Thursday, March 30, 2006

Prodigal Earth

I've sold seven copies of The Worldwrights, I'm very pleased to report. It's exhilerating and I'm looking forward to more. The deal with self-publishing is that you have to be willing to lay out some to get copies. Some people (maybe you, dear reader) will buy it off the website, but I can already tell I'm getting more transactions by walking up to people I work with and pimping it to 'em.

But if you're here on my blog (perhaps you've reached by blog via my site), may I interest you in my next project?

Self-published book #2 is titled Prodigal Earth. There's a section on my site regarding it, and I'll try to keep some rotating content here because I know some people enjoy blog-style layout more than website-style layout. Prodigal Earth or Prodearth as I call it, was started in February of 1995. I was off for a couple of days from work and I had several things floating around in my head. One of them was the Crazy Horse monument which I've visited several times. Go check that link out; I'll be here when you get back.

Impressive, isn't it? It's one of the wonders of the world, in my opinion. Right there in South Dakota.

As I pondered this, back in 1995, I kept focusing on the relative fragility of the arm and finger of this gigantic sculpture, and wondering how long it would be before they broke apart and fell down the mountainside.

I gave it about 100,000 years. This caused me to wonder what people would think if they suddenly arrived at Earth 100,000 years from now and spotted the statue. This caused me to wonder what they would think if there was nothing but the statue left of the human race.

30,000 words of the book followed at a breakneck pace. I wrote sixty pages in two days, the fastest I've ever written. Unfortunately, when I got to the point in my story where my characters were standing in front of Crazy Horse, I couldn't figure out what else to do. I've picked at the story very slowly since then, but somehow I've managed to get up to 175 pages. I've now commited myself to finishing it. It will be the first book I've finished in thirteen years.

I've been informed just now that my projected sales this week are up to 9 copies of The Worldwrights. Awesome. Only about 60 more to go to pay off the cost of the software I bought in the service of writing the book!!!

Saturday, March 25, 2006

The Worldwrights

I am pleased to announce that The Worldwrights is now available at I've just recieved the printed edition and it looks amazing. Thanks again to my brother Nat for rendering the gorgeous cover, which you can see both at and at my website

Monday, March 13, 2006

Moved from old Blog

The Canned blog I had at my site was junk. This is much better. I will update with links back to the homepage shortly. This is just a statement saying, yes I am here and you can post comments to this blog rather than the other. I couldn't stand that one -- the comments pages were restricted to a tiny little box that no sane person would spend time reading.

Anyway, I'm hoping to have a safe method to set up a mailing list and the like for those who would like to become stalkers, er, fans of mine.