A Good Stretch is All I Need

 

Finally getting back to writing, albeit at a slow pace, has got me to thinking about the collection that was the reason for creating my Patreon page.  “Mystics and Misfits” is a celebration of everything I love about the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre filtered through my experiences and feelings.  I became an artist because of the artwork from the books, movies, and TV shows.  I started writing because of all the great stories I read that touched my heart, made me laugh, cry, and rage.  Now I have a chance to show you guys what it means to me.

I just reopened the file that contains the collection and it stands at 58,173 words and my goal is 80,000 for the final book.  If “Lost Contact expands out as I think it will, I should be at that mark.  I will also be adding in my sffworld contest entry “A Word in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush” because I think it is a worthy story and will help get over the word goal.  From there is where I will need all of your help and support.  I want to get a real editor to go through the collection and make it as sharp and tight as a professional collection, but that will take money and encouragement.  Please consider helping anyway you can.

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Director On Set

Tonight I am actually in good enough shape to get some writing in and “Two Steps From Hell” station is running on Pandora for the grand soundtrack type music.  As I have mentioned before, I don’t just write, I paint with words.  In actuality, I direct my stories like a movie.  That includes the visual arts of designing the props and building the sets.  It also includes choreographing the scene and actions of the characters, which includes the pacing of their dialogue, body language, and emotions.  I doubt it will ever happen, but someone making a movie out of my stories should be able to set up the scene easily if I have done my job well.  Okay, time to direct some more.

Gone but Not Forgotten

It isn’t much, but I managed to write two paragraphs in the horror story I mentioned several posts back.  The title I am going with is “Lost Contact”.  The story revolves around a Mercenary in over his head playing body guard to a bunch of scientists on an expedition to a verdant planet.  Stay Tuned.

Blog Review 2017

Well it is 8:30 PM EST on December 31, 2017.  I think I can safely put a close on this blog for 2017 and give you a review of the improvement in the sites statistics.

2016                         2017

Views                               344                          1120     3.25 times last years views

Visitors                           260                          753        2.89 times last years visitors

Likes                               132                           513        3.89 times last years likes

Comments                     92                            38          Not as out spoken though.

 

All in all, a very good year thanks to you.  I apologize for the drop off of content do to the new job, which may take some time to settle into, but I hope to return stronger.  Until then, please feel free to leave me comments on what you liked best and least so I can improve my interaction with such great people.  Happy New Year.  Bones.

My 2017 Reading List

Here is the final round-up of the books I have read this year.   I think I may have missed a few and my reading habit of late is next to nothing or else I would have more to report.  Luckily, many do have reviews on my Librarything page.

 

The Iron Tactician                               Alastair Reynolds                               Free Arc

Caliban’s War                                     James S. A. Corey                               New

Shadows of Self                                 Brandon Sanderson                            New

Nemesis                                               Louise Cooper                                     New

Dragon’s Bane                                    Barbara Hambley                                Reread

Dragon’s Shadow                               Barbara Hambley                                Reread

Knight of the Demon Queen              Barbara Hambley                                Reread

Dragon Star                                         Barbara Hambley                                Reread

The Bands of Mourning                      Brandon Sanderson                            New

Abaddon’s Gate                                 James S. A. Corey                               New

At the Speed of Light                         Simon Morden                                    Free Arc

The Immortals War                             Leah Cutter                                         Free Arc

The Way of Kings                               Brandon Sanderson                            Free E-book from Tor.com

2 DEE                                                 Robin Wyatt Dunn                             Free Arc

Cibola Burn                                         James S. A. Corey                               New

Haunted Futures                                 Salome Jones                                       Free Arc

Compostela (Tesseracts 20)                Spider Robinson                                 Free Arc

The Heart of What Was Lost              Tad Williams                                       New

As You Wish                                      Carry Elwes                                        New

The Bone Hunters                               Steven Erikson                                    New

Bad Rock Beat Down                                    Michael Prelee                         Free Arc

Tooth and Talon                                  Alex Hernandez                                  Free Arc-Current Read

Things to Come

Happy holidays, which ever one you celebrate.  I am busy getting organized so that I may get back to blogging more often.  There is so much running around in my head and things that I had planned to share with you but; unfortunately, life has gotten in my way recently.  I hope to spend time tomorrow making a post about my reading for the year, kinda of a milestone check for me and an idea page for you.  So watch for the next post.  I also hope to do an end of year review of my site stats, which have been phenomenal thanks to you.  See you soon.

Shield Time

As part of my new job I am now spending a significant amount of time driving or as it is referred to in the business “Shield Time”.  My day consists of up to three hours of driving alone each day.  That is why I upgraded my phone to strait talk wireless from AT&T so I could have unlimited data and more ram for music and pod casts.  One of the best perks is that I can now run Pandora on my drives.  Tonight I switched back to one of my go to stations for epic movie score style instrumental music “Two Steps from Hell”.  Two Steps from Hell is a band that creates driving tracks that would fit well into a lot of epic movies and the tracks that are pulled into this station include soundtracks to video games (Assassin’s Creed, Skyrim, Mass Effect) and movies/television (Game of Thrones).

One track this evening created a set of images and a story I want to share to show how powerful this music is and what you could be reading if you joined my patreon account.

 

Rebirth

by Robert Garbin

 

Intense heat radiated from the earth causing shimmering waves of air and gouts of escaping steam from underground water sources.  Quakes shook dust and loose gravel into the sky in large quantities.  Animals ran recklessly from place to place searching for some safe haven to little avail.  The entire planet was involved.

A small striped lizard stopped  nervously upon a hot rock, switching from one clawed pair of feet to the other in an attempt to avoid burning up.  A massive quake dislodged the tiny reptile from his perch.  Before it could recover, a large crack opened in the ground swallowing the terrified creature, which was then shot miles into the air by intense updrafts of burning air, smoke, and debris.  Walls of disintegrated earth rose for miles in all directions.

From space, the once lush planet turned into a ball of ash and soot with spikes reaching out past the upper atmosphere.  It expanded rapidly from the size of a small inner planet to that of the behemoth gas giants circling the star from the depths of the system.  With a final convulsion, the surface of the planet disintegrated, blown away from the hot core of fire at its center.  The flaming core pulsed as if it was alive.

Slowly the flames expanded like wings unfurling, a head appeared, while long tendrils dropped from the bottom.  With a silent roar at the universe the Phoenix awoke from its billion year rebirth and stretched flaming wings across the solar system before launching out into the gaps between stars.  Speeding away, the Phoenix left behind a trail of debris that was beginning to spread itself in a disc around the parent star.