Working on getting the next things together. The current plan is that the prose format will be release as two books. The series name will be “The Stars Came Back.” The first book will be “Back from the Dead,” and the second “War’s Edge.”
The next book will likely be titled “TSCB: Insanity’s Children.” With any luck and a bit of hard work, I’ll soon be far enough along in planning and writing that I can start posting it serially, like I did originally.
I’ve finished rewriting the story into traditional prose format, and emailed it to the editor for a flogging. It added about 5k words. I’ll likely have some minor updates to the graphics as well. Aiming for summer release.
It’s been a cliché since long before Caesar was in diapers because it’s true. Effective armies run on a foundation of the quiet, competent experience of senior NCO that have seen a lot, don’t get excited about much, and just get things done the right way. Continue reading Char dev- The old NCO
Another one that got side-tracked during the course of the writing. I wanted a gal that was wholesome, curvy, and, for lack of a better term, relentlessly domestic. Not exactly “emotional,” but much more an intuitive sort than a deep thinker by nature. A bit above average smart, but not a genius. Someone that was tough, but not a tough. Not exactly an innocent, but tending towards the naïve side of things. I hadn’t planned on making her a genetically engineered illegal soldier, or pairing up with someone other than Helton. Sigh. Another plan in the dust, but worked out. Continue reading Char dev- Love interest 2
One character that changed a lot as I wrote the story was Bipasha. I wanted a strong female character for the Hero to fall for. I figured it to be an “exotic” sort, one that was a hard-headed business person, creating tension between the somewhat idealistic and fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants Hero and a very practical business manager. Well, that didn’t quite work out as planned, either. Continue reading Char dev- Love Interest, the first
Often the hero is lost when they have a disrupting event that knocks them out of their comfortable ordinary world. They need words of guidance. This is often provided by someone(s) with the wisdom of age and experience. There a several such voices in the story. Art, Kwon, the monks, Lag, and Taj (which gets another post). Continue reading Char dev- Wise Old Man
Typically, a story has a hero. In stories I like, the Hero is someone I want to root for, someone I want to win, someone I’d like to meet. They have challenges, flaws, but are human enough to recognize them. They also grow over the course of the tale. Continue reading Char dev- the Hero
Reading reviews can be fun. A real hoot for some products. Writing good reviews can be a challenge, and I’d like to think I know t least a little bit about it, being in the top 12,000 Amazon reviewers, with a 98% “Helpful” rating. Continue reading Reviews
Just signed and mailed off a contract with a publisher, so I don’t have to worry about upfront editing and cover art costs and details in any future books. I’m also working on altering TSCB to conventional prose novel format, to be released when done. I de-published from Amazon so they could upload it and take it from here.
I’ll add more details when it’s available again and the publisher makes an official announcement.
It’s a strange world I live in. Very strange, but oddly nice.
UPDATE: Looks like the new product link is http://www.amazon.com/Stars-Came-Back-Rolf-Nelson-ebook/dp/B00J3F8Q0O . Comments haven’t followed it over just yet, and the cover is a bit different. The conventional prose format cover will be totally different.
UPDATE II: Castalia House. Comments have migrated over. Vox talks about it here.
What loose ends would you most like to see explained in the next book? Not just “the next chapter,” but what things were hinted at, or assumed, or mentioned, that you’d like more background about, or details on, or whatever?