Before I Begin…

I mentioned in my last update that I was thinking about cutting the prologue from the short story. After I mentioned it, I decided it was a good idea and went ahead. the result is that I now have two (or more) collections of short stories now started.  I also went in search of two stories I had begin….and realized that I had flushed them both down the proverbial/creative toilet.

No big loss. Neither were unfolding quite the way I had hoped at the time. Now, they will be parts of my growing project.

I hope to finish another three or four chapters (not sure how long I will draw out Ghost In The Ruins) today….after posting the next chapter. (sorry I am late with it, but we set another 8 – 10 posts and reinsulated the wire on the electric fence, so was out the door before I could do much….)

About the story…

Before I go on, I want to say that I may remove the prologue and place it into a story that will precede this one…as I am suddenly tempted to do just that. The story itself takes place several millennia after the prologue and it seems to be a sort of literary sore thumb just waiting to be whacked by some unseen hammer for not quite meshing with the rest of the story.  Besides. I have a whole ‘nother story zipping through my brain that includes the current prologue.

I wrote the beginning because I felt I needed a quick explanation for where the story has ended up. I am beginning to believe I was a bit premature with my inclusion (comes from starting a story under one title and ending up skipping through my list of titles to find a more apt one..) and now find myself facing a second storm brewing in my very creative mind.

I may even write a second “prequel” short that helps the reader a bit more with the ‘how’ of the story I am currently writing. (how all ended on earth, how humanity evolved into what they are in the current short, etc.) The reality being that this is meant as an ongoing series of short stories, not just one or two. Sort of a series of episodes.

In many ways, I am returning to my original craft…episodic fiction…though in longer stories. Thus, I prove once more that we always return home. Both in life and in our writing.

It’s Done

almost 95,000 words. The longest book I have ever written. The first book in the series that is strictly fiction….yes, I departed the ‘biographical’ part of the story before the end of book three. After all, you can’t be writing a biographical fiction piece on dates that haven’t happened yet.

1, 2, and most of three was based loosely on truth. with a touch of fiction. You just have to decide which is which. But I will never tell.

4 is the first fully fictional piece. After this, it will remain all fiction. Flights of fancy. Science fiction loaded with science theory. But very little fact.

I will be taking a short break from writing so I can finish reading a book I promised to review. I am also going to try and read another friend’s book and review it as well. depends on how my attention holds and how long I can keep the voices at bay.

As an author, I don’t know how long I can do so. My characters are rather bossy at times. And the muse is never quiet for long.

News

Key To The Highway, The Thorn Tree In The Garden, and Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out are now out as e-books. Key is available as paperback. This means that I am currently working on Defying Gravity. I am almost done with Gravity and will be releasing it as soon as I am done.

I have been releasing Blood Stains 2000-2011 on Amazon as well. At the present, there are 15. I will be completing 16 after I complete Gravity.

After, I will be focusing on the growing saga of the Renge. with three books in The Prophecy done, and one in Chronicles Of King Qarkis I, I need to give attention to Bes Meddyn and In The Service Of The Inquisition.

I will return to the Morrows at a later date as I have The Sons Of El and The Children Of Eden lined up in queue. Just as soon as I release the next two Angel Of Death books…and possibly the first in the Witch Doctor series. After all, I have all three done.

Before I Forget…

Earlier, I mentioned that I have been ‘publishing’ new books. This includes audio books. Though most are not due out until after the first of the year, I do have a few out now. If you are looking for audio books to listen to, feel free to seek out mine. Personally, I recommend The Door On The Thirteenth Floor and The Devil as the producers did a superb job on them. Mexican Radio I & II are good, but not top notch.

The books to look for after the first will be The Faust Syndrome, Tales From The Renge: The Prophecy: A Savior Foretold, and Jesus Saves.  I have yet to hear the final on The Morrow Family Saga: Hand Me Down World or Angel Of Death: Dreams I’ll Never See. so I cannot give am opinion on them. The Price You Pay, A Month Of Thanksgiving, and Seven should be decent productions. Don’t get me wrong, all did a superb job, but I have my favorites.

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B00IUNJWFI/

While I’ve Been Away: Why I Have Been Delinquent

I have a new book out. Well, several. I decided to begin the story of the Renge…well, at least the part of the story that actually leads to The Prophecy. I have begun the narrative of the great kings and the fall of an empire. The saga of the Renge begins with the rise of the great Assassinidii kings.

The Chronicles Of King Qarkis I recounts the story of the king that begin the empire of the Renge.

https://www.scribd.com/book/440772095/Tales-From-The-Renge-The-Chronicles-Of-King-Qarkis-Book-1-A-Youth-Favored-By-The-Gods/

Musings

In my still fruitless search for my grandfather’s/grandmother’s stories which my father wrote down, I found old stories I had not finished….or even that I had not begun. Around the time I wrote the original short story that spawned The Faust Syndrome, I created a page/2-pages of summaries for story ideas I had. Some sound interesting and possibly could become either short stories or novels.

