Callie & Walter Series On Sale!

I have a limited number of bundles of my Callie & Walter series. That’s four books: Midnight’s Park, Resurrecting Mars, Into the Darkness and Red Bell. I am selling these bundles for $40 plus shipping if they need to be shipped. That is a savings of $27 off the retail price!

Email me if you’re interested and I will sign & ship them.

Callie & Walter Complete Series

If you order this bundle and leave me a review on Amazon or Goodreads for each book, I will send you a free copy of my newest book in ebook format! This is not a request for a five-star review. Just an honest review.

Posted on August 9th, 2022 · No Responses
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All Projects Complete

As I’ve discussed before, most of my projects have crazy timelines by the time I’m finished with them. Some I didn’t think I would ever get back to. Chasing Comets is maybe the craziest of them. The writing log is erratic and ridiculous. I started the book in 2016 and wrote 50,000 words or so. Another 50,000 or so in 2020, just over 3200 in 2021 (that’s all for that year) and then I finished it in May of this month, in about a week of writing.

In the midst of having that on my to-do list, I started Red Bell with about 7,000 words in April of 2019. That’s it. Three years later, I picked it back up, April of this year, and finished it in about six weeks. Meaning, I wrote somewhere around 143,000 words in those six weeks. Clearly, it can be done. Why can’t I just do it?

Well, I did it. My latest endeavor, A Flutter in the Window, was my personal mission to write a book without a large, multi-year gap separating its beginning from its end. I charged myself with writing on it at least a little bit, every single day. And some days I didn’t have much, but I put in a couple hundred words – just to get something down instead of a zero for the day. Other days I wrote 10,000 words. And with this commitment, I achieved a personal goal of finishing a book in one go. 43 contiguous days of writing, and I finished it. And here’s the best part: it’s the longest book I’ve written yet, clocking in at around 175,000 words. Pictured here is the woman I envisioned while I wrote Shawn’s parts.

The Woman I Envisioned as Shawn

Last week was kind of a daunting one. I actually had to take off the week from writing because I could see my editing work piling up in front of me. I suddenly have three books that need to be edited. I’ve never been this far ahead, and it’s a good feeling. Since my Ideal Readers Group is done with Red Bell, I knew I needed to do my edits. I still have the other two to go.

3 Books to Edit

So Red Bell will be available for purchase by the end of next week. Chasing Comets will be published in December 2022, and Flutter in the Window will hit the shelves in April of 2023. Exciting times! Keep in touch for more updates, and maybe a snippet from my latest project, where Shawn is tasked with building an Artificial Intelligence that can escape from a non-connected computer.

Posted on July 22nd, 2022 · No Responses
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Another One Down

My wife and I sneaked away to Ardmore for the weekend. I don’t usually take off a week at a time for work holiday. I prefer taking an occasional Monday or Friday off, adding it to the weekend, and getting away. We usually do this every couple of months. I’ve found that week-long vacations don’t really last a week, and you’re right back to work. And you only get a couple of those a year. I’m doing this six to eight times a year. Zing!

Anyway, the theme of this weekend’s trip, besides relaxing and celebrating her summer break from teaching sixth-graders, was for me to spend some real time working on my sixth novel. Having finished Red Bell earlier this month, I went back to working on Starstruck, which is a working title. I haven’t yet decided on the actual name.

So I set up a little workspace in the corner of the pool house we’re staying in. I brought a TV tray, my laptop, an extra monitor and stand and a lap desk and set up a nice little writing area.

Temporary Writing Station

It’s so crazy to me how this one came together. I planted plot devices all throughout the book, just thinking I was writing. Just having fun, telling a story, getting to know him or her here and there. I had no idea these little plot devices would so strongly tie into the end of the book.

Now there’s your chicken/egg argument: did the end rely on those plot devices because I had put them in already? Was I subconsciously moved toward using them that way? Or did I really, actually write these things that ended up being divinely utilitarian? I think it was the latter. I don’t understand a lot of how I write. Or rather, why it works. I just know it does. I won’t look a gift horse in the mouth though. What I will do, is have my traditional cigar and whiskey in celebration of finishing another novel. Because, yes, our little weekend getaway to Ardmore gave me plenty of writing time. And I wrote around twenty thousand words over the last two days, finishing the book.

I’m excited about this one because it’s a different kind of story than I’ve done before. I call it the anti-romance, but that won’t feel true as you’re reading it. There’s a lot of romance in it. Dancing in parking lots between two vehicles, car stereos blasting into the night, while snow falls in their hair? That kind of romance. I think you’ll enjoy it.

Then it’s on to my next project, which I hope to start and finish all within the same year! Imagine that.

Posted on May 29th, 2022 · No Responses
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Lost Backups

Well, this is awkward. I’ve been designing and building websites for about twenty-five years now. And I still haven’t learned to backup properly. So you might have noticed some new updates that were here. Updates from 2020, 2021 and 2022. And now they’re not here. I won’t lay down a bunch of lame excuses and try to make you think I’m smart. I’ll just say I was abducted by aliens and they forced me to remove all those new updates. Still. Makes me want to scream.

