Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

UnZombies Starting to Show Up at Online Vendors!

I've located UnZombies at Scribd and Barnes & Noble thus far. Just a matter of time before it's at most. Smashwords is taking care of this distribution quickly. I'll be doing Amazon over the weekend.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Premium Distribution Approved for UnZombies!

Wow, that didn't take long. That is, Premium Distribution approval. Now, Smashwords, my distributor for my books, will be shipping the book to all its channels. They include Apple, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, Diesel, Page Foundry, Library Direct, Flipkart, Oyster, Scribd, Baker & Taylor Blio and Baker-Taylor Axis360. I will handle the distribution to Amazon. It may take a week or two to show up in these markets.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

A Brief Excerpt from the Book

This is a passage where Roberta Wiederganger meets Morton Revenant for the second time, only under more stressful circumstances.

Ro had earned a reputation in her close circle of friends who trained together as an unforgiving fighter. She was one who could take a tremendous beating, while demonstrating an indefatigable ability to rise again and again, eventually and most often overcoming a vastly superior opponent. It was her  over-the-top determination coupled with an unworldly insensitivity to pain. She once missed four days of work, using the excuse of an unreported car accident. Those who witnessed her underground fight saw Mama Oso (the 'Bear'), a female Mexican behemoth of a fighting machine standing over six feet two and weighing almost two hundred seventy pounds, spend over an hour pummeling the smaller female Police detective from El Paso. The undefeated Mexican fighter broke several of Ro's ribs, her jaw, and an ankle bone, while giving her two black eyes and innumerable bruises.  For 75 minutes, a largely Mexican crowd, having bet exclusively on her victory despite 40-1 odds, watched the most lop-sided fight they had seen in years. They had come to watch a terrible beating and were getting their money's worth.

The fight was almost stopped early when Ro became blinded by the amount blood on her face and in her eyes and another when she almost lost consciousness in a submission hold. However, the fight took a dramatic turn after an hour and fifteen minutes. Mama Oso decided that Ro was beaten down enough and it was her time to end the war.  She sensed that Ro was now vulnerable, sore, tired, and bruised enough to be unable to sustain her final, overwhelming attack. The two stood some fifteen feet apart. Ro slumped, sensing the attack. Rope-a-dope style, a la Muhammed Ali, she tried her best to look defeated and defensive. Oso bought the ruse and came at her furiously. Ro dropped to her knees, further promoting her stance as a defeated opponent, but waited patiently.  The huge Mexican got to a point about three feet away and reached down to grab Ro by an arm. Ro was much faster and agile than her slew-footed adversary, jumping to her side and striking Oso one time left hand to her throat with a followup right upward palm into her nasal cavity. The big Mexican fell like a bag of rocks, attempting to breath for about 15 seconds, then passed out. She died within a couple minutes. The spectators, first energized by the  expected ending of Oso's knockout punch, fell silent as Ro stood over her, raising her bloodied arms in victory. After the shock of the sudden reversal in Oso's fortune, the crowd cheered loudly for their new heroine. Ro never fought underground again, but her reputation never diminished. It grew, although no one really knew who she was. She fought under a thick veil of anonymity. Sometimes someone who attended the underground battle in Juarez thought he recognized her as the Yanqui beetch who defeated Mama Oso, but she never admitted anything to anyone. Knowing she had won was sufficient for her.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

UnZombies is Published in Smashwords!

A zombie apocalypse novel of 58,000+ words. UnZombies. Using the dead to fight the dangerous living and the dead. That's what they do. The secret of them is developed by an eccentric, perverse, wealthy genius.

Brief Book Description below the final cover selection...

On an archaeological dig in Alaska, a professor was bitten by a prehistoric man dead for 10,000 years. The death and reanimation of an astronaut forced the escape of others from the 'safety' of the International Space Station. News of a developing apocalyptic pandemic circulated worldwide. The ocean rescue of an infected astronaut put the worlds' two largest naval forces on a collision course toward war. Two fighter pilots, an astronaut and her police detective sister and flee zombie danger on an aircraft carrier to the American Southwest in order to survive.

