21 December 2016

In preparation for the Polish language edition release of the book series, I've posted one of the short stories to appear in Volume 4. It doesn't have a lot of spoilers and gives a good idea of Tsika and Glycerin, their personalities and relationship as teenagers seven years before the story begins in the book series. You can navigate to the short stories via the menu bar above or follow this link.

16 November 2016

Polish language edition of Rocket Science series coming soon before end of 2016. This is a draft of the cover. More posts soon.

06 October 2016

Selecting the book cover to use for the first Polish language edition of Rocket Science. Along with the serious candidates, I made this draft comedy version. I actually like it a lot. Trying to get this in the production chute this month and Book 4 of the American series in the next month.

23 August 2016

A 3 panel from various Tsika photo sessions with Mamiko. We hope to have a fourth in October. Tsika is a petite Russian-born bass guitarist who leads a band in the book series
It Really is Rocket Science. Available at most book retailers.

30 April 2016

2016 Event season is beginning. This year will see the 4th book of the series.

After summer of 2016, there will be four books in the original American English series.

There will also be a Polish language edition series beginning this year. Polish, eh? The model Mamiko is Polish. While working on projects together and interacting with her fans - it became clear I had a huge potential audience in Poland. They are avid readers as a nation and their language often gets left out when the world's books are translated. I have a raw translation team and Mamiko is signed on as the Polish Editor for the series.

The biggest problem we have encountered is that Poland has only a few dialects and they are difficult even for Poles to tell apart. This makes creating Polish language styles for British, Russian, Texan, and other accents/dialects a little challenging. I'm still perplexed about how to handle Sashiko's aberrant version of English with her Scottish background.

In other news, the Polish edition will be formatted to split the contents of Surfing with the Alien into two books. Weighing in at nearly 600 pages, alarms go off every time I shows the books to publishers and when readers complain of arm aches holding the paperbacks. It really is two books with a clean split dead center. But at the time I was unsure if I would go farther than Go Go Godzilla in the series and thought a trilogy was the best idea. So. The Polish edition will be my test case before re-issuing the series with the new story format.  I will call it the Remastered Edition and both editions will line up with Roll With The Changes. So no one has to buy replacement books unless they're just collecting. Book 2.1 would retain the original cover. Book 2.2 would use my Kpau cover.

Speaking of collections, I am seriously considering an Art Book of The Women Of Rocket Science. A nice glossy coffee table book of Glycerin, Tsika, Kpau, and the rest for those who appreciate the hard work of Elisanth, Mamiko, Khimera and the other models.

I am still looking for a Sashiko I guess. I've given up on Blar. I'd almost be better off using my older son with stage makeup and wig. He's almost the right age for Blar now.

Okay, I need to trim up and upload the short stories again. They seen some substantial revision.

21 February 2016

Yes, here's a Tsika image since I've been ignoring my blog.

I need to bring it all up to date and reload my short stories in prep for 2016 conventions and festivals.

Recent pic of Tsika ( model: Mamiko ) in action.  This may be the cover image for the fourth book of the series.

06 February 2016

Pitch writing, crushing epics into 30 second pitch.

Like the title says ... most writers loathe this but it is necessary. Here's my latest pitch.

A book series of dark comedy, tangled friendships, and twisted romance. A struggling band called "The Lost Girls" - a four women rock musicians. They have just fired one member and are out of money after moving from Los Angeles to Portland. Tsika encounters someone who might be able to help. The new musician, Blar, once led a band and has valuable connections and cash.
Disaster avoided.
Problem: Blar is a man. "The Lost Girls" need a new name.
Problem: Tsika is smitten with Blar. Not good for business.
Problem: Her best friend and bandmate Glycerin has dreamed of meeting Blar since the two women were young teenagers.
Problem: Glycerin is a very damaged soul. Tsika sees that Blar is a healing presence for her most important friend.
So, it gets complicated. It is in fact, Rocket Science.
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