Saturn as seen from Titan, painting by Chesley Bonestell

Saturn as seen from Titan, painting by Chesley Bonestell
Favorite astronomical painting

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

New story begun: The Shunammite Woman

I was surprised to see I've not posted since one day before my 77th birthday.  Since then I have started on a novella about The Shunammite Woman.  Her story is found in the Bible 2 Kings 4:8-37 and 2 Kings 8:1-6.  Of course I've written much fiction for her story so far but have remained accurate for that period of time covered in the above mentioned scriptures.  She is unnamed in the Bible so I am calling her Bina which means intelligence, understanding, wisdom.  I'm up to ten thousand words now and at the point in her life where Elisha has brought her son back to life.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

New SF Novel The Silver Dart

My new science fiction novel, The Silver Dart has released recently.  See an earlier post for the buy link at Amazon.
Jade Cromwell cannot understand why his genius wife, Darla, left with aliens two years earlier leaving him and their daughter, Missy.  He knew they would eventually return and take Missy too as she was nearly as smart as Darla.  Six men appeared on Mars as Jade and Missy were headed for the breakfast diner.  Jade, Missy and their dog, Spike had the six men beaten when a seventh appeared and bashed Jade and Spike with a club.  After they recuperate Jade and Spike leave on a journey fraught with dangers to find Darla and Missy.  Darla's high tech ship the Silver Dart gives them hope to find them as they apparently left for a disant galaxy.  Along the way they meet militant people and people who are friendly.  They learn why Darla and Missy have been abducted.  A menace in space threatens millions of people and the explosion resulting sends Jade into a parallel universe.  Will he find his way back to our universe?
Leave a comment for the short synopsis and after May 8th I'll make a drawing by random number generator.  Later I may have a print copy as a prize after I see how this goes.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Silver Dart released in ebook form.

The Silver Dart has released in ebook form.  Link
The price is $2.99 and there is already a review of four stars posted at Barnes and Noble nook.  Hopefully, the print version will be out in less than two months.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Silver Dart novel accepted!

My novel, The Silver Dart, has been accepted by Victory Tales Press.  They already have selected a cover for me, with my approval and with two images I supplied.  They selected an image of a space ship and nebulae as a background.  The blond woman represents Jade Cromwell's genius wife, Darla who built the high tech ship, Silver Dart.  The dog, a photo of our dear departed pet and Australian Sheep Dog, Roscoe represents Spike in the novel.  Rebecca tells me the novel will only require light editing since it is "clean" and I did read through it five times making corrections each time.  If I can get the image in here I'll show you the cover which will be in 6x9 format.  Well, it made it but I had to do something different to accomplish it.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Marcy's Struggle and The Silver Dart

Good News at last.  Marcy's Struggle has been pulled out of the 2014 Summer Anthology and is now available as a standalone story for 99 cents.  The link for smashwords is and at Amazon
The cover is great showing the conclusion of Marcy's Struggle for romance with the quarterback, Ross.  Rebecca at Victory Tales Press has done this for me along with Laura Shinn.  Josh Shinn did the cover and included a purchased photo of mine of the old laboratory.
Another spot of good news is that Rebecca has accepted my new science fiction novel The Silver Dart.  Work on editing and the cover will begin shortly on that.  Stay tuned.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Short SF story rejected

My short story Unscheduled Stroll on Triton was rejected by Clarkesworld SF online magazine in one day's time.  That was the story that was an epilogue to my Higher Mission SF novel.  It wasn't submitted for inclusion in the novel.  My list of rejections are growing and I've not had an acceptance since Higher Mission late last year. My new SF novel The Silver Dart was turned down by the last agent because she wasn't taking unsolicited manuscripts.  This wasn't pointed out on her website.  A friend of mine who writes nonfiction has volunteered to look at my older novel The Vanishing Shed.  Already before reading it he has pointed out several concerns just from talking to me about the novel.  A good author friend, Gail, is about done with Higher Mission and is enjoying it.  So far I've only had one review of that novel.  A local friend wants a copy of my romance novel, A Change of Heart.  At least that is a plus and I needed that.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Yet another rejection

This morning I received the expected rejection from Nelson Literary Agency.  The agent, Sara, said she reads every query.  Now  I must search for another agency to query.  I thought I'd go this route for awhile for The Silver Dart before going directly to a publisher on the internet.  I'd prefer a print book instead of an ebook or at least both.
At this point too I'm needing to decide on my next writing project.  I still have in mind a story about the Bible character The Shunammite Woman.  Also, I intend to write another short science fiction story for submission to Clarke's World.  I noticed I'd already submitted Ice Cap Run three years ago so they are looking at it a second time and I'm hoping they won't notice that.