Revisions

1.1 Medusa Effect

It’s been a while since I updated anything on the Tomorrow News Network website.  I’ve been neck-deep in revisions of the 2012 stories for the last few months.  When I started writing T.N.N. over two years ago, I was very much a novice.  I’m not going to claim that I have since mastered the art of writing, but I am far more competent at my craft than I used to be.

I have also started working with an editor who has taught me the difference between “borders” versus “boarders,” “prescribed” versus “proscribed,” and “farther” versus “further.”  My editor has also called my attention to a number of other embarrassing errors that I am now in the process of fixing.

Today, I am happy to announce that the revised versions of the first two Tomorrow News Network stories are available here on the T.N.N. website.  Revisions of the third story are coming soon.  In fact, I had a meeting with my editor today concerning story #3, “The Orion War,” and she tells me that the updated version is much stronger than the original.

1.2 99 White Balloons

For those of you who’ve read these stories before, I hope you’ll take the time to read them again and see how they’ve improved.  And if you’re new to T.N.N., I beg your indulgence as this revision process goes forward.  Any typos or grammatical errors you find will be corrected in due time (probably).

Please click here to start reading the new version of “The Medusa Effect,” the “pilot episode” of the series.  Click here to read the new “99 White Balloons,” which focuses on the true story of Roswell.

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2013 Blog of the Year Award

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On behalf of Talie, Mr. Cognis, and all the rest of the gang here at Tomorrow News Network, I want to send a big thank you to Linda Frindt for nominating us for this award.  Please check out Linda’s blog (click here).  It’s all about a life of writing, a life of faith, and the life of a person suffering from fibromyalgia.

As part of the rules for accepting this award, I’m supposed to nominate another deserving blogger.  Although I follow many different blogs, there’s one in particular that stands out: “Lawyer?  I Hardly Know Her” by Jenna Walker.  Jenna is a West Virginia lawyer aspiring to become a career writer.  She’s currently in the process of editing her book entitled Potpourri—Do Not Eat.

Jenna’s been going through some tough times of late, and she disappeared from the Internet for a while, but now she’s back!  I’m hoping this award will give her the push she needs to keep going and keep entertaining us with her unique brand of witty commentary on life.  And most importantly of all, the push she needs to finish that book!

Click here to visit Jenna’s blog, and be sure to congratulate her for this well deserved award.

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The instructions for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3 Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them – (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4 Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award via this link – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5 You can now also join the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award Facebook page – click the link here https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/ and share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6 And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog … and start collecting stars…

Blog of The Year 2013 Award

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

Sneak Peak at the New Cover Art!

In 2012, I wrote ten Tomorrow News Network stories, nearly one per month.  I’d hoped to do the same in 2013, but life got in the way.  At this point, in mid-November, it should be clear that I’m not going to be able to finish the next five stories by December 31st.  So those will have to wait until 2014.

But I do have some good news.  My plans to re-release the 2012 stories as an ebook are now back on track.  They’ll soon be available on Amazon Kindle, both as individual stories and as an anthology.  Shortly thereafter, there will also be a version of the anthology in print thanks to Amazon’s Create Space service.

I don’t have any release dates yet, but they’re coming soon.  Today, I can offer you a sneak peak at the cover art for the anthology.  Obviously I still have to add the title and my name, and I might tweak a few small details before I send it off to Amazon, but basically here’s it is!  Please let me know what you think!

Live from the Newsroom

As the anthology comes together, I’ll have more updates for you, so please remember to follow this blog.  In the meantime, the stories are still available for free here on the Tomorrow News Network website.

The Void People

I’d like to announce that a short article I wrote for Sci Fi Ideas has been posted as part of their Alien August competition.  The article profiles the Void People, an alien race who live inside an artificial black hole.  I feel truly honored to have something I wrote on such a great website.  Please click here to see my article.

If you write Science Fiction, Sci Fi Ideas is the perfect place to find a little inspiration.  They don’t usually publish completed stories but rather brief articles suggesting plot ideas or describing potential settings, characters, or alien races.  Anyone can then come and develop those ideas under a creative commons license.

I don’t go there so much to get ideas for my stories but to help keep my mind open to the many possibilities Science Fiction can offer.  Science Fiction relies on strange, unconventional ideas.  Often, the stranger and more unconventional the idea, the better the story will be.  We need websites like Sci Fi Ideas to keep us from rehashing plots from Star Trek over and over again and to keep us thinking about all the weird, crazy things that can happen in this universe.

So I hope you’ll go check out my article on the Void People, and be sure to bookmark or subscribe to Sci Fi Ideas.  They’ve got a lot of cool stuff, so it’s worth wasting a few hours browsing through their posts.  Maybe you’ll find an idea or two for your next science fiction adventure.

P.S.: I’d like to call special attention to “The Planet Brokers” by Dan Palacios.  It’s one of the rare completed stories published on Sci Fi Ideas.  I read it only a few days ago, and it’s the best Science Fiction story I’ve encountered in a long, long time.  It’s about the day we sold the planet Venus to alien prospectors.  Click here to start reading “The Planet Brokers.”

One Small Step…

I have an announcement.  My job is letting me drop from full time employment to a part time position, allowing me to pursue my true passions: art and literature!  Today, I am taking my first timid steps toward a new career as a writer and illustrator.

To find out more, please check out my other blog, Planet Pailly (click here).