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I cased in three books this week. The first one was a blank notebook with graph paper. The book was titled This Is Blank, a book I mentioned in episodes 227 and 225, below. This time I made a few changes (words, mostly) and bound it differently. 

Three_Covers.jpgThe second book was one-ninth of Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy. I made a complete set of all nine volumes of Tristram Shandy some time ago and I am going to apply what I learned about bookbinding to a new set. Or I may make it into one volume or both. If I make another set I only have eight-ninths to go. I bound this one differently as well.

The third book was one of my unfinished novels in the Japan Pentalogy titled Botchan’s Bartender. It is the only unfinished novel in the Japan Pentalogy series. By binding it I hope to read it, make corrections, edit it, and be inspired enough to finish it. As the other two books, this one used a different technique.

BotchanPage.jpgThe different technique is one I learned from a YouTube video by Jacqueline Poutasse. It involves gluing the spine piece to a piece of paper, measuring accurately, and adding the cover pieces. This aligns the covers and spine very nicely. Also, I measured the spine gap more accurately as well. In order to have the crease on the covers of the completed book, I have been experimenting with the spine gap. It has gradually gotten larger. On  Botchan’s Bartender the gap is 10 mm. On the other two, the gap is 6 mm. 

This new (for me) technique also seems to be faster. Less guessing, I guess?

Fiction

ThisIsBlank_cover.jpgThis week in Fiction can be summed up nicely with: I wrote three chapters in Fear Itself. I can add, I also sped up the plot, incorporated more conspiracy, and made it darker and a touch more violent (both physical and emotional.)

 

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 Fear Zero

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A 10-year-old Matt McKenzie is thrown in prison for murdering his mother. Can he survive sadistic guards, violent inmates, loneliness, and fear? When he’s 16, he could be released. How will the six years of fear, pain, and violence change him? Will he be able to find a job or a place to live? Will he fight for survival on the streets? The odds are against him.

This is the prelude to The Fear Trilogy, a dystopian future war novel which follows McKenzie from war to peace and back to war through power-hungry politicians, conspiracies, and intrigue.

 Available at iBooks-icon.png iBooks  • Kobo • Barnes & Noble  • Scribd

Check out my Oregon Coast Murder Duet on the Fiction For Sale Page!

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Available at: 

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Available at:

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 Two murders in the same town. Separated by 20 years.

How are the suspects, witnesses, and victims related?

 

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Bookbinding

First, a new video is up on YouTube of me casing in a couple of books, twice. Check it out here if you've got 10 minutes to enjoy watching a casing in video.

 Shandy_Two.jpgMostly in the last week I made the two practice covers, made the video about it, and learned a bit. I have also been working on a couple of books on my computer. First is Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne. I am making changes on the inside and hope to print it out and case it in this week. (Promises, promises, eh?). I want to practice making the spin gap properly while at the same time producing an edition of fiction people can enjoy reading. I’m also pondering whether to make all nine volumes into one.

The second plan is to produce more Eating Kanazawa books and spreading them around the city. It is a Japanese-English language guide and café/restaurant/bar guide for tourists. I’ve had to make changes because some of the stores mentioned in the original book have either gone out of business or moved.

 

Fiction

 I have been dutifully writing on Fear Itself. I have been making it stronger and a quicker read. I should really, really finish it and start on book two of the trilogy: Fear the Dead. Fear of completing it seems to be my fear. Tell me to finish it! And I might.

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 Fear Zero

FearZero_2Cover.png

A 10-year-old Matt McKenzie is thrown in prison for murdering his mother. Can he survive sadistic guards, violent inmates, loneliness, and fear? When he’s 16, he could be released. How will the six years of fear, pain, and violence change him? Will he be able to find a job or a place to live? Will he fight for survival on the streets? The odds are against him.

This is the prelude to The Fear Trilogy, a dystopian future war novel which follows McKenzie from war to peace and back to war through power-hungry politicians, conspiracies, and intrigue.

 Available at iBooks-icon.png iBooks  • Kobo • Barnes & Noble  • Scribd

Check out my Oregon Coast Murder Duet on the Fiction For Sale Page!

