I was finally able to take this down after having it taped to my kitchen/garage door for this past year and a half! They are my notes from my newest release, “Caysee Rides, A Story of Freedom and Friendship,” a work spurred by my sister’s comment of “Do you know how hard it is to find teenage books with strong female characters?”
Caysee Rides is an adventurous tale of just such a young female who is stuck in an area where she has few choices as a fourteen year old orphan. An escape to a more free area of the former US is planned at the same time Caysee meets an unlikely friend who has his own desire for liberty, and a history that makes Caysee’s orphan status seem mild. The story blends modern technology, current political/social trends, and transgender issues for a read that is satisfying but challenges the reader to think as well. Working on final editing and awaiting patiently for my talented book cover artist to render something spectacular. I am officially aiming for an ebook release date of February 1st. (By the way, I strongly suggest investing in a good cover artist. This is a place where an author can’t afford to pinch pennies. I simply placed an ad on my local Craigslist, asking for samples of their work in a response. This was a quick way to get a good feel for a person’s ability and talent, and I could weed through their work and find what suited my needs. Follow your instincts! And don’t make a final decision without a meeting or two. In my very limited experience, I’ve found that giving them complete freedom over the book cover allows for more creativity than giving them some predisposed ideas. Things can always be tweaked but I find its better to leave them with the ability to openly interpret the text and apply that to the cover without my influence. I feel as if I get a more objective work that way.)
So what’s next? Replacing the notes for “Caysee Rides” are notes for “Twenty First Century Treatise” a nonfiction work that examines the impact of nature’s laws upon human civilization. For example, nature always strives for balance and I demonstrate that our societal structures, bound as they are to nature’s laws, seek balance as well. Originally perceived as a book, I will be releasing this work one chapter at a time per month beginning in January….look for the Introduction as well as a first chapter with a provocative angle at economics in just a few weeks. This work has been ‘percolating’ for some six years now, I look forward to sharing it; my hope, as always, is that I give us some talking points with which we can better our future.
Other things going on: A winter solstice children’s book, aiming for release for next holiday season. I’ve managed to get a great artist to team with me on this project, I know it will go places. I also have another web site that gets regular posts from me, The Unseen Revolution. It is solely dedicated to American economics and politics from the perspective of the Financialization Revolution. I invite you to peruse the site here if those kinds of issues float yer boat, so to speak. Annnnnd, finally, the beginnings of another full-fledged manuscript. A teenage boy is forced to hide a crucial secret from his parents, discovery of it would tear his family apart, how does Brandon resolve the conflict? Brandon’s Diary tackles modern social issues with an empathetic voice, stay tuned for its projected release date.
It’s quite satisfying ending the year at the same time as ending a project to which I’ve dedicated two years of my life. It’s more satisfying to have fresh ideas to work with, new challenges to meet, and an entire year to meet them with. Here’s to writing kids! The road is long, the work is heartbreaking, the success is always worth it. May 2016 greet you with new ideas and creative energy…