Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Writing about Writing

Every time I write one of these I have to apologize for how long its been since I've written one of these. For me, it comes down to writing stories or writing about writing stories... and thus I write few blogs. But I know that from a reader's outside perspective it would appear that I've fallen off the face of the Earth and have given up on writing completely if it's been too long between posts. So here I am, writing about writing.

Status updates!
Volume 2:
-Chapters 7-12 are being proofed and prepped to be collected into Volume 2 for digital and print
-Volume 2 cover is in production
-Epilogue needs written

Volume 3:
-Chapters 13-18 are  having their first draft written

Volume 2 I hope to have digital/print published this summer. The Epilogue and cover are the only items in need of "new" work. Everything else is proofing and proofing and proofing, which just takes time.

Chapters 13-18/Arc 3/Volume 3 I hope to have ready for a September 2015 release, but I can't promise anything. If Volume 2 was ready to go I'd feel better about this goal but Volume 2 will be a time sink, it's a lot of busy work. Did I mention Volume 2 is 40% longer than Volume 1? Not sure how that happened.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Chapter 7 Free?

Amazon very recently announced the "Pre-Order" option for self-published authors. I don't expect anyone to pre-order my work, but it creates an Amazon listing for the title ahead of time so I went ahead with making Chapter 7 available for Pre-Order. However, KDP (Amazon's Self Publishing interface) has locked me out of editing any of the book details or promotions (to list the book as free). Furthermore, I can't even VIEW the details or promotions. With that said, I believe Chapter 7 will be available tomorrow. However, I am not sure that it will be free. At the very least, it should be free on the 16th. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Chapters 1-6 RECAP

When I started writing this story, I just started writing one Chapter at a time. I got six Chapters published and brought the story to a good stopping point. The plan was to take a short rest at that time from the six month marathon I'd just performed and then pick up Chapter 7 a few months later. A flooded basement, a print version learning curve, and a slight obsession with a certain video game series would drag that well-intentioned time off into 18 months... Sorry. So here we are at the close of those 18 months with Chapter 7 releasing in just a little over 2 weeks on September 15th. It's been a wait for most of you who were reading from the start and less of a wait for those of you who have only recently come across Pneumadiluvians. But even those who have been reading it recently would be well-served with a RECAP. I have the awful tendency to forget plot points and wish more authors would offer a recap, so this is my attempt to part of the trend to solution the issue.

If you haven't read Chapters 1-6 before, they have been collected into Volume 1. Read as much or as little as you want below to get a feel for the story, if you want more you can get Volume 1 for $.99 or a print version for under $10.00.

If you have read Chapters 1-6, enjoy the refresher and we'll see you on September 15th when Chapter 7 will be free on Amazon.

Without further ado...


Three months ago, the world changed overnight. Not of a violent invasion or overtake. Not from some rampant infection. Not due to newly passed legislation. The change came in like fog stealing its way across the land. Unheard. Disregarded.

That night, the City of Ames was forced to its knees. The few who woke the next day did so to a crippled form of their city as it writhed in death’s throes.

Quickly though it came, the change hadn’t come suddenly in the secret of that infamous night. It had appeared the day prior on farmland and country roads, then highways and small towns, claiming for itself holdings right out from under the noses of men. But the symptoms were so disconcerted, many seemingly innocuous, no one saw the approaching calamity. If someone had pieced it together, their suspicions found only deaf ears, or at least disbelieving ones. Perhaps the only words of warning uttered that day were discounted as a lunatic’s ranting. Maddened livestock, faulty cars, and a spike in first-time asthmatic attacks – who would see correlation but the insane?

The City of Ames staggered to life the next morning. A fraction – a sparse remnant – of the population woke to don the mantle of righting a world with thousands dead in their beds, or in ditches alongside stalled-out cars, or wherever else they found themselves when it became difficult to breathe, choking on the air itself – its weight filling their lungs like water.

Liam, an engineering student at university, woke to a cell phone documenting the last panicked pleas of his most-loved, Emma. She lived on the other side of Ames near the banks of Squaw Creek, the lowland. She never had a chance.

Liam and his cousin, Hailey, had survived by happenstance, their shared sixth-story apartment the only thing to bear them through that night. The five floors beneath them were less fortunate. None of its residents survived to see morning there.

Life dragged on, somehow. The food stores of the seventh-story restaurant that topped Legends Tower were another stroke of luck. That food bore Liam and Hailey, with the other residents of the sixth and seventh, through two months.

The survivors of six and seven watched with great fear as all they knew died away outside. Radio stations sputtered out. Streets stilled. City lights winked out one final time without a sound. A suppressive hush fell over Ames. And the survivors in Legends Tower were left to gawk at their now-silent world behind the safety of their windows. They knew little of what had happened save to fear the outside and the fifth floor.

