Saturday, April 12, 2014

Chapter 3 is now posted for your enjoyment

     We go back to Commander Aguire's point of view as he picks up Captain Poluka at the McConnell Spaceport in Kansas.  Poluka is a shrewd bastard and will keep Aguire in the dark about what is really going on...after all, treason is an automatic death sentence, and Poluka isn't ready to trust Aguire completely. The link is at the top.
     By the way, the character information about Lynda Stokes is again posted here. This is one of many files used while writing the novel...never really intended for publication, but shows one tool for keeping information consistent through the process of creating a long work of fiction. Some folks have expressed an interest, so here it is.

     There is an improved link on the right-hand side of this page that will take you to the book's listing on Amazon by clicking on the book cover.
     While working on the sequel to Between Earth and Arcturus, I am also checking out other audio programs online. There is a wide variety of offerings and I will be making some recommendations in the future.
     My own audio program is simply a reading of the book, with only minimal sound effects. Most shows out there have a full cast of actors and some impressive sound effects.  But their shows feature shorter stories and some simply end in the middle without giving a satisfying conclusion.  Others begin a new adventure after just one or two episodes, sort of like watching Star Trek with a single simple story each time.
     I'd love to hear opinions on this. Feel free to comment here, or email to me at workingthegalaxy at gmail dot com.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Second chapter

     Enjoy chapter two, now here online. Just click on the tab above.
     The conspirators react to Aguire's plea for help, but not everyone wants to help him.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Read Chapter One

For a limited time, you can read the first chapter of Between Earth and Arcturus right here. Just click on the tab at the top of the page, and enjoy.
This is an adventure story with science, politics, and lots of personal issues that both the good guys and bad guys need to deal with.
The sequel, Pioneers of Arcturus is in the works and a third story is also planned.
The book is a full length novel, available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Point of View

     I just finished reading Hyperion by Dan Simmons over the holidays. This was like an anthology of tales all told in first-person point of view. The sequel, Fall of Hyperion, is mostly 1st person except for the 'memory/backstory within a dream' parts. 
     I'm wondering if most sci-fi readers have a preference. Both books are great, but this style of narrative is generally found more in detective novels than in sci-fi. 
     The Hyperion saga has been recommended to me by several people, and I have started the second one. I tend to do my reading in binges, with no reading for a long stretch, then several one after another.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Welcome Greece

This website just got our first ever visitors from Greece. 
Working The Galaxy is well on its way to replacing the United Nations.

Happy New Year (с Новым годом to my friends in Russia). I just got back to the Bay Area south of San Francisco from a visit with my mom. She has long since given up and forgotten about the internet, but I gave her a paperback copy of Between Earth and Arcturus which she says she will start reading right away.

I am gratified by the sales thus far, but if everyone who has listened to some of the episodes buys a book I will be more than thrilled.

Listeners can help by going to the Amazon listing and liking the book on Facebook, and by liking this site, too.  Readers of the book can always leave a review on Amazon.

Thanks for all the support.

James

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Ahh...that's better

     I just got back from a cruise to Mexico, and feel much better now.
     Another page has materialized for the sequel to Between Earth and Arcturus. Of course this is the just first crappy draft, but that's where it all begins. I really need a routine for productive writing, and it's not easy to carve out an hour or so each day when my schedule is so unconventional. 
     I'm off work for a while longer, and hope to establish a pattern of creativity that will carry over into the coming year. Years ago I had it down pat, as you can read about on the Become a Writer page of this website. Times are not so simple now, but I can't complain.
     Today's effort is to describe Sam's arrival at Arcturus, and give some hints about his personal issues. He comes with Mike Sullivan, who has developed a serious attitude about Earth.
     I hope this winter has been kind to all of you thus far, and even better times are ahead. 

Best wishes,
James

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Possibilities for the sequel, Pioneers of Arcturus.

     Having made a few starts on the next manuscript which did not go well, I dug out an old binder full of the original, unfinished rough draft. It has been a couple of years since I last look at the notes, and was surprised at how much I had changed the premise since the first conception of a story about colonizing an alien world.
     Of course,  the first book is now finished and the story has a more solid foundation to build upon, and my feeling for this fictional world has evolved as well.
     The original notes called for a main character who is a young female scientist sent to study some of the mysteries of Arcturus. The newer version does not include her, but has more alien characters.
     I want to avoid having too many central characters, but I am temped to bring this young lady back into the story as a secondary character. The main protagonists shall be Sam Benjamin, who was briefly introduced in episode #11 (Lonely Lynda), and Pazi, the alien translator who was seen but not named in episode #44 (Matriarch's Lawyer).
    