Feeding_Vicki_s_Corpse.jpg

Available at: 

iBooks-icon.pngiBooks  •  Kobo • Barnes & Noble  ª  Scribd 

CityofCocks.png

Available at:

iBooks-icon.png iBooks  •  Kobo  •  Barnes & Noble •   Scribd

 Two murders in the same town. Separated by 20 years.

How are the suspects, witnesses, and victims related?

 

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Bookbinding

Practice_2_Books.jpgFirst, I had a bad cold last week and was unable to function. I managed to struggle out of bed a few hours at a time, but not concentrate on making books. I did, however, before succumbing to the bug, put the mull and endpapers on two practice books.

I folded, sewed, and glued up pages that had printing errors on them. I then glued on the endpapers and bookmarks. 

Just as I was about to measure and cut the book boards, and glue on the book cloth, I stumbled head first into a nasty head cold. I took two weeks off and now am feeling up and eager to finish these practice books. Today, I cased din the two books. Practice makes perfect and casing in two books of scrap paper is definite practice.

Fiction

I have deepened and continued the saga of Fear Itself. I made changes similar to the following.

  • 1st draft: He was standing next to the dead body.
  • 2nd draft: He stood next to the dead body.
  • 3rd draft: He paced around the dead body.
  • 4th draft: He paced around the bleeding body, cursing it.
  • 5th draft: He paced around the bleeding body, kicking it each time he passed the head. “Idiot,” he cursed.

Keep in mind that the time between the first draft and the fifth is often in the neighborhood of five to ten minutes; sometimes in the broader arena of ten to fifteen months (usually not that long). Sometimes the first draft is entered on a screen, but drafts two, three, and four play on only in my head. The fifth draft gets typed up. 

Check out the Fiction for Sale tab to see what you can buy, read, and enjoy in fiction I have written.

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Bookbinding

Two_This_Pages.jpgI printed out, punched holes in, sewed, and bound another version of This Page! This time things fit together better but I discovered why on the first one the textblock and covers were of offending sizes. The template I used to make the backcloth covers was too small. I noticed it when the second version experienced the same problem as the first one. 

The main question I have now is why was my A6-size template for book covers off by so much? Or, better, why did I use it twice (or more!) before finding out it was too small? Or, even better, did I make it wrong to begin with?

Fiction

I have worked a bit on two novels, Fear Itself and Dark Death. However, I depressed myself on the number of the as-of-yet incomplete and unfinished novels I have spinning in the air like so many plates on a talent show. Let me list the ones I can remember:

  • Fear Itself - Book One of The Fear trilogy. Fear Zero, Book One, is available. Check below,
  • Fear The Dead - Book Two of The Fear trilogy,
  • Dark Death - Book One of the Vengeance trilogy,
  • Botchan’s Bartender - Book One of the Japan Quintet (of which Books Two to Five are finished! Yeah!),
  • Caraculiambro - a mystery/conspiracy stand-alone novel whose main character is a giant ala Andre the Giant but a private detective. The character’s name and some activities he’s involved in were snatched from Don Quixote. I like the characters and the plot. I really want to wish it someday. Again, maybe in this century, right? I have two books based somewhat, circling around, as it were, Don Quixote. This one and Giapan, Book Five of the Japan Quintet

Of course, I’ve been doing my best to avoid writing anything for NaNoWriMo. I haven’t even gone to its website to see what is going on. Lazy me, I suspect.

 

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 Fear Zero

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A 10-year-old Matt McKenzie is thrown in prison for murdering his mother. Can he survive sadistic guards, violent inmates, loneliness, and fear? When he’s 16, he could be released. How will the six years of fear, pain, and violence change him? Will he be able to find a job or a place to live? The odds are against him.

This is the prelude to The Fear Trilogy, a dystopian future war novel which follows McKenzie from war to peace and back to war through power-hungry politicians, conspiracies, and intrigue.

 Available at iBooks-icon.png iBooks  • Kobo • Barnes & Noble  • Scribd

The Oregon Coast Murder Duet 

Two murders in the same town. Separated by 20 years. How are the suspects, witnesses, and victims related?

