Friday, June 19, 2015

New Website Goes Live!

In anticipation of the release of my new book Beware of Greeks in November, I'm shifting my Internet presence to a new location. My blog, along any future content, has been moved to my new website. The new site has information about the upcoming release, any future releases, and my blog. I'd like to invite you to visit my new home on the Internet. Thanks.

Friday, June 12, 2015

"Logan's Run" - A Thought-provoking Piece of Fiction

I recently finished reading Logan's Run by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, and I have to admit that it was quite different from what I had been expecting. If you are like me, you are familiar with the 1976 film, Logan's Run, starring Michael York and Jenny Agutter. I went into the book expecting something very similar to the movie, but  as I should have expected with most Hollywood movies, the book was considerably different.

Logan's Run depicts a dystopic ageist society in the future in which both population and resource consumption are kept in check by requiring the death of everyone reaching a particular age - population control at its most extreme. As in the movie, Logan is a Sandman charged with enforcing the rule by tracking down and killing citizens who "run". When Logan reaches his own Lastday, he becomes a runner as well.

Nolan and Johnson weave an interesting tale that acts as a commentary on what might happen as life spans increase and resources dwindle. It is a critique on a world where the beauty of the young has become far more desirable than the wisdom of the aged, and limited resources can no longer be spared for those over a certain age. Logan's Run provides a glimpse into a society that use age to determine one's usefulness and worth. It is a scary proposition, and Nolan and Johnson bring it to life well in Logan's Run.

The book, however, offers more than just a dismal view of the future. Logan's Run follows Logan as he approaches his own Lastday, and learns firsthand why citizens become runners. You could call it a "coming of age" story, one where Logan's eyes are opened to the true nature of the society in which he lives.

I found this book to be very thoughtful. Don't get me wrong. It has plenty of excitement, and is a great piece of fiction. But, it makes the reader think. Could this happen in our future? As our population grows and our resources dry up, could we begin to mandate a Lastday? It was good read, and I found it to be one of those books, like Fahrenheit 451, that leaves you wondering.

It's a shame that the Logan's Run is currently out of print, as far as I could tell. But, if you can get a copy, I would suggest reading it. Don't expect it to be like the movie. If the only reason you liked the movie was because Jenny Agutter was naked in it, the book might not be for you. But, if you're looking for a good read, pick this one up if you can.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Update on "Beware of Greeks"

It's been almost two months since I announced the book deal I signed with Amberjack Publishing for my novel, Beware of Greeks. You may be wondering where things stand. So, here's a quick update. Let me start by saying that we are still slated for release on November 1st. I've been working diligently with my editor, Cherrita Lee, on the first round of edits. Never having worked with a professional editor before, I really had no idea what to expect. Would her editing simply consist of grammatical and spelling errors or did the editor playing a bigger role? I just didn't know.

As I soon learned, Cherrita wasn't just there to correct my numerous spelling errors. Her job is far more than that. She is there to help me hone the novel by pointing out small plot points that might not really work well in the scheme of the story, or point out gapping holes in the story that need plugging up before publishing. Cherrita has been a great help in making suggestions, and providing guidance. I proud to say that Beware of Greeks will be a much better book because of her efforts.

She's been through the book with her "editing pen" once so far. I've made numerous adjustments and changes based on her feedback. Now, she is reviewing those changes, and digging in for a second round of edits. The process has been quite enlightening for me. It has definitely helped me become a better writer.

On another front, in preparation of the new book's release, I have been busy working on a new website, which will go live later this summer. My blog will be migrated there, and it will be my new home on the internet. Stay tuned for an update on that.