I loved writing this story. The words just flew onto the page. It was a lot of fun to write about Selena working in the FBI instead of as a homicide detective, because I feel like the stories can be broader in scope and not isolated to a single location. Don’t get me wrong, The Runaway Train was a blast to write, and it has done a lot of great things for me as a new author! I can’t wait for you to see what else I have in store for Selena, and I hope that you enjoy her adventures as much as I enjoy telling them.
Alright, guys. Even though I am finishing up the final draft of Monsoon Morning, that doesn’t mean that I’ve been sitting around and ignoring my projects. I’m currently enrolled in a fall workshop where I’m hammering away at a novella that serves as an introduction to the lead character in Monsoon. The novella is called The Runaway Train, and I will be presenting it to all of you for free! You like free stuff, right? Sure ya’ do.
We are governed by the apparatus of the tyranny of time. Clocks, schedules, and deadlines rule every year of our lives. These things dictate our actions, but how accurate are they? Take birthdays for instance. Theoretically, wouldn’t any day do? Why celebrate your birthday on that particular day? It isn’t the actual day that you were born. It is the date in which you were born on a calendar. So, we have acquired a notion that the same day keeps coming back around.
If the past becomes present because of this cycle, then wouldn’t that be some form of time-travel? As an author of science fiction, I tend to ramble. For that, I apologize, but sometimes it’s the simplest things that get me started creatively for the day. One such thing, or “apparatus” would be the infamous alarm clock that set these thoughts into motion.
Somebody once told me that he wishes he could travel back in time and murder the man that invented such a cruel machine as the alarm clock. Couldn’t the same hateful wishes be said for calendars, or planners? Our lives function off of these things. Indeed, they keep us on track. Sometimes, however, it’s good to forget them altogether. Only then can you truly relish a day (not a date) that is literally new.
There are times in life when you just have to get up and GO. That’s precisely what I’ve done with my family, and we are now living in the Appalachian Mountains. Things have been pretty hectic, as one would expect, but we are making it by.
I’ve been spending a lot of time in school and writing two novels at the same time. The first is at twenty thousand words at the time of this posting, and the second one still has longer yet to go. About half an hour ago, I finished up a chapter in the second novel that I’m gearing towards a young adult audience. The first one is taking everything I’ve got to pull off, and is very much an adult science fiction story. It’s not based in some far future or on a distant planet. Instead, it takes place after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.
I apologize for the prolonged absence on this page, and wish all the best to whomever stumbles across it. To those of you who follow me on this site, I hope that you are doing well and don’t hate on me too hard.