     The paperback and kindle versions have had some sales, but I'm no marketing expert, so it's getting a slow start. Fans of the podcast can help by posting reviews on Amazon, and by 'liking' the book on Facebook.
     It's been an interesting year for me, with lots of changes...some good and some otherwise. I will be taking a short break from my routine until January and doing a bit of traveling, but I will have my trusty notebook and pen with me to capture any inspiration that appears.
    
Best wishes,
James

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Lost Episode

     Did I mention that the missing episode is now posted.  Quite a few have already downloaded it. This one is listed as #20.5, which was supposed to follow #20. It tells of the desperate attempt to get out of the bind our explorers find themselves in after arriving in the Zone.
     If you have enjoyed the show, please help spread the word that the book is now available on Amazon in both Kindle and print versions.
     A good review on Amazon is always welcome, and you can click the facebook "Like" button on the book listing to show your support.
     This show has had over 56000 downloads to 20 countries, but I still don't get much feedback. Don't be shy if you have something to say. You can leave a comment on the website at any time. And do join as a follower...your personal information will be invisible even to me.
     If you want to send a private message, my address is workingthegalaxy@gmail.com.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Work continues on the next book

     It's one of those precious quiet moments in my home tonight. I can actually do a bit of writing new stuff.  My natural (and usually uncanny) sense of pessimism tells me it won't last long, but I will make the best of it and write about Sam Benjamin, the young hotel manager we met when Lynda Stokes attended a lecture in New Wichita.
    Oh, oh...the dog is licking my laptop and nudging me while I try to type. Time for a walk.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Kindle has Between Earth and Arcturus

     All is well. Both paper and electronic editions can be found on Amazon by searching for Between Earth and Arcturus.  
     The audio version of the book is still posted on this site as well as on iTunes and audiodramadirectory.
     If you would like to help, you may 'like' postings on this site to facebook, as well as 'like' the Amazon listing. If you have enjoyed listening to the show, please mention it on your facebook page and any other social media that you participate in. Of course, just telling your friends about it will be great too.
     Thank you for all of the support. I know it is a lot of listening, and many prefer to read instead of listen. The book is here now...enjoy.

Cheers,
James

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The paperback is here!

     Between Earth and Arcturus is now available as a paperback book. You can find it on Amazon.com. The Kindle version will be out within the next few days.
I've been working towards this for some time now and I am happy to bring this epic saga to those who prefer reading over listening. 

Cheers,
James

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

American Government Shutdown

But we don't stop paying taxes, right?
If Congress shut down I'd feel a lot safer.
Maybe it's time for a clean sweep.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Greetings to Ireland

     My web service statistics show more visitors to this site from Ireland in the last two months. I am gratified to see an expanding audience. I can't tell more than that. The information that comes back to me shows general regions, but no more.
     I would love to hear from some of you. You can send a message to workingthegalaxy@gmail.com.
     One listener from South Dakota found a discrepancy in the show, which I am working to correct. Apparently, I left out an entire episode. I blame my laptop.  Maybe that's the problem the Erosians had when they let a million people through the portal without noticing--a laptop problem. Yeah, I can see that.
     Anyway, I've never been to Ireland, though it's on my list of places to visit.  I've got Irish on my mother's side, English and Scottish on my father's side. Scotland is on my list, too.
     Occasionally, I see downloads going to countries which are mostly not English speaking, such as Brazil, Russia, or China, but most listeners are from England, Canada, and the USA.

Welcome, one and all,
James Prescott

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

     Starla finished the artwork for the book cover and I love it. The novel is getting another round of proofreading and polishing before sending it to press, and things are moving forward. 

     I have some short stories I'd like to post, but I need to check with my audio hosting service on how to do that while keeping it separate from the Between Earth and Arcturus.


     I haven't recorded and posted anything new for about two months and I really miss it. After doing 61 weekly shows if feels strange not to be working on the next one.



Friday, July 26, 2013

Back in the saddle

Okay, I've taken a little break, and now I'm eager to get back to writing and blogging.  My writers group meeting was last night and was very productive. It's always good to get different views of my writing from really good writers. 
I've got a book to finish reading and a paper to write for My Stanford Continuing Studies class which will wrap up on Monday. After that I can concentrate on the sequel to Between Earth and Arcturus, which has character profiles and a rough synopsis already done.

There is a never-ending stream of tasks in our lives which demands our attention, but we have to include the things we are passionate about. Otherwise, what's it all for?

If you have listened to the show, please help spread the word to anyone else who might enjoy it.  I am currently working with an awesome artist for the book cover, and will soon have the book available in both paper and electronic formats.


