Blog posts : "Fictions"

Stepping stones

Constantly blogging on my website or my facebook page keeps my reach limited to the audience I already have. Though, if you feel like being generous, a split second of sharing can help drastically. If you know any fans of reading fantasy or science fiction novels please go ahead and suggest my name! Any boost, even if just one soul reached, is one more potential fan. Like I said before, word of mouth is the most powerful form of advertising, and that one new fan might just help me reach the next thousand!

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What's coming next!

A lot of my readers have asked if I'm writing new books now. I am, but it will be a while before anything new is completed. Unlike the years when I wrote my previous books I'm now in a relationship, and I have many more demands on my time, so I can't just write constantly like a fanatic like I used to. On the other hand, I'm probably writing my book faster than George R. R. Martin is writing the next sequel to Game of Thrones.

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Latest developments

Recently I have been utilizing new resources for promotion. I have put my free ebook up for review to a number of new minds and am waiting to see what kind of responses I will receive. After editing a number of important information tidbits I have also made my free ebook available on many new sites to increase the probability of its discovery. Blessings Of A Curse has appeared on a few dashboards and advertisements across the web in the last few weeks, as a result of my efforts. At this point there has been a lot accomplished, but the results of the recent accomplishments will not be immediate, only time will tell how effective these efforts have been. Fingers crossed!

I also want to extend a thank you to all my fans who have expanded my reader base through personal reference and word of mouth. Nothing is more powerful than having a friend share my books with another.

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Paperbacks Now Available!

About a year ago I was completely burnt out on the publishing process, and had grown to hate it.  I neglected it completely for almost a year, and my attempts to motivate myself to resume it were futile.  But Things Are Happening Again.

Perhaps most significantly; my books are now available as paperbacks again, on Amazon.  The price of print-on-demand paperbacks is largely dependent on how many pages the book has, but the cover size of the book (height by width) doesn't affect the price much.  Since almost all of my books are huge, I've made them available in Magazine size (8.5 x 11 inches, or 21.5 x 28cm) which keeps the page count, and the price, down to reasonable amounts.  I wanted to announce this a lot sooner, but there were technical challenges and delays.

I've also made my books available as paperbacks (and eBooks) at Lulu.com.

I've updated my website, I'm refreshing my marketing efforts, and soon I'll be making my books available at new retail outlets.

I have a few other irons in the fire as well, to be revealed soon.

Thanks for reading my books!
Wayne Edward Clarke.

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Available Now: Book 3 of The Nexus of Kellaran!

Chaos Of A Demon War - Book Three of The Nexus Of Kellaran Trilogy is available now at Smashwords.com in USA and Metric Editions!

 

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Finally Finished!

I just finished writing Chaos Of A Demon War - Book Three of The Nexus of Kellaran Trilogy. I'm really hoping to have it edited, published, and available (on Smashwords.com at least, if not on Amazon.com as well) by the 23rd, that is, the date that's the 23rd in most places in the world other than here in the Philippines.

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A solid year in The Philippines!

It was exactly one year ago today that I came back to The Philippines. Since I had a seasonal job in Canada and had saved up enough during the summer to live here through the winter, (or so I thought) coming back here wasn't the hard decision, as I had done it the winter before. The hard decision was choosing to give up my seasonal job in the spring and try to stay here all year round. It was very risky; I'd have to make enough to support myself and my girlfriend from what I made as an author and internet publisher, which I hadn't been able to do previously. Sometimes it's been very tense and we've been on the edge of financial disaster.
I'd always thought I'd get rich someday and move to a tropical island paradise. I never did get rich, or even middle class, though I came close a couple of times. But I did get very good at being poor to working class.
Right now I'm in a loving mated relationship for the first time in my life, and I do live in a nice place in a tropical paradise with a private beach, including internet, big screen, and sattelite TV. My personal costs for everything including cell phone, groceries, and a bit of spending money are $230USD/$300CDN/10,000PHP per month, (and that's less than I've ever heard of for anyone with a comparable lifestyle) or $460USD/$600CDN/20,000PHP including my girlfriend's costs. She does all the cooking, cleaning, and handwashes all our laundry, (I'd do half of that if she was working or going to school) and she takes good care of me.
In most ways this is the best my life has ever been, so I'm living the dream. Over the next year I need to double my income so I can afford to go back to Canada for a visit once a year, buy us some health insurance, and get a few other little extras. That's all I really need.
I need to thank everyone who has helped us or supported my careers in any way. I couldn't have done it without you.

