It is coming. Time to prepare!
So here I go again. Starting to work on Writing Military Science Fiction: Infantry for them moment. Well. Until November when National Novel Writer’s Month begins, then I will begin working on Incidental Elf: Fortress Basilisk which is book #4 of the IE series.
Writing Military Science Fiction is cool in that I have rank structures for many different military forces, from American to Chinese to Soviet to French to British. Ranks, unit organization and more. It will have the physical and psychological impact of combat (what happens when adrenaline hits the system), how long it takes to march somewhere, the limits of the physical body, the day to day life of a soldier/Marine, and lots more.
It will also be a resource book listing different cybernetic abilities, biotech, weapon types and so much more. Should be over 100K in words easy. A typical novel is about 100K.
But on November 1st National Novel Writer’s month begins. The goal is to write 50K words of a novel in the month of November. I’ve done it for several years and never failed. Books I have completed are one book in the Incidental Elf, two books in the Conglomerate Trilogy, and one other Science Fiction book. Info is here https://nanowrimo.org/participants/warcat/novels
Now. Enough blathering on. Time to get writing.
New Empires is ready. I could spend the rest of my life trying to polish the series but I think it is time to finish it and move on to other things. The Darkness was released on the 2nd and New Empires will be released on October 1st, 2017. Really, all I’m waiting on is the proof of New Empires before the print version is available. It is available for pre-order until then. http://amzn.to/2wBPwgj
I’ve also gone through my books and settings trying to make sure everything is consistent. In addition to finalizing the Conglomerate Series I think my next project will be The Airsoft Bible series. Time to revamp it and release book #3 Book of Tactics which will be individual user tactics and techniques. Still much to be done there. I’ve redone Book of Comm but it is mostly cosmetic and removing some old information.
Finally. The Darkness will be released on September 2nd, 2017. It has been a while. Part of the hold up has been I believed it would be best if I finished book #3 before releasing book #2. I am now done with New Empires which is the final book in the trilogy and it feels good.
Book #3 New Empires picks up right after a battle in the Bronkaw’s home system, as the Caliphate, New Alamo and Jupiter Alliance all begin to clash while the Conglomerate continues to fall apart.
“The Return” has just been relaunched. I have updated the cover and it has undergone more editing. I am preparing to release the sequel which is “The Darkness” and it will be available on August 2nd, 2017. Also by that time I expect to have the printed versions of the books available. I have already ordered proof’s for review. Book #3 “New Empires” Is also completed and just needs some rewrites/edits before it can be released. Right now I am anticipating releasing it in October maybe. One primary goal of the relaunch has been to ‘re-brand’ the covers so they are consistent, hopefully catch they eye and are superior. The full covers also feature the primary ship. In The Return it is the Leonis Ultio, in the Darkness it is the Proud Infidel and in book #3 it is the battleship Tigress. The Return is available now at http://amzn.to/2uybpfw
The Darkness is an interesting book in my opinion because there really is too much to put in one book. The Conglomerate begins to slide into war as the stagnation and rot is poked by external forces, lurking at the edge of the Conglomerate. Humanity, soon to be a key player in this war, is too busy bickering with itself to realize the bigger danger. New Alamo, Athena, the Jupiter Alliance, the Xu’an Dynasty and the Caliphate are all mobilizing and preparing to fight each other, completely ignoring other threats. Of course book #2 ends as the threat is revealed and the shit is really starting to roll down hill. Nobody sees the big picture, just their little slice and they think they are the center of the maelstrom. The Darkness is available at http://amzn.to/2uxhc4G
Book #3 is the fall of the Conglomerate and the end of an epoch. Luke is the cornerstone and the tipping point at which the human race will be enslaved or freed.
After I finish book #3 I plan on getting out Book #1 of my Writing Military Science Fiction series. Lots of work to be done.
Thank you and Semper Fi.
Below are the covers for the new books. Book #3 may still undergo some small changes though but #1 and #2 are undergoing final review.
Thank you for reading the post. I hope you enjoy the books.
Wow. It has been a while since I wrote anything. A lot has been going on. Book #2 for Aelfsward is finished. Book #3 is finished. A new book “Phoenix Warriors” is mostly finished (at least past the 50K mark required for NaNoWriMo).
Now I’m concentrating on editing Book #2 of the Conglomerate series. I have written almost 70% of book #3 titled “New Empires”. I would like to have book #3 finished when I release book #2 because of the way #2 ends. Major battle but there are a lot of loose ends just not enough room in book #2 to tie them up. Hence, like Book #2 picking up immediately after Book #1, Book #3 picks up after book #2.
When I write I generally have an idea where I want to end up. Sometimes getting there is the challenge. While the journey never changes the destination, sometimes the line between A and B is not very exciting, which is not good writing.
