Beyond the Darkside, 29-5 and 6


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Paradise: Ascent of the Blessed (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He stumbled into his bathroom and stared at the mirror. He looked like hell with his bloodshot eyes, the spattered blood covering his face and hands, and the caked and matted hair plastered to his skull. Thankfully, he managed to get his shirt off as soon as he got to his room. It was a wretched stinking mess of blood and viscera. He did not want to see it in the mirror any more than he wanted to spell the stink of it.

 

The shower attached to his office was a luxury few could afford. The cost of importing was still high despite the progress in lunar self-sufficiency that he championed. Soon it would no longer matter. All of earth’s resources would be at his fingertips and people would pay whatever he asked to bring it to the moon. The project would pay for itself in a matter of months. Of course that assumed that he did what he told his shareholders.

 

The truth was far more ruthless. Why aim for being the master of the moon when he could conquer Terra and the rest of the solar system along with it. His ambitions were never so lofty before, but his near death experience left him realizing he could so much more. Why waste his time and efforts giving other a chance to be more when he could give them a new sense of direction. He would give them a purpose that they never knew they needed and in time they would see him as God amongst men.

 

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Beyond the Darkside, 29-3 and 4


Beyond the Darkside

Aldric was a man of strong passions. Milquetoast men did not accumulate wealth and power. If there was a hallmark to Aldric’s leadership style, it was that he was an efficient planner with a keen eye for the moment to act. His negotiations often turned on some key change in the economy or the opinions of the masses. The fact that he was the puppeteer hiding in the shadow, pulling the strings of people and governments alike, was known by no one. He compartmentalized everything and strung together seemingly random actions that turned the table in his favor. They say that in Chess a good player can see three or four moves ahead and that a master can see far beyond that. Aldric treated the moon like his chessboard, but his control over the pieces was so dominant that he could see the game all the way to its conclusion.

At least he could before the accident.

“Lights on. Fifty percent illumination.” Aldric squinted as the room grew brighter. “Shower. I need a shower.” He stood up and groaned. He was not sore, but standing felt like a burden. Walking through the air was like swimming through gelatin. It was another curious side effect of the accident. He did not tell the doctors, and his own tests proved inconclusive. He struggled in silence. Maybe it was some sort f penance. He did not know and did not care. His life was different now and he was not about to stop fighting.

Beyond the DarkSide 29-2


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Pulling his hands away, Aldric looked at them and sneered at the blood that still covered them. He was no Lady MacBeth, railing against the guilt that plagued him, but he was a murderer. As the head of the largest lunar corporation he was responsible for the death of thousands, but there were usually hundreds of people between him and whatever unfortunate soul got in his way. The interview room was clean, the video erased and the bodies disposed of before he made it to his office. He would not face any semblance of justice for the murders, at least none the authorities could mete out. He killed his guards without hesitation or concern for the consequences, and that is what worried him.

Not Going Epic


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Not Going Epic…Yet

Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time cruising through Tumblr. I’m not going to get into the weirdness that Tumblr is or how the place leaves me feeling conflicted over political and social issues, but I will say that I’ve been enjoying a number of science fiction and fantasy pictures that have left me feeling a little inspired. At least I’m going to call it inspiration, because to say they left me feeling desirous sounds a little creepy and somewhat inappropriate for this blog.

Epic shots of mammoth space ships have left me wanting to write science fiction in a bad way. But it would not be enough to write science fiction by itself, no, there must be an epic space battle included or my desire to write epic science fiction will be left unresolved. I’m sure my repeated watching of the new Star Wars trailer has influenced this urge in me, but I have always loved the idea of capital ships slugging it out in the void of space.  I can only think of a handful of books that I have read where such battles are described, and there are some movies out there, but all so often the space battle is given short shrift as the action focuses on the characters involved.

As much as I want to write that perfect scene of mammoth starships striking each other with blinding streams of solid light and missiles designed to lay way to planets while hordes of starfighters zip between the ships like clouds of violence made manifest, now is not the time.  Alas, I have some urban fantasy to finish and I know that straying too far from the series I am working on will only drive me crazy.  I know it sounds a little weird for a guy who routinely juggles too many writing projects all at once, but I’ve started to get a little OCD with my writing. I tried to do something else for NaNoWriMo, but I couldn’t make myself focus on another story no matter how much I wanted to.

In the meantime, I’ll have to settle for talking about epic space combat. So tell me, what are your favorite books and movies for scenes of ship to ship combat? What made them special in your mind?

Nothing Like Waiting Until the Last Minute


Apocalypse in the Balance

So for the last week I have been running a Kickstarter Campaign to prepare for the launch of my new book, Apocalypse in the Balance. I haven’t brought it here until now because quite frankly I didn’t see this as being the best place to promote the Kickstarter since I have been slacking on this site as of late. Granted, the slacking has been to the focus on finishing the editing on the very book I am trying to get paid for, but still, not much activity means not a lot of readers coming through.

So, with all of that behind me, let me tell you that I have this great campaign and I have already hit my stated goal of $350. I would like to pass that number up a bit more than I already have because every additional dollar either goes towards increasing the size of my print run or toward marketing dollars. I had zero budget for marketing on my first book other than this website and one blog campaign. I would like to do a little more with it this time and see if I can’t get some decent exposure.

If you back the project you will be rewarded with copies of either the new or old book depending on how much you pledge. Click the link below and take a look.  You won’t regret becoming a backer to this project, and you’ll get to be one of the first people to read the sequel to Apocalypse Rising.

 

APOCALYPSE IN THE BALANCE KICKSTARTER

 

NaNoWriMo 2013


The setup for NaNoWriMo at home, if I need to ...
The setup for NaNoWriMo at home, if I need to be portable. Long exposure lit by sweeping an LED flashlight over the scene. clickthing.blogspot.com/2008/10/tennish-anyone.html (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is that time of year again. It is NaNoWriMo time, and I am going to give it a shot this year despite my rather full plate.  I know, you’re saying, “But Eric, you still have to edit AR2 and get it out for your adoring fans to read,” and you would be absolutely right, but I need to push myself in November because I feel like I have let myself get lazy with my writing habits this year and I need a good kick in the shorts to get me revved up again.

My original idea for this year was going to be my intended story for last year, but I cannot find my notes, so I need to scurry an outline together in a hurry if I want to go with that SUPER secret concept. If I can’t put that together then I will just do the sequel to my NaNoWriMo from two years ago. I have a lot of it ready to go already, so it would be an easy substitute.  Of course, if I have to go that route, it sure makes it look like NaNoWriMo will be a struggle since I can’t even find the time to redo my outline and character notes.

I am growing a small group for mutual encouragement, so if you want to join us, just stop by my NaNoWriMo page HERE and add me as a buddy.

Good Luck!

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