The Funk

Welcome to the funk.  Happens every so often.  A minor setback is just demoralizing.  Maybe I’m not getting enough exercise, competing enough, etc.  Regardless I have entered funk where I’m not doing much writing.

I’ve ‘finished’ book two of the Incidental Elf series.   Actually, book 2 was getting to be very long and wasn’t close to being finished, so I found a good spot and broke it off into book 3, and there I have stopped.  Almost a fifth of the way into it (23,327 words) and there I have stumbled and fallen into my funk.

Meh.  I’m not really in the mood to socialize because when I’m in a funk I can also be something of an asshole. . . or maybe I’m less tolerant of stupid.  Either way, I should avoid social interaction.

Why whine about it?  It is a plea for help, for. . . no.  LMFAO.  Not really.  I’m just whining 🙂  I’ll kick my self in the ass and get in gear eventually.  I’m the only person that can, I’m the only person that can motivate me.

Plus I’m waiting for the X-box to finish installing updates so I can kill things.  That usually helps my mood.  Sometimes.

Either way.  Who cares.  X-box should be done by now.


Always Learning

So even in the 40’s I have to go take exams and study like a crazy person.  This weekend was spent doing little more than studying for XenMobile as I have an interesting but high level exam starting on Tuesday.  I have 24 hours to complete it. . . . if that tells you anything.

That will be in addition to a regular work day.  Fun!  I would much rather be spending time with the family, writing or artwork.  C’est la vie.

But I HAVE been thinking about “The UnderRealms”  the intrepid companions are about to have a run-in with a mob of dark ones and the Breek. . . .


Military-SF: Infantry Combat

MilitarySF-GROUNDSo many ongoing projects. One side project is plagurizing my website and creating an actual book for writers on Military Science Fiction. Already it is 92,000 words long and has several sections I still have not written. There are also two more books on the drawing board in various states of completion I plan to have in the serious.

Infantry combat will incorporate lots of info from my website, along with more psychological, physiological information, a more detailed list of weapons, munitions, cybernetic modifications, biological modifications, battle armor components, space born assault, infantry tactics, etc.  LOTS of stuff.

The first is simply Infantry Combat and takes away a lot from my website along with a lot of new material and research. The second will be Space Combat which will have numerous details and information on ship building, physics, space borne operations, sensors, etc. The third book will be vehicular combat, from tanks, to mechs, to fighter squadrons.

I plan on using some sections from the first book in the other two in order to make each book a stand alone, with information on Strategy VS Operational VS tactical levels, designing militaries, etc, with each section customized for the specific book.

The website is also taking up some time and I have to update my other website

For whatever reason my databases got corrupted and caused me to lose ALL my site settings, blogs, comments, etc. While using the ‘way-back’ machine has allowed me to capture some of it, there is a lot of work to be done and work is going to be keeping me busy between exams and all the travel.

So very much to do.  I think I need another vacation.

The Under Realms

So while on vacation I got a little writing done.  Made some pretty good progress plot wise and discovered something that had been bothering me for a while.  Seriously.  What good is a magic sword when fighting a dragon?  Do you REALLY think you could get close enough to stab it before it burned you, sliced you to ribbons with its claws or bit you in half?  Let’s not go into the acidic blood or magical abilities. . . . walking up and sticking a sword into a dragon is just a quick, painful way to die.

Maybe.  Now however the intrepid companions are faced with the Great Rift.  A massive slash in the mountains, thousands of feet deep and hundreds of feet across.  It is said to swarm with dragon.  If the dark one army and the demon behind them is not enough incentive then maybe being underground in an earthquake prone area is?  I’m starting to wonder how they will get across without getting eaten.  Should be fun.

Currently at 98,009 words.

It is probably going to stay there for a while since I have a couple exams that I have to study like crazy for.  <sigh>


Rebuild Continues

So I’m continuing to rebuild and redesign my websites.  Three were toasted with the recent database ‘corruption’. (aka

Now I think MILSF is up and going again.  I’ve even added some new articles but I want to go through all the old links and put redirects in them to send people from the old webpage to the new one.  That should take a while.

