Amazing things can happen when writers and artists get together, and I’m very excited to have started discussions with a cover artist for a wide-ranging project.
I’m going to keep this post short, because there are details I don’t want to go into right now.
But I will say this. The cover artist and I have discussed plans to create covers for the entire “Shadows In Seattle” series, both novels and short stories. Right now we’re working on covers for the first three short stories:
- A re-release of “Under A Hunter’s Moon (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels #1)”
- “The Lupine’s Call (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels #2)”
- “Wolves In The Desert (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels #3)”
I’m very excited with the work we’re doing, and can’t wait to show it off, when the time is right.
As you’ve no doubt heard, physicist, writer, and role-model Stephen Hawking died peacefully in his sleep on March 13th.
I first heard the news from my mother-in-law within minutes of the announcement on her local news. My first reaction was disbelief, and then a quiet acceptance of something that my wife and I had known was inevitable.
I first came across Professor Hawking’s work, not long after I started working at my local library. It was around the time that “A Brief History of Time” came out, and the book was constantly on the reserve list, because people wanted to find out exactly why it was such a big seller.
I was 14 at the time, and interested in science and computers. But it took only a quick look through the start of the book to realize that I wasn’t going to understand a lot of what it talked about. However, it did inspire me to go on and study physics and when I picked up the book again it was about 10 years later, and I understood a lot of what I was reading, even though I’d almost flunked physics.
Regardless of being able to understand everything, or not, I made a point of learning about Hawking, and his work, and found myself inspired on many levels.
Diagnosed with motor neurone disease (also known as ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) at the age of 22, Hawking was told he probably had no more than 2 years to live. That was back in 1963, and he was already making great strides in the realms of theoretical physics, where he would continue to make his mark for another 55 years.
To say that Hawking surpassed the expectations of medical is an understatement, and his work has revolutionized many fields of science. But there was more to Hawking than just his capacity for living with a condition that has an exceptionally high mortality rate, and still managing to produce groundbreaking work.
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen Hawking present his work to audiences, explaining his theories through the use of a specialized computer and speech synthesizer. Or his guest appearances on TV shows, where he played himself or took part in interviews with a sharp wit and cheeky grin.
That wit and humor couldn’t have been displayed better than by his most famous party, which no-one attended except Hawking himself. Not surprising when you consider he was inviting only time travelers from the future. Although I have to admit, I was disappointed to see that attendance was so low. Just the possibility of time travel has been an inspiration for so many science fiction writers.
There are many other reasons to be inspire by Hawking, but we all have the things we’ll remember him for. I think that, for me, this quote sums up why I found Hawking such an inspiration.
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I know you’ve probably been hearing a lot about Author Bitz lately, especially if you follow my Facebook or Twitter feeds. But there’s some really great reasons for all the attention I’ve been giving it.
What’s All The Fuss About?
I leave the explanation of the plans for the site it’s creator, Lucinda Moebius.
Imagine a social media site designed for authors.
It will be a foundation for authors to showcase their work.
In addition, there will be a place for readers and author supporters.
How Can You Help?
Here’s how the setup costs break down…
First year budget:
Software license $500
Network Fees: $1000
Equipment costs: $500
All donations to the GoFundMe campaign go directly into covering the costs of setting up and developing the site.
Here’s How The Membership Plans Break Down
There will be three kinds of membership, and each member will decide which user profile suits them best (Reader, Author, or Author Support).
Each type of membership will have three levels, ranging from free to $3.99 per month, and your membership level will determine how much access you have to certain features of the site.
Where Do Things Stand?
Funding Goal: $2,000 by June 1st 2018
Money Raised: $1,440 by 28 donators
Money To Go Until Fully Funded: $560
Current Site Status: In Beta Testing
Check Out The Site @ http://www.authorbitz.com/