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.

Tales From The Renge: The Prophecy

I am currently finishing up Tales From The Renge: The Prophecy. As I am on book 4 at the moment, but almost through, I will refrain from putting up any links until I have finished the series.

I had originally intended to stretch out Con’s apprenticeship with the Inquisition, but he – and the gods – had a different idea. So, the two books I had intended to follow him through his time in the inquisition will now drift a bit from his story and follow other players in the developing series. I will still return to him periodically, but he will not play a central role in the next two books.

I am thinking that Rebellion will follow the governess Niobe and her confederates as they rebel against her brother Emperor Kyrzhad I. As for the book after…I’m not quite sure yet what to do. I suppose I will just let it take form as I go….

The Morrow Family Saga…

Below, you will see ten links . Yes, the first series is done. I will also be re-releasing a better version (fancier appearance, indented paragraphs,etc…) of books 1-3 over the next week as well. I will likely edit and re-release series 2, book 1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This last book ends series 1. Stay tuned for updates on series 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, and 10.

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.

Been Busy

Sorry I haven’t been posting. I…got a bit wrapped up in getting the story done. Now that I am on the second book in the series, I can now continue to post chapters of “Key”.  At the moment, I am having trouble getting a perfected cover done. I did the sketch…but am lacking the abilities to polish it and make it better.

In My Haste…

I had made a mistake. I erroneously put someone into a decade he never saw….so I had to go back and change things. Now, everything is good and right. The story is now accurate as far as the players who actually exist or existed at some point.

And as I hate to be inaccurate, the problematic timeline had to be re investigated so that I had it perfect. now, it is good. Somewhat.

Strangely enough, I have already laid out both sequels to the current WIP so they are ready to be started. Maybe, after this story plays itself out, I will get back to my sagas…although I have another terrifying idea working its way to the forefront of my brain, one that I can use a certain picture with.

After I finish Key To The Highway, I will make the cover. Then, I will need to find inspiration for the covers of the sequels as I write them.

Book Updates

I have wonderful news! So far, The Devil and The Faust Syndrome have entered into production as audio books. My intent is to have The Door On The Thirteenth Floor also in audio book form as well….and have all three out on Halloween along with the e-book version of TDOTTF. I want to make this a very special Halloween season.

I submitted a show idea to the Discovery Channel as well and am hoping they pick it up. If they do, y’all will be in for one hell of a wild ride. The success would be a feather in my cap.

I am working on a pre-Roman, pre-Christian, paranormal historical fantasy that was suggested by an artist friend. It should be out around Christmas.

At some point, I will be back on here to give you the serial fiction you have grown to enjoy from me. Just not right now. I have so much going on and am so busy that I can barely see straight.

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/