Tag: Science Fiction

Current Projects

If you happened to stumble across this post, website, or accidentally clicked on an image from google and ended up here, welcome! I’ve done a bit of a content/site redesign to streamline things a bit more, so go take a peek if so inclined. For reasons that are beyond me, I’ve decided to list all the stuff I’m writing, like it even matters, right? Anyway, here it goes.

At Eternity’s Gate: “Whoa, wait a second,” you say. “Wasn’t that book supposed to be done forever ago?” Yeah, you’re totally–shut up. I know, believe me. I’ve rewritten large sections and have been editing the shiznit out of each chapter, sentence, character interaction, you know, what makes the book good. Like Frieza getting totally owned by Trunks, things are bloody right now. Bloody fricken awesome.

Shout Out: to Chad, for reviewing (the now old) first three chapters on Goodreads. Feel free to pitch in over there if you take a gander yourself.

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The Flood: Host Physiology & Communication Report (Download)

a66c8964-aff4-4b7e-93a4-998975bce61eMany moons ago I stayed up for three weeks straight feverishly writing and researching into the early morning. Layer names and Photoshop brush presets were scrawled on napkins strewn about empty Monster cans. It was the first time I struggled with a deadline, one I made up for myself. The project was a fictional report/short story/research paper based in the Halo universe, one studying the communication abilities of the violent exogalactic life form known as The Flood. The Flood: Host Physiology & Communication Report. I wanted it to come out on Halo’s big anniversary, and I pulled it off, just barely though.

The Flood report was definitely the most experimental thing I’ve ever written, since I basically intertwined a story into the introduction, methods, results and discussion sections of a futuristic, desperately written journal paper. All the nuero psych I learned over a four year college degree was poured into it, and to date this report stands as my degree’s crowning achievement. It felt awesome to be so engrossed night after night in the same fictional lore and the story eventually revealed itself to me, shining in the night like a interstellar research vessel undergoing stage 14 core meltdown on a collision course with a binary star system. Imagining the people screaming on board, and why they were screaming was a true blast. I also got to manipulate a picture of my German Sheppard in infrared as an extraterrestrial parasite bore into his spine and tunneled out his mouth. R.I.P. Max.

Anyway I”ve put it up on my Download page, so check it out if you want to see some crazy sci fi graphics and read up about flesh mutating viruses and parasites and what not.

 

Cover Art

At Eternity's Gate CoverIt seems as though I may be zeroing in on the final cover art for At Eternity’s Gate. I’ve gone through several renditions to date, and each time I’ve discarded their amateur scented carcasses into the overflowing well of mediocre shit I’ve crafted over the years. That said, I think this one is looking pretty fresh. I can’t really take much credit here though. My lovely and talented girlfriend, Allie, collaged this vector by Fernando Michelotti and I used some photoshop magic (with control of the colors fully in Allie’s paint-stained hands) and it turned out better than expected. The font is High Tide and had a poster quality to it that tickled my rune-ish aesthetic. I’m not sure if I’ll make any changes from here on out, but if I do make any I’m sure it will soak up another twenty hours of my life like this one did.

I’ve also reformatted the first three chapters of At Eternity’s Gate, and inserted the new cover into the PDF. You can download that spiff jazz in the book or download section of the site, or click right here: At Eternity’s Gate 1-3.  I also fought through the night with Smashwords Style Guide. It was terrible and if equated to a medieval battle my limbs have been severed and my head is being gnawed voraciously by an overgrown saltwater crocodile lurking in the moat surrounding Smashwords’ castle. Ultimately I failed to convert my word document to Epub and Mobi files for reasons that I can’t even begin to understand. I will try again another day, after my memories are assimilated with that crocodile and I have my vengeance through the double eye-lided peepers of an ageless aquatic reptile. Chomp chomp, mother fuckers.

Also of note: My Download page is looking better. You can find At Eternity’s Gate, a desktop background and a short story there. I’ll be updating that with more stuff as it is made. I hope you enjoy the graphic I made for the page.

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Exploding Dinosaur Laser Battles (Stop Writing What You Hate)

dinosaurs-lasersI had a great post whipped up about writing and editing and the passage of time, but honestly I don’t feel like crafting that sort of post right now. The wonderful thing about working with the written word is that you can create whatever you want. Lately I’ve felt as though I have to write captivating lecture-esque posts about the craft of fiction so that people will come to this site and learn something. Maybe even check out the book I’m working on and fall in love with it, recognize it as bonafide surrealist sci fi literature. That’s not what I should be doing though, and who am I to teach you anything anyways? Put mildly, it’s not as if I’ve obtained literary enlightenment.

So instead of the aforementioned boring post full of borderline pretension and the acrid scent of academia that makes me puke up skittles and motor oil, I’ve written a potentially meaningless article on the logistics of engaging in prehistoric warfare with advanced laser weaponry grafted to blood-thirsty dinosaur skulls. Read More…

Editing with Physical Copy vs. Word Processors: A Battle of Swords & Lasers

Laser vs swordLasers: A laser is weightless and has no recoil. It’s just a bunch of excited photons all having a party as they beam straight toward your eyeball while your older brother has you pinned to the refrigerator. They’re super fun to use because they go pew pew pew and make pretty colors while severing limbs, incinerating three-legged kittens and blowing up planets. But after you’ve used ‘em for a while it can leave you feeling kinda empty, like you want some heft and recoil, real life feedback. I find that using word processors is about the same as wielding a proper sci-fi laser gun. Yeah, of course it’s awesome but relying solely on coherently phased monochromatic light may not be the best way to gear up for your editing assault. Read More…

At Eternity’s Gate Chapters 1-3 Ready For Download

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At Eternity’s Gate (1-3) PDF

 

Ah, the hour has arrived. At Eternity’s Gate is the first book in a trilogy called Singularity Playtime. I’ve been physically writing and editing the book for over a year and a half and have been thinking about it for the last seven years. You can head on over to the book page for more information about the novel and another download link as I’m going to spend some time here talking about where the book has been and how it’s coming along.  Read More…