Their seven-story building – the very thing that had saved them – now defined their existence. A prison.

Many paid the price with their sanity.

The truth of the still-unknown and unnamed disaster came unwarranted to Liam while he idled away at his guitar one hot August afternoon. Everything about the disaster was unlike anything seen before, yet familiar at the same time. It reminded him of a flood, a common concern in the Midwest come spring. But no waters had spilled from their banks in Ames. A torrent of rain hadn’t unleashed its reserves over the land. This was something different entirely, a gaseous flood. Gas, heavier than air, settled to the ground in an atmosphere lighter than itself to fill valleys and other lows. Colorless. Odorless.

Liam set about building a raft to brave the “flood waters” and free him and the others of their prison.  As wood to water, so were balloons to this heavy air and the restaurant’s monstrous advertising balloons fit the bill nicely – Bigfoot and a UFO.

But Liam’s plan for a maiden voyage met an ill-reception. The Chef had different ideas to “save” the other survivors and merited no room for Liam’s efforts. He sent Liam and Hailey out to sail prematurely.

Days of drifting aimlessly on the balloons followed for Liam and Hailey while the Chef “saved” the others in the Tower. Until one of the Tower’s residents, Ben, found the Chef out and threw the vile man down a stairwell. Ben had stopped the Chef’s work as best as anyone could’ve hoped him to, but it was too late to save the others in the Tower. Only Ben and his ex-girlfriend, Abby, had survived the attack. And Abby had only done so at great cost to her health. The two were left to themselves in the lonely tower of the dead, they thought.

While recovering from the Chef’s poison, Abby saw a watcher quietly observing her from the shadows of her doorway. Ben searched the Tower but found no one – not even the corpses from the Chef’s doings. All had been removed inexplicably.

Floating stories above the dead city of Ames, Liam and Hailey witnessed the dark quiet that had settled over the town for the first time as they were cast about at the wind’s whims on their balloons. A proof of concept, at least, for Liam that the balloons could bear their weight and may just be the vehicle to deliver them from their confines, but not as they were – rudderless and incapable of motion under their own power.

The wind would eventually guide them to the main lawn of Campus. And, through concerted efforts and the use of the trees growing there, they were able to cast Liam to a rooftop construction site, but at the cost of stranding Hailey to a treetop. Liam repurposed the tools and supplies he found on the roof, but the work was time-consuming. By the end, Bigfoot had been rigged with a wooden deck, paddlewheel, rowbar, and wings for stability. He made his way back across the Campus to rescue Hailey from her treetop only to find she was gone.

Hailey had waited faithfully on her tree as she’d been instructed with utter confidence that Liam, the student of engineering, would find what he needed and make it back to her. In her waiting, she had little to do but watch and wait, scanning the world around her wondering at what else lay out there and what had brought this on them. As rain clouds rolled in one night and lightning ripped over the sky, shadows shifted and darted across the Campus beneath. The shifting lights toyed with her – it looked as if something was in her tree with her, snaking its way up through rain-wet limbs. But, that couldn’t be… the tree was gas-flooded from ground level all the up to just a few feet below her. Lightning lit the sky again and any doubt she had in what she’d seen was put to rest. A monster of a thing clothed in dark gray scaled up toward her. Its long thin limbs snaked through the tree as it neared her. A pair of rusty metal rings lined its pallid cracked lips, the only view of what lay beneath the cloth. Trapped in the tree, Hailey had but one choice. She cast off from the tree on the UFO and back into the arms of the fitful wind.

In the Tower, Ben and Abby finally meet Abby’s watcher. With the Chef’s reclaimed handgun, Abby empties round after round into the intruder. Only after the clip had been emptied did she realize their intruder had not come alone. The second took the body of the first and escaped into the gas-flooded fifth floor of the Tower. Ben set his mind to leaving.

With party balloons for air, Ben descends to the maintenance room of the Tower on the ground floor. He raided the room utterly, taking any object of use. From those supplies, Ben fashioned for himself an under-gas breathing apparatus from a painter’s mask and garden sprayers. Armed with his tattooed bat and mask, he was as prepared as he was ever going to be to face what the world might throw at him. But his preparations to leave the Tower were cut short when yet a third of those gray-clothed monsters burst through their apartment window. This one a seven-foot thundering beast. Abby escaped to another room while Ben led the monster to the fifth floor, a standoff there left Ben unconscious and short of air.

Liam returned to the Tower, rowing Bigfoot on its maiden voyage after his improvements, and heard the fight on the fifth floor and found the blacked-out Ben.

Their rescue had come.

