Happy New Year. I hope all your 2019 days are good.

Penelope the Pooting Spider, my first children's book was accepted finally for print. It will be a week before it is available as a print version, though I'm hoping the e-book will come out sooner. It has been an ordeal, but I'm glad to have it out. Steve and I will be working on promotion for it as a team. (Thank you Steve.) Meanwhile, I'm nearing the end of Risen from the Dead. How it is received will be quite the question. In it I take on a lot of issues, including organized religion, God, and the Military Industrial Complex as vital to America's economy. There may be a knock on my door.

Steve, thanks for the help. You're the best.

Got my newsletter out with Steve's help. Thank you Steve. He and I are still struggling to get Penelope the Pooting Spider print version out. What did I learn? Illustrated books mean large files which are difficult to handle. I never thought a 24 page book would be so troublesome or that it would take so long to get out. Still working on Risen from the Dead. I've written about 3/4 of the the book with less than 1/2 edited. Working away.


Want to find out more about the Prophet, my character in The Envoy? I'm working on his story in my new book, Risen from the Dead. There's also more about President Ron Carson. I'm about 3/4 done with the writing, but not quite 1/2 with the edits. It will be out before the middle of next year.

TUSCON 45 was the best one I've been to! It was a fully packed 3 days, with sessions from 9 until midnight. Movies played 24 hours, and gaming went on and on. Many familiar faces. I went to a session about becoming an actor. Now realize I don't have enough talent that it would have to consume my life for me to have even the smallest bit of success. Thank you Eric Shumacher for that life lesson. I have been watching actors on the screen with new eyes, trying to see their awareness of the camera, the set, their fellow actors. It's an interesting exercise instead of just sitting there like a lump being entertained. I am in awe of those who stick with it and make a go of it. I also attended a costuming session. What a riot. those people have so much fun taking STUFF and making costumes. To look at a pile of junk and see what can be made takes talent. NASA had a couple of good sessions, one on the Apollo program and another about the access to literally TONS of free information from them. Great resource. Another session was about critique groups. The main gist was that they can be invaluable in improving ones writing skills. A bad one can be a disaster. Constructive criticism makes you better. That would be when remarks are made to improve your writing, not build someone else's ego. The Burlesque session was a riot. Lotta flesh there. I loved it. Thank you to those who worked so hard to put this together. You don't nearly enough kudos.

This weekend is the TUSCON Sci-Fi conference in Tucson. It is without a doubt one of the most affordable and extensive Sci-Fi conferences around. I've been going for years and it has always proved a treat. Yeah, I do try to pedal books there with moderate success. A couple of years ago George RR Martin was the keynote speaker. That's BIG. Soooo, See ya there.

I'm still trying to get Penelope the Pooting Spider done. The print version is submitted and Steve and I are futzing with the ebook version. Nothing's easy.
Meanwhile, thanks to you, who visit my www.evolutionriver.com site, I've returned to one of my favorite places. That is on board the starship Sylvix heading toward the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. It's a peaceful place to be with no one around unless I want to join the Collective Mind. Once in that mind, the space and time outside Sylvix changes with new dimensions and other matter. The 3 dimensions of space and time are meaningless when I can instantly be anywhere and anywhen These can only be experienced when my mind is part of a much bigger whole because my human brain is too small to encompass more than what is in our physical world. It's all out there, we just don't have the capacity as individuals to sense it.

I got another review of Dead & Dead For Real. IT made my day!


“Dead & Dead for Real” was awesome. Katherine is such an amazing character, and Nick is a great match for her. All too often I read works that feel clearly derivative of other books (especially in thrillers/espionage/terrorist genre), and although I appreciate literary influences when something this original comes along it is a refreshing change of pace! It wasn’t predictable or cliché, (seriously did not see that twist with the ‘voice’ coming) and sometimes it was cutthroat and harsh, and other times I was nearly breathless from the intensity and violent passion--especially toward the end – don’t think I put it down once in the last quarter of the book or so. I finished it in a few short nights and went through so many highs and lows, it felt like a rollercoaster. I enjoyed the ending and was happy to see that this is the beginning of a series and with more to come? But it’s not a cliffhanger (thankfully). Lots of violence and action and dead bodies, but it’s not graphic or overly gratuitous. Works with the story well. Recommend to fans of action/thriller/suspense. (5 Stars) Cam Jones—Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers

I submitted the text and interior of Penelope the Pooting Spider to Ingram Spark yesterday. As soon as I have the cover and epub files, they'll go in. It's rolling along.

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