Anyway, I finished my next novel, tentatively called Red Bell about a week ago. I’m now getting hard to work on Starstruck, which I’m already about two-thirds of the way done with. Zing! Here’s the thing: I need a model for the front of the bookcover for Starstruck. The one I have, see here I can’t use for publication. I designed that to have a different kind of extension of my art to hang on my wall at home. I built the Stone cover and wrote an article for this purpose. But now it’s time to get real. I can’t use someone else’s image for the published book. Nor can I use Rolling Stone as the magazine. So if you’re interested in applying to be the face model for this book cover, that is the image I will be trying to replicate. Including the purple hair. Know anyone? Send me an email and let me know.

So while I’m hard at work on my next novel, my Ideal Readers Group is working on their copy of Red Bell with a red pen and a fine-tooth comb.

Pre-Press Copies of Red Bell
Posted on May 19th, 2022 · No Responses
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Hardcovers Available

Hello, friends, foes, fans and family. I’ve some exciting news to share. As you’ve probably already seen on the home page, my novels are now appearing – one-by-one – in hardcover format! This excites me greatly. I’ve always wanted my own books on my bookshelf sitting next to my favorite authors, in hardcover format. Complete with dust jackets and foil spine lettering. Yes, these are exciting times. They are expensive. But so is gasoline. There’s nothing I can do about that. I’m making less than a dollar per book on them. If you add up all the books I’ve ever sold so far, then subtract the number I’ve given away, you’ll see that I’ve spent more on giving my own books away than I’ve ever made. And that’s fine. I just want them out there. I want people to read them. And I thank you for reading them.

Posted on August 25th, 2019 · No Responses
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Book Cover Model

Greetings, everyone. A young lady named Kiera agreed to model for my book cover. I’ve been waiting for three years for the right model to come along. The book has been finished. My Ideal Readers Group literally finished their read-throughs and edits three years ago. January of 2016. Good word, how time gets away. Anyway, for whatever reason (perhaps going through a messy divorce and subsequently moving several times) this book found the back burner. Well, last month I pulled it out, blew the dust off of it and shot Kiera for the cover. And now it is ready. The Kindle ebook will be the first available for purchase on Amazon. They have this deal where if you buy the paperback you can get the ebook for 3 bucks. So if you want to wait for the paper copy, I strongly support that decision.

Anyway, I’m excited to announce its complete completion. Completely. Finally. Look for it on Amazon over the next week! And thank you for all your support and patience.

Posted on February 9th, 2019 · No Responses
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Website

Hello, friends. My site, as you may have noticed, has been down for a while. An embarrassingly long while, in fact. I just haven’t had the care or desire lately that I used to possess for designing and updating websites. Here’s the thing. I went through a tacky divorce and lost a lot of things. During that time, my hosting package ran out and they deleted all my sites and content. Imagine looking across a large field toward the mountains and knowing you have to build a road all the way to the mountains. That’s what it feels like here. I had so much content and so many words and designs, and somehow had managed to forget to back it all up. So all I have are pieces of some of them. It’s very daunting.

Anyway, it’s at least back up now so you can see what’s going on. I am about to publish my fourth novel, that has actually been ready for over two years now. I just went through so much shit that publishing it was very low priority. You know I design my own covers. So I’ve been waiting for that perfect woman to adorn the cover. I just need to find her and photograph her. As soon as that happens, I will put the book up for sale. I think you’ll like it. It’s my best yet.

So it’s winter again, and I’m finally back at it. I will be attacking my fifth novel with the ferocity of a rabid pit bull here in the next few months, and hopefully have that up for sale in the next year or so. I’m sorry I was down for so long – if you missed me at all. But I’m glad to be back. Thanks for your support.

Posted on November 17th, 2018 · No Responses
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Finished Darkness!

I am happy to announce that I have finished my fourth novel, Into the Darkness. I’m shooting for a spring release. This is, I think, my best work yet. It’s the story of a hunt for a legendary sea monster. It’s also the story of a girl who is losing her sight, and must have bionic implants. Callie and Walter are back, full force, to bring you a gripping story of how they plan to get to the bottom of the ocean. And hope they can get back!

This book is my longest work yet, checking in at just over 150,000 words. That puts the paperback at somewhere around 480 pages give or take a few. I haven’t decided on font size yet. If I go with a comfortable 12-point size, I can fit 350 words on a page, and the book will be about 555 pages. If I push it down to 11-point, we’re looking at the 480 I mentioned, with an average of 400 words per page. I want to make it comfortable for everyone, but I also don’t want a really thick book, either. Shoot me a note and let me know what you think!