Ultimately, they decide to seek refuge with the estranged, innovative, perverse and wealthy brother of one of the fighter pilots. Longtime serious family relationship issues remained unresolved before the brother offered protection from a rogue military force and the reanimated local human population.  How? UnZombies. Dead, but not dangerous.

The book has to be approved for Premium Distribution before it is sent off from my Distributor, Smashwords, to the many other retail distribution outlets, e.g. Apple, Sony, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, etc.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Saturday, March 8, 2014

First Edit Complete on Zombie Book...Entries in Art Exhibition Make the Cut

Well, I'm well into the second edit of my newest Zombie novel. Each time through is another chance to fix any typos, spelling errors, continuity issues, storyline changes, etc. I'll probably finish it off with the third I have to decide whether the ending is to my liking. The thing is, an apocalypse theme usually doesn't go well, but I have to give the reader something hope....or do I?

My two entries in the Nature-themed exhibit made it through the selection process. That's good news. I'm guessing by the numbers I saw online that not many were not allowed in. Members (of which I am) were allowed at least one of their entries would be selected.

I'm looking at entering a couple of other juried exhibits in the spring and summer. More on that later.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Third Zombie Book (as yet untitled) is Finished!

Sort of. I always have to go through a number of edits which will take a couple weeks, anyway. There's a boatload of errors I have to fix, including those of format, spelling, grammar as well as story and character development, continuity, etc. I look forward to this (except for the formatting which is a pain in the butt, as usual).

There are a number of interesting characters in this. Some family dysfunctional issues and backstory. Also, story sites include an aircraft carrier in the Pacific, the estate of a very rich technology entrepreneur in the Southwest, an archeological site in Alaska and the International Space Station.

That's all for now.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Newest Painting - Illusionistic

I've posted the image of my latest painting this winter off to the column on the right. I got the idea from something I did in an introductory college course about forty-five years ago, including something I saw online with squares, then I added a lot of color, and also added some illusions of three dimensions in terms of the solid spheres as well as the more camouflaged ones more hidden within the painting.

Look for these....
There are a total of 11 spheres of different sizes in the painting if you care to find them.  Look for places where the squares seem to bulge. There are also at least five levels of depth, e.g. a large checkered sphere in the middle over the solid orange one which lies over the largest checkered sphere which lies over two other solid spheres. They in turn lie over the rest of the checkered board. There could be more.

Here's the time-lapse of the project...to an almost complete state...

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

New Book Status Report

50,000 words...yup, that's the status report. 50,000 words. Still a lot of work to do. I'm still working on a new painting with a built-in 3D illusion. So, I've split my time between the two.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Making More Headway on the Zombie Novel

I just passed 46,000 words. The scenes are a little more tense with the character interaction. The Zs are a little different than my other two zombie books. Did you know they can be useful? How so? Slaves, entertainment, security, defense, companionship, experimentation, whatever else? You'll see.

Meanwhile, on the painting front, I'm experimenting with kind of a 3D illusionary painting. Enough said. I'm trying to do a timelapse of it, but at times I have to lift the canvas (it's really an illustration board) and do the detail.  Oh well...

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Posting My Two Latest Paintings

This makes 11 for the winter season thus far, about one a week. They're both landscapes, although the black and white one is more like a fantasy scene. I had something a little different in mind, although my idea changed when the painting started on the canvas. The second scene is from a path through the woods at my golf course from the tenth green to the eleventh tee.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

New Painting - Treeline

This was fun. I've finished the painting, pretty much. I'll post a final picture of it on the column to the right soon. This was one where I had the idea in my head and was able to execute it in a short period. Some of the others I've finished this winter have been a struggle. That's despite being satisfied with the final result.

Anyway, here is a time-lapse video which captures most of the painting's development. It starts off with the background lighting already completed.

Monday, January 6, 2014

New Untitled Zombie Book Now at 40,000 words

Getting there...Zombies with unZombie-like traits. A villain that could be a hero. A sister who hates her brother. A brother who says he doesn't give a fat fig about what people think. We have an apocalyptic finish.