I've been working on the rewrites for Sea Species, so why? Here's the author's note.


Note by author

          I had two reasons to rewrite Sea Species. I have learned a lot about writing since I published my first book. This was my opportunity to correct much of the errata.

          As I finished Dead Reckoning, the third book in my Dead series of thrillers, I decided to tie it into Sea Species. I had to make some changes. Minor though they are, The Evolution River series now is an extension of The Dead series. The fourth book in that series Risen from the Dead will follow the rise of a character in The Envoy and The Genesis. The two series now take us from today eons into the future. What fun this has been!


Rewrites of Sea Species are moving ahead. It is tedious, but I'm determined to turn out a better product, a better read. Meanwhile, ideas for book 4 in the Dead series are rolling around in my head. I want to get the rewrites done and start writing again. Editing on Left 4 Dead is progressing. We're more than halfway through the book now

I started the rewrites of Sea Species. I am embarrassed by how many errors I've found. I am sorry. I do better than that now. The rewrite will be much cleaner. One reader has suggested I include some younger characters to appeal to young adults. I do have a couple of characters that fit the bill. They will not be what yu think, though.

I FINISHED Left 4 Dead! Just tidying up now. Started on Risen from the Dead. Since it ties in with Sea Species, I've been looking at going back and rewriting it. As I read it, I have learned so much about writing. It could be a lot better. Still thinking about that.

I was wrong! I thought I was done with Left 4 Dead WRONG. As I tried to finish up, the characters took me along another avenue, adding 5 more chapters. What's interesting is that this book begins the tie-in to the Evolution River series. I already have a good start on the next book (yet untitled) which is a strong tie-in to ER series. Those of you who have read The Envoy know that I introduced a new prophet to the world. The next Dead book is the story of that prophet. Is this fun or what?

Great dreaming last night. Tidied up the ending for Left 4 Dead and sot the storyline figured out for the next book. It will tie into the Evolution River Series, specifically Sea Species and The Envoy. It will set up and explain one of the characters in The Envoy. So, the Dead characters continue on, saving the world.

I'm nearly finished with Left 4 Dead. At least I think I am. So far it is one of my shorter novels, on a par with Wings of the WASP. The ending (so far) leaves room for two parallel sequels. One is already in my head, the other a new line I wanted to start. The new line is YA along the lines of Hunger Games or Divergent. The other branch goes in a really different direction, one that may well offend some. That has rarely stopped me.

Well, my wife ran my phone through the washing machine. It didn't even have any smut on it. It's eerily quiet and I'm enjoying it. Maybe I really don't need to be in touch every minute of the day. I feel as if a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. It's an odd sensation. After doing some chores, I bet I can get some writing done.

I have just learned that the 500 pound gorilla in the self-publishing industry, Amazon has pulled my e-books from their listing. As I didn't publish my Kindle books through Amazon or their subsidiary Create Space, they have issues regarding rights and royalties, so we authors suffer. Amazon already dominates the self-publishing industry, but I consider this underhanded. We make so little per book anyway that this is like stealing from the poor. Please have patience. BookBaby (my e-book publisher) is working to resolve this, but I have no doubt we will take a beating. I wish this were an April Fool joke, but when I looked, the books were gone.

I am making good progress on Left 4 Dead. More than 50 chapters, 230 pages. The ending is starting to crystallize. As with previous stories, I'm living the characters now, thinking plots during the day, dreaming them at night. Now I need to kick up my editing. Tall Grass Editing Co Op just finished chapter 31 this week.

I'm getting inquiries about my children's book, Bernice the Barking Spider. I have no problem finishing the writing on it, it's the graphics. Those will cost. I'll have to talk to Steve. Probably need to include SmashWords. Illustrations present challenges in e-books. If I include them, it might get done.

Talked to a fellow author about my next terrorist thriller book. I knew I was on the right track when goosebumps rose on her arms as I related the plot. The fun I'm having with the terrorist thriller books precludes me from finishing Bernice.

I am seeing a lot more interest in my www.evolutionriver.com website. Let me hear from you on topics you'd like to discuss. I do love to pontificate about evolution. When I was writing the Evolution River Series, it became obvious that the path I laid out was a very realistic path forward. It was so logical. Sure, there could be a lot of details that would be different, but I saw only one endpoint, and I still maintain the one I presented or some variation is where the evolution of life is headed. The details of how life achieves this point can vary, and I only presented one way to get there. Logical it is. The problem for us in conceiving this is that our brains aren't large enough. Somehow we have to evolve past the limitation of brain size. My story is one such way to do that.

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