Catching up

Catching up

So I realize it’s been a long long time since I posted here last, but I’m ending that dry spell here and now. I’m not dead, I’m still writing, and I’ve got a few things going so I thought I’d at least make a post or two and catch up a little. First of all, yes, the next book in the Cortanis saga—you didn’t think I was going to stop with just three books, did you?—is underway and off to[…]

Unbound 2018

Unbound 2018

I realize I’m quite a bit behind. But I wanted to post this here because to not do so would be a waste of my friend Kerri’s time, who graciously came to Unbound Book Festival in April, 2018 at my request to photograph the panel I was on, called “Do It Yourself: Self-Publishing 101”. Kerri is awesome and I hate the fact that it’s taken me so long to post these, but here they are. For as nervous as I[…]

Ready Player One

Ready Player One

I remember when I saw The Matrix. It blew me away. Not only because it’s a great film, but the movie excited me because all through the 90s, I knew that computer generated special effects were going to allow for new kinds of storytelling, a hyper-imaginative level of stories that could never be done in film before. The Matrix was, to me, the first to really go totally wild with this new technology—not for its own sake, but in the[…]

LitRPG reviews Ghosts of Cortanis

LitRPG reviews Ghosts of Cortanis

Ramon Mejia’s LitRPG Podcast did a review of Ghosts of Cortanis in his latest episode! I had contacted Ramon just the week previous inquiring about getting Ghosts on his show, and he told me he’d give the book a read. I didn’t expect that it would show up in the very next episode, but there it was!   “The story made me think, which is always a sign of good science fiction in my opinion, and good storytelling. …It’s an[…]

Village Books Signing

Village Books Signing

I didn’t want to get too far ahead of myself this week without posting about the event held at Village Books a couple weekends ago. My good friend, editor, and fellow author Adria Waters and I held a joint book signing on August 5, which was a lot of fun. Adria did a fantastic job putting together two gift baskets to give away, one for her readers and one for mine. The Cortanis basket included a copy of Ghosts, a[…]

Launch!

Launch!

It’s been an incredible week! Yes, that’s my Naomi, sitting right there at #4 on the Amazon Best Sellers list for Science Fiction TV, Movie & Game Tie-In. This screenshot doesn’t show it, but Ghosts was situated there along with The Martian by Andy Weir, Ernest Cline’s latest book Armada, and the venerable The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Further down the list you get to such estimable books such as Jurassic Park, Starship Troopers, and no[…]

Unbound 2017

Unbound 2017

I know it’s been a few months, but I did manage to put together a slideshow for the Unbound 2017 event. Very special thanks are due to Kerri Lotven, my friend and colleague, who agreed to come out that day and shoot lots of great photography of my friends and me at the event. The experience was a very positive one for me. This was the first time I came out and presented my writing to the public, at a[…]

Soldier of Cortanis

Soldier of Cortanis

It’s a little late, I realize, but the final volume of the Cortanis Trilogy is complete, published and available now in paperback and Kindle ebook formats. Apologies for taking so long to announce officially. It actually went up on Amazon a few weeks ago, a short while before the Unbound Book Festival. Preparing for the festival took a lot of my time and energy, and I barely had time just to update the graphics on the site and add the[…]

Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell

I’d be lying if I said that Ghost in the Shell wasn’t a major influence on the Cortanis books. Anyone who’s a fan of GITS, and understands what a “ghost” is in that context, understands the significance of the “ghosts” in Cortanis. Further, the appearance and demeanor of Vanda was very much inspired by the Major, so it’s pretty exciting to see GITS realized as a live-action film for the first time. I still have some reservations about the casting[…]

Book 3 Update

Book 3 Update

The third book of the Cortanis Trilogy, Soldier of Cortanis, is finally in completed first draft form. I finished the draft this past weekend, and this week I’m giving it an editing pass before handing it over to my editor for its first review. Hopefully Adria can find time to turn it around to me in a few weeks, after which time I’ll do another round of editing before sending it out to my beta readers. Assuming she doesn’t find[…]