Re-edit for Blood City Chronicles: The Black Petal Incoming

My general feeling about releasing content is that once it’s out, then it shouldn’t be changed.  There are a lot of reasons for this, the largest being that fans get attached to even the smallest details and changing them can upset the balance in some way.  However, I am making an exception with The Black Petal.  When it was released, I didn’t send it out for a final edit.  I thought at the time that releasing the story was more important, but I have later come to realize that this was a mistake.  It should be the job of the writer to make sure the best possible product is released even if said content is free.  Being free shouldn’t be an excuse to release something less than it should be.

For this reason, I’m sending BCC: The Black Petal back to the professional editor to correct some mistakes that I missed while doing my original edit.  What this will mean is that some things will change.  Some scenes will be a little different than they were, but the overall quality should be a bit better.  I am not doing a rewrite.  Like I said earlier, I don’t believe in changing the material on that level, but grammatical changes are fine.  The changes will allow us to feel better about promoting the series properly.

Later this year, the next installment of Blood City Chronicles will be released, and it will go through the process correctly.  If all goes well, To Live in Fear should hit store shelves late spring.  I appreciate everyone who commented about the first story, and I hope you enjoy the updated story as well as the second installment in the series.


Blood City Chronicles: To Live in Fear Due Out Later this Year

The next episode in the Blood City Chronicles saga will be released later this year, possibly summer.  Blood City Chronicles: To Live in Fear will focus on private detective Michael Steele and his partner Derek Garvin as they delve into the shady underbelly of the corporate world.  Look for more information in the coming months.

BCC: The Black Petal Officially Released on the Apple Bookstore

As of this morning, Blood City Chronicles: The Black Petal has been officially released on the iBookstore.  So if you didn’t pick up a copy on the Smashwords website, you can do so from the comfort of your iPad or iPhone.  Other avenues for picking up a copy should be available in the coming weeks.  The eBook is free, so feel free to enter into the world of Blood City.

Human or Standard?

While I was writing The Black Petal, I introduced a number of terms that refer to things inside the world I created.  One of the questions someone asked me was about the use of “standard” when referring to a human.  I’ll admit that I wasn’t very consistent with it’s use in the story, but I wanted to point out that the terms are basically interchangeable.

The term “standard” is considered street lingo, and is what is generally used to refer to the base human model, as opposed to elf, orc, halfling, troll, etc.  The scientific term is still “human”, however.  Which means that in terms of the overall narrative, I’ll switch between the two terms from time to time.  It pretty much comes down to how I felt at the time.  If I’m talking about humans in the scientific sense, then “human” would be the most appropriate term.

I always imagined that the origin of the word simply came from the fact that there wasn’t a derogatory word for humans, and being called a “standard” would simply mean a person wasn’t of any real significance and the lowest level of the evolutionary chain.  Over time, the term lost a lot of its sting and just became a normal part of the world’s vocabulary.  The negative origin of the term hasn’t been completely forgotten, but that’s always a matter of tone and context.

The Black Petal Submitted for Release

It took a little longer than I expected, and I’m basically okay with the results, but my first full-length story has been submitted to be included in various ebook stores.  If all goes well, The Black Petal will be available on Amazon, Sony’s bookstore, Barnes and Noble, and Apple’s iBook store.  We will have an ePub version of the story available on this site once it has been released on the Apple store.

In the meantime, anyone who would like to get the book early can read it on the Smashwords site.

I hope everyone enjoys the story, and feel free to let me know what you think.

Website Launched…Finally.

With the release of my first story in a couple of weeks, I had been trying to get this site up, but the laziness is strong.  Nevertheless, here it is.

This site will be where all information that relates to publishing fiction will be posted.  I will use it as kind of my personal blog, and it’ll be a good way to give some insight on my stories as well as making new announcements of new products in the future.

If you are going to make comments, the only rule I have is to keep things civil and profanity free.  As long as those rules are followed, there will be no troubles.

I hope everyone is able to enjoy the stories, but for those who don’t, well…I tried.  Have fun, everyone.

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