 Feeding Vicki’s Corpse

This first murder victim is a PhD student who had damaging information about a local business development. Did the developer have him killed? The developer’s teenage daughter was raped. Feeding_Vicki_s_Corpse.jpgDid the PhD student rape her? Was that why he was killed? A retired and emotionally damaged Boston detective is asked to dig into the crimes. And he comes up with surprising results.

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The City of Cocks

The second murder victim was the son of a local businessman. With lots of friends in high places. They want the murder solved and quickly. Murders are bad for the tourist business and CityofCocks.pngsummer is approaching. A suspect is quickly arrested. He must rely on his wife, a drunken poet who sees ghosts, and a bookish lawyer to protect him.

 

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Bookbinding

This_Page_Cover.jpgA problem! I cased in an A-5 (pocketbook)-sized blank notebook with graph paper. And I cased it in very, very badly. Perhaps I was too much in a hurry? Perhaps I didn’t think things through? In any case, the book cover was too small. After, of course, I glued it to the backboards. I foolishly sliced it open in a vain attempt at making it larger. This failed to work.

I studied the book. I thought about the errors of my way. I did some research in the proper measurement for everything. I think…… I think I may have solved my problem. If – and this is a very big IF – I pay attention to what I’m doing.

Making the bookboard just the right width plus the gap between the spine and the covers seems to need my attention.

Fiction

Still writing; still not finishing; still see the light at the end of the novel. Fear Itself coming…This Century!

 

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 Fear Zero

FearZero_2Cover.png

A 10-year-old Matt McKenzie is thrown in prison for murdering his mother. Can he survive sadistic guards, violent inmates, loneliness, and fear? When he’s 16, he could be released. How will the six years of fear, pain, and violence change him? Will he be able to find a job or a place to live? The odds are against him.

This is the prelude to The Fear Trilogy, a dystopian future war novel which follows McKenzie from war to peace and back to war through power-hungry politicians, conspiracies, and intrigue.

 Available at iBooks-icon.png iBooks  • Kobo • Barnes & Noble  • Scribd

The Oregon Coast Murder Duet 

The City of Cocks

CityofCocks.pngSol is wrongly arrested for murdering a teenager whose father works with important people in this small Oregon town. They all want someone – Anyone! – arrested and convicted of the murder. Sol must rely on his wife and a friend who is an alcoholic poet who sees and talks to ghosts. Not a strong defense team.

The City of Cocks is a sister-novel to Feeding Vicki’s Corpse.

Available at: iBooks-icon.png iBooks  •  Kobo  •  Barnes & Noble •   Scribd

 Feeding Vicki’s Corpse

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McCorkle, a retired Boston police detective, is haunted by the death of someone he loved as he wanders around the US. In Oregon, he saves the lives of four teenagers. The chief of police asks him to help solve a cold murder case. In his investigations he discovers the murder is related to a rape. But the most powerful businessman in the town doesn’t want the murder solved or the rape exposed.

Feeding Vicki’s Corpse is a sister-novel to The City of Cocks.

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Bookbinding

I have ink! I have ink but little time and no - zero - appropriate paper for what I want to make. I want to make a 2020 Schedule (A5) and a graph paper notebook (A6). I will purchase the paper today and print them out. I will, at the minimum, sew the signatures. The notebook is called This Page. The entire title is This Page Intentionally Left Blank and, of course, that page is crowded with that sentence, indicating it is not Blank. But the other 100+ pages are blank graph paper

Speaking of Schedules, the schedules I make are personalized. They are mostly A5 in size, but if you send me 10 pictures of your choice, I will include them in the schedule. You can tell me which photos go on which month or you can let me decide.

You can also tell me if you want birthdays indicated on the schedule. Holidays are in red; birthdays are in blue. The Schedules include two yearly calendars (2020 and 2021), a monthly calendar for 2020 running from January to January 2021, and blank or lined pages for your valuable notes and doodles.

If you click over to 手作り本販売 at the top of the page, you can see the particulars.

Fiction

I continue to write on Fear Itself. I am trying to make it stronger, more powerful, and more exciting.

By stronger I mean even casual conversations are fraught with anger, suspense, or a menacing subtext. For example:

“Hi,” he said as he toyed with the trigger of his revolver. He moved to keep it out of her line of vision.

