I was thrilled to work with podcasters Ben Franke and Marie Kammerer-Franke on two episodes of their epic Indie Beginning podcast, which features independent authors, such as myself. They recently published two podcasts related to my work. The first podcast was a reading of chapter one of Carbon Run, the first full-length novel in my … More Download the podcast of Carbon Run, chapter one
Carbon Run, the first full-length novel in my climate fiction series Tales From A Warming Planet, is now available for purchase as an ebook or a print book. … More It’s here! Carbon Run is now available in digital and in print.
The Mother Earth Insurgency, the first story in my climate fiction series Tales From A Warming Planet, is now on sale. … More At last! The Mother Earth Insurgency is available for download!
Today is the official launch of my new dystopian thriller series, Tales From A Warming Planet. I’m celebrating by offering a free novelette, The Mother Earth Insurgency. It’s available for a limited time only via Instafreebie and Bookfunnel. Set in the future when climate change has taken hold of our planet, The Mother Earth Insurgency … More Available now: Free, limited-time download of my first TFAWP story!
The publisher who signed me last week is a demanding asshole. … More What’s my indie publishing plan? Go all in.
I’ve made a decision. Screw traditional publishing. I’ll sink or swim on my own. … More Just signed a four-book publishing deal. With myself.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I wrote two Carbon Run short stories, Zillah Harmonia, and Living in Infamy. I’ve recorded the second story and posted it on SoundCloud. In a future when fossil fuels are banned, the captain of a US Navy destroyer, plagued by guilt over a friendly-fire incident, hunts a dangerous … More Reading: Living In Infamy, a Carbon Run story
This spring, I took a short story writing class through Hugo House, a Seattle non-profit dedicated to teaching and promoting poetry and literature. I wrote two stories during the eight-week class, and I’ve produced an audio version of one of them, “Zillah Harmonia“. In a future decade when fixing the environment is the world’s top … More Reading: Zillah Harmonia, a Carbon Run Story
Writers of a certain stripe hate fiction genres. Committed writers focus on character and plot, and the fact that a story takes place in space or another historical era is secondary. Writers can live with basic genres, such as science fiction or mystery, but when things get fine-grained, such as paranormal romance (the Twilight series, … More Poll: What genre does my current novel project belong in?
It’s a ripe scene for satire. Twenty-five thousand bureaucrats and another 25,000 hangers-on are gathered in Paris at COP21 to exchange climate change jargon over sustainable wine and cheese. It’s hard, however, to ignore the seriousness of their effort, especially as a pall lingers over the city three weeks after the November 13 terror attacks. … More What is the role of a writer as climate change creeps up on us?
I’m planning a second novel with a climate change theme under the Carbon Run title. The new project doesn’t have a working title yet, although it’s definitely a Carbon Run II. Let’s call it CRII for short. It’s not a sequel, in that I’m not interested in following most of the character’s lives after Carbon … More Carbon Run II: Does Antarctica rise?
I’ve finished up a second draft of my manuscript for Carbon Run (Woohoo!!) and I’ve sent it out the first beta readers. I’m definitely relieved that I’ve finally completed a phase of the project that I started in 2008. If you don’t count a long hiatus between about one-third of the first draft and completing … More Carbon Run Goes to Beta Readers
I spent much of the last week or so re-reading a partially completed science fiction novel with a working title of “Carbon Run” that apparently fits into the new sci-fi sub-genre known as “cli-fi,” short for “climate change fiction.” I wrote the work in 2008, then set it down after I lost my way in … More Warming Up to Old Cli-Fi
I finally had a chance to work on chapter three, and I introduced a new character named “Bobcat.” He appears to be a hermit, but he’s much more than that. I don’t want to give too much away. However, I based him on an individual I met while I was working as a reporter in … More Bobcat
I’ve been revising Chapter 2, wherein Penn, the main character, escapes the clutches of Inspector Viruet. The good inspector is assisted by a security robot, a polished black, waist-high device which I describe as a headless, neckless, de-feathered ostrich. I was inspired somewhat by the All Terrain Scout Transport in the Imperial Walkers series of Star Wars. … More Security Robot
Wouldn’t you know it, as soon as I start writing the blog, I’m hit with a double whammy: flu and a screwed up back. I’ve been flat on my back and haven’t written a word. (Slight fib: I did manage to tinker with chapter one a bit.) I promise to do better as Carbon Run … More The Antagonist: Janine Viruet
Global warming. It’s here, it’s real, and it’s changing how we live. What will life be like in a century, after the warming? No one knows. But we can imagine. This blog is about the progress of my novel Carbon Run. It’s the story of a man pursued by a relentless investigator. Yes, I was … More Carbon Run: A Novel of After the Warming