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Apologies on my birthday.

Today is my birthday, so it's probably a good day for apologies.

I've been sick most of the month, and half of last month too. For these and other reasons I doubt that I'll be able to finish Chaos Of A Demon War before the end of September as I'd previously announced. I'm very sorry about that. I hope to finish it in October.

On another matter; readers of my Rational Future series will recognize that I did my best to make it true 'Hard Science Fiction', that everything in it was supposed to be as factual or scientifically plausible as possible, and I did a ton of fact checking to make it so. For instance, every asteroid mentioned is real, and is just like it's described in the book. I did my best to make sure all the math was correct too.

However, I didn't check the facts that I was already absolutely sure of. When I was in elementary school in Canada I was taught that the acceleration due to Earth's gravity is 32 feet per second, per second. The year after I was taught that, Canada's school systems switched over to the metric system and we started doing everything in meters instead of feet. I didn't think about the acceleration due to gravity formula for the next 37 years, then I wrote Hunters In The Sky. I assumed the Earth's acceleration was 32 meters per second squared, instead of 32 feet per second squared. I did all the time and distance calculations for the space travel in that book and the next one according to a formula that was in error, since the performance numbers for the ships were given in gees, not in speed. All the time and distance numbers for space travel for those two books are therefore wrong. I'd have to re-write almost everything in those two books to correct the mistake, and I'm not going to. But I am deeply ashamed, and I'm very, very sorry.

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At long last, Book 3 of the Nexus is coming soon!

Chaos Of A Demon War - Book Three of The Nexus Of Kellaran trilogy, will be available before the end of September. Pre-sales will be available soon.

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Frustrated

My attempts to get my exoskeletal ornithopter (ExOr) built and marketed have bogged down in an endless quicksand of people who don't return my emails and/or phone calls, including; parts and materials suppliers, potential employees, technical universities, a film school, my business adviser/tax preparer, even the investor that paid for the first months of work on the project. If I can write a good enough business plan I might be able to get enough financing to make a go of it, but I can't get the co-operation of people I need information from for the plan, or who I need to commit to working with me if I get financing so i can state in the business plan who'll be working with me and what we'll be doing if I get the financing.

At this point I'm willing to give the entire business away for free (including all the intellectual property rights) to anyone who'll finance and co-manage the first two stages and commit to hiring me to work on it for at least three years for $3000 Canadian per month, ($2400 USD)

The first stage is to build the world's first flying exoskeletal ornithopter prototype, learn to fly it while tethered to a zip line with a bungee cord and a roller, prove that it's very fun and safe, and monetize it by filming all that as an extreme sports documentary and by exhibiting it with aerobatic maneuvers at air shows, exhibitions, and state fairs. cost = $8000 to $10,000 USD, or about as much as a good used car.

The second stage is to build six more ExOrs in various sizes and a dedicated tethered-flight training facility, and monetizing it by charging thrill seekers by the hour to fly and to learn to fly, and selling T-shirts, souvenirs, videos of their flights, meals and snacks. Cost = about $50,000 to $250,000, depending on how nice the facility is, or, less than the cost of a one bedroom apartment in any decent city market.

The third stage is to build several more Flight Centers worldwide and a factory to build ExOr components, to sell thousands of custom-fitted Exors that are assembled in an hour or two while you wait, to compete for the consumer dollars that presently buy recreational machines like motorcycles, quads, and personal water craft, and to take a good chunk of the multi-billion dollar recreational machines industry. Cost to start = a few million, or about as much as a nice new car dealership.

Of course I have a bunch of other great recreational machines and facilities invented for expansion after that.

I've been working on this off and on for over thirty years, and someone is definitely going to do this pretty soon, but now I'm afraid that someone else is going to beat me to it and I won't even be a part of it.

