Physics One

The more or less final proofreading pass has been completed. The corrections have to be entered and checked, formatting issues need to be adjusted, and then formatting for Amazon Paperback publication needs to be fixed. Sometime next month the book will be out.

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Cover to “Academician”

Academic Warfare — like the other kind, only deadlier.
The young lady is Adara Triskittenion. The novel is the sequel to “Practical Exercise”, also now being written.  It will be a while before these are finished.  Cover by Brad Fraunfelter.

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Status of Writing Projects

I retired to write and am writing.

First, two of my books are on sale:
Mistress of the Waves — now $1.00
Designing Wargames – Introduction — now $1.50

Then the writing projects:

Physics One Last week I finished a pass through the physics text adding the footnotes and other moderate corrections. I have now started the final proofreading pass. In the last three months I have also added 30,000 words to some of the novels I have been working on.

I have had the thought of taking the novel fragments and publishing many of them as a short story collection “Distant Worlds Seen from Afar”.

The current summary (July is July 15, 2020)

Physics books: The physics text is at 420 pages in LaTeX Book/8.5×11″ page format. That’s 270,400 LaTeX words + 175 or so figures — It needs one more proofreading pass, at least. I started writing in mid-September 2019. If a figure is a thousand words, that’s 475,000 words in ten months.

Writing review article in my technical area 80,000 LaTeX words–no change


The Eclipse series

The short story I sold to Chris Nuttall and Jagi Lamplighter for Fantastic Schools Volume 1 has been published.

Changes over the past three months:

Practical Exercise (Adara’s Tale) and Academician (Adara Volume 2) are jointly at 29135+33760 = 62900 words, a gain of 10,600 words

Indian Summer now at 23385 words, a gain of 16,485 words

Merchant Adventurers: Now at 43795 words, a gain of 3000 words.

No change in the following:

Stand against the Light is at 80,792 words Eclipse smites another doom or dies trying.

Of Breaking Waves is at 38,000 words Against Eclipse, even Death may die.

Invasion Now 7300 words

Invasion Tibet (so to speak Buck Rogers prequel) Now at 39,200 words

Invasion Now at 7643 words Aliens vs. Sci-Fi Writer Gun Fanatics

The Eddorian Lensman total 15686 words (serial numbers to be filed off) space opera

DisUnion total 15,834 words (after partition of US; NH/VT capture a flying saucer)

Hold High The Banner total 6121 words (ChiComm platoon of 1940 enters not-D&D world, launches liberation struggle for the exploited small giant class species)

No Tears for a Princess total 88, 647 words classic fantasy with swords and magicians

The Gathering Storm 7000 words Remote Sequel to Mistress of the Waves.

sequel to Against Three Lands 10775 words, No change
sequel to Minutegirls 172 words
sequel to Mistress of the Waves
sequel to The One World.

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Physics One

Behold the almost completed manuscript for the physics text. It finished IMG_2196 at 420 pages, around 175 figures, and a lot of words.

I would estimate that it will be available in August if not sooner.

And note bargain prices on two of my books:

Mistress of the Waves — now $1.00
Designing Wargames – Introduction — now $1.50

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Mechanics One

Producing a textbook is vastly more complicated than writing a novel. There were nearly 200 figures. There is an index. The core writing file uses LaTeX via WinEDT (not to be confused with winedit) and MikTEX, with the American Mathematical Society addons, generating figures with Inkscape. It’s also large, close to 500 pages of 8.5 x11″ text. I have now marked the index locations, but now must type them.

On the other hand I still plan to charge $20, and one of the competitors has been seen at $400.

Two of my sellers, and, have launched special programs asking authors to sell books at a reduced price as a support for our Fellow Americans. I have done this for two of my books, namely

Mistress of the Waves — now $1.00
Designing Wargames – Introduction — now $1.50

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New Book

Fantastic Schools, an anthology from Jagi Lamplighter and Chris Nuttall, contains my short story Practical Exercise. You can find it on Nook, Kobo, Angus & Robertson, and Amazon.


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Pass 2 Almost Complete

There has been more progress on the physics text.  Proofreading Pass 2 has finished the proofreading.  Some corrections still need to be inserted.  Pass 3 will include creating an index.  Then the book is allowed to sit for a while for yet another proofreading pass.

I have had plot piece for Anglic Union and for Practical Exercise.

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As I have mentioned, I am writing a new freshman physics textbook. I am now doing the second editing pass, finding a modest number of corrections on some pages, adding bits and pieces, and so forth. At 15 or 20 pages a day, I have at least the rest of the month ahead of me.

I am advancing on Adara’s Tale, which is the next two or so books of the Eclipse series, this being Adara Triskittenion at what we would call advanced undergrad/grad school.  The two Volumes are Practical Exercise — Adara in courses and research — and a deadly feud — until she announces the solution to Ettore’s Paradox — and Academician, her academic title until she flees for her life and ends up on a world much like ours.

The current line edit is annoyingly slow, but it must be done.  Then there is the matter of constructing an index.

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I had an opener that got longer for Tales of the Anglic Union Astrographic Service…not the final title.  It grew by perhaps 9000 words.  I am resetting my thinking to start writing more of Practical Exercise — Adara Triskittenion at Dorrance Academy. I may push that tomorrow.  I am not quite sure how I will make it that interesting, though I have several combat scenes already, and the concluding piece. I did send drafts of Physics One, the physics text, to several friends, to see if they thought I had missed topics.

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My Game Design Books

These are actually my best-sellers.  You can find them on Amazon and Smashwords.

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