For further news and announcements, please now refer to this new BLOG site.
Although not fully populated, I have registered a new trblasingame.com domain where the new website is located. Until such time as when it's completed, you will still need to come here to my Weebly site for my story library archive.
When the new site is finished, I will post a redirect message here to folks will know where to find me.
Well, I’ve been working on it this weekend, but I’m not sure I’m pleased with the results. The design of the new site is similar to what I had when I still had my Dennier.Com domain, mixed with the new material added to the Weebly site. I freely admit that I’m not a very good website designer and it shows. Unfortunately, a lot of the tools used for creating dynamic sites are not in my possession (or experience using). For the moment, I'm working with simple HTML with tables to put things together, but I'm afraid there's not a separate version specifically for mobile devices.
The result so far can be found at http://trblasingame.atwebpages.com/, but I may well scrap the whole thing and try a different design before I create too many pages. If you check the link from time to time, you may see different designs or configurations. I won't delve deep into creating a bunch of pages until I come up with a look that I like.
For those who have made this suggestion (numerous times) —
At the recommendation of others, I have tried using a popular speech-to-text program using a microphone to record spoken words to convert them to editable text, but I have discovered numerous problems attempting to write a story in this manner. For one, I’ve always listened to the music of film scores when I write as added inspiration to keep my thoughts on the story I’m telling, and these added background sounds disrupted the quality of the dictated text.
Another issue is that when I write, I don't tell the tale in a linear fashion. I will typically write out a few paragraphs at a time and then reread them immediately, often making changes to the action or dialogue before moving on to the next. For some authors, this back and forth method might slow down the rhythm of their work, but for this particular writer, it was a technique I have used for over four decades and have developed the ability while maintaining a level of speed. While it might work for typing, it causes me nothing more than a jumbled mess when tried over a microphone.
I appreciate the suggestions in the hope I can continue to produce more stories in spite of my physical disabilities, but using Dragon Naturally Speaking (or other speech-to-text software) is a method that doesn’t work for me.
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Saw this article of interest on io9 today.
The trade paperback edition of A Wilder West is now available through my Lulu Press book store for those who prefer a printed book. eBook editions are also now online for downloading to your eReader devices. The hardback edition is also available through a direct link at the bottom of the ebook page.
Chapter 16 wraps up A Wilder West – just in time too, since the pain in my hands is no longer intermittent, but is now constant these days. I appreciate everyone who came along for the ride – not just for this story but for all the years I’ve been sharing my tales. Although I announced my “medical retirement” from active writing at an earlier date, I still had Second Chance and A Wilder West sitting around incomplete.
Now that both of these books have been finished, the only thing left is to format AWW for ebook and Lulu trade paperback releases and then I will be officially retired. Of course, all this means is that I have no further stories waiting on the back-burner, but should my muse sneak out of retirement and hit me over the head with another idea later on, I may give it a try. We can only hope that I don’t get too rusty in the meantime. For now, however, I plan to sit back, relax, read a book or two and give the hands the rest they’ve been whimpering for me to give them.
Jeff Karamales has informed me that he is now writing another fanfic called "Exodus" that takes place during the early days of Furmankind and the first chapters should be sent to me soon. Now that all of my projects are completed, this will give our Readers something new to look forward to.
I want to give a special Thank You to James R. Lane for all the help and assistance he's graciously given me over the years on these projects. It's appreciated, Jim!
As each of my books receive new Elizabeth Jackson covers, they will also be made available in hard cover editions for those who want them. These will not be listed on my primary Lulu Press bookstore, but can be accessed directly through links provided in the online Library and most of these hardbacks will be discounted to make them a little more affordable to my readers. The remaining titles from my library will be released in hard cover only as the new cover art is available for them. Those links will also be reflected at the bottom of the e-book section of this website.
For those who have read Sunset of Furmankind, you may find this article of interest. This field of study was unknown to me when I wrote the book, but it seems there's nothing an author can make up that real science can't duplicate, at least in part. The science and purpose is not necessarily the same, but enough similiarities are there that made at least one of my Readers sit up and take notice. Thanks, Blake!
With the exception of the two satellite novels, I've completed the "Blue Revisions" I've been working on for the existing 42 episodes in the series. Now that I've had a good tail wind behind me for the past month, I'm going see if this forward momentum will help me continue so that I can finish what I'd started on Episode 43, "Highland Feral". If I can manage this, I'm hoping to have an actual, tidy end to the series.
Once I've finished that, I'll continue my revisions with Blue Horizon 1261 and Hoenix to reflect the base changes to the overall points of the series that have been made (particularly the elements that have to do with the origin of the Furs, the lost colonies and the formation of the Planetary Alignment). With luck, I won't have to change much on those two stories and then I can get back to work on Second Chance.
Liz Jackson has created an awesome new cover for the first volume of the Blue Horizon tales, and just in time for a newly Revised edition of the book containing edits and corrections to the material within. The new edition with this cover is now on sale through Lulu Press for those who prefer a printed tome, and the ebook and online versions are also available on this website.
Liz will be eventually replacing all of my book covers for me, including the remaining four books of the Blue Horizon series. If you click on the thumbnail image at the left, it will open up the full image on Liz's FurAffininity site so you can see it in greater detail.
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