Future plans

I seem to write a lot about my future. I have plans. I am going places. Well…  Not physically going places, but my career is. My plan is to become a full-time author and I do have a plan. The plan is simple on paper. I could almost explain it in steps. Step One. Write a novel. Status: Done. Step Two. Write a second novel. Status: Done. Okay. I’ll stop being funny and I’ll be serious. The real plan, simply put, is to write and publish enough novels to earn a living from the sale of the books. I plan on publishing my books on Amazon as an indie publisher. To break it down, it means that in order to generate enough sales is to write and publish a book every two to three months. That is a tall order. Most people write a single book a year and I must write between 6 to 10 books each year. To do

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New ideas.

So I hate my brain. In the dark, cold recesses of the night. When I should be doing something important like sleeping, my brain is at work. Some people think about work, or the money troubles that we all seem to be in. But for me, I am thinking about a story idea. Not an old story idea, but it is usually a new story idea. This time, I thought of a new story centered around the idea of writing a story in the early bronze age. That was the catalyst of the story. I have talked more about that concept in previous blog posts. So, then I created a character. Arn. He is a 16 year old son of a tribal Chief. His tribe has been enslaved and killed at the beginning of the story. He is the last of his people and now he must find some way to move forward when all he feels is despair and

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Futurism: Mars Part 2

In this blog post, I am going to go into details in the different changes that happens to the Martian Colony over time. The obvious one is that the colony grows larger. With 12 different colonies with different agendas and sponsors from earth, Mars becomes a real life version of the computer game Civilization. A hundred years and multiple generations pass. Most colonists, no matter which colony that they are from view themselves as Martians first and only the place of there ancestry grudgingly. But before the advent of hostilities between the different colonies, the situation changed. The colony’s themselves have a wide range of different problems and issues that must be fixed. The biggest one is taxation. The sponsors of the colony’s take a large portion of any money made by the colony for themselves before it is left to pay it’s people. Little money is reinvested in the colony itself and the expansion and maintenance of it comes out

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Futurism: Part Two

In part one, I talked about how the first colonists got off of the Earth and some of the reason’s behind it. In this post, I am going to talk about more specifics on how a corporation could make money sending people to space. The first question the inevitably comes up is the extraordinary cost of getting anything into space. I’ll leave the politics out, but that basics of it is that it will cost approximately $10,000 per kg to send anything into Low Earth Orbit and approximately $30,000 per kg to send anything into Geosynchronous Orbit. Please note that LEO is anything around 160km to 2000km above the surface of the earth, while Geosynchronous Orbit is 35,786km above the surface of the earth. That means that it currently costs $75,000 to send an average human into LEO and 2.25 million to send one to Geosynchronous Orbit. That price tag is huge. Impossibly huge. It is a huge barrier to human

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Futurism: Part One

This is the first part of a many part series of blogs that are going to talk about the science fiction world that I have created for my son’s Serial ‘Space Courier’ and others. (Part One of Space Courier is nearing completion in editing and I expect to publish as an ebook on Amazon and a print version on Create Space.) As a general declaimer, the information created for the world building of these stories is not intended to be thrown completely at the reader, but shown slowly throughout the stories as it becomes relevant to what is going on. Example, the main character, Des, in Space Courier lives on a giant space station Jov 1-H. He does not care what is happening on Venus or the price of tea there. As such, there is no mention of Venus or its Psychedelic Tea leaves. So the story of Space Courier is set 500 years in the future. Why 500 years?

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Rambling: Encouraging others to write.

In many ways I am an enabler. I enjoy having others find enjoyment in things that I find enjoyment in. That I have passion in. I enjoy it so much that I don’t shut up about it. I have been criticized for obsessing about my passions and my interests. Is that criticism justified? Warranted? Probably. I know that I obsess over things. It is how I am able to write about my books. Fix my house. Go to work or get out of bed. By obsessing over things, I am able to focus on something long enough to see results in that avenue. Even if I wish that I can hit the snooze button again and go back to sleep. My obsessions is what gets me into trouble and out of trouble. (Like watching 18 hours of a game on Let’s play and then buying it for way too much money.) I obsess with keeping a roof over my kids

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The Horror! The Torture! The College Students!

Well. It’s been a while since I talked to you all. Today I am going to talk to you about perspective and beginner writers. There are many different people that will have there own opinion and knowledge on the subject. Many of whom are much smarter than I am and are much better writers as well. But today I am going to give my opinion on the subject as I am an opinionated S.O.B. and I feel like standing on the soap box. You see, yesterday I wrote the majority of this blog post in a tiny note book as I was being tortured by an unspeakable horror. I was taken captive by my wife to go to listen to her college creative writing class read portions of there ‘manuscripts’. (Please note that I did find about four of the story exerts enjoyable. My wife’s was included in that number.) I use the term manuscript lightly. In there defense, they

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Four Books

Wow. I mean wow. After I did the blog about productivity and stuff, I started to think about the projects that I have on the go. I have my ‘When the Lights Go Out’, ‘Culture Shock’, ‘Space Courier’, and ‘Felix the Swift Part One’. But that is nothing that I haven’t  blogged about before. I have been talking about them since I have started this blog. Here is the wow. Before a day ago, I had three of those books in some part of editing. Some needing more edits than others. One in particular might not get published. After I started think about my projects and the discussion on the Dead Robots Society Podcast about publishing series of books as the way to make money. Also about how there is a trend for shorter length work. Which I am not against writing. I came to a conclusion. My Felix the Swift book. Originally started as a single novel with bits

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