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Friday, December 24, 2021

Writing Colonies XLIII: SITREP - "Paper Edit" of Volume One is complete


The "Paper Edit" is complete.  As before, seeing the words on pages is a different experience than having them on a screen, so I see things I missed before.  Once those changes are made, I'll proceed to the next edit, likely the "Kindle Edit" wherein I read it on a handheld device.  Again, the different medium helps me see things I've previously missed.  Since I've pegged the release of Volume One for February 7, the next few edits/passes will focus only on those books.  

This is probably the last update for 2021, so let me wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Holidays.  2022 promises to be a big one for me, so I hope I can count on your help to spread the word.  Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Colonies of Kobol RELEASE DATES

Well, it's been nearly five years in the making, and I appreciate your patience, but the time has nearly arrived.

Colonies of Kobol - Volume One: Foundation ...

That's ten days shy of five years from when I first created the Word document and got the ball rolling.  

That's the first Monday of the month, so I continued that into the next books, too.

Colonies of Kobol - Volume Two: Evolution ...

Colonies of Kobol - Volume Three: Revolution ...

The cool thing is, Volume Two is out on 4/4/22 and Volume Three is out on 6/6/22.  Not important.  Just neat.

The dates are subject to change due to calamity or what have you, but I'm pretty determined to get them finished and published as I've listed here.

For Lords of Kobol, I released them one month apart.  Then again, those books are only about two hundred pages each.  With Volume One being more than four hundred, Two nearly eight hundred, and Three pushing a thousand, I figured two months in between releases would be better for the readers.

(Speaking of Lords of Kobol, now would probably be a good time for you to go ahead and re-read those four great books.  If you haven't already, you can download them for free HERE.)

More news and info to come.  Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Writing Colonies XLII: SITREP - Phase II editing done, release date announcement soon, and an IMPORTANT request


So I've finished two read-throughs, editing as I went.  Largely for spelling, word choices, clarity, tone, etc.  Next, I'll be printing out the books and reading them, marking errors and such with a red ink pen.  Good ol' fashioned editing, that is.  (With about 2,100 pages, I fear for how much that'll cost me in toner.  If you'd like to make a donation, here's my tipjar.)

In other news, I think I've settled on a release date for Volume One and a schedule for the remainder.  Assuming my editing continues at the same rate, it should work out, but I'm not going to reveal it just yet.  Maybe I'll post it next week as a Christmas present, of sorts.

Lastly, over the last couple of years, I've sent out PDFs of various parts of Colonies to winners of contests and so on.  If you were a recipient, PLEASE email me at to let me know what you think, any detailed criticism you might have, suggestions for clarity, whatever.  I'd like to incorporate any good suggestions into the books before publishing.

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Writing Colonies XLI: Maps of Caprica and Battle

Phase two of editing continues apace, however, I realized I had not shared a couple of maps with you.  The first is Caprica:

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It's based on the limited landmasses seen in BSG and Caprica, plus the image from the QMX map.  Some places were seen first in Book Eight: Picon as a revolution ended the era of imperial puppet nations on the planet (the Virgan-aligned nation of Rhodia was in northern Andros with its capital of Rhodes; the Leonan-aligned nation of Dordogne was in southern Andros with its capital of Lato).  

The second map is specific to a single, long chapter in Book Thirteen: Caprica which focuses on a siege:

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I'm sure that's fairly impenetrable without the context of the story itself, but, hey, it's another map you can look forward to.

Thanks for reading.