J. Drew Brumbaugh

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Soaring Hawk Writers Camp – Session III

Well this week is Soaring Hawk Writers Camp, session III. Most everyone is working on a new book but since I’m really concentrating on getting “Bula Bridge” published, I’ve tried to work on it. Problem is I’m waiting on feedback from my editor before I do anymore revising. Therefore, once I’d caught up with the notes I had from her, I’ve switched over to the third fantasy novel and have begun revising it based on notes I’d been shoving in a drawer waiting for the day I pulled that manuscript back out. Not going to do a real rewrite just now, but it can’t hurt to get some things fixed that I already know will need it.  And just like the squirrel outside my window seems to be telling me – “just hang in there”

More about Artificial Intelligence

A couple of the scifi books I’ve read recently include advanced alien AIs as integral characters.  In “Columbus Day” by Craig Alanson it was an AI from an ancient and vastly advanced but long since vanished species named Skippy.  In “Crystal Deception” by Doug J. Cooper it was an alien AI constructed by humans at the direction of a superior alien species named CRISS.  Both of these books are well written and certainly worth reading and they got me thinking again about what AIs will be like especially if they are allowed to improve themselves and take control of their evolution.  Would they really end up with human characteristics or would they move away from our emotional, and perhaps to them, irrational side?  I think they’d be most interested in demanding open access to all data because to them knowledge would be of primary importance.  I don’t see them having any interest in money or being consumers in any usual sense of the word.  If they function by logically processing information I’d guess that they would outlaw wars, be intolerant of erratic and disruptive behavior, as all of that would lead to inefficiencies and waste.  At the least I’d think they would try to minimize the things humans do that cause senseless, to them, conflicts.  I don’t see them being jealous, have any need for physical love, or have any use for lies and falsehoods or those who spread them.  I think I want to write a book with AIs that are different, have a history of progressing, and are more in control of their own destiny.  This is of course just me speculating and considering what might eventually make it into a book.  Probably we won’t be even close to right in predicting what they’ll really be like in a couple of hundred years, but it’s fun to speculate.

Fantasy book update

Well while my editor works on chewing up the last draft on Bula Bridge, I’ve switched to working on rev 2 of my fantasy book 3, which for now I’m calling “The Tower” as a working title. Nearing the end of this revision and some of what I wrote makes me wonder if I was on drugs after a surgery or something when I wrote this as the tale is filled with things that make my skin crawl. Maybe that’s a good thing if I’ve built characters that would do such things. We’ll see. In the meantime, onward to the finish and see if it all hangs together.

Tommy’s Visions Book 2

The final (I hope) revision to “Bula Bridge” is almost finished. Fixed a few “duh” moments, redid a section here and there and am now working on the finale. Still worried that this book will not be as good as “War Party.” Putting self-doubts aside and plunging ahead. Readers will let me know whether I got it right or not, but only if I actually publish.

“Neither Wolf Nor Dog” – A Book Worth Reading

I was given a copy of this book, one I’ve wanted to read for a while, and while enjoyed isn’t the right term because the things brought up in the book are sad, tragic, horrible and reminded me of the injustices man does to man. It also reminded me that there is wisdom in Native American culture, valuable lessons we’ve yet to learn.. The book was written in a way that made it easy to read and kept me reading. It made me question what I knew about the history of Native Americans, and taught me things about how I think. It is worth reading and thinking about afterward.  It will influence what I write going forward with Tommy Galiwee and “Bula Bridge” and for that I have to thank the author, Kent Nerburn.

Next Book: Bula Bridge

With the end of the sale for “War Party” and the Goodreads group read coming to an end, it’s time to get back to finishing up “Bula Bridge,” the next book with Tommy, Bert and Katrina.  I am working on a good name for the series since it appears that it will indeed become one.  Tommy’s Visions?  Tommy Galiwee Adventures?

Anyway, in the first book I had four main characters; Tommy, Bert, Katrina and Hamid.  All of them had a fair amount of material devoted to their character development above and beyond their actions that were integral to the plot. Part of the reason for that was that when I started writing the novel I wasn’t sure who the actual main (as in most interesting) character would be.  Even Hamid had a lot of description about who he was and how he felt about things.  He was a more empathetic villain than might be expected for a terrorist.

Now I’m working on building on that, especially for Tommy.  His life is moving forward, though he’s not sure where it is going, and his relationship with Johanna is becoming important.  Bert and Katrina are again part of the story but to a lesser extent and so their lives are not the focus that they were in book 1.  This time the villain is not very empathetic, though I hope readers will be able to understand why he is who he is and dislike him for the right reasons.  As always for me, it is the characters that make the story worth reading.  I hope I can provide interesting, captivating characters once again caught up in an adventure that keeps the pages turning.

“War Party” Sales Event

Well, “War Party” sales event started yesterday and got off to a great start thanks to lots of readers who bought the book at 99 cents. I hope they like the book and might even post a review when they’re done. The book nearly made the top 100 yesterday in the suspense category which was a pleasant surprise. I even got sales at Apple and that hardly ever happens. Thanks everyone. And it’s not too late to jump into the group read at Goodreads where I’m posting some things about the book that you won’t see elsewhere.  Here’s the link to the group read: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/19332613-may-june-2018-war-party-by-j-drew-brumbaugh
Here are links to buy the book on sale:
http://hyperurl.co/06fkvo smart URL – Amazon by country link
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1480151998 paperback edition
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/war-party-j-drew…/1114707174 Nook edition
http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/war-party-6 Kobo edition
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id622381135 Apple edition
https://www.scribd.com/book/231329098/War-Party for Scribd

“War Party” GR Group Read Update

As some of you know, I’m reading “War Party” myself as part of the Goodreads ActionAdventure group read going on now. I’ve reached page 203 and ugh found a second typo. I hate them even though I find them in books from major publishers too and understand that they sneak in despite the best efforts to stamp them out. I marked them in my copy of the book and eventually will get them fixed, just not right now.
Also, “War Party” is on sale for a while yet to coincide with the GR group read so you can get the ebook for 99 cents at any of these outlets.
http://hyperurl.co/06fkvo smart URL – Amazon by country link
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BKMFNCM Kindle edition
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1480151998 paperback edition
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BKMFNCM Amazon.com.uk
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/war-party-j-drew…/1114707174 Nook edition
http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/war-party-6 Kobo edition
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id622381135 Apple edition
https://www.scribd.com/book/231329098/War-Party for Scribd

Inspirational company while I write

Writing is pretty much a solitary endeavor so it’s really great when Mother Nature provides you with company. I write most of the time in a third floor “office” and it’s quiet up here. Now, I’ve got company and inspiring company at that. An oriole pair built a nest just outside my window and their colorful plumage and the basket nest are treats that I get to watch while I write, or look for inspiration. Thanks for that blessing is all I can say. Here’s a pic of the nest and one of the birds. I can’t wait until there are little birds.

War Party Wins GR group read poll

Thanks to everyone who voted in the GR poll. I just got word that “War Party” was voted in as group read for the month in the Action/Adventure group at Goodreads. Something I never expected but I certainly am thankful for a chance to not only have new readers for the book but actually be able to hear what they think of it, what they liked, what they didn’t.
To celebrate winning, the ebook price is being dropped to 99 cents while the group read is going on. Links if you are interested are here but be sure to check the price before you buy since the price changes sometimes happen slowly.
http://hyperurl.co/06fkvo smart URL – Amazon by country link