Blog posts : "Fictions"

Still writing...

I am still writing new novels, but progress is very slow as my life is very busy these days.  Sorry.

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Recovering from the super-typhoon!

On December sixteenth, 2021, we were struck by the center of Force 5 typhoon Odette, as it was named by Philippine weather authorities.  Outside the Philippines it was known as Typhoon Rai.  The eyewall of the storm passed right over my house, some of the neighborhood's roofs and most of the trees were destroyed, and the fallen trees damaged or destroyed many houses and took down all the electricity and communications wires.  We didn't have electricity or running water for twenty-six days, and we didn't have landline internet for a month and a half.  Then my phone company's fiber internet service was restored, though I'm still waiting for my cable TV company's fiber internet to be repaired.    The Philippines is also gradually normalizing as the covid 19 pandemic slowly recedes here.  It's been an ordeal for sure, but we're almost back to normal now.

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Progress has been slow, but it's being made.

Since my last blog post I've been fully vaccinated, and there are other signs of a slow and intermittent progress towards normality.  Most of my energy has been going toward other projects recently, but I'm still putting some time into writing and publishing.

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Thank you.

I haven't done much with my writing or publishing lately, or with anything else beyond my day job, as I recover from the trials I experienced earlier this year.  I'm getting my books on another ebook site soon, and still looking for another publisher.

I'd like to thank all my fans for sticking with me over the last few years.

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Seeking a new publisher.

While I still love writing and I know I'm pretty good at it, I've come to realize that I'm not very good at publishing and I really hate it.  So I'm going to try to find a new publisher.  Wish me luck!

Wayne Edward Clarke.

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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

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 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 at least, if not on 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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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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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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