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The Writing Life Newsletter #12 - July, 2019

John B. Rosenman, SciFi and Fantasy Author (Subscribe on my Website, just Click on the tab at the top.)

How many of us take a chance and do something frivolous or foolish, something just because we want to even if people laugh? Maybe it's something dangerous or expensive, or something ambitious and a little bit daring. For me, this month it's the shirt I'm wearing in the above photo. I saw it online and tried to resist, but it's the most gorgeous shirt I've ever seen. Now it's mine and I wear it joyfully even though dogs tend to bark when I pass by. What about you? Have you ever done something different and out of character, something even publicly embarrassing?

Book Signings

Speaking of something a little different, I've arranged to do not one but two book signings at the two branches of the same store. I'll be at Book Exchange in Va. Beach on Sept. 14 from 12 to 4 pm and Book Exchange in Norfolk on Oct. 26 from 12 to 2 pm. Free bookmarks, come by and chat with the author. Stay tuned for any changes.
A Senseless Act of Beauty

Too Big to Write?

It wasn't until I was five or ten thousand words into A Senseless Act of Beauty that I realized how ambitious a venture it was. Should I quit and try something safer? Ultimately the novel ended up over 115,000 words long. What's more, it's a frame narrative that contains four thematically-linked stories, two of which are about Nigeria, a country I'd never visited. Is this epic about a futuristic Nigerian hero struggling to save a New Africa in space any good? Check it out and let me know. It's free with #KindleUnlimited at A Senseless Act of Beauty -
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The Turtan Trilogy

Can I Write a Series?

This is even bigger, since it involves an entire series. The sixth book in the Inspector of the Cross series will be out later this year. Actually, this undertaking crept up on me incrementally. When I wrote the first novel about Turtan, my star-travelling hero, I never intended to write a second. I suppose that's the case with other authors as well. To the right is a GIF I designed of the first three novels in the series. I call it The Turtan Trilogy. It's at The Turtan Trilogy -

Special Offer

The first three readers to respond will receive a free Kindle copy of my science-fiction horror short story, "Killers".

What comes first, love or duty? Diana, a 24th century Supervisor of time travel, learns that Dero is taking unauthorized trips into the past. She knows she should arrest him, but she loves him too much. Obsessed, she follows him repeatedly into the distant past to save him from the machine-like killers that police the timelines.

One day he goes too far, threatening the delicate fabric of history itself, and Diana must make a terrible decision. (Winner of Editor's 2013 Top Pick Award for Musa Publishing).

Check it out on Amazon at Killers -

Robert A. Heinlein

(July 7, 1907 -

May 8, 1988)

There was so much to grok, so little to grok from. -
Stranger in a Strange Land

I always get the shakes before a drop. Starship Troopers

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