Sunday, November 25, 2007

Procrastination Breakdown Blues

Five days early, this draft of the book is finished. From somebody better known for being a procrastinatin' fool... the cover might look like this (but probably not):In case you didn't know, the title of the novel comes from one of my favorite bands, Yes. The title is a line from their song, "Siberian Khartru", on the Close to the Edge album. Apparently, they also recorded a B-side using the line as a title (aren't they cool-looking dudes?):
Here's a potential backcover blurb for the book, if you're curious at all what it's about:

Luna is a motherlode of Helium-3, the galaxy's most precious fuel source. Terra and the InnerPlanet settlements, greedy to control this resource, are going to war -again.
Enter Sally Parker and a mysterious guest from Jupiter, leading a survey team to the moon. That's when the trouble starts, for Luna has a secret that could very well destroy them all.
From Seattle to Axum, this globe- and galaxy-spanning science fiction thriller delivers shocks and
soul-wrenching suspense from one of the industry's most promising new writers.

"This dude knows how to spell!" -Humberto Mindshaftgap, author of That's Not Pizza

Monday, November 19, 2007

The Creed

Things are looking good with the book. If I keep at my current pace, I'll finish a week earlier than planned. This is very exciting not only for me but for people I know, since it means I can actually come out from under and be social again.

The plan is to finish this draft by month's end and show it to readers for feedback and take a short spell away from production at least until Yuletide, during which time I'll tinker around on other pieces I've neglected and do some much-needed research for particular points on interest in the book.

Contemplating the time when the book is actually for real done, I hearken the words of Harold J Berman, a law professor who recently spoke of finishing another book before he died: "It's up to God -if God wants to read it or not." Amen!

Now, before I give the false impression of having any kind of discipline when it comes to work, let me get you in on a little secret: I've been playing way way way too much Assassin's Creed!
Set in the year 1191, in the midst of the Third Crusade, Creed plants you smack in the middle of Jerusalem and allows you to parkour (think the opening action sequence of Casino Royale, or just consider yourself Spider Man in antiquity) up and over and around every building or temple you see. Think of that! I've clambered over the spires of the Holy Sepulchre and leapt from the roof of the Temple of the Mount. Absolutely glorious!

Thursday, November 15, 2007


I cannot listen to enough of Denmark's Under Byen (pronouced "Oon-der Boon"). Since I find it only distracting and never of much help to actually try and describe musics, a medium more felt than heard, let me simply urge you to listen to their latest release, Samme Stof Som Stof.

It's the most affecting album I've experienced since 1995, when I heard Portishead "Wandering Star" for the first time.

There is also a strong design element to the band, reminiscent of Stereolab:

If you are itching to hear them RIGHT NOW, go here.


There are fifteen days remaining me to finish... THE BOOK.

And all I want to do is curl up in a papasan and read Howard the Duck!

All right, enough griping, back to work...