They’re here!

The updated version of Mind Upload and my new story, Saving Memories, are currently live on Amazon!!!

Here’s a description of The Power Series and the cover and blurb for each story. Just click on a cover to go to that story’s Amazon page.

The Power Series of Short Stories is an ongoing collection of complete and individual short stories with a greater overall story arc. The Power Series will not be connected solely be theme and it will not simply be a retelling of a single event from different points of view (though that may occasionally happen). Characters and storylines will often overlap to push the overall story arc along. The Power Series is a series, not a serial. There will be no cliffhangers (unless I decide to break a particularly long story into more than one part, in which case I will give fair warning) and understanding one story will not be dependent on reading previous stories. Because each short story in the series will be a complete entity unto itself, they do not have to be read in any particular order. In fact, I can pretty much guarantee that they will not be written or published in any particular order. Reading a single Power Series story should leave you satisfied that the story was complete but, like all good stories, it should leave you wanting more. And I hope you’ll want to read the rest of the series.

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Thirty-five year-old former Marine Roy Michaelson is dying of cancer. Before he undergoes an experimental new surgery, having his mind uploaded into a computer, Roy promises his wife Carolyn that he will see her after the surgery. But when he wakes up, Carolyn is not there and his world is forever changed.

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Much of who we are depends on our past experiences and our memories of them. For seventeen year old Amanda Heller to become the person she is meant to be, she must return to the psychiatric ward where she was held as a child in an attempt to save her memories.

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“And I Think I Think Too Much”

The 2014 writing schedule I set for myself is slowly but steadily being pushed back. There are several reasons for this. First and foremost being my laziness. I have several awesome projects that I plan to write, but I just don’t have the willpower to sit down and actually write them.

I think part of this is the speed at which I write. I follow several very successful authors on their blogs and podcasts (including Hugh Howey, Joe Konrath, and the guys at Collective Inkwell and Realm & Sands) and it seems like everyone is telling me that speed is the key. They all say to get the story down and worry about editing later.

And therein lies my problem.

You see, I never learned to type. Yes, you read right. I’m a writer who can’t type. Of course, what started as the “hunt and peck” method has turned into a haphazard “I know where all the keys are” method of typing. On top of that, thanks to my various medical issues, I’m a one handed typer (typist?) which slows me down even more. And because of my speed, or lack thereof, I find myself thinking about what I want to say way to much and editing as I write, which further slows me down. It’s actually a wonder I publish anything!

So this morning I signed up at typingweb.com. Typing Web is a free online typing tutor. I figure if nothing else, it should at least get me typing with both hands and ideally it will increase my speed to 50-60 WPM. Wish me luck.



A lot of stuff going on

I just thought I’d keep you, my thousands of adoring fans, up to date on the exciting things that have happened over the last month or so.

Toward the end of January I ran across an article about the Seinfeld Strategy. If you don’t know what the Seinfeld Strategy is, I suggest you google it. I’m not going to go into too much detail here. Basically, it’s a system to get writers to write every day, although it’s not just for writers. The system can be applied to almost anything. It’s easy as hell. And it’s working for me. I’ve written every night for the past 23 days and counting. For me that’s a record.

I hired an editor. He’s the same editor that the guys over at Collective Inkwell and Realm & Sands use. If you haven’t heard of Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt and Dave Wright, they write some amazing stuff. And they produce at a rate that makes my head spin.

I’m done with the first draft of the next story in my Power series. I still have to edit a few things. My proofreaders should get it over the weekend. I’m sure I’ll make a few changes based on their suggestions. Then it’s off to the editor.

I’m updating the first story in the Power series, Mind Upload, to address some perceived logical errors. I’ll release the updated version at the same time I publish story #2. Both stories should be out by April 1st.

I’ve decided to abandon Amazon KDP Select and publish in all digital formats.

Oh, and I decided on a name for my series of short stories.

And finally, I talked to Rick Giernoth over at bloidnews.com. For those of you who don’t know, for a time I wrote for The Bloid. Anyway, he’s agreed to let me rejoin the staff and write articles promoting the Power series stories. The articles will be written as if by a reporter. Needless to say, the reporter won’t have all the facts. It should be fun.

One more thing, just because I have to bitch about something and writing this post brought it to light. I hate autocorrect.

That is all.

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