I also found the original starts for The Door On The Thirteenth Floor...from which, I may end up using the main character elsewhere. I have the original manuscripts (actual handwritten manuscripts from high school) that I am taking characters from for the Tales From The Renge saga. I wish I still had the first book in the series…but I don’t. Sadly, it vanished. As I have never outlined story ideas, and have only used brief summaries of any idea, I do not have anything to reconstruct it from.

But I found another story…a kind of fan fic piece. I may put it here at some point, I don’t know yet. Still, I may be putting some old stuff up as new stuff for you to view. I may even type out the original manuscripts whose characters are finding their way into TFR so you can see just how much I have grown as an author.

What Sounds Funny To An Irritated Person….

Before I start, I am announcing that I am postponing the posting of any segments of You’re Too Fucking Loud” until I can afford a new printer. I need to print off the extremely rough information I have as a rough draft so I can actually rework it to look professional. Smooth.

Now, with that out of the way….

 

My day was going great. We picked elderberries today, not that we got a lot (enough for about a pint of juice), but we got some. I suggested to mom that, to prevent any further future spraying by the county, she needed to post No Spraying signs next to the culvert near the bushes that got sprayed. It would ensure that the county would not spray again.

We did a few other things (sought out her empty jars, looked for a canner and a pan, and other things needed for canning as well as cleaned out and emptied the sprayers) as well. When we were done, I came home. She sent home with me several jars of canned pickled beets (I have always loved pickled beets), three potatoes, some tomatoes, and sugar.

I was supposed to fill the car up with gas, but found that there was not enough in the bank to do so….so I opted to go a little longer without. I’m perfectly fine with that. I understand.

That is where the ‘good day’ ended.

I have been struggling to get a small bit of funding so I can start a business. The whole process has been fraught with faux pas. The first attempt was reversed due to someone hacking an account. Second, by the bank’s alert system. And today?

Today, I was asked to do something. I tried to do it. I was blocked by the need for a code that I did not have.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I hate investing in anything not tangible. But, to humor the investor, I did as I was asked ‘to make it easier’. I opened a cryptocurrency trading account. I hate cryptocurrency. Perhaps I am a creature of habit that is leery of sudden change. Or maybe I just hate the idea of having to invest in something I can’t readily use.

To shorten the story, I could not get the person I was dealing with to understand why I could not do as they asked. Either they did not listen to what I said, or they flat ignored it. Both will piss me off quicker than anything. Don’t ignore me. Don’t not listen to me either.

To say the least, I am growing disgusted with the whole procedure. Mainly because the person on the other end is not willing to meet me in the middle. Thus, I posted something on Facebook something not characteristically in step with me. Something that seemed funny at the time.

It was meant as a joke. It concerned a project I decided not to go ahead with. One meant to be a sequel to The Devil.

The joke is liable to offend a few even though it was not meant to do so. Oh well. Sometimes sadism creeps into an angry mind. Sadistic sarcasm. Something I am good at.

Anyhoo…..

Did I mention there’s a new book due out on Halloween? Here’s the link:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-door-on-the-thirteenth-floor-jaysen-true-blood/1133067861/

about the new story unfolding

first, I must warn that I changed the age of my character. Originally, I set him at eight years of age. I have set him back to seven for the first two chapters.

Much of the story being written at the beginning of this is true. It is based off events in my childhood. The dreams and the ‘vision’ I mention did actually take place. This first episode is based off years 7-11  7-9 took place on the farm. years 10 and 11 were the first years lived in Sidney. It was the first time I realized that dreams meant something. Something more than most would admit.

Our household never had a television in it. I could never watch horror movies, so my dreams have no basis in anything I have ever watched. I did read a lot as a child, but nothing so terrifying as what I had dreamed.

I have never told any of the first few dreams. Or of the dreams I had as a teen. I have, however, spoken to a few about the dreams I had in my early adult life…which will also be detailed in this portion of the Soul Shard series. My suspicions about the later dreams have been averred, so I know that I am right about the earlier dreams as well.

Yes, I have become very adept at interpreting my own dreams. With such vivid imagery and audible dialogue, Or intense action, they are not hard for me to read. At the same time, I do not want to make too many uncomfortable. It isn’t my intent.

The overall Soul Shard series is meant to tie together the loose ends of the other cycles…Alpha Triad and Deltalink International. It is meant to bring a close to The Dimensional Wars in a way that redefines the universe and time/space itself as a concept.

…What Am I Doing?

Recently, a good friend of mine made mention that he would like to team up with me and write his memoirs. I accepted. I am now fully engaged in the writing thereof. I am also fully engaged in a media blitz in support of the forthcoming book.

To expand on the story. I am friends with several musicians. Some of them are legends in their own right.

Among these legends stands Mr.Carlo Casanova. For those of you who do not know who he is, I will explain. Carlo Casanova is the lead vocalist and guitarist for the band Psycho Sin, the founders of noise core.

But he is also so much more. He is also an ex-wrestler with quite a career. But this is just the shell of the story I am engaged in putting on paper.