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October 9, 2017

Wow… apologies.

I’m still not quite sure how this came about, but a few months back several of my titles updated with manuscript versions containing errors. These included incorrect auto-correct replacements, missing words, and several incorrect tense.

The original versions of these titles were clean, but after the updates several of these books contained as many as ten or more errors.

I only recently discovered the issue, and am updating these titles on all sites. This includes ebook, print and large print formats.

If you have a Kindle ebook copy, you should be able to download a corrected version by selecting it on Amazon. If you have a print edition, contact me and let me know where and how you purchased your book containing the errors and I’ll send you a newly corrected copy.

Again, my apologies.

This whole incident has been very unsettling…

The next phase

September 30, 2017

So, for the last thirty years I’ve been dividing my time between two creative avenues. On the one has been of course my writing (literary and screenwriting), and on the other I’ve been programming, initially contracting to the Navy and later for Washington State.

While the programming has offered a stable income, it has meant that I’ve been working two fulltime jobs for decades. Developing applications and then web applications has been a creative outlet that I’ve enjoyed, but has never been my primary interest.

I write stories.

But royalties from my writing have ebbed and flowed, and until recently wasn’t something I could count on month to month. I needed the guaranteed income that programming provided.

Over the last few years, however, as my list of titles has continued to grow and my marketing skills have improved, royalties have steadily increased and have become more stable; enough so that I can announce a significant change coming soon.

I am currently working on a major web application development project for the State that is scheduled to complete in September.

And that will be it. Beginning October 01, 2018, I will be dedicated 100% to my writing and publishing. This will also allow me the chance to grow the marketing arm of my business, which to be honest has always been… less than it should be.

I am looking so forward to this next phase of my life.

 

 

 

Audiobook Giveaways

September 5, 2017

I want to take a moment to give everyone a heads-up about a series of audiobook giveaways. I’m running drawings on the LibraryThing website for some of my audiobooks, with Ravenhiill