This site, is also almost back in business although I’ve lost so many of my blog entries.  It is kind of depressing.  I won’t rely on provider to do backups anymore though.

My vacation is also over 🙁  Now it is back to work.  I have a pretty full schedule and might be spending a lot of time away from home.  Again.  It sure would be nice if I could become a best selling author and ‘retire’ to write full time.


Marine Corps Reunion in Denver Colorado

Got back yesterday from a Marine Corps Reunion in Denver Colorado.  Got to spend time with some of my Marine brothers, did some skeet shooting and a lot of talking and listening.


I have volunteered to host next year.  I already miss those guys.


Way of the Warrior

My very first Novel.  It is over 200,000 as I recall.  Might be time to revisit that.  It dates back to 1995 if that tells you anything. . .

Originally it was one big novel.  I wrote section 3 first, didn’t think it was long enough then went back and did the beginning.

Book 1 is only 40,8074 words long.  Kind of short.  Book #2 is 102,706 words long and Book #3 is 71,486 words long, so maybe you see my dilema.  That is a total of 215,066 words and the average novel size I believe is around 80K.  Now I understand that fantasy novels can be long, but I think that 200K+ words is pushing it.  The longest novel “War and Peace” is about 500K words long so it isn’t without precedence.  The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien was about 95,022 words.  Lord of the Ringswas as follows;  Fellowship of the Ring: 177,227 words, The Two Towers:  143,436 words andReturn of the King: 134,462.

My Novel “Way of the Warrior” follows a young man as he is rescued from a ravaged town by the greatest general of all times named Caldor and renamed Berncyn.  A Shakari knight of the highest rank who is now a hunted exile.  The boy impresses the General who takes him as a student.  Growing up, living in a cave on the outskirts of society the young warrior learns many skills about the Sharkari knights who are part samurai, part ninja.  Book one technically ends when assassins find the general and the young warrior is tasked with finding his teacher’s instructor.  An elf named Si’ Aelfsward.

The second novel is about Berncyn’s journey to find the elf where he is graded and sent off to join more of Si’ Aelfsward’s students, fighting a distant war on the frontier against his mentor’s enemies who until now have remained in hiding.

He travels to a distant outpost and joins Si’ Aelfswards’ students as they act as scouts and raiders for a local lord named Marik.  During a joint operation with another lord he meets and falls in love with another Shakari woman but he isn’t quite sure how to approach her.

A surprise attack by the Dark Ones overruns the fortress and Berncyn must lead the survivors to safety.  They find out that all over the island the darkones have risen up and overrun the lords, leaving only a single refuge which the survivors manage to escape to named Tresh which is besieged by the Dark Ones.

Within the dubious safety of Tresh the survivors fight on the walls and learn that the Emperor feels they have betrayed him, refusing to reinforce or assist them and demanding they redeem their honor.

Tresh falls but many warriors escape, including Berncyn.

Book 3 starts with the abandoned warriors being accepted by a warlord in a foreign land who has dark one problems of his own.  Berncyn decides to go his own way as he is torn with grief and guilt.  In the wilds he is found by Si’ Aelfsward who administers the final test of the Shakari.  Berncyn realizes that he wants to live and he proceeds to a distant city named Sadrask, without a purpose or goal, a wandering warrior.

In Sadrask he takes on an apprentice of his own, a former thief, and he finds out that Pantheris has survived and again he falls in love.  The three become embroiled in a plot that involves a haunted castle in the middle of Sadrask, a small band of professional adventurers hired by a secretive magic council and an ancient evil that is returning to the lands and a prophecy is fulfilled.

This is an initial cover that I put together.  When I go back to do a full edit/reread/re-write I will figure out if it will be three books or somehow two.  Dunno.  I get all teary eyed myself in some sections still and I’ve had a couple people cry when reading certain portions.  I find it hard to edit properly as I get tied up in the story.  The end always give me a real big boost and a super warm fuzzy.

