It is hard to believe that five years ago, on this date in a NYC coffee shop on the upper east side, I started my writing career. You can see other frustrated writers around me, but this cozy place became the catalyst for putting pen to paper, or in my case, fingers to keypad. Since then, my debut novellas, November Seed& From Europa With Love, continue to have steady daily downloads on Amazon and the fan base, spread over eight countries, is still growing. So thanks to all who support and push me onwards.
For the past few years I have been working on a full-length novel called Silversides which takes place on Gliese 581 g. As a new writer, I discovered why only the most seasoned writers leave the planet to tell a story and why most extraterrestrials come to Earth to kick our ass… because when you leave the planet you have to invent everything. Along the way, I have written out weak characters and developed new ones, dragging along Kulcin who is the protagonist in, From Europa With Love. Writing is a process of one step forward, two back but I have made some great plot changes with refined twists and developed a new ending the reader will not see coming. Finally I can see the light at the end of the editing tunnel having received great feedback from Betabooks.co
I do not follow a linear path and have several other novels in the treatment stage that I am equally excited about, such as: HUM, Suicides Of Spring and Glycerine to name a few. Recently, I have joined forces with a fellow writer (G+’er) to compile a list of shorts we have written and put out onto various sites, such as: Offworlders.com (my favorite), Wattpad (where one of my shorts made it into their premiere eZine, TEVUN KRUS).and other author/reader sites. But it is G+ that has taught me to be a better writer because of the invaluable advice and knowledge learned and shared by such super cool folks.
Wattpad has been such a great platform for me, as a writer, to test the waters (no pun intended) with short stories and plots to see how they are received. In fact, the success of both novellas, November Seed, and From Europa With Love started as a short story entries in a SciFi writing contests.
Wattpad is such a great place for readers to get early access to drafts of some great stories being written that move on to become great novels. It is such a great platform for writers to connect with readers , readers to connect with writers, writers to connect with other writers and readers to connect with other readers… there… I think I covered it all.
With June 30th approaching ( Asteroid Day), here are a few things you can research, read and watch to prepare yourself.
RESEARCH: Start with the leading authority of all things asteroids by going to Asteroidday.org.
READ: I had started a series of sci-fi shorts titled: End Of Days. One of these stories deals specifically with an asteroid event, called, Under Eden
WATCH: 51 Degrees North: A collaboration of Dr. Brian May and Grig Richters. A life-changing film that led to the creation of Asteroid Day. Both the trailer and full length versions of the film can be found below. You do not want to miss this.
It’s going to happen within the first two weeks in November, Phragmites will release their seeds on a day like this. Look for blue skies, steel-bottomed clouds, high gusts and it will feel like it could snow. But don’t be fooled, they are not the first flurries of the season. My prediction is November 15th.
For the first time in years, I will miss this spectacular event in the NE, US, so I need your eyes and camera phones on this one. When you see them, take pictures and post them here. Do not get any on you–you now know the consequence.
In September of 2015, I was invited on WLFR.fm during Mark Grossman’s Eclectic Journey segment, talking about Stockton University (my alum) of my Sci-Fi, November Seed, and a little about the music and genre of Sci-Fi that inspires me to write. November Seed has been available for FREE on: Amazon, Offworlders.com, Wattpad and Smashwords and has been receiving glowing reviews for me to continue the saga (which I will). Below is a recording of that session
You can stream Mark’s Eclectic Journey every Wednesday (3:00 PM –> 6:00 PM) from the internet by going to wlfr.fm
If you are fortunate to live in South jersey, you can catch it on the radio at FM 91.7 on your dial.
I am very excited to announce that November Seed is now available on www.OffWorlders.com for FREE. Click on the image below.
I selected www.OffWorlders.comto make my novella, November Seed, available to Sci-Fi readers everywhere. I love this innovative and content rich site and what the folks at OffWorlders are doing here–putting authors in close contact with their readers. This is more than just a distribution point for authors. I see great things happening here at OffWorlders, so follow along where I, and other authors, will be posting some short sci-fi in the near future.