Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Quantum of the Past vol 1

After a grueling battle, The Quantum of the Past volume 1 is ready to go. How I have longed to say that! It has been a big struggle to publish another work of fiction after Absolution. The biggest set-back has been a re-evaluation of why I wish to publish books. I thank Herman Melville for that.

Of course, failing in places has educated me. The small lessons I learned along the way have enlightened me. Just what is success? I succeeded in finishing a novel that is 100% influenced by my preferences and artistic views. So, what I put out now will be a reflection of what I call Urban Fantasy, what I call Fantasy--I've settled on agreeing to disagree about the boundaries of the genre.

Absolution aside, The Quantum of the Past vol 1 and The Wizards will be a fair representation of what type of fiction the word "Urban Fantasy" describes. Of course, this is my opinion on the matter.

And that's important, to note it is only my opinion. I'm no longer trying to define the genre or trying to tell someone else what Urban Fantasy ought to be. What I emulate with my work is the type of fiction called Urban Fantasy that I grew up with; these included some graphic novels, many wonderful television shows, and of course, novels.

And so, I humbly offer you the first of three volumes of a work that has taken me over ten years to bring to fruition.

I feel tired writing that. Part of me wants to put the book away and keep it to myself and give up this publishing farce. But I want to show my deepest appreciation for being allowed to live in the United States. The only way I can do that is by contributing, even a little, to the literary landscape of this country.


The Kindle edition of the first few pages is ready; I looked it over today. This weekend I'll have the Barnes and Noble epub ready. Later, I may go with Smashwords again (even after I vowed never to do anything with their Meatgrinder again).

I bow to you.


Sunday, February 17, 2013


No, I'm not dead. Stop asking me that.

No one ever told me that Engineering classes were difficult...

I had another move this month and it's kept me busy. Quantum continues to keep me busy too and The Sprite. Fortunately, I'm almost done with both and I can move on to other things. It won't be Ascension. I've decided to wait until May for that; it just wouldn't be fair to write it with all this nonsense going on.

At least I can focus on smaller scale projects, like the short stories that will make up The Wizards and Volumes 2 and 3 of Quantum.

I'm just dying to write fresh material!

I did amuse myself by writing this dedication page, which will appear in The Quantum of the Past volume 1:


Why do novels need dedication pages like this one? It is a custom that dates back, back to an era when an author would dedicate his work to the king. Today, it is an expected component of the novel, a way for writers to acknowledge someone special.
But I feel that these dedication pages become less and less relevant in our modern age. When novels were inscribed to kings, it meant something to dedicate the work. The act of writing a novel and publishing it was a greater feat than it is in our society.
So, these days, when Author X publishes his third novel the year (fourth or fifth in some cases), those dedications lose meaning. It is silly, as silly as a fast-food restaurant cook dedicating his every burger produced.
I acknowledge, however, that all novels require dedication. It takes dedication to draft a story and revise it, not just once, but numerous times. And only a dedicated writer can read the same manuscript multiple times until it exhausts them. In short, it takes dedication to publish it to a certain standard, a standard to be proud of.
The end result is a work of vast dedication, one the author will be proud will outlive him/her.