Category Archives: Writing

On editing (not really, it’s about Mastodon)

Don’t you hate blog posts or articles that start with the subject, “On [SOMETHING]”? I know I do! I was going to write a thing about how editing books is hard because you have to look at each thing and think about it. After a thousand of these things, I have begun to stare obliquely at a comma… Read More »

Off to the editors

Book 3, aka The Thing That Would Not End, has now shipped to my very brave editor for dissection. A select few pre-beta readers have also been given copies to pore over and study while I quietly hyperventilate in the corner. It’s fine. Once it’s been edited and I have my first round of feedback, I’ll be sending… Read More »

Where is Book 3? Status Update

Lately, I’ve been getting asked when Book 3 of the New Providence Series is going to be out. I owe you all an update on its progress. It’s in the final stages right now. I have about 5k words left to wrap the thing up. I’m going to go back through it for a round of quick developmental edits after… Read More »

Boxing Week Deals, Paperback Edition

For the final week of 2016, I’m selling Trajectory Book 1 for $0.99 in the US, £0.99 in the UK. And we have a new addition to the product page. Trajectory Book 1 is now available in Paperback for the first time! It’s a 5.25″x8″, glossy cover from Kindle Paperback. I spent a couple of days this week… Read More »

Countdown Deals, Marketing and November

This week, you might have seen a number of Twitter or Facebook ads show up in your stream for Trajectory Book 1. While I didn’t pick friends directly, it means the ad targeting “sciency, tech-savvy, smart-looking people” found you and included you in the population. There just aren’t that many of you on the planet. The reason for all… Read More »

Mars. Europa. Rosetta.

(featured image, Seasonal Streaks, Mars HiRISE, NASA/JPL/U.Arizona via Astronomy Picture of the Day) Sometimes it really does feel like we’re living in the future. As a kid, growing up, I remember reading Astronomy magazine back in the late 70s and early 80s. The eggheads at NASA and the JPL (mad hearts!) had our future all mapped-out for us. Mars… Read More »

Q3 Squad Goals Roundup, Q4 Proposals

A few years ago, around this time in September I’d have to write some emails with subject lines like the one above this post. It was always a teeth-gnashing exercise in frustration that made me question the rightness of a universe where difficult engineering tasks needed to be broken up into easily-digestible, 3-month chunks, then further sub-divided and portioned… Read More »

Trajectory Book 1 on Kindle Unlimited, Removed from Wattpad

Just a quick note about Trajectory Book 1: You can now read it for free on Amazon (US, Can) with a Kindle Unlimited subscription. If you’ve been curious, now might be the time to check it out. In order to make this happen, Amazon demands exclusivity. That means pulling my book off of Wattpad where it’s been hosted in… Read More »

How I spent my Summer vacation

or, what to do when you’re in between places and can’t really write because you can’t brain for a few months. (The writing update is about 4 paragraphs down if you don’t care about gardening and accounts of hard physical labor or golf.) Deb and I have spent the past couple of months getting our house fixed up. She’s… Read More »

Beneath the Red Planet

There was a question on r/askscience this week wondering whether you could tunnel deep enough under the surface of Mars to find the sweet spot that would allow a human to live without a protective suit. They’d still need some sort of breathing equipment, obviously, but pressure and heat could, in theory, reach a comfortable level for humans. I… Read More »