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Greetings, Bearers,

Unfortunately, I come on a somewhat sad note this day. Actor Leonard Nimoy, famous for his portrayal of the original Mr. Spock of Star Trek fame, died today. He was 83.

If you’re into any sort of good science fiction at all, chances are you have Star Trek to thank for this. It was one of the greatest sf shows in existence, and I still run to Gene Roddenberry’s masterpiece as a source of inspiration and influence. A great deal of the charm and attraction came from the emotionless Mr. Spock, played masterfully by Nimoy, who himself had a significant degree of contribution to the character. He was, indeed, a character who, although he had no emotion, nevertheless had great depth as a character.

He will be greatly missed. He was–IS–Mr. Spock.

See you in the Vein,
J.Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

Before I get back to business, I wanted to bring up a great quote from Ernest Hemingway about the craft of writing. Thanks goes out to Pastor Brian Thomas for posting this on his blog:

If a writer of prose knows enough about what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water. A writer who omits things because he does not know them only makes hollow places in his writing. A writer who appreciates the seriousness of writing so little that he is anxious to make people see he is formally educated, cultured or well-bred is merely a popinjay

Learn it, and remember it. Hemingway (who is not my favorite author, but a prime example of excellent prose nonetheless) speaks the truth.

Okay, back to it. DIVE! DIVE!

See you in the Vein!
J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers (and others)!

On a little side note for those who are theologically inclined, I’ve just published a review of Michael Horton’s book Ordinary over on Amazon.com. If you’d like to read my thoughts about the book (which were overwhelmingly positive) check it out HERE

Okay, back to mischief (and writing too, but that’s been hard to come by this week. Next week I get back on the ball. Promise :D )

See you in the Vein!
J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

I can now say that the second part of my Doctor Who fanfic piece is now finished, and now available at THIS LINK.

Part one to the Story is located HERE.

And if you’d like to read the entire story without interruption, feel free to check out the PDF file for the story just below my signature.

Now go get your Whovian fix and let me know what you think of it! :D

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

DoctorWho

Greetings, Bearers!

Well a new year is upon us and it only took me a week and a half to wish all of you a happy one! :D And no, my delay had nothing to do with too much partying or hiding under the couch once my children introduced me to Five Nights at Freddy’s (I knew about the game already, but playing it… well, that’s an entirely different experience. If you play the game, don’t do so while drinking liquids…).

Anyway, let me give you a rundown of things that I hope to accomplish this year, many of which are for your benefit as well as for my sanity…
1.) Finish the edit of The Summoning of Bherta, the Fourth Descent into the Vein
2.) Finish writing (and begin editing) the Summoning of Belenn, the Fifth Descent into the Vein
3.) Work out some more short stories for the Surrealities series, and (if possible) bundle them up into a nice set for all to read at once (I know for a fact that some people prefer to pick up full collections of short stories rather than buy individual ones here and there. And I’m okay with that :) )
4.) Get back to working on the Hutch Sheridan series (everything else has been getting in the way, writing and otherwise, and I’ve still not decided as to whether or not I want to make these full novels or something more like novelettes).
5.) Prepare for the RadCon event in February of 2016 (Very, very, VERY pumped about that one *insert maniacal Joker laugh here*)

I’m not sure whether or not you call these “resolutions.” I’m hesitant to use that word, because I’d like to think that these are goals which are meant to be fulfilled in a reasonable time period. Plus… people tend to break their resolutions, so maybe by calling it something else it’ll get done.

Because I’ve NEVER broken a resolution… (and if you believe that, there’s a swamp in the Sahara I’d like to sell you ;) )

So on with the writing, and on with the reading. Remember: feel free to let me know what you think about what you’ve read. I appreciate your feedback and love to hear from you.

Okay, back to writing, editing, and reveling in the arrival of Jim Harbaugh to Michigan while enjoying championship playoffs in the NFL.

You do the same.

Or not.

See you in the Vein!
J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

Looking forward to another relaxing break from the everyday, as I hope that you are as well. I and the family will be putting in some well-deserved down time from the daily grind and enjoy our Christmas and New Year’s (save for the fact that Michigan is not in a bowl game this year :( . Hopefully that will change as soon as Jimmah gets home… because he will…. I think…)

Anyway, to celebrate, I’m running a special half-off coupon between now and Jan 1st for you to enjoy. All of my full-length novels and my short story collection Alternate Endings are fifty percent off for the next twelve days. So take advantage of it while you can.

Here’s the coupon list. Remember, though, that these coupons only work for the Smashwords link, so you’ll have to get them from there rather than Amazon or Barnes and Noble (fortunately the Smashwords ebooks are compatible with all e-readers).

50% off coupons on smashwords.com
The Summoning of Clade Josso: FG57B
The Summoning of Old Velt: KH64E
The Summoning of Kran: FX48P
Alternate Endings: VE39A

So use, enjoy, and spread the word!

