The incomparable Jessica West has taken my second submission and attached about 120 comments to it, and sent it back for repair.  I’ve been working on it for about a week, and I’m about two-thirds done.  Targeting Saturday the 15th for the final pass.  After that, publication!  Looking for 12/28, so if you’re getting a new ereader for Christmas, you’ve got something to load into it!


Yup,  I got it done.  Finally.  It’s a bit of a mess, naturally, that is why I pay the incomparable Jessica West well-earned bux to whomp the draft into some semblance of shape.  It’s been a week now, and no word.  I am beginning to fret.  Is it that much of a mess?  Or is she waiting until my check clears?  (she’s a steely-eyed businesswoman, I suspect the answer is ‘both’)

Depending on how much red ink has been poured on the manuscript, I have no idea when it will be ready for publication, but it will come out before Christmas.

Now, to go hit ‘refresh’ on the email client…..

Three weeks from today, I have to submit an 80k manuscript to my editor for the final book to my Riddled Space series. I have….11.5k.

I’m gonna need a bigger cup of coffee….

—————————WHAT THIS MEANS TO YOU—————————

The final chapter in Riddled Space will be written by 6 October.  The edit process will last until approximately October 30th.  Cover art will be added, the files uploaded to Amazon.

Tears of Selene will be released in mid-November, just in time for you to load it into your eReader so you have something interesting to do during Thanksgiving.

Quick note.  Yes, I am way far behind in updating this blog.  There’s a reason (isn’t there always?)

The biggest reason is that I was writing fiction faster than I could blog about them.
I was trying very hard to determine if I could write and publish a book every 8 weeks.  That worked (mostly) for the first two books (Riddled Space and Come In, Collins), but I fell badly behind with Dead Men Flying.  Not so much for the third book, which took me fourteen weeks to finish.  Now, there’s Book 4, which I haven’t started, despite eight weeks having passed since Dead Men Flying was released.  What’s the problem?

In a nutshell, a death in the family.  My mother passed away at the age of 87, back in January.  I am the next of kin, and I was named executor of her estate.  It takes more work that you could imagine.  I am, essentially, running two households, while at the same time, trying to sort through 60+ years of family memories.

It’s ruining my productivity, as you can imagine.  But I’ll get past this in a couple of months, and get back on the production train.  I apologize to my followers for my absence.


I really do have to apologize for a couple of things:

  • I didn’t keep up this blog, because, well frankly, I’ve been killing myself cranking out Riddled Space and Come In, Collins.
  • I didn’t keep you abreast of the progress of Come In, Collins.  Suddenly, poof, there’s a whole novel, two months after I launched the first one.

But Come In, Collins is here, and in celebration, I’ve discounted Riddled Space, the first book, to 99¢ for you folks that didn’t pick it up the first time.  Here’s your chance to snatch Book 1 for a song.

I’ll generate a more detailed post later on today.

NaNo 2017

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo, you might want to check out my Quick & Dirty 3-Act Plotting Guide.

Just a quick note that RS1 has launched.  More to follow, including the link to Amazon where you can find it!  Amazon can take a couple of days to actually be able to sell a book once you press ‘Publish’.  Thus, the short note.
Time for bed!