The Return Pt. 9

I cracked the 45,000 word mark.  Most excellent.  5,000 more words to ‘win’.  Maybe this week?  So here is what I found out about word counts and novels per;

Novel over 40,000 words
Novella 17,500 to 40,000 words
Novelette 7,500 to 17,500 words
Short story under 7,500 words

Here I was thinking that the minimum word count for most novels was 80,000.  The Huffington Post  had this interesting article with some comparisons of famous books. and make the argument that the “average” book is 64,000 words.  I know some of my favorite novels and novelists average about 80K to 120K words so I think that is my goal.

What does this mean to The Return.  Well.  I think I’m about halfway through the book, although I might be 1/3rd of the way into the book based on my plans.  Currently Luke and Leonessa have met and are talking, planning, etc.  They are going to have to track down Leonessa’s missing crew and then fly off to save the Athena colony, or crush the Caliphate.  Not quite sure yet.  Leonessa has been saved from the Tonkan and both Leonessa and Luke are starting to realize the Topa might be manipulating them and have some ulterior motive.  They are also starting to realize a few other things as well.  Not sure how I’m going to have Brita play into this yet but I want to develop her and Doc some more.  Maybe Carmichael and Burke as well.  Bebchuck may or may not survive.  I’m really curious to see how that is going to play out. . . . wait a minute.  I thought I was writing the book.  Hmmm.  Okay.  I’ll figure that out.  Better be good.

So here’s a picture I created week or two ago with Leonessa, Luke and Suresh.TheReturnCover

The Return Pt. 5

Okay.  I made it past the 33K mark.  Great!  So much I want to cram into the story before they meet.  Managed to put in some explanation about higher level droids and lower level droids.  I see them like this.  The higher level droids learn like humans (well, maybe faster actually) and are more humanlike.  They are smart, have personalities and if they die, they are dead.  No backup because their digital brains are too complex.  Like humans they also forget, which I think is a key to original thinking and problem solving.  If you remember everything and run into a problem you can spend a long time trying to map that problem to your experiences OR you extropolate too much OR try to gain too much information so you can make a good decision.  If you forget you get used to dealing with that and making quicker decisions based on less information.  Mistakes happen but you learn and those mistakes impact your subconscious.


So.  Today’s picture is of the three main higher level droids.  I threw it together kind of quick.  On the left is Gray (named after the Marine Commandant Al Gray who spearheaded Maneuver Warfare in the US Marines).  Gray is Luke’s Marine commander, responsible for the assault units.  He is green because all Marines are green.

Nelson, named after Admiral Horatio Nelson, is an English Naval war hero.  Gray and Nelson tend to bicker a lot as well it appears (Jarheads VS Squids).  He is blue to signify his origins, the ocean.

The last one is Musashi, named after Moritomo Musashi, the greatest swordsman that ever lived.  Musashi is Luke’s personal trainer and when possible body guard, a true specialist in individual combat.  He is one hard ass, sadistic son of a bitch who tends to be very hard on Luke and now Luke’s ‘apprentices’.  On the flip side Luke is pretty hard on Musashi too but Musashi provides a good outlet for Lukes frustration and aggression, more often then not kicking Luke’s ass and teaching him humility.  He is black and unfathomable.

The Return Pt. 4

So it is now day 10.  I have reached the 28,938 word mark.  I’m staying ahead of the minimum required but I’ve fallen behind two of my ‘writing buddies’ who have managed to breach the 30k mark, so technically I should be writing my novel instead of blogging!  Yea, yea, I get that.  C’est la vie.  It is late on a Monday night.  Outside there is a layer of ice on everything and now the snow is coming down.  Joy.

In the Novel Leonessa and her crew have been abandoned by the Conglomerate patrol in a lawless area of a hive city world.  Basically a world that is ancient and is completely covered with city.  Strangers on this alien world, living on the edge of society their chances probably aren’t too good.  That said I’m anxious to get back to Luke and his crew.  Speaking of which here are two of his ‘crew’.  Gray and Nelson.Gray and Nelson