New Haven Chronicles

The New Haven Chronicles – Oribital Defiance exert

Here is an exert from orbital Defiance, the first book in the New Haven Chronicles series.  It’s heavy military sci-fi, so if that’s not your bag, than you likely won’t enjoy it.

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Orbital Defiance



So it was my plan…intention to have my next book (Orbital Defiance, the first book in the New Haven Chronicles series) done by the first of march.  Yeah, that’s not going to happen.  Progress has been slower than I expected and it’s taking me longer to get through my second edit/revision than I had hoped.  And it still has to be given a look over by my newly acquired editor.  Yay, for fewer typos and grammatical errors.  I could try to rush it and do it half assed, but I really want to do it fully assed…what I mean is that I want to get it right.  I’m by no means a perfectionist, but there is certainly a line between good enough and the best you can make it.  And I’m not there yet.  Soon, but not yet.

Additionally, this has also pushed back a few other things.  A revised copy of Method of Life is coming…soonish, along with it being available through additional vendors as well as in physical copy.  There won’t be any story changes…probably.  So if you’re looking for that, than too bad.  This is mainly just another revision, from the editor I mentioned before.  It always helps to have another set of eyes, smarter eyes, look over your work.  When working on something for so long, you can begin to ignore problems that have been right there staring you in the face.  You also have to admit to yourself when you’ve done the most you can on your own and find outside help to get you to that next level.

I sort of want to add some things to Method, story wise, but I don’t know when I’ll find the time to write them.  It wouldn’t change the story, but rather expand on a few of the character relationships.
And then there is the issue of having two versions of the book out there.  Though at this point, so few people have bought it, read it, that it might not even matter.  I’m not exactly getting Harry Potter numbers here.  Not yet anyway.  You’re going down Potter!

A short story might accomplish the same thing, while not having to try and shoehorn two or three more scenes into the flow of the book.  I like that idea better I think.

The New Haven Chronicles History….redux

Because I don’t have enough to do already within this one man created sci-fi universe, I’ve decided to rewrite the timeline.  The old bullet-point timeline will still exist and will continue to be updated as things progress and it may even be streamlined some to make it more easy to digest.  The new timeline/history will be more like a history text book from the POV of some observer after the war has concluded…probably.  It will also be much more conclusive and in depth, though at this point I’m not sure how long it will be and through what means it will be released.

I’d like to create some sort of New Haven companion (an actual book with all sorts of art and filled with detail) and I could see it being part of that, but that is still a long ways off.  So for the time being I may just put it up on the blog, if and when it’s done.  I’m not sure yet and there’s still the little matter of actually writing the thing so there is plenty of time to figure all of that out.

I’m still working on the edits for Orbital Decay.  It’s looking more like the release will be pushed to early 2013, possibly January, though no later than February.  I want to have plenty of time to go over it at least one more time after I finish this round of edits and I’d like another set of eyes to give it a once over as well.  Since this is the first book in the series and will set the standard which the rest of the series will follow, as well as setting peoples first impression, I want to get it right, rather than putting it out there before it’s ready.

When I get closer to knowing a firm date for the release, I’ll start running promos and advertising the release date as much as possible.  I hope that I can count on many of you to help me spread the word when the time comes and I’ll get into that more when I know the actual date of release.

I’m also working on a short story, that will serve as a promo itself.  The idea being that many may not purchasing the full book to make the decisions if New Haven is their cup of tea, so instead they can read the short story to get an idea of my writing style and how things will work in the series.  I’ll have more on this later as I get closer to having Orbital Decay finalized and start the whole promo process.

For those that might be waiting (anyone?  let me know.) it won’t be long now.

Sometimes I draw things…

This is a WIP for the AR-558 weapon system, a series of rifles used by the United Nations Expeditionary Forces, in the New Haven Chronicles series.  This is a work in progress and likewise, still needs a lot of work.  It’s coming along though.  The AR-55s platform is a semi-automatic weapon with a combines gas operated bolt and mass acceleration chamber.  This allows the weapons muzzle velocity to far exceed that of any ordinary rifle without experiencing many of the drawbacks associated with typical rail guns.

p.s.  I’ll try to do better about posting more art and things…for anyone that’s interested.  I’ve had a cold for the past couple of weeks and haven’t been all that creative.  I’m nearly over it though and starting to get back in the swing of things.

