Navigating Hyperspace

Yes, I’m still working my way through Michio Kaku’s Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension .  Full disclosure requires me to tell you that while I can easily grasp the higher concepts and especially appreciate the human aspects of the minds that generate them, the math drives me mad.  Call it elegant or beautiful, for me, the logic behind it is impenetrable.

With that being said, however, Hyperspace has provided me with the physics that will potentially clarify the foundation concepts for two novels I am currently working on.  While I don’t want the stories to be as sterile as some heavily science-referenced science fiction can be, I want them to be based on plausible physics.  In order to do that I have to gather data, and understanding the physics—if not the math—is all part of it.

With that being said, I’ll keep this post short as I want to get back building up the novels I’m trying desperately to finish.  As I mentioned in a previous post, I increasingly feel like I’m working on a deadline and I still have a lot to write.  I have many challenges to tackle and the daily distractions of work and home life don’t help my efforts.

Until next time, drop me a line, follow me, or check out Any Tomorrow on Amazon.

© Copyright 2018 by Kevin Fraleigh

Finally! Any Tomorrow Complete

I’ve been considering this move since the Any Tomorrow Trilogy was first published.  For those of you who have been reading this blog for a while, you may remember that the decision about how to best publish my 300K-plus word novel caused quite a dilemma for me.  One book or three?  Which would provide the best reading experience?  Oh, yeah, and there was some thought about which strategy might actually result in a sale or two.  I finally decided to go with three volumes, but I was never really comfortable with the decision.

So now I have the best of both worlds. The trilogy is still available through most leading eBook sellers as three eBooks, while Any Tomorrow Complete is, at least for now, available only from Amazon.  Hopefully I’ll have it out on Smashwords within the next few weeks so you’ll be able to find it at a variety of eBook sellers and in multiple formats.

Any Tomorrow Complete includes some revised content and a bonus story called 1933, which I hope will provide you with a better value and a more consistent reading experience.

Take a look, have a read, and let me know what you think of the new format, contents, and cover!

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© Copyright 2014 by Kevin Fraleigh.

Four Stories for Free!

If you haven’t done so already, why not  zip over to wattpad.com and enjoy some great sci-fi and horror?  I’ve published four of my short stories on the site and can’t wait to hear what you think of them.  Jump to the stories here.

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© Copyright 2014 by Kevin Fraleigh.

A Concept And A Cover

Seldom is the concept for a story accompanied by a concept for a cover.  Let me know what you think…  With luck the full story will be finished sometime this summer.

The Tangled Man

Damien Cole is an ex-cop turned private investigator. He is a traditionalist―honest, but pragmatic. He owns two suits, both gray with black leather shoes and a navy blue tie. He wears a brown fedora―not because it matches his suit, but because it was his partner’s, the one who took the bullet that was meant for him.

He likes his whiskey neat and his women slightly tarnished. He stays away from commitment and keeps his emotions to himself. He lives alone in a small apartment within walking distance of his office, but he isn’t completely alone. A cat named Ethel lives with him sporadically and doesn’t object to his odd hours or his drinking and smoking.

He smokes cheap off-brand unfiltered cigarettes and refuses to quit. He started smoking because, as a cop, he figured his life would be short so he might as well enjoy it. Now that he’s older he figures that the damage is done, so why give it up. A little shortness of breath and a cough now and then doesn’t slow him down that much. It doesn’t happen all the time and it’s not like he has the “big C”.

His face is clean shaven and his hair is respectably short, a last hold over from his military service. His face is angular―not handsome, but storied, filled with character. It is the kind of face that shows leathery toughness on the verge of vulnerability. His brown eyes are dark and probing, the kind that see through your mask to your soul to reveal your inner truth.

He carries two pistols. He carries a Harry Callahan in a quick release shoulder holster and a 9mm on his ankle. He treats both weapons like they are his children, caring for them better than he does himself. Since he doesn’t ever want his children to go hungry he carries four extra clips. And he needs them because the world he inhabits is dark, angry, and lost.

