Archive for September, 2010

The Super Secret Super Awesome Project Revealed! (Kinda)

Posted in Grumblings on September 29, 2010 by chemiclord

Well, as anyone who has followed this blog for a while knows, I’ve had a super secret super awesome project that I didn’t want to say much about.

At last, I am comfortable enough to discuss it in a bit more detail now that the ball is actually rolling forward.

Fred Gallagher of MegaTokyo fame has enlisted my help in developing the story for his Endgames manga.  I don’t want to get into too much detail, but to say that yes, this is the super secret project that I had been mumbling about.  Cross your fingers and hope I don’t fail too hard!

Failing would kinda put a huge dent in any future opportunities.

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The Second Gate in Print?

Posted in Grumblings on September 23, 2010 by chemiclord

This is a question that has come up a couple times, and I figure now is as good of a time to address it.

“Will this book ever be in print?”

The short answer is; not likely.

The longer answer is that I have this obnoxious tendency to not be inclined to sell the copyright to any of my intellectual property.  As I mentioned a few months back, selling the copyright is pretty much a requirement in order to get published nowadays.  Every discussion I have with a publisher goes like this:

“So, how much of an advance would you like?  We’ll have the contract to sign over the copyright in 4-6 days.”

“None.  I have no interest in selling the copyright.  I’ll give you exclusive publishing rights, but that’s as far as I’ll go…”

*click*

“Hello?”

As for self-publishing, I’ve tried that, and it’s a load of bunk.  The prices are obscene (who wants to pay $25 for a softcover of this?  Show of hands!) and the self-publishing option requires an upfront investment that loses money before you even have a chance to make any.  That wouldn’t inherently be such a big deal… except that I really don’t have the money to front at the moment.

So, that’s the deal.  You likely won’t see this in print, barring some sort of minor miracle.  *shrug*

The Second Gate: Complete

Posted in Updates on September 12, 2010 by chemiclord

As per reader demand, The Second Gate has been put into expedited completion, the entirety of which can now be read here.

It’s a bit of a catharsis for me; this was a project ten years and fourteen revisions in the making.  Hopefully future books in the series don’t take nearly as long.

Seriously, I wouldn’t live to see the end of it.

So, what happens now?  Well, it’s going to be a while before I get Book Two; The Endtimer’s Legacy, in the works… got a few other projects on my plate, one of which should be posted shortly, another of which one will probably not hear anything about until next year at the earliest.

As for all the readers (who as I understand, have become a large handful as opposed to a small one), if you like what you’ve read, spread the word.  Tell your friends, tell people who you think would like it.  Another way you can help is visit The Second Gate’s listing on the Web Fiction Guide (link here).  Rate it or review it (or both); the more you do, the more the word spreads.

Until next time, happy reading.  I hope to be back soon with more for your eager eyes.

Second Gate: Chapter Twenty-Eight

Posted in Updates on September 6, 2010 by chemiclord

Ubeks are a rather interesting species to try and figure out.

The common perception among the Galactic Alliance is that they are unintelligent barbaric brutes that are barely capable of serving the galactic society beyond being intimidating security guards or low ranking peacekeepers.

The truth is, of course, much more complex than that.  Ubeks can be profoundly intelligent, and usually are.  It’s just that their intellectual strengths tend not to be the ones that are preferred by “sophisticated” society.

Let’s put it this way; you probably don’t want to try and discuss Post-Schism Interpretive Erani Art or the merits of Militant Secularism within Arcadian culture with an Ubek… but if you’re trying to figure out how to break the siege and blockade of your homeworld with a tenth of the resources and vastly inferior technology, having an Ubek over your shoulder to make those decisions would be a very good thing.

Find out more about what makes our big, varying blue neighbors tick in Chapter Twenty-Eight.