The three left the Tower – Liam directing at the helm of the heavily modified Bigfoot, Abby, also on Bigfoot, filling air tanks for Ben, and Ben aground in the gas with the aid of his mask, utterly dependent on the air support of the balloon.

They’d been freed of the Tower, but knew little of what awaited them.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Chapter 7 and Other Questions

I'm going to take a few moments to answer some questions and, well, it's been a long time since I've blogged.

When is the story picking up again?
At this point, five of the next six chapters are through at least their first and/or second draft with the sixth blocked out. I've also got 3 covers more or less done. This is all a big change from the first go round with the arc 1. That first chapter, and every chapter thereafter, were written and edited in one month's time. That was rough. This time should be much, much nicer for all involved. I wrote the first big chunk of arc 2 in November for NaNoWriMo and have been working it over ever since (when I wasn't in a deep, deep Dark Souls black hole). I'm pretty much on schedule for where I want to be, which is reinforcing what I hope to be my new standard, a new chapter every month from September through February until the story is done. September's my goal for chapter 7. Specifically, the 15th just like was done with the first run. Which is just 109 days away! I hope that doesn't feel like a long wait for you, because it feels like an incredibly short amount of time for me...

Will chapters still be free?
Yes, new chapters will be free on Amazon the first three days they are up.

Will chapters 7-12 be collected for a print edition, much like chapters 1-6?
Yes, I plan to continue the print versions as the story goes on. Right now, I hope to have the print versions ready about 3 months after the arc finishes. So in May, that is if the September through February release schedule pans out.

There's a print version of Chapters 1-6? Where can I get that?
Amazon. Search Pneumadiluvians Volume 1.

When's the movie deal?
Not sure. Are you a producer?

Still have questions? Leave them in the comments or ask me on Twitter or Facebook.

Finally, here's a couple very rough mock-ups I've done for some of the new chapters.

Saturday, January 4, 2014


Ok, I'll say it, it's been too long since I've updated the blog. Eight months between posts is... a bit excessive. I mean, some people probably write entire books in that amount of time and I don't find the time for a blog post? Sorry. I picked up some new readers recently so I feel I need to do something on here to let them know that I am still writing. With indie writers, there's really nothing to stop them from just not writing the next book for whatever reason. So, let me just say that despite my lack of blog posts, I am still writing.

Chapter 7
I'd like to say, "Chapter 7 will be available on..." whatever day. But, as I look at professional writers (those who make a living off of writing, not just moonlighting like myself) in the midst of a series with a fan base waiting for the next book, I find that they don't announce anticipated release dates. And I think it's all for the better. There's just far too many variables that can delay a release. I'd hate to say, as I've done erroneously before, that Chapter 7 will be available on a certain day and then not make it happen. Once I've released Chapter 7, the next chapters will be releasing in successive months, so Chapter 7 is the first domino. I'm not touching that domino until the rest are in line and ready. When will that be? Soon I hope.

If you ABSOLUTELY NEED AN UPDATE, this is the best I can do - the rough draft is at 56k words with a Chapter and a half left to go. That's the best update I'm going to give.

Social Media
(links in sidebar)
I've created new Twitter and Facebook accounts in the past few months. The previous ones were "Pneumadiluvians" accounts. The new accounts are "Author" accounts for myself, which is probably what I should've created in the first place. But, you live and learn. Also, Volume 1 is now on Goodreads.

That's it for now. I need to get back to writing and figure out how Liam meets up with ----- in the ----- and how their --------- ----- out. Then I need to figure out how Liam ----- the entire ---- of ------ from an -------- ----- of ------- without ------- he has -----'s -----.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

How did you hear about some of your now favorite Stories?

Most of what I do for Pneumadiluvians I like to think that I have at least a little bit of talent towards, mainly writing and art. I guess if I didn't, I wouldn't be wasting my time with them. However, something I've never been great at for most of my life is a salesmen. Not sure why, I'm just not. So, this leaves me thinking, If I'm going to be putting effort into getting the word out about Pneumadiluvians, I better be putting it into the right places.

Help me make sure my efforts go to the right places, leave a comment and let me know how you've come across some of your favorite stories (whether books, tv shows, or movies, I don't care).

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Compiling Volume 1 and Writing Arc 2

Just a reminder, Chapter 7 will not be released until later this year. In the mean time, I'm compiling  Chapters 1 through 6 into one easy to find volume while I write the second arc. You've been warned.

While you're here, jump over to the sidebar and vote on whether or not you're interested in seeing a gallery of the artwork I've produced in the past six months for Pneumadiluvians included in Volume 1. At present, I've got 9 covers, 3 miscellaneous artworks, and I may even have a blueprint or two. So if that sorta thing interests you, let me know and vote! Or, let me know what you would like to see included in the volume.