To be honest I will be glad when I can put #3 down and be done with it. The series was fun but I would like to move on. . . just have to finish it first.
So I have started the initial edit of Aelfsward: Under Realms. I have my work cut out for me. This is Chapter 1 so far. Suggestions? Thank you.
Warning: Potential Spoiler Alert for book #1
Aelfsward: Under Realms
By William S. Frisbee
The darkness tried to suffocate me, closing in, threatening me as I stood in a small, shrinking pool of light. My feet disappeared into the shadows.
A soft whisper came from the emptiness.
“I will devour your soul.”
There were eyes upon me and the whispering in the darkness made little sense. Clenching my fists I would not go down easy. My pants would not protect me from claws or razor-sharp teeth, but I had fists and teeth of my own.
A shiver ran down my spine.
Unarmed and unarmored, the surrounding darkness was not empty, and the light was dying. My heart hammered in my chest and there wasn’t enough air to breath. A coldness reached into me and made my bones ache.
“I will destroy your forest, it will be burned to the ground along with everything in it,” a familiar voice whispered. “You have stolen what is mine.”
I moved my head around, trying to find where the voice came from. It seemed to come from everywhere.
“But I will not kill you,” the speaker said. “No. That would be a mercy. Nor will I let you devolve into insanity.”
The whispering in the darkness grew in volume as more whisperers joined the chorus.
“I know your crimes,” the voice told me, amused. “I will help you remember them. Every single one. I will let you relive them as they shred your soul with their evil.”
“All talk and no play,” I said to the shadows. I failed to keep the fear and indecision out of my voice and the darkness laughed at me.
“There is no rush,” the voice whispered in my ear, like a sultry lover. “You will have all of eternity to suffer. You did not kill me, that is impossible, but you have angered me. That is also a lesser crime. I will return to your pathetic little world and when I do, your forest will burn.”
A hand with razor-sharp claws slashed out of the shadows to rake my chest, disappearing back into the darkness before I could get a look at it, but results remained. The cuts on upper body were oozing blood and stung. My attacker had struck at me from the front and I had been helpless.
“I will not kill all your friends,” the voice said. “No. They will become my slaves and suffer for your crimes. They will be violated in every way imaginable, just as I will violate your soul and everything you hold dear. Your forest will be destroyed for protecting you. That is within my power.”
The blood on my chest slid down to my stomach and lower.
In the darkness a pair of eyes opened. White milky, sightless orbs, that locked upon me.
More eyes opened. In seconds I was surrounded by blind eyes, staring at me.
“You are alone,” the voice said. “There is no one to save you. I will find you. The forest cannot hide you or what is mine.”
I turned around. Looking in every direction, those deathly eyes stared at me. There were too many to count. I recognized those eyes as belonging to manes. Slave soldiers from the depths of hell. Long claws and sharp teeth seemed to gleam in the shadows and I had nothing more than my hands and bare skin.
“You are not alone,” a voice whispered in my ears. A woman’s voice. It filled me with warmth. A long slender hand came to rest on my shoulder, a familiar hand. Behind me a flame sprung to life and the surrounding manes backed up as the light from the fire revealed space around me.
Something large growled, but I found it comforting. That growl warned others that I was not alone and I was not prey.
“I am not alone Brathius,” I yelled at the darkness. My hand closed about the familiar hilt of my sword. “I will not submit and I will defeat you again.”
The demon laughed. I looked for him around me, looking for eyes that were different, some place to direct my attack but then I was falling. Brathius had black eyes with a pupil of molten fire in the center and I couldn’t spot them. The lifeless eyes of the manes faded into the darkness.
“Show yourself!” I yelled at Brathius. “Coward!”
I struggled and awoke as I leapt to my feet, my hand clutching my sword, preparing to draw it from its sheath.
“Show yourself!” I yelled again and looked around me at my companions, they were now awake, pulled from their own slumber to stare at me as they grabbed their own weapons.
“It was a dream beloved,” Starlily whispered at me, holding my arm. Her voice still filled me with warmth and I could hear just a trace of fear. Chuff looked at me from the doorway to my home. His eyes held knowledge and understanding.
The light from the dying cooking fire flickered in my cave, making the carving of cats, trees and waterfalls covering my walls look alive.
Forcing myself to relax I nodded.
“I’m sorry,” I said to my companions who relaxed. A chill went down my spine. I gripped my sword tightly to try and keep my hands from shaking.
Gothar, the over muscled dwarf leaned his axe against the wall and pulled his blanked over him. Bren lay down and covered himself again with his cloak as Starlily pulled me back down to our sleeping area, holding me close. I was weak for letting a bad dream do this to me. I was in my home.