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The Big Post for July

I posted this on my personal Facebook for my family and friends back home, but I figured I'll re-post it here;

I was pretty confused how the hot season here could run from April to the middle of June, since the country is (barely) in the northern hemisphere and fairly close to the Asian landmass which has it's summer in the normal June-July time-frame. Turns out that it would be absolutely dangerously hot here during July and August, except that that's when the rainy season hits. We're getting pleasantly warm rain every day, and the temperatures are nice now. But, when it was really hot I never noticed that there were almost no mosquitos, and now they're back with a vengeance! I'm lovin' my mosquito netting at night, and my electric flyswatter (with insect-attracting UV LED) during the day! Zaps them suckers but good!

Things I never thought I'd say;
The very best bananas I ever had are grown in my own yard. Delicious!
Remember, when someone is driving down the wrong side of the road towards you, you have to let the ones in the curb lane pass on the curb side, and the ones in the center lane pass on the centerline side!
When I first got here I thought that the traffic system here was insane, but now I realize that this system is better, and the system in Canada is insane! I've lived here in dense city areas for a total of over 13 months now, and the only traffic accident I've seen was a single-vehicle crash where a drunk guy fell off his motorcycle. That's a hell of a lot less accidents than I ever saw during an equivalent time in Calgary. In Canada everyone is supposed to follow the million rules/signs/lights/road markings so that they can go as fast as possible without paying attention, and whenever someone breaks the rules there's an accident. Here there's traffic anarchy, and all the drivers are actually PAYING ATTENTION with the majority of their concentration, and ready to brake or swerve at any time with a fraction of a second's notice, and staying ready for anything. If someone sails through a red light, he probably won't hit anyone, because everyone else is ready for that. Little kids can run out into traffic from between parked cars and pretty much never get hit, because the drivers are ready for that too. People drive slow enough to react to any danger.
There are actually European residential areas that are getting rid of their traffic lights, road signs, and road markings, because it forces people to slow down and pay attention, and produces a safer system!

A lot of times during the day I miss Canada and my family, and when I have to deal with the many instances where it would be easier to get stuff done in Canada, I consider going back. But when I'm sleeping I keep having dreams where I'm in Canada and I'm trying to get back to the Philippines but I can't. Then I wake up and realize that I'm still here, and it's all good. I think I'll go snorkeling in the bathwater-warm ocean off the private beach behind my beautiful tropical back yard today.

By the way, there's another apartment available here on this property, with air conditioning and a separate bedroom, for about $450 a month. Figure another $300 a month for groceries, utilities, internet, sidecar taxi trips around the neighborhood, and satellite TV (but with only a few English language shows). For two people. Plus whatever luxuries and tourist-type activities you want to pay for. Great beer is about 1$ a can or 2$ for a 1 litre bottle, but when I drink (rarely) I usually go for the excellent rum for about 2$ a 750 ml bottle. Just sayin'.

One thing that does suck is that the economy here continues to improve, and Canada's continues to suck, so now I only get 33.5 pesos for a dollar, when I used to get 48. That's a big difference. But my apartment is studio with no A/C, so my cost of living is still only $600 Canadian a month. For two of us.

Hello to everyone from me and Marel! I miss you all and I hope you're doing great! Wish you were here!

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Making Progress!

I tell ya, writing fantasy and science fiction can be difficult at times, but not nearly as difficult as trying to make reality out of science fiction on a shoe-string budget. Still, progress moves forward when pushed by stubborn persistence, and I am now a bonafide technologist.

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In Appreciation

In the space of a bit more than a month, two of my readers helped me out with money, one to save me from disaster and support my writing, and one to support the ExOr project I described in my email the newsletter before last.  Both have asked to remain anonymous, since they don't want to be asked for cash by multitudes.  I am humbled and amazed that people who've never met me are willing to support my efforts because they believe in what I can do.  Things are still a bit tense, but then, I've never had financial security beyond the next paycheck in my entire life, so that's nothing new.  Believe me, I'm trying hard to make the most of the chances I've been given.

By the way, I sent the email with the ExOr project to a number of people, but I've never posted it publicly and I'd appreciate it if none of you did that until after I've done so.