“You look tired.” She ran her hand over the drawer with the knives.

“A little bit,” he smiled. He stepped closer to her.

“Want a drink? Something to eat?” She pulled open the drawer as quietly as she could. “I could whip something up for you.”

By more powerful I mean strengthening the verbs and sentences. For example, instead of me writing: He had been sitting in the chair for an hour in the rain. I write: He squirmed in the chair. An hour ticked by. He wasn’t bothered by the time. But he wanted to kill the rain. I hope the second visual is more powerful.

And by more exciting I mean more exciting.

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 Fear Zero

FearZero_2Cover.png

A 10-year-old Matt McKenzie is thrown in prison for murdering his mother. Can he survive sadistic guards, violent inmates, loneliness, and fear? When he’s 16, he could be released. How will the six years of fear, pain, and violence change him? Will he be able to find a job or a place to live? The odds are against him.

This is the prelude to The Fear Trilogy, a dystopian future war novel which follows McKenzie from war to peace and back to war through power-hungry politicians, conspiracies, and intrigue.

 Available at iBooks-icon.png iBooks  • Kobo • Barnes & Noble  • Scribd

 The City of Cocks

CityofCocks.pngSol is wrongly arrested for murdering a teenager whose father works with important people in this small Oregon town. They all want someone – Anyone! – arrested and convicted of the murder. Sol must rely on his wife and a friend who is an alcoholic poet who sees and talks to ghosts. Not a strong defense team.

The City of Cocks is a sister-novel to Feeding Vicki’s Corpse.

Available at: iBooks-icon.png iBooks  •  Kobo  •  Barnes & Noble •   Scribd

 Feeding Vicki’s Corpse

Feeding_Vicki_s_Corpse.jpg

McCorkle, a retired Boston police detective, is haunted by the death of someone he loved as he wanders around the US. In Oregon, he saves the lives of four teenagers. The chief of police asks him to help solve a cold murder case. In his investigations he discovers the murder is related to a rape. But the most powerful businessman in the town doesn’t want the murder solved or the rape exposed.

Feeding Vicki’s Corpse is a sister-novel to The City of Cocks.

Available at: iBooks-icon.pngiBooks  •  Kobo   • Barnes & Noble  ª  Scribd 

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Bookbinding

This week has seen me do absolutely nothing in the bookbinding studio of life; life itself is interfering at the most inappropriate time. Such as when I want to make a book but haven’t the time. There are many books I want to make but need to put them off for a bit longer; perhaps winter will provide more time.

First up, if time permits, is This Page. This Page is a graphic paper, paperback-size (A6) notebook. I have it set out on my computer and await only ink, time, and paper. What more could I need?  

Fiction 

Fiction has seen me spread my time too thin, too; too many books to write, not enough time.

For example: I want to finish The Fear Trilogy. Book 0 is up and for sale on all the usual places except Amazon. Book 1 is almost finished. Book 2 is slated to be written during NaNoWriMo (November Novel Writing Month). Book 3 will be written shortly thereafter. One can hope.

Second, I have outlined my Revenge Trilogy and written chapters one and two of Book 1 titled Dark Death. Book 2 is Dark Vengeance and Book 3 is Dark Solace

However, on InDesign on my computer, I have started two more books. Instant Rain and The Death Amulet from the Howling Dog. This means my fiction-writing time is really, really spread thin. I need to concentrate on one (Fear Itself, Book One of The Fear Trilogy) and let the others slide a bit. Will I? I wouldn’t take any bets on it.

Instant Rain deals with four friends whose employer is killed and they set out to find out who the culprit is. At the same time they are trying to get their band jobs. They are ‘adequate’ as musicians and ‘nearly competent’ as murder investigators. 

The Death Amulet from the Howling Dog is a ghost or haunting story about a woman who fears for her life or her sanity.

Books Available for Your Reading Pleasure

 Fear Zero

FearZero_2Cover.png

Can 10-year-old Matt McKenzie, thrown in prison for murdering his mother, survive sadistic guards, violent inmates, loneliness, and fear? When released at 16 without a Citizen’s Number, will he be able to find a job or a place to live? The odds are against him.