His world is the city. Beyond it is nothing―or it might as well be. Within it are tall, gray, ugly buildings constricting narrow crowded streets jammed with old, ill-maintained vehicles piloted by dubious men and women intent on survival in world that places little value on property and less on life. Why the city is the way it is doesn’t matter. That it is the way it is does matter. This is Damien Cole’s world. It is depressing and dangerous. It is cold and unforgiving. It is the end and the beginning.

The Tangled Man
© Copyright 2013 by Kevin Fraleigh.

The Series Is Complete!

The third and final novel of the Any Tomorrow series is in the pipeline for publication at Amazon and SmashwordsAny Tomorrow: The Culling is available from Amazon and Smashwords now and at other distributors such as Barnes & Noble sometime in the coming weeks.

While I was at it, I also revised some of the formatting in Any Tomorrow: The Calling and Any Tomorrow: The Curse to ensure consistency through the series.  And there are new covers for all three books.  Thanks to my son, John, and Doug Lance from eFiction Magazine).  John did the Photoshop work using images I took, and Doug hooked me up with a much cooler font that I had used on the previous covers.

With the full series in distribution I can step back, take a deep breath, and think about what comes next.  I’ve amassed a fairly good stock of short stories and novellas or novelettes only a few of which have been published, so I need to make a decision whether I want to publish them as one or more eBooks, or try to get them published in a magazine.  It’s a tough choice because many publishers won’t accept previously published material.  Some even consider posting all or part of a story to your blog as “previously published”.   And the pay can range from a token copy of the publication to 5 or 10 cents a word.  And on top of that there’s a spate of other rules regarding copyrights, reprints, and royalties to consider.  For anyone considering submitting material to a publisher, you may find Duotrope.com helpful.

You know something, I think I just talked myself into publishing a collection of short stories.  I’m developing storylines for a couple new novels, but for me a novel is a long term investment.  I’m talking years.  Short stories can be completed in a few days and are more easily peer reviewed.  So I guess that’s something to look forward to.

If you have a few minutes, why not stop by Amazon and check out the Any Tomorrow series?  Let me know what you think of the books.  I really appreciate any feedback I can get.  One of the nice things about ePublishing is that improving the story is as easy as an upload.

Shameless promotion: My novels, Any Tomorrow: The Calling and Any Tomorrow: The Curse are available from leading eBook distributors such as Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble.  Any Tomorrow: The Culling will be available everywhere soon.  Watch for my latest short stories in eFiction Magazine.

If you would like to share your ideas about what I’ve written, feel free to contact me either here, on my blog, or using other social media.  Thanks.
© Copyright 2012 by Kevin Fraleigh.

Focusing on Book #3

It’s January.  Those of us with day jobs have returned to work, a valiant effort has been made to get the Christmas decorations packed up in some kind of order, and it’s time to publish the third book in my trilogy, Any Tomorrow: The Culling.  For those of you who haven’t read the first two books―Any Tomorrow: The Calling and Any Tomorrow: The Curse (and that’s just about everyone)―I won’t spoil it buy giving away the plot.  I’ll just say that the action doesn’t stop and the twists and turns in the plot keep right on twisting and turning until the very end.

But before I can publish Any Tomorrow: The Culling I need to work up some satisfactory cover art.  I like the cover art I created for the first two books, but I think that for a series of books like this there really needs to be common theme.  All the covers shouldn’t be identical, but I think a reader should be able to quickly identify which books are mine amid a dozen or so displayed on an Amazon search results page just by seeing the cover images without searching for title or my name.  Wouldn’t you think that’s a reasonable expectation of good cover art?

Towards this end I started revising the first two covers and designing the third.  I think I’ll be able to do it before January runs out of days.  I may have to enlist the help of my son who works with Photoshop much more than I do, but that’s okay.  At least I’ll keep it in the family.

