promotion going until they are all gone.

What is the promotion again, you ask? I’m glad you did.

If you buy a copy of After Terra: In the Baron’s Shadow or After Terra: Lunacy directly from me, you get Year 200 for free. Buy both, and you also get a digital download of After Terra: Beginnings or Slayer’s Keeper for free. Your books will be signed by me, and what’s more, is if you want, your name will be featured here in a sort of Hall of Fame on my website, my Patreon page, and in After Terra: Return of the Gods.

In the Baron’s Shadow and Lunacy are $15 USD when purchased direct from me. I’ll take care of shipping. Drop me a line at coldspringauthor@gmail.com if you’d like to partake of this deal.

Thanks!

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I suppose this is the most appropriate of all places in the world to announce that I have finished the first draft of my fifth novel, and the fourth novel in the After Terra series: Return of the Gods.

The project started officially on March 21, 2017. My, how many twists and turns and misfires my life has endured since then. I survived many changes, including several relocations and a disastrous excuse for a marriage that thankfully never legally existed. And thus, so did my novel, and might have come out the better for it, albeit at my own expense.

Return of the Gods is the largest project I’ve ever created and possibly ever will. Even in its current state, its size eats up the previous two After Terra novels and the short story collection, and is close to Dune in its word count. It is nearly twice the size in words of everything I ever published on uncommongeek.com.

So, you can imagine (hopefully) why this project has consumed so much of my writing time and creative power. There came a point where, when given time and opportunity to write, Return of the Gods was all I could think of. Now that it is done, yes, there is editing, rewriting, formatting, and other fun stuff to take care of, but the most difficult part of the task is done. The foundation is laid.

I have also been busy behind the scenes exporting the majority of posts I made for The Uncommon Geek for republishing here on afterterra.com. Although I don’t know all of the details to the letter, but it has been indicated to me that uncommongeek.com may not be accessible as we know it in the relatively near future. Besides, the posts I saved were mostly in bad need of rewrites anyway. So, this is another reason why posting here has been quiet.

Now that my head is clear from writing an epic, there will again be regular activity on this site, and lots of exciting publishing news about my work is coming your way in 2020. This is shaping up to be my most prolific year yet.

Until then.

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If you have not already had a looksee at my first novel, you can get a free digital copy of it this weekend on Kindle. This is to help celebrate the launch of my story collection, Beginnings, this coming Tuesday. You’ve probably seen me talk about it and I will be talking about it more in the future to be sure.

Check it out at the link below. It’s a great time to stay indoors out of the heat, read a book, and take in the beginning of a new sci-fi saga.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E1PP8ME

 

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This isn’t going to be much of a blog post. The short and sweet of it is that the preorder link for After Terra: Beginnings is below. The release price is 99 U.S. cents, and the collection launches 8 days from now on July 30, 2019.

I realize that a significant portion of the reading populace prefers print to digital, and to be fair I’m not sure when I will have a physical version of the collection made available, but if you dig ebooks, science fiction, and want to support the work I do in a tangible way, please consider checking this out. It will only put a marginal dent at most in your weekly coffee budget.

 

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Top o’ the morn to you, internet. This little 4th of July update will be short and sweet.

Those of you who follow me on other sites may have already gleaned that I have been working on a short story collection. Well, finally, it has been written and is nearly ready for public consumption. After Terra: Beginnings is now a reality after having languished on my to-do list for a bit longer than I cared for. It contains six short stories (or vignettes, if you prefer) intended to give you, the reader, a deeper look into what made the After Terra heroes the people they are before they came together as a crew. You will also learn more about the future Solar System and how it came to be.

What is the release date? I’m glad you asked. The collection will be released digitally on Tuesday, July 30th 2019 C.E./-54 A.T.

A preorder link will be coming soon for those of you into that sort of thing.

In the meantime, feast yon eyes upon the cover. Until next time.

 

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Behold, at last, the aforementioned and long overdue 4th edition cover for After Terra: Year 200. My thanks once more go out to Jon Hrubresch for his work on this piece of art. It’s the kind of cover that this book should have had all along, especially in keeping with the general style and vibe of the covers for In the Baron’s Shadow and Lunacy.

Now that this update is complete (and should go live on Amazon within the next 48-72 hours), the next focus for me will be on adding more codices to the site, putting the finishing touches on my next two Youtube videos, and completing more reviews of some interesting indie works that have been sent my way.

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