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Category: Axon, Inc.
Axon, Inc. Revisions: NaNoWriMo 2021
At this point it's getting a bit embarrassing to admit that I've been working on this book since 2013. It still remains my pet project and the one I'm most anxious to have see the light of day, since it reflects many of my own experiences and hopes and fears -- about my profession (artificial… Continue reading Axon, Inc. Revisions: NaNoWriMo 2021
Work In Progress Ask Game
Thanks go to Fury's Reign, who created this ask game on Tumblr. 1: Summarize your WIP in 10 words or less. Tech startup creates telepathic computing; social and personal tragedy ensues. 2: Post a line from your WIP with no context. "Artificial intelligence is a tool for solving problems — problems of any sort. But… Continue reading Work In Progress Ask Game
Axon, Inc. Update Feb 2020
It has been long indeed since the last update, mostly because, after finishing Axon, Inc., I tried finding an agent for it (throughout the spring of 2018), and... failed. Among the agents who gave me feedback on their rejection, the most common complaint was that the beginning was not compelling enough. This was somewhat discouraging.… Continue reading Axon, Inc. Update Feb 2020
Revisions Complete, Beta Released
Just a quick update here: I finished the final revisions to the beta version at 1 AM on Nov. 4. First sentence: Walden hefted the SCAR to his shoulder and gently switched the safety off. Last sentence: The other man, unhurt, knelt beside him, crying. Total words: 104,730 Total chapters: 14 Total scenes: 58 Pages (if… Continue reading Revisions Complete, Beta Released
Revisions Status: One Week To Go!
I have to admit, I'm pretty excited. It's been a little over two years since I had the initial idea for Axon, Inc., and at last, the revisions are very, very close to being finished. I have twelve scenes to review and rewrite, and I should be done with these by Halloween night. Then it'll be ready... Ready… Continue reading Revisions Status: One Week To Go!
Revisions Status: Oct 7 2015
First, an announcement: the first chapter of Axon, Inc., "Lubumbashi", is now available on Wattpad. Over the next few weeks, I'll be posting four more chapters, a total of almost 10,000 words. In the meantime revisions will continue. As an experiment, I'll be over on Wattpad a lot more in the future. In addition to… Continue reading Revisions Status: Oct 7 2015
Mount Si: Refusal of the Call (Axon, Inc. Sample)
This is a sample from the Refusal of the Call section of Axon, Inc. See the post on mapping story structure to get a sense of where this appears in the novel. He didn’t know the fastest way to a road or a house, so he simply headed back the way he’d come: straight through… Continue reading Mount Si: Refusal of the Call (Axon, Inc. Sample)
Revisions Status: May 20 2015
This is the second of a series of posts on the status of my revisions to Axon, Inc. The first one is here. As before, instead of giving spoilers or arbitrary word counts, I'm going to reference my Story Map here. The Story Map reveals the basic shape of the novel, without being specific about what… Continue reading Revisions Status: May 20 2015
Characters: Tori Reathall and Paula Amaranto
Axon, Inc. is a tightly-focused novel, concentrating on the lives of just a few characters. Following up on the in-depth discussion of the protagonist, Walden Reathall, and the antagonist (?) Logan Byrnes, this post discusses two other essential characters: Walden's sister, Tori, and good friend, Paula Amaranto. There are no spoilers here, just notes about… Continue reading Characters: Tori Reathall and Paula Amaranto