Out of the corner of my eye I saw Lady Windsong following me with her eyes, her expression unreadable in the shadows.
“It was just a dream,” Starlily said, but I knew better. My chest was not oozing blood but I could trace where the blood should be flowing, it still stung.
I stared at the demon cursed dragon sword leaning against the wall near Bren and Nightbreeze. It didn’t belong here. Like the goblin dagger from so long ago, it defiled this place.
Shaking my head, I lay back down, trying to ignore the feeling that the sword was watching me, waiting.
Finally finished. Originally I had planned on just having one book detailing Aelfsward’s journey through the Under Realms but it didn’t quite work out that way. I realized at about the 108,000 word mark that I might have to break it apart and make create another novel.
Had I not stopped, then book #2 would have been 170K words. Way too much for a typical novel, and this is BEFORE sending it through my editing process which tends to increase the size as I add more description, clarification and streamline the story.
The Novel “Incidental Elf: The Dragon’s Mouth” details his journey after the companions help the dark elf Rakala, someone I think will play a key role in later books. She is something of a badass in her own right. Ambitious, sassy, lethal, yet caring. Another broken soul fighting for redemption and a place in the world of Aounuma.
In this novel the companions must traverse the wastes of Lelath, find a way across the Great Rift, traverse the Realms of the Blood Tribes, a nasty group of dark ones and then find a way to bypass the Halls of the Ruskan and escape the Dragon’s Mouth to the surface. Of course the Great Rift is the home of dragons and the Blood Tribes are vassals of the dark lord Vakar, an ally of the demon Brathius.
In book #2, “Incidental Elf: The Under Realms” the companions first enter the sunless world of endless caverns pursued by one of Vakar’s legions and his top lieutenant. The Shadow Lords of Skane hijack the mission. New allies and enemies are made and the story ends in the City State of Rodak, ruled by the dark elves.
Still a lot to do on that book with editing, streamlining and clarification. Originally I stopped with book #2 at 108,000 words but I think I can transfer about 10,000 to book #3 to reduce it a bit. . . but that is before editing. Should be interesting.
Meanwhile, book #1 “Incidental Elf: Aelfsward” is being editing by my wonderful wife for grammar and punctuation. I have sent off a couple proofs to some friends for review. I plan on recreating and including a map, which means I will likely have to include a map of the under realms as well. So much to do, so little time.
Special Thanks to David Baker for blasting through book #1 and giving me some recommendations. Now I just need to review it again, reconsider covers, redo the proof and maybe release it. Maybe. . . .
For now though I need to let the stories rest and ‘percolate’ in the back of my mind while I meander off and do something different. Or maybe I start book #4? Or maybe I start the final book for the Conglomerate series. Decisions, decisions. I also need to edit and publish book #2 “The Darkness”
I recently had the pleasure of reading Ceres 2525. Couple reasons for me to blog about it but I won’t go into a lot of detail, other than to say the author is a former Marine, the hero is a good guy, if not a little too perfect for my taste, and I like the way he merged past and present without giving anything away yet still bringing both timelines to a successful conclusion.
The story is about a man named Ceres, after the source of his family’s wealth. He strikes me as something of an arrogant, narcissistic do-gooder who actually has a reason to be arrogant.
The story revolves around Ceres as he is growing up and as he is searching for his mother, who was kidnapped by pirates when he was younger. Part of his youth is growing up without his mother (or father) on a planet, kind of like a military academy for rich brats where they are protected and trained in a guarded environment. Later he joins a group of do gooders (think the A-team) who help people in the space lanes.
The other part of his story revolves around finding his father, a pirate king, who is really something of a prick. There is lots of action, fighting, martial arts.
Been a while getting back to it. Too many things to do. Never enough time. Motivation flagging, I have stumbled and fallen. Time to pick myself back up and stumble on.
I’ve been a little disheartened of late. Welcome to life.
So I’m working on Book #3 of the Incidental Elf series, currently named “The Dragon’s Mouth”. Still trapped in the under realms Aelfsward and his companions are still trying to find their way out, avoid getting eaten by dragons, killed by dark ones, dark elves, assorted undead and the local critters. Originally I had planned to finish book #2 with them looking at the open sky again. Didn’t work out that way, too much is happening in those lightless realms.
I did get a chance to reread one of my favorites “Warlock In Spite of Himself” by Christopher Stasheff. I might resume the rest of the series. Motivating.
Book #2 of the Conglomerate series is done but needs a review and edit, I also have a pretty good idea where the 3rd book (New Empires) of that series will go. Right now it is all theoretical though.
Add in several other book projects. . . .I would like to do it full time but I can’t quite afford that yet. C’est la vie.
Well. Enough rambling. I should get back to work.