Posted on January 11th, 2016 · No Responses
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Into the Darkness Update

Over the last week and a half I have written over thirty thousand words in my fourth novel. So it’s safe to say I’m back on it. Hitting it hard. I don’t want to prematurely call out how long it’s going to be, nor do I want to goal myself at a certain word- or page-count. But I think (I think) I have somewhere around forty thousand words to go to get the story told. That’s about what I think it’s going to take. So realistically, I could have it done in the next few weeks. We’ll see how that goes.

Before a few weeks ago, I had not touched the book since October of 2014, when, as you recall, my update was that I hoped to get finished by Christmas. Christmas. Christmas of 2014. A year ago. And then I fell off the face of the earth. But I’m back, friends. I should have a new book for you by summer at the latest.

Posted on December 21st, 2015 · No Responses
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If you read this site and you’re here right now, this message is for you. I write some books sometimes. I write real good, to. And people are starting to take notice. No seriously though. My buddy Spencer is the director of the public library where I live. And he thinks I write good to. So the library is going to host a Meet the Author night at the library, and I’m the author you get to meet! I know, I know, most of you have already met me. But it would still be fun for you to show up and pretend we haven’t met. You could walk up and shake my hand and act all star-struck and whatnot, and I could introduce myself, and people who don’t know you will think I have a ton of followers who have never met me. Followers who read authors who write real good.

Exciting times though, these are. Spencer will be ordering a large stack of each of my three novels to give away at the signing. Apparently the night will start with my lecturing for a bit about the perils of living in 3D, followed by some advice on being a writer in this here Metropolis and not in LA or New York. You don’t have to live there to write, you see. Following that will be a question answering session. I will be asking the audience a series of questions and seeing how good their answers are, in other words. At least this is my perception of the definition. And then I’ll sign some books. And that will pretty much be it. Well, aside from the after party at the Broken Anchor Pirate’s Pub.

So please mark your calendars for November 25. That’s this month. That’s also a Monday. That’s also the week we give thanks for stuff we don’t need. However, I’m going to ask you to consider the fact that it is a Monday night, and Mondays usually suck. This one- or two-hour session will make your Monday perhaps a little brighter. Plus, too, in addition to that, it’s me, your faithful friend, Space. And I could use the support. It sure would be silly my standing up there lecturing to a crowd of two. “Okay, hi mom and dad. Thanks for coming. I uh… I know you don’t really care anything about writing, but uh… Let me tell you how it’s done.”

I don’t know exactly what time that will be – probably around 6 or 7 PM in the evening that night. But I will keep you posted through twitter (@SpaceToGo) and on my website here. Sorry, I don’t do facebook. And I’m not going to Anyvite this. I don’t want to be too pushy.

Anyway, people keep asking how I’m doing on my fourth novel, which is tentatively called “Group of People Go Way Down Deep In The Ocean Somewhere Near the Mariana Trench Off the Coast of Japan in Search of Something That Made a Noise a Few Years Ago”, so I figured I’d give you an update. In the next few weeks, I’ll do a cover reveal here, and start accepting suggestions. The title is already decided and set. It’s gonna be good, folks. I’m writing it real good.

Well, over the last week or so, I’ve written about thirty pages, or about ten thousand words. That’s somewhere right around ten or eight percent of a total book. I think this one will probably be somewhere around 450 pages or so when it’s done. I’m therefore, about 20 percent done with it now. It’s coming along nicely. The characters are good. You’ll see familiar faces – Walter Watson and Callie Simmons, plus Thevi Jackson, who made a brief appearance in Midnight’s Park. Plus there are some new characters I’m really happy with. Rebecca Judas is a powerful, bright, witty and fun character. She’s quickly becoming one of my favorites to write. I think you’ll grow to like her too.

It is progressing nicely, and I expect to have it finished by the holidays. I have a couple of alpha readers lined up to tear through it as fast and in as few sittings as possible, whereupon I will edit it heavily, then drop it in a drawer for a few months while I begin writing book five. After a few months, I will pull it out of the drawer, blow the dust off and ask into the empty room, “What the hell is this?” as I will have forgotten everything about it. And then I’ll start nodding my head as I read the words on the manuscript – it’s all coming back to me! and gosh I love this! I will read through it myself, cover to cover, in one sitting and then make any final edits I think are necessary. At that point, it will be ready for beta readers. Once they finish, I publish it. Then you read it. See how simple that is?

Let me know if you’re interested in beta-reading my project when it’s done. I have plenty of alphas. A Beta Reader’s job is to read through it at a leisurely pace with no agenda in mind. You’re just reading a book by one of your favorite authors. You don’t even know what it’s about. You’re not looking for mistakes. There shouldn’t be any. You’re not expecting anything. You’re just reading. Then at the end, if you find something out of place in your mind, or something the story doesn’t reconcile, you talk to me about it. Interested? Let me know. Pre-press readers get free books!

Posted on November 6th, 2013 · No Responses
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