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And now, this....

May 22, 2018
Posted at 1:25 am

If you've not yet read chapters 48 & 49 of 'A New Past' yet, please don't read this blog post. Spoilers lie ahead.

You've been warned.


I imagined I would get a visceral response to both the cliffhanger at the end of chapter 48 and the follow-on action in chapter 49. I have not been disappointed.

Several readers have written the tale off after I killed favorite characters and relationships. I'm sorry you feel that way and do not have enough trust in my current story telling abilities to persevere and continue reading.

Others have written quibbles that Paul did not take enough action, that he had the capability to seek out retribution and should have. While I considered that option, as I wrote the words, it became obvious that it would be contrary to Paul's actual character.

Would he work as close to twenty-four by seven to give himself the capabilities of annihilating North Korea? Absolutely. Would he consider dropping a satellite on their capital? Of course. Would he make the gamble of leaving his kids to be raised without a parent given his own memories of growing up without a father? I think not. I hoped the dream of being arrested for conspiring to cause the murder of U.S. service men and women would drive that home. If not, I guess I need to continue honing the story telling abilities referenced above.

A few insightful readers have thanked me for the chapters and empathized that as hard as it was to read, it must have been harder to write.

They seem to understand the struggle I faced that so delayed this story. It was not until I made it through chapter 49 that I had any drive left for the tale.

You see, I was getting bored with the story. Paul has not faced any real setback recently (if at all). That is changing. It was becoming impossible to create opposition that could not be out-engineered, out-spent, or easily out-maneuvered. I did not want to write about a two dimensional facsimile of Tony Stark in the Marvel Universe.

Deciding to take the action I did stemmed from the needs of the story and the main character, just as the next chapters will explore his reaction to the strange new world he is thrust into. Just as Wendy's death forced a significant change in his outlook in book one, Jeryl's death will force a change on him once again.

Of course, he has much greater resources and knowledge to draw on facing this emotional change. Some of those seeds have already been planted in the tale.

I don't want to give the story away, but I will say that about 50% of the speculation I've received so far has some germ of the plot in it. I'll leave it to you readers to decide what 50% of your own thinking that might be.

In the meantime, I'm working on editing chapters 50-57, and writing 58 and beyond. Once I reach the conclusion (still shooting for wrapping up by chapter 60, or so), I will accelerate my posting schedule.

As always, thanks for reading,


Another Cliffhanger....

May 15, 2018
Posted at 3:12 pm

Yes, I know you hate them. Trust me, I really do understand, but I think you will see that this had to happen from an overall plot perspective.

(If it hasn't already posted, you should see Chapter 48 of "A New Past" up soon. Once you read it, you'll understand.)

This was an incredibly difficult chapter to write since it is a major plot inflection point, as was chapter 49. Again, you'll understand once you read this chapter and the next.

Thanks for reading.



March 29, 2018
Posted at 7:03 pm

I just submitted a bonus chapter for "A New Past" for this month. It should be up shortly.

Thanks for reading,


The Ides of March Update

March 15, 2018
Posted at 12:46 pm

I have just submitted Chapter 45 of "A New Past" for posting, so it should be up shortly.

I am up to Chapter 57 from a writing perspective, and have had decent momentum until this past week.

I will be sticking to my publishing schedule of one chapter a month until I conclude this book. Once I have the writing done and the full book off to my editors, I may accelerate that posting schedule.

I have one other story in the works that derailed a little of my focus over the past week, but have gotten it out of my brain now and hope to return to finishing "A New Past". The new story may get posted prior to the next chapter of "A New Past", we'll just have to see.

Thanks for reading,


January 2018 update

January 22, 2018
Posted at 5:03 pm

I've just submitted Chapter 43 of "A New Past", so it should be up in a few hours.

For everyone who has asked, I'm not going to commit to a fixed publication schedule. I will try to post at least a chapter a month.

Chapter 43 is the latest chapter back from my editors. Thanks for all of the feedback, but please stop blaming my editors and proof-readers for any mistakes I've made.

I'm working on Chapter 55, but will probably have to do some significant editing if I'm going to be finished by Chapter 60.

Thanks for reading,