My novel, Method of Life, a tale of survival in a post apocalyptic future not brought on by war, zombies, technology, robots, the Rapture, or giant asteroids; is currently for sale on amazon:


A Map and a Starship

Here are a couple drawings I’m working on.

The first is a Star Trek related drawing, an upgrade of the Galaxy Class USS Venture.  It’s a rather large image, so I won’t be imbedding it here.  If start Trek is or ever was your thing, then by all means take a look. Galaxy Class USS Venture

The second imagine is a New Haven Chronicles Map, because I know how much people love maps.

This is mainly just a reference, but it also show just how enclosed and vast an area New Haven will cover.  For a space opera, New Haven is rather small in scope because it’s contained within our inner solar system and even then it’s really only unfolds between Earth in Mars.  What people don’t realize though and what I’m trying to do with New Haven, is show just how big space really is.

This map is all about orbital dynamics, around which gravitational body you’re orbiting, your place in orbit around that body, and the time/power/fuel/energy/ needed to travel along an orbit of that body to achieve a better position to deploy your weapons.  Orbital Dynamics play a vital role in the depiction of combat in New Haven. Almost all space oriented combat occurring during the series, takes place with both sides in orbit of a large gravitational force, whether it be a planet, moon, or Lagrangian point.

So there’s that.  There’s also this, Method of Life, an action, adventure, comedy, sci-fi tale of survival in a post apocalyptic wasteland.

Writing breaks & goals, and the new tv season…

I’m taking a break from Orbital Decay, for at least a month. I’ve been working on it for over a year and I’m getting a bit cross eyed. It will be good to get away from it for a while and come back at with a fresh set of eyes. Even with a month away from it, I should be able to make my end of the year release goal.

In the mean time, I will turn my attention to a number of other things:

Updating a short story I wrote several years ago that isn’t connected to any other project

The New Haven Chronicles Timeline needs some revision and I’d like to get it squared away before Orbital Decay is released. There are also a handful of New Haven related short stories that I want to try and work on. Some that require completion of a first draft and others that need revision.

Most importantly though, I need to start work on the second book in the Fall of Man series, the sequel to Method of Life…or rather I need to take what I have written already and start putting it towards the final story I want to tell. I’ve got about sixty to seven thousands words already down, but I’m not sure how much of that will survive once I really get into it. It’s a good amount to start with and work through, so I’m hoping that the next installment won’t take as long as the first one; which took several years.

I started putting together ideas for what I would eventually become The Fall of Man, when I was still in high school, back in the late 90’s. It’s taken from then to now to get the story contained within Method of Life down on paper, so to speak. Along the way, much of the rest of the series was planned out and some of the books are already started and well into development, so any large changes or massive rewrites, it shouldn’t take as long for the next book to see the light of day.

So if anyone has made it this far into the post, what do you think of the new fall tv lineup? Any new decent shows on the horizon? I’ve seen a couple new ones already, through legal means, Revolution and Last Resort. I enjoyed Last Resort and I’ll probably keep up with it, simply for mindless fun. Neither show however is exactly pushing any boundaries.

Of course the big draws are on HBO and AMC. Boardwalk Empire and Treme are back. They’re not my personal favorites but are worth checking out. The Walking Dead will also be back soon, though because of the falling out between AMC and Dish Network, I won’t be seeing it. Hopefully I can find an alternative method to get my zombie fix this fall/winter.

So what are you watching?

Method of Life awaits your discovery.

Solar System Guide: New Haven

This is my first attempt to create a Solar System Map, depicting the various locations and positions of the four inner planets, along with the Lagrangian points for Sun-Earth, Sun-Mars, and Earth-Mars and a handful of important military bases.

Orbital Dynamics (around which gravitational body you’re orbiting, your place in orbit around that body, and the time/power/fuel/energy/ needed to travel along an orbit of that body to achieve a better position to deploy your weapons) will play a vital role in the depiction of combat in New Haven. Almost all space oriented combat occurring during the series, takes place with both sides in orbit of a large gravitational force, whether it be a planet, moon, or Lagrangian point.

For right now, this is a simple guide designed to provide a very basic sense of where things are in the solar system in April of 2164. It could stand to be a fair bit more precise and definitely needs some work in that regard. For now though, it’s just a simple graphical aid for story planning.

Anyway, I thought I’d share it in case anyone else is interested.
This is a work in progress and by no means perfect, or finished.