This is the prelude to The Fear Trilogy, a dystopian future war novel which follows McKenzie from war to peace and back to war through power-hungry politicians, conspiracies, and intrigue.

 Available at iBooks-icon.png iBooks  • Kobo • Barnes & Noble  • Scribd

 The City of Cocks

CityofCocks.pngSol is wrongly arrested for murdering a teenager whose father works with important people in this small Oregon town. They all want someone – Anyone! – arrested and convicted of the murder. Sol must rely on his wife and a friend who is an alcoholic poet who sees and talks to ghosts. Not a strong defense team.

The City of Cocks is a sister-novel to Feeding Vicki’s Corpse.

Available at: iBooks-icon.png iBooks  •  Kobo  •  Barnes & Noble •   Scribd

 Feeding Vicki’s Corpse

Feeding_Vicki_s_Corpse.jpg

McCorkle, a retired Boston police detective, is haunted by the death of someone he loved as he wanders around the US. In Oregon, he saves the lives of four teenagers. The chief of police asks him to help solve a cold case. In his investigations he discovers the murder is related to a rape. But the most powerful businessman in the town doesn’t want the murder solved or the rape exposed.

Feeding Vicki’s Corpse is a sister-novel to The City of Cocks.

Available at: iBooks-icon.pngiBooks  •  Kobo   • Barnes & Noble  ª  Scribd 

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Bookbinding

I cased in one book and didn’t succeed in making another pop-up book. Oddly enough, I don’t have a photo of my failed pop-up book, but I might be able to describe it. It has sliding doors that open into a panorama of faces of people. I demolished and used paper from a previous pop-up and it was worn out, tired, incapable of helping me. It didn’t hold a fold well and it didn’t slide well. Perhaps I should use fresh card stock instead of older stock. I will try again! I suspect.

FearCover.jpgI cased in the text block for Fear Zero. I worked fast and rough and the book came out fast and rough. However, it was a good solid B-, if you were to grade me on it. Maybe a C+. It’s soft cover, paperback size, with the title on the cover. This last part is a bit of a challenge as I have to align things on the computer, print it out, and hope for the best. Actually, I make three or four test prints before printing it out on book cloth.

A YouTube video of Fear Zero is at 
https://youtu.be/2_Jui_hUGTU

Fiction

The same as last week, I am working on Book One of The Fear Trilogy titled Fear Itself. I believe I have made it stronger; not longer and not more ‘literary’ but stronger. The three plot lines are clearer. The plot lines are 1. Who is the Spy? 2. Who ordered the killings? and 3. Will the protagonist (McKenzie) find his wounded buddy (Ferrell)? 

I am also working on another trilogy tentatively called The Revenge Trilogy. I’m outlining it, doing some research, and plotting plots. The main plot is A woman (Monty) seeks revenge for the rape and murder of her wife (Julie). It takes Monty into the depths of society where murderers, rapists, and molesters abide.

 

 Books Available for Your Reading Pleasure

 Fear Zero

FearZero_2Cover.png

Can 10-year-old Matt McKenzie, thrown in prison for murdering his mother, survive sadistic guards, violent inmates, loneliness, and fear? When released at 16 without a Citizen’s Number, will he be able to find a job or a place to live? The odds are against him.

This is the prelude to The Fear Trilogy, a dystopian future war novel which follows McKenzie from war to peace and back to war through power-hungry politicians, conspiracies, and intrigue.

 Available at

iBooks-icon.png iBooks  • Kobo • Barnes & Noble  • Scribd

 The City of Cocks

CityofCocks.pngSol is wrongly arrested for murdering a teenager whose father works with important people in this small Oregon town. They all want someone – Anyone! – arrested and convicted of the murder. Sol must rely on his wife and a friend who is an alcoholic poet who sees and talks to ghosts. Not a strong defense team.

The City of Cocks is a sister-novel to Feeding Vicki’s Corpse.