Have a great Christmas and a great New Year, and you’ll be hearing from me come January!

And no peeking at your presents! (Okay, that’s more directed at myself than anybody else…)

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

I have some good (almost great) news: The Summoning of Clade Josso cover reissue is now complete, and is available for ebook on Smashwords and Amazon! Check it out, and if you’ve been waiting to purchase it, now is the time!

And I GREATLY appreciate the feedback about the MUCH IMPROVED cover! People are loving it and drooling over it! That’s good!

“Wait, J.” you may be saying, “Why is that good but not great?”

Because I’m still waiting on the cover to be taken by Barnes and Noble :(. Not sure what’s going on with it, but I’m trying to get that squared away.

However, if you get it on Smashwords, you’ll still get a readable version with the new cover. So check it out and enjoy!

And on to the second piece: the Star Wars teaser. Yes, I realize that I’ve said to family and friends that I didn’t want ANY glimpse of anything from J.J. Abrams’ upcoming film. I said that I would stand firm and avert my eyes and ears from any clues and images that would give away spoilers and ruin my anticipation.

But I caved. Sue me. :D

If you’ve not seen it, check it out. It’s pretty much available anywhere, like Youtube and what not, so sit back and enjoy a little taste of what I hope to be a Magnum Opus that occurs in a galaxy far, far away…

(Now, if there happens to be a polar bear or a smoke monster in the movie…)

So get out there and watch it.

See you in the Vein!

Greetings, Bearers!

Continuity, continuity, continuity: if there is anything that needs to be addressed by writers of books, screenplays, etc., it’s the dire need to pay attention to the fine details, and this is ESPECIALLY true of those of us who write in the science fiction and fantasy genres, where the readers are oftentimes the most exacting and demanding (and rightly so) of their authors to put together a plot that makes sense in the midst of an imaginary world that makes sense. No matter how far out there the concepts and the characters are, there still has to be (in addition to character development and a strong plot) the stable base of consistency which provides for the audience a sure footing in an alien world.

So when we as writers develop our details, establish our laws of physics and science (or lack thereof), and put together the what and the why of our characters’ motivations and actions, we MUST. BE. CONSCIOUS. OF. CONSISTENCY.

Because nobody likes to read a story (or watch one unfold on the silver screen or the television) in which the obvious is overlooked, or the decisions are made without a sense of logic, or where a previous plot point is countermanded by a neglected line uttered by the character which makes the audience members pull their hair out and shake their heads crying out “Are you really serious!?!?!?”

Enter CinemaSins.

I stumbled across these guys a little while back, and have watched several of their videos. While some of their comments are off-hand roasts or inside jokes (note the “Doctor Who” reference in the video review of Oculus), others are good criticisms of inconsistencies in plot, setting, dialogue, etc., that kill the suspension of disbelief. If you are a writer, I STRONGLY suggest watching their videos and taking note of some of the things they address, as they have more than once nailed movies for writing mistakes that could have been avoided with a little bit of thought and logic.

I appreciate these guys for doing this stuff, even if some of my movies do end up losing a bit of their lustre (I REFUSE to watch their analysis of The Avengers, though).

So watch and enjoy. And keep on enjoying my published works as well. Let me know your thoughts!

See you in the Vein!
J. Dean

GREETINGS, BEARERS!!!!

(Do I sound excited, or what? :D )

And now the moment you were all waiting for, the moment that you, my precious and patient readers have been told about for a good long while. The moment that has taken many days, many hours, and many fatigued fingers worn away by typing, editing, re-editing, RE-RE-editing, and buffalo wings (gotta eat sometime!).

After all this time, I proudly present to you The Summoning of Kran: The Third Descent Into the Vein!!!! Now available HERE on Amazon.com, and HERE on smashwords.com. The barnes and noble link is not yet available, but if you own a nook you can still utilize the Smashwords website for the book.

A special thanks goes out to Mickey Goins, an associate of mine from the Tombs of Kobol website, who helped me out in a pinch to get this going. He did a heck of a job, and has my eternal gratitude… and his choice of liquid refreshment should the opportunity for the two of us to meet face-to-face ever come about :) Thanks again, Mickey.

So to my readers out there, no more waiting!! Get on out there and get your copy! Let’s continue on with the adventures in the Vein! I hope you enjoy this long labor of love I have undertaken. Let me know what you think!!!

And now, I sit back and breathe…. for three seconds…

See you in the Vein!
J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!
I am now proud to announce that Surrealities II is now available on Smashwords.com for 99 cents! This is the second installment in the Surrealities series, which is a nod to the influence of serial shows such as The Outer Limits, The Twilight Zone, Inner Sanctum, and other similar programs. This particular installment ventures into the realm of science fiction, with a pair of stories that touch upon the wondrous as well as the terrifying. I hope you enjoy it!

See you in the Vein!
J. Dean

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