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Progress, and a new project

I made great progress on Chaos Of A Demon War over the month I was given, but it still has a long way to go. I'll be going back to writing part time now, but at least I won't have to work a regular job, not yet anyway. I've received some seed money to develop one of my other business plans, and that should keep us going for a couple of months. Then, if things go well, I'll get full financing for it.

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Reprieve!

A very generous fan who has asked to remain anonymous has saved my financial ass, and asked that I return to writing for the month I've been given! So I'll spend the month working on Chaos Of A Demon War - Book Three of The Nexus of Kellaran Trilogy.

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Prices lowered on newest books!

I've lowered the prices of Victory Or Extinction and Soul Dead And Green Eyes to $2.99, but it may take a couple of days to take effect due to the holiday. Happy Easter everyone!

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New fantasy book release!!!

My new book; Soul Dead And Green Eyes - A Kellaran Fantasy, is now available at Smashwords in both USA and Metric measurements editions, and in every format including kindle! If you're going to buy this eBook, I'd really appreciate it if you bought it before the end of March, for reasons detailed in my post about my life, below. It'll be available on Amazon within 24 hours, and everywhere else in a few days.
USA:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/530967
Metric
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/530971

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My life

A lot of people have asked me about my life lately, and I don't have time to write the same thing over and over again, so I'm copying the letter I just wrote to John, my boss from my seasonal job back in Canada.  The pictures I mention are available on this post on my facebook page.

Hi John;

Sorry I didn't get back to you for a few days, but I'm very busy because I'm desperate to get my latest book finished and published at least a few days before the end of the month.

I do miss working with you, and I'm getting a bit fat without it, but I won't be coming back to Canada this summer. I'm committed to my life here with Marel, and I wouldn't come back unless I could afford her passport, her visa, and both our plane tickets. As it is I don't even have any money for my own plane ticket.

Things here are really good, our life together is wonderful, except financially because of things I never expected.

The low Canadian dollar and the high Philippine peso cost me a fifth of my savings. I was expecting a tax refund last year, but for various frustrating reasons I haven't got it yet, but now I'm told I'll get it in a week or two. I switched my default sales from my own website to a site called Smashwords.com because it has many, many advantages for my readers, unfortunately it only pays every three months with a month's delay, so I'll get paid for Jan. Feb. Mar. sales at the end of April, then Apr. May June sales at the end of July. That's why I have to get my latest book out before the end of march and make some sales, so I can get some money from it at the end of April and not at the end of July. And finally, all the American book sites including Smashwords are withholding 30% for the US IRS taxes. Theoretically I can get them to stop doing that, because Canada has a tax treaty with the US, but it's a paperwork nightmare that the IRS says would take two months if I was in Canada, and it's almost impossible from here in the Philippines.

I've been working like crazy on the writing and publishing, and if it wasn't for those unexpected factors I'd be doing okay. As it is, things are really tense. I couldn't renew my visa here at the beginning of March and I'm behind on my rent. At least my landlady is really nice and she loaned us some money for groceries. If my tax refund comes in when I've been told it will, then we'll be okay. If not we might have to move in with a friend for a while. If I can't make a go of it with the writing and publishing I'll have to take a job teaching English to Japanese people over the internet, and do some musician work on the side.

Life here is very different. I live in a beautiful place with a huge beautiful yard and a private beach that only costs about $300.oo per month including utilities and bills, (see attached pictures.) but the reasons it costs so little are loud barking dogs, loud crowing roosters, loud yowling cats, no sound insulation, windows that don't really close, no hot water, surrounded by resorts that cater to Phillipinos who love their 10,000 watt karaoke systems at all hours even though they can't sing well, constant war with the ants and termites and mosquitos, occasional rats in the ceiling until the cats fight them and chase them out (which is loud), huge trees over the house that drop huge nuts on the roof that sound like gunshots when they land, and being too far from the center of the city to be able to get a landline phone or cable TV or fast internet. We get by with slow internet from an arial and sattelite TV.

Still, I have a wonderful love and tropical weather and the ocean just outside my door, and even with all the problems, my life here is still better than it was in Canada. I included a couple of pics with Marel's wonderful family from Christmas day.

How are things with you and Christina and the girls? I sure hope you're all doing okay.

