I've been up into the wee hours with the plots and subplots of Left 4 Dead running through my head. It's exciting to lay in bed while the scenes play out. When I was working full time, those nights made for rough days to follow. Now that writing is my activity, I enjoy it. I just take more naps the next day. Some writers think this is a blessing, and in some ways it is, but I can't turn it off. In that respect, it's a bit of a curse. When I'm in this mode, all I want to do is write, but alas, life intrudes.

The Tall Grass Editing Co Op is getting into Dead Reckoning. That's good and bad. The good part is that the story has hold of them, which means I've done my job. The bad part is they miss the same errors I did when I was writing it. We've edited 47 out of 72 chapters. I suspect there's about 9 more weeks before it is complete. In order to make a drop date of mid-September, I'm going to have to send the Tall Grass version to another editor as I get it copy edited while we continue with the written version. 

Meanwhile, I WANT TO WRITE!

Steve's cover for Bernice has forced me to write more on the book. Thanks, Steve. I needed that kick.

Also working with the edits of Dead Reckoning from the Tall Grass editing co op. We're over halfway through. The pace of the story accelerates from here. I do enjoy watching the group as I read. They are getting into the story. Guess that means I've done ok so far.

I'm also working on the outline for Left 4 Dead. The more detailed it is, the easier it is to write the story, BUT as I write, things always deviate from the outline. In Dead Reckoning, I amended the outline after I had written passages. Whatever works. I have no fixed formula, only general guides.

Steve ent me his first shot at a cover for Bernice the Barking Spider. The man is magic. He's close the first time. We should have it within a week. I'm about 2/3 way through Bernice.

Steve Linebaugh and I are finishing up on the cover for Dead Reckoning. The latest is posted on my facebook page. Meanwhile, editing continues. Target drop date is middle of September.

Work on Left 4 Dead outline continues. That means I'm into it every night in my dreams. Gritty place to be.

Also, I'm continuing on Bernice the Barking Spider I've asked Steve to do a conceptional cover.

As with many of my discussions at book signings, several people wanted to know more about my portrayal of evolution. I start off by saying I don't want to get into the past, that is, who or what created our world. The question is, do you believe humans will be the same in 10,000 years? How about 100,000 years? If you say no, then you believe in evolution. All species change in response to their environment, even if those changes are due to that species. I always picture a Petri dish with a culture growing within it. To survive, the organisms within it adapt to the contents. If they outgrow the contents, they die, but something else grows. 

In the Evolution River series, I wanted people to look at human evolution through slightly different eyes. Not just human evolution but the evolution of the universe. The premise that a quantum leap in evolution will occur when we design life seemed right. Sea Species is a story of how humans and the new species try to accommodate each other. 

What do you think? Will we be the same eons into the future? Will we even be here? If not us, then who? Is that evolution of life?


I'm getting good complements about the website and artwork, that Steve does for me. Those of you wanting to consider his services, here's his twitter page address. Contact him. https://twitter.com/stevelinebaugh.
He also puts together my newsletter and does a great job. Thank you Steve.
Got a book signing on November 6 at the Oro Valley Library. I'll have Dead Reckoning and hopefully, Bernice the Barking Spider. 
Keep those guestbook comments and emails coming. I love them.

My latest newsletter is poised for issue. Steve has done a really good job. The banner is our first shot at the cover for Dead Reckoning. There may be a few changes, but you get the gist. If you're not signed up for the newsletter, do so. It's a fun read, and I enjoy writing it. As you'll see in it, the book signing at Bookman's was fun, I sold volume 1 and 2 of Evolution River series to Pat and Terry. Thank you. Comments are what authors live for. The same for the newsletter. Gimme feedback.

Been dreaming about the next book in the Dead series. (Yah, I have now started thinking about that as a series) Preliminary titles are Dead End or Dead Right. Got some really nasty characters, and that's saying something after the nasty baddies in Dead Reckoning. It continues the descent into dystopia, which I'm going to use as the subtitle for both books.

Got a book signing at Bookman's on Speedway Blvd at Wilmot in TUcson July 16 from 1 to 3. Come on out. It's always fun to chat.

I've got a book signing on July 15 at Bookmans at Wilmot and Speedway. I've attended these before, and met a lot of nice people. I even sold some books, so c'mon out.

Rewrite and editing continues on Dead Reckoning. It's already July, and I want it out before October, so I'm going to have to step up my pace. Steve is working on a cover.

Bernice the Barking Spider is moving ahead. I think I'm about 1/2 through with the first draft. I'm working to get an illustrator ofr this kid lit.

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