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

I just thought I would write a little update as there’s a few things going on in my life and with the writing. I have been busy working diligently on The Book of Revelations: Prophecy, but as several people are asking me about a sequel to Zeus, Inc., I’m considering taking a break in November (if BOR isn’t complete) and spending time on the sequel. I already have ideas for it and Alex Grosjean is never far from my thoughts. Why November? Why, NaNoWriMo, of course! I wrote the first book during NaNoWriMo, so it only seems appropriate the sequel comes out of that, too.

Also, if you’re bored this Labor Day weekend (unfortunately, I’ll be working), go stop by Dragon*Cant. It’s an online convention set up for those who could not attend Dragon Con. Zeus, Inc. is actually part of the Merchants Circle there!

I have been writing a lot for, as well. So here’s a full list of what I’ve covered so far.

I also did an interview with Jason Chen from StoryBundle for DVICE.

There’s a new review or two posted about Zeus, Inc. on Amazon. I have a few blog reviews coming up soon, too – I’ll post them when they’re live. Being a self-published author is certainly not easy (as I’m discovering), but it’s very rewarding.

Oh, and I’m going to Paris in a week. I’ll probably be posting here every day while I’m there, with photos of food I’m eating (so you can all be extremely jealous), as well as little things that come along that interest me. This will be my third trip there and my fourth trip to Europe, but I’m still as excited as the first time I flew overseas. I will also being taking a great amount of notes as I’m pretty sure part of the Zeus, Inc. sequel will take place there. Like I said, I have ideas!

I hope you all have a great Labor Day weekend. I hope to squeeze in some time to play The Secret World myself. Because all work and no play makes Robin go crazy.

LABOR DAY SALE! Zeus, Inc. available for just $0.99 on Smashwords. Use coupon code FY62Q

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

The outline for The Book of Revelations series is already underway. I was awake all last night because I couldn’t stop thinking about it. This will be my Game of Thrones (and yes, there will be dying characters) because it does look like it will span at least 2-3 books and have a lot more characters than my first novel and a lot of things like war and metal dragons and evil Presidents and 18-year-old girls with robotic cats.

At least that’s what I have so far. There will be much more.

I love it when a story grips you so hard that you can’t let it go. It’s even better when that story happens to be your own. I blame Ridley Scott. After having watched Prometheus, I was inspired. And last night, I watched Blade Runner (the director’s cut) and was inspired x 100. And now these characters are yelling inside of my head for me to write their things down NOW before I forget.

So in what was supposed to be a day off from the computer has been a day of scribbling on little notepads and then setting out notes in Google Drive. And then those notes became an outline and I saw it and I was pleased.

I also think Matt Smith’s Doctor has inspired a character in the second book in the series, too. I can envision him perfectly, bow tie and all.

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