Jul. 10th, 2012

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Originally published at Robin Burks. You can comment here or there.

I would just like to remind everyone that there is still time to enter to win one of three copies of Zeus, Inc. And it’s so simple! All you have to do is sign up for the mailing list. I’ll pick three lucky winners on July 25th. Final edits are made and the book is ready in a variety of formats. I’m really looking forward to getting it out there.

In new book news, I’ve been working steadily on the first book in The Book of Revelations series. I know, I know, I previously called it a trilogy, but I think maybe I need to just see how long this is going to end up being. I have so much detail running around in my head. But tentatively speaking, the first book will be titled The Book of Revelations: Prophecy.

I have been enjoying diving into this new futuristic world, which is definitely more science fiction than that of Zeus, Inc., which only takes place in the near future. Researching scientific concepts and theories and trying to think of applications for them is mind-grueling work, but I find that I quite like it. I suppose I really am a science nerd. I have taken some inspiration from a few Ridley Scott films, but only enough to jump-start what I want to write about.

So what’s it about? It’s about a war between humans and synthetic beings that takes place about 300 years from now. The first book will be about how the war began and will lead up to the story of a young girl named Raissa Ward, who may very well be a savior of sorts. There will be themes of faith and hope and love and family. It will also deal with loss and death and the high cost of war. I’m hoping there will be flying cars, but there are definitely robots.

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ll notice I talk about it  a lot. I’m very excited about this novel and the possibilities it entails. Science fiction is so imaginative and now that I’m writing in third person, I feel it really opens me up more to the story and the characters. Today’s writing session introduces us to the 96th president of the United States, Albert Lee. He’s a swaggering almost Wild West sort of character with a great intellect and a lot of balls. And I wrote a speech that he gives to the media, a momentous speech that sets up the beginnings of the war. It’s just a rough draft, what I wrote, but I’m very proud of it.

On most days, when I set out to write, my first thought is “I don’t think I can do this.” Every time, that’s what I’m thinking. But I force myself to sit down and just start typing. In that way, I always end up surprising myself. Yes, I do have days where writer’s block kicks me in the butt (yesterday, for example), but I never let that convince me to just stop. I officially have the writing bug now, and I don’t think I could stop, even if I wanted to.

Anyway, that’s my latest update and where I’m wanting to go with this whole writing thing. I hope you all enjoy Zeus, Inc. and I look forward to hearing feedback once it’s released. August 1st can’t get here fast enough!

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