A New(ish) Short Story and Recursion Updates
Updated: Dec 21, 2019
Good morning, readers. If you’ve read my other recent updates than you know that my family moved this summer to Vancouver (not Canada) Washington (not DC). Vancouver is a suburb of Portland, located just north of the river in Washington. The reason for our move was that my wife was pursuing a career change, which required her to quit her previous job. My wife's parents are here in Vancouver, and since the job market is the same here as LA, while cost of living is cheaper, it made since to move.
So now we are the proud residents of my in-laws basement.
For some of you, merely entertaining this possibility might bring some anxiety. But in all honesty, the move has been a refreshing change of pace. One perk of our new arrangement is that I’ve ben able to use the upstairs guest bedroom as a temporary office. As you can see from the picture, it’s a calming space with a great view (of course, when I get up to write at 5 A.M. the view is the dark void of night, but I digress...).
I plan to pound out quite a few words from this desk while we’re staying here. Which brings me to my next piece of business.
A New Short Story: ALPHA RUN
I’m thrilled to announce today that I have a new short story available.
Readers who bought Future Visions Volume 1 have already read ALPHA RUN, but this is the first time it’s been available as a standalone. Also, I’ve added a new coda, a short final scene, to the story that I think even past readers will really enjoy.
You can get ALPHA RUN one of three ways. First, you can purchase through amazon $2.99. Second, but joining my Patreon. Patrons at the lowest level ($1 a month) get all my new releases for free. And for a limited time, new subscribers to my newsletter can read it for FREE signing up to my newsletter. Just visit my website and either click on FREE STORY or wait for the popup. (I say "new subscribers" but anyone who puts in their address, even if they're already on my list, will also get the story)
Alpha Run is a near-future short story of the collision between people on opposite ends of a deeply divided country. Heres the blurb:
In a world of synths and humans, a revolution is brewing. A young synth, and his human girlfriend attend a rally for synth rights while two police officers patrol the streets. By night's end their worlds will collide, and none of them will ever be the same again.
Rewrites for Recursion
In my last update I mentioned that as part of my relaunch for Recursion, I will be adding about 20k words. I’ll be honest, doing these new scenes has been weirdly painful. I can’t tell if it’s just the difficulty of returning to a project after some time has passed, or the awkwardness of trying to fit new material into old. Probably a bit of both. I’m sure I’ll have more to say about this in future updates. But for now, I can say that the scenes I’ve managed to eke out are, I think, very strong. I’m excited to share them with you.
New Website / New Mailing List Provider
If you’ve visited my website recently you’ll notice it has a new look. I’ve switched over to Wix and have been enjoying the ease of use of the service. Part of my reason for switching was wanting to try out its mailing list feature—the idea of an all-in-one service is attractive to me. So this update is the first one I’ve sent out on the new service. If all goes well, I’ll continue using it. But if anything strikes you as odd (like it ends up in spam!) please let me know.
That’s all for now. I’d like to do these updates more often. I’m thinking once a week on Thursdays. But I admit, I’m pretty self-conscious about it. Do you want to read my updates? Do you even remember who I am, or is this just the online equivalent of screaming into a dark void?
Probably the latter, I’m sure.
Anywho, happy reading!