Take care;
Wayne.

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I did it!

It was absolutely necessary for me to achieve something extremely challenging, and I succeeded!  I wrote a damn good book in twenty-seven days!  Tomorrow I publish!

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Teaser preview; 'Soul Dead And Green Eyes', a Kellaran fantasy.

“Report!” Captain Dhiak ordered as the two tired soldiers shed their armor and were given food and water.  “Where are Belgran and Sergeant Lekin?!”
“Sir.” Smid said, then paused a moment, as if to order his thoughts.  “It was the strangest thing.  We were takin’ a shortcut that Belgran knew about, a little two-rut cart path about two miles south of the highway.  We came to this burnt out house.  It must have burned last night because there was still a bit of smoke from the smoldering, and you could smell it was really recent, an’ bad.  It’d been right beside the road, and one of the half-burned main timbers had fallen mostly across the way, and there was this kid sittin’ on the end of the timber with his legs out, blockin’ the rest a’ the road.  He’s all covered in ash an’ soot, his head down, his hands on his thighs, ain’t wearin’ nothin’ but his pants.  Couldn’t of been more than twelve, maybe thirteen years old.  He didn’t move a muscle as we come marchin’ up.
“It was just after noon so we were all hot and sweaty, and you know how Sergeant Lekin was, he hated everything just on general principles anyway, so he was in a pretty snarly mood from marchin’ in the heat in his armor.  He kicks the kid’s legs out of the way as he walks past, not hard to hurt ‘em, just to get ‘em out ‘a the way, but not nice about it neither, an’ he says; ‘Outta the way, peasant!”
Smid paused for a drink of water, his eyes unfocused as he remembered, then continued.  “The kid stands up an’ says ‘Hey’ as he steps up behind Sergeant Lekin.  Not yellin’ or anything, just hey, in a completely normal tone of voice.  Lekin spins around like he’s gonna yell somethin’ nasty, but he’s kinda’ surprised to find the kid so close to him that their bellies are almost touchin, and the kid’s looking him up right in the eye with this strange look on his face, or I should say no look on his face, no expression at all, and that was the strange part.  And as this is happenin’ the kid takes Lekin’s short sword out of its scabbard enough to get the tip clear, and he lowers the handle end enough to get it pointing up as the tip is restin’ on Lekin’s belt, and he shoves it up under Sergeant Lekin’s breast plate and into his heart.  He didn’t do it particularly fast, or slow, he just did it, casual like, like you’d slice a carrot, without lookin’ away from Sergeant Lekin’s eyes.  It was all over in a second.
“Sergeant Lekin’ gets this stunned look on his face as he tries to grab the blade or the wound through his armor, then his legs start to give out an’ shake, an’ the kid casually pushes him backward off the blade, and he falls.
“We were so close as this is goin’ on that I could’ve reached out and touched him.  The kid turns around and looks at the rest of us.  He didn’t threaten us with the sword, he just let it hang by his side, drippin’ blood.  But his face…  It was like havin’ a dead man lookin’ at you.
“We all just stood there for a second, then Belgran says ‘Crap!’ an’ he reaches for the kid, and the kid cuts off two of Belgran’s fingers with no more hurry or emotion than wavin’ away flies.  Then Belgran yells crap again, a lot louder this time as he draws his longsword, and an arrow hits him in the throat.  A small arrow, prob’ly elf made, or… Or from a bow for a kid.
“The boy just stands there as Belgran starts thrashin’ his life out on the ground, then me an’ Krin here, we ran the hell outta there.  Once we were in the trees an’ had some cover, we look back and the kid’s just sittin’ on the end of the burnt beam again, just like how we found ‘im, ‘cept with the bloody sword.”
“Sir, I figured it was an elven trap and the boy was spelled.” Krin stated.  “I thought the best thing to do at that point was to catch up to you here at the camp and report.”
Captain Dhiak looked from one to the other of them for a moment, his jaw clenched.  “You’ll take Lieutenant Fastel’s platoon back there in the morning.” he ordered.  “They have our best trackers.  Tell Fastel that you’re to find the boy and the archer.  Kill them.”
“Yes Sir.”

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