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What’s Next?

Dear Reader,

Thank you for stopping by, as you know, Gray’s Requiem which is book two in the Maggie Gray trilogy is available on pre-order through Amazon. It will be released wide on February 22nd.

I have my author proof copy in hand and plan to spend the weekend reviewing it so that I can send it off for final printing. If you would like a copy before it goes wide and a discounted price, check out how to get yours on my Patreon page. And keep an eye out for new short stories coming soon.

Read on!

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Gray’s Requiem is Available

The road to book two’s completion was a little longer than I thought it would be, minor setbacks and unexpected opportunities. Gray’s Requiem will be released on February 22nd, but you can pre-order your copy on Amazon.

Gray’s Requiem is the second book in the Maggie Gray Trilogy, book three is planned for 2018.

In Requiem, Maggie looks for answers regarding her father’s genetic research using her DNA and finds the truth is not what she expected. In fact, nothing is as it seems, she can no longer trust the people she was once closest to, and Jack returns as her replacement as a Federation Assassin. But, will her former lover now hunt her down before she can find the truth?

Find out!

 

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How Close Are We?

It seems like robots and androids have always been a part of the science fiction genre ever sense Issac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics in I,Robot (1942).  And in a smaller sense, part of our reality. But, our technology is advancing at unprecedented rates and that includes robotics. We are all familiar with robotics in industrial applications like assembly-line work born from the likes of PUMA, Programmable, Universal Machine for Assembly.

From those early days of conceptual design made real, we are on the verge of having available on a large scale autonomous vehicles (AV). Google and Uber are in the news with their latest testing and design. While it is likely we are still a little ways off from having an AV in every garage, we are so close. Imagine the possibilities and opportunities that will be afforded to those who have difficulty or are unable to operate a car due to physical limitations. Imagine, if we didn’t have to worry about drivers under the influence because they could be transported safely home without ever having to touch the controls.

In a recent article in Wired magazine, advice was given on future home design so that your domestic robot could move more freely about your home and more easily complete its tasks. Finally, we may actually have a chance at implementing Universal Design, which was originally conceived to have one design for buildings that everyone could access without having to have separate ramps and entrances for those with physical challenges. Robots may actually bring make this a reality.

There is even a robot that can write fiction, albeit not bestseller material yet. Can you imagine how productive you could be as a writer with the assistance of a robot?  Could it be the cure for writer’s block?

Thoughts to ponder as I rely on my laptop and voice recorder for now.

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Freezing Fog

The use of fog in a story conjures up all sorts of mysterious images and thoughts. Creatures dragging themselves out of the fog in search of new victims, strange noises, and scary images prompt us to lock the doors and close the currents when the world around us is shrouded in fog. But freezing fog, now that can’t be good, that can’t be good at all.

But, as I gaze out my window towards the river, that is exactly what the forecast is for this morning. Freezing fog. I can’t see even see the river’s edge. I can barely make out the outline of the ships docked in port.

So what is freezing fog?

From the National Weather Service in Jackson, Ky.: Freezing fog occurs when the water droplets that the fog is composed of are “supercooled.” Supercooled water droplets remain in the liquid state until they come into contact with a surface upon which they can freeze. As a result, any object the freezing fog comes into contact with will become coated with ice. The same thing happens with freezing rain or drizzle.

Well, that conjures all sorts of ideas, doesn’t it? Think I’ll stay in today and add some freezing fog to my story.