In the meantime, I’m also working a couple of other projects.  I have another short-story, ‘Smashing Mailboxes’, I’ll be submitting to eFiction Magazine either tonight or tomorrow.  Speaking of that, Doug Lance at eFiction has changed the format of the website again.  Now when you go to the site you can actually read a new story each week on the home page.  Hopefully you’ll see ‘Smashing Mailboxes’ displayed there soon.

I’ve also started writing intensively on what I think might turn into another novel.  I haven’t gotten far into it (only about 8,000 words), but it’s starting to grow a life of its own much the way the Any Tomorrow novels did.  I let you know what happens.

Shameless promotion: My novels, Any Tomorrow: The Calling and Any Tomorrow: The Curse, are available from leading eBook distributors such as Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble.

If you would like to share your ideas about what I’ve written, feel free to contact me either on the blog or using other social media.  Thanks.
© Copyright 2012 by Kevin Fraleigh.

A Quick Update

Latest Submissions: I just submitted a short-story for the October issue of eFiction Magazine.  The title of the piece is “Christmas”, for lack of a better name and for no other reason than it takes place at Christmas.  If it gets accepted, I look forward to your opinions about the title and the story itself.

Until then, what do you think of the synopsis: In response to his mother’s dying regret that their family was not close, Jay Endow and his wife, Jayne, track down his estranged brother, Paul, only to discover that his brother exists in a world of dark secrets, the least of which may be that he is a serial killer.

Buttressed by my positive experiences with eFiction, I’m going to try hawking some of my short stories to actual paying markets.  It would be nice to be paid.  On the other hand, I like eFiction because it is a non-profit and any money earned from subscriptions goes to various charities supporting literacy.

Any Tomorrow: The Calling: So far the feedback has been very positive.  For instance, Maggie Duncan, author of Rarely Well-Behaved, posted, “Lol. I’ll tell you this isn’t usually my cup of tea, but you’ve sucked me in. ;-D You’ve made the physics completely understandable without talking down to the reader, and I’m already wary of those shimmers!”.  She later wrote that Any Tomorrow: The Calling has “brilliant moments in it”, the “descriptions and characterizations are excellent, as is your attention to historic detail”, and that she was “fascinated by the intersecting universes and want to know what happens with Dr. Linder and the warriors”.

I know that others have downloaded Any Tomorrow: The Calling and I expect to hear from them in the near future.  I also expect that there may be a review of Any Tomorrow: The Calling in the October edition of eFiction!  I’ll keep you posted.

Any Tomorrow: The Curse:  I previously posted a graphic of the cover art and have had some very positive feedback on it.  I had intended to publish the eBook this past weekend, but it was Labor Day, the weather was beautiful, and the yard was beckoning.  Instead of publishing, I helped my wife build a new garden.  I have no other excuse.  Soon, very soon, I will begin the publication process and get the files onto Amazon and Smashwords.  I promise.

What I’m reading:  The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1.  I’ve started to work my way through the hundreds of pages of introductory material.  As tough as it is, I think that the background is essential to putting Clemens’ words in the historical context of his life.  I am a fan of Mark Twain, and the autobiography is filling in the gaps in my knowledge of Samuel Clemens.

I have also restarted Peter Turchi’s Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer.  I mentioned this book in an earlier post, fell away from it, and now I am into it again.  Turchi’s insights into the writer’s craft are absolutely fascinating and so dead on.  If you’re looking for something that’s not your typical “how to be a writer” book, consider this Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer.

If you have comments about this or any of my posts, please leave a comment by selecting the Leave a comment or Leave a Reply links.  I look forward to your comments.
© Copyright 2011 by Kevin Fraleigh.

New Cover Art Sneak Peek!

Here it is.  The first sneak peek at the cover art for Any Tomorrow: The Curse, the second eBook in the Any Tomorrow Trilogy.  Let me know what you think!


© Copyright 2011 by Kevin Fraleigh.