Friday, June 21, 2013

Epilogue

     The epilogue (#61) is posted here, on iTunes, and also on audiodramadirectory.com, which I highly recommend.

     This novel is a serious drama focusing on personal relationships. Science fiction is all too often not taken seriously, even by professionals in the publishing business who should know better.

     Years ago, I attended the first ever Editor's Intensive conference in Ohio at the headquarters of Writer's Digest Magazine and presented a draft of this book to one of their editors.  After she read it, I got a puzzled look from her when I said it is a drama.

     "It's not a science fiction?" she asked.
     "It's a drama in a science fiction setting," I said.
     Her eyes glazed over and I changed the subject.  In all fairness, she did give some good advice which confirmed my fear...the book was too long.  I have since edited out 40,000 words and had my writer's group review most of it. There's nothing like getting a fresh perspective.

     I am eagerly waiting to see what my graphic artist will come up with for a book cover, and the print version of Between Earth and Arcturus will soon be available in both ebook and paper.

     In the mean time, I will be working on the next book.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Just one more to go

     Episode #60, The Founders, is now live. Captain Aguire has taken destiny by the horns with some help from Captain Poluka who is still as sneaky as ever.
     Next week the final episode will go live with the epilogue to the story about the explorers of Arcturus.
This is not the end of the Arcturus saga, however, as the sequel, Pioneers of Arcturus is in the works.
     The cover artwork is being created for the ebook and print versions of Between Earth and Arcturus.  As much fun as this has been, I really want to get the novel out in print, and I hope my listeners will help spread the word about it.
     Check back on this site for updates and some short fiction.  And do feel free to leave comments. Joining as a 'follower' is painless and your information will not be shared. I can't even tell who you really are unless you tell me.
     This audio production takes more time than people realize and I'm looking forward to catching up on some reading, as well as a couple of classes that I will be taking at Stanford this summer.
     Enjoy the show.

James

Saturday, June 1, 2013

What is the Exploration Corps?

     This becomes the essential question in episode #59, The Governors, when it comes time for Commander Aguire to accomplish in a hearing before the Interim Government what Captain Poluka tried to do by stealth and violence. Specifically, to take ownership of the Hanno.
     Elpastre is secretly attending the meeting, getting a first hand look at what politicians are like on Earth. How embarassing for Earth!
     The King of Arcturus is here for a greater purpose, however, and will be meeting Bart's relatives, the Erosian Elders, in the next episode (#60).

     Many people find it difficult to commit to listening to such a long story, which is quite understandable.  This novel will soon be available in print, and I am working on the sequel novel, Pioneers of Arcturus, which will follow the adventures of Sam Benjamin, Mike Sullivan, and Pazi.

      Sam appeared in episode #11 (Lonely Lynda), and Mike is the spaceport cop in episode #5 (Aguire gets Maneuvered).  Pazi was never named in the story, but was the translator for the meeting between Captain Poluka and Popa Utirka in episode #44 (Matriarch's Lawyer).

Friday, May 31, 2013

Who you gonna call?

     When Commander Aguire needs help handling politicians, he turns to his old mentor...after the alien psychologists straighten him out in episode #58..
     We are nearing the end of the book Between Earth and Arcturus, and the loose ends are getting tied up. Aguire has evolved, just as Poluka has devolved. The planet Earth is a shambles for now, and it could get worse.
    
     As I've mentioned before, this book will be coming out in print form, and I hope everyone who has enjoyed the audio version will help spread the word to those who would prefer to read it rather than listen to it.

Cheers,
James

Saturday, May 18, 2013

What about Admiral Fisher?

     Remember Fisher? In those early episodes the Admiral tormented anyone he could. He terrorized Elisa. He murdered Julie Klein.  He never paid for his crimes.
     Remember that Julie has a brother?
     Fisher is about to remember in episode #57, The Chase.

     It's actually a lot of fun creating and posting my book in audio format. It's also been a learning experience for me as I learn more about recording and editing audio episodes.  Many people tell me that they would prefer to read the book than listen to it, and that's my ultimate goal because it takes a lot of time to produce this show.  I need to free up my time to complete the next novel, Pioneers of Arcturus. When the last episode of Between Earth and Arcturus goes live, I will leave all of the episodes posted for new listeners while working on the next novel.

     To add new content I may collaborate with some writers that I know and post some of their short stories, and some of my own.  How would you like that?

     By the way, I'm not getting many comments. Make my day and tell me what you think of the show, or how you feel about the direction today's science fiction and fantasy is going.


     I could really use some more reviews on iTunes, so take a few moments and say something nice about the show. It could help a lot to get through iTunes's mysterious process of qualifying for their searchable directory.


Best Wishes,
James