Available at:

iBooks-icon.png iBooks  •  Kobo  •  Barnes & Noble •   Scribd

 Feeding Vicki’s Corpse

Feeding_Vicki_s_Corpse.jpg

McCorkle, a retired Boston police detective, is haunted by the death of someone he loved as he wanders around the US. In Oregon, he saves the lives of four teenagers. The chief of police asks him to help solve a cold case. In his investigations he discovers the murder is related to a rape. But the most powerful businessman in the town doesn’t want the murder solved or the rape exposed.

Feeding Vicki’s Corpse is a sister-novel to The City of Cocks.

Available at: 

iBooks-icon.pngiBooks  •  Kobo   • Barnes & Noble  ª  Scribd 
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 Bookbinding

HoHoHoZa_1.jpgFirst, I put together three pop-up books.

One is a simple yet elegant photo book. I found it most pleasing to both build and look at. I used pictures from a souvenir/coffee shop called HoHoHoZa which is on a lagoon of the sea of Japan. The book only has one kind of fold so it is simple, but I tried to do it well and almost succeeded. The base has a photo of a sign for the shop; the two pop-up bits have photos of the exterior and the view from across the lagoon. Perhaps a more complicated pop-up book will include the same photos plus a bit more trickery, such as in the second pop-up book I made.

Pop-up_Green.jpgThe second pop-up had two different kinds of pull-tabs. One opened a whole new page. The other pulled the visible art in the opposite direction. The picture here is the bare bones; before art was added. The center piece, with the two supports? that is the new page opened by those supports, which actually move. It is flanked by two pull-tabs that display two more pictures. The next time I make this type of book, I will add the photos before constructing it; to avoid movable parts and to insure the photos phit. (phit?)

The third book Folding_1_Back.jpgis more of an un-folding book than a pop-up. It opens like a book but has four rooms wherein you can put photos, secrets, drawings, coins (if you so desire.) I did notice that when I make a pop-up book, my workbench becomes instantly messing; lots of cutting going on.

Folding_1_Open_Again.jpgSecond, I managed to case in my 290-page Don Quixote-inspired novel Giapan. This is a novel I have spent considerable amount of time setting up. I have large, red, drop caps at the beginning of each chapter and other typographical niceties such as fitting the text-wrap to the shape of the image rather than a square block.

Giapan_Cover.jpgAs I was gluing the mull and spine piece, I noticed an error or two in the text. I also saw sentences I want to change, so I didn’t use expensive endpaper for the endpapers or expensive bookcloth for the cover. I experimented a bit, though, with the cover. I put an outlayed G (obviously for Giapan) and a outlayed strip down the side of the front cover. With nothing special on the back. I’ll use this edition to look for errors such as typos, sentences I’d like to rearrange, and for more blatant mistakes such as have four horses in one chapter but in the next continuous chapter having three.

What is Giapan about? (this veers dangerously close to the Fiction segment so if you’re not interested in Fiction, this is the end of the bookbinding bit.) A nun who is a friend of Saavedra (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, author of Don Quixote), is discriminated against by her mother superior because the nun is of Romani descent. She sets out to return to her Romany parents. Saavedra insists two guards who are supposed to guard Saavedra, who is a tax collector (as Cervantes really was), ride with her for protection. They take the nun to find a traveler who will help her. The traveler is an artist from Japan wandering Europe in search of art teachers and great art. He meets, for example, El Greco and Caravaggio.

Giapan_Open.jpgThe four set out on adventures that show up in Don Quixote while others are influenced by Don Quixote. Along the way they discuss gender, Christianity, Islam, love, and discrimination. Since we are so close to the fiction section, why don’t we just meander into that territory, shall we?

Fiction

I am continuing to write on Fear Itself, Book One of The Fear Trilogy. The major power struggle between a Senator and the President has begun while the war between the Conglomerate forces and the alien forces heats up. The Conglomerate forces are not always on the winning side. In fact, their capital is in ruins. McKenzie, a wounded war hero, is investigating a possible spy in the Senator’s office. The more he learns about politics, the less he understands the power struggle and the war itself.

Also, I am recording Fear Zero as well. As you heard from last week’s podcast. I am reading and finding things I would like to change, and carrying on reading it some more. Of the 17 chapters, I have read ten.

And now, a bit of a background about The Fear Trilogy. Aliens from the moons of Jupiter, Titan or Io, have landed on our Earth-like planet. The aliens, called Jeeters, (derogatory slang for Jupiterians) have four arms. This planet is run by the Conglomerate which dictates everything. The Conglomerate relegates the aliens to an inferior status as they can not help the Conglomerate make a profit. Eventually the Jeeters rebel and a war starts between them and Conglomerate forces. The Jeeters have a very long supply line: from Io to the Earth. But they are also difficult to kill, can shoot with four weapons at once, and are intelligent enough to succeed at inter-planetary travel. 

 Books Available for Your Reading Pleasure

Fear Zero

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Matt McKenzie, 10, thrown in prison for murdering his mother, must battle with sadistic guards, violent inmates, loneliness, and fear. 

This is the prelude to The Fear Trilogy, a dystopian future war novel which follows McKenzie from war to peace and back to war through power-hungry politicians, conspiracies, and intrigue.

 Available at

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The City of Cocks

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 Sol is wrongly arrested for murdering a teenager. The teenager’s father works with important people in this small Oregon town and they all want someone, Anyone!, arrested and convicted of the murder. Sol must rely on his wife and a friend who is an alcoholic poet who sees and talks to ghosts. Not a strong defense team.

The City of Cocks is a sister-novel to Feeding Vicki’s Corpse.

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 Feeding Vicki’s Corpse

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 McCorkle, a retired Boston police detective, is haunted by the death of someone he loved as he wanders around the US. In Oregon, he saves the lives of four teenagers. The chief of police asks him to help solve a cold case. In his investigations he discovers the murder is related to a rape. But the most powerful businessman in the town doesn’t want the murder solved or the rape exposed.

Feeding Vicki’s Corpse is a sister-novel to The City of Cocks.

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Bookbinding

Not much to report on the bookbinding front today as I’ve been busy on Fiction Mountain. I have, however, torn apart one pop-up book, designed another one, and have pieces of a pop-up book scattered all over my worktable. 

I added mull and the spine piece to both Giapan (yes, my Don Quixote inspired historical novel) and Fear Zero (book O of The Fear Trilogy.) 

Fiction

In fiction, however, I have been abundantly busy. First, writing on Book One of The Fear Trilogy called Fear Itself. I’ve added numerous pages, tightened it up, made it faster, and more aggressive. I’m nearing the climactic finishing chapters. I want to finish it this month and write Book Two, Fear the Dead, during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).

In NaNoWriMo one must write a 50,000 word novel in one month (November). I have done this on a few occasions. My novels in the Calvado Pentalogy were either started or finished during this marathon of writing. I believe three of the five books in Calvado were finished during NaNoWriMo.

I have also started recording Fear Zero as an audio book. The first chapter can be heard on this episode of Tedorigawa Bookmakers. Recording and editing the audio file takes some time but as I record I find things I want to change. This is like a final Final edit.

Books Available for Your Reading Pleasure

Fear Zero

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Matt McKenzie, 10, thrown in prison for murdering his mother, must battle with sadistic guards, violent inmates, loneliness, and fear. 

This is the prelude to The Fear Trilogy, a dystopian future war novel which follows McKenzie from war to peace and back to war through power-hungry politicians, conspiracies, and intrigue.

The City of Cocks

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Sol is wrongly arrested for murdering a teenager. The teenager’s father works with important people in this small Oregon town and they all want someone, Anyone!, arrested and convicted of the murder. Sol must rely on his wife and a friend who is an alcoholic poet who sees and talks to ghosts. Not a strong defense team.

The City of Cocks is a sister-novel to Feeding Vicki’s Corpse.

 Feeding Vicki’s Corpse

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iBooks

Kobo

Barnes & Noble

Scribd

McCorkle, a retired Boston police detective, is haunted by the death of someone he loved as he wanders around the US. In Oregon, he saves the lives of four teenagers. The chief of police asks him to help solve a cold case. In his investigations he discovers the murder is related to a rape. But the most powerful businessman in the town doesn’t want the murder solved or the rape exposed.

Feeding Vicki’s Corpse is a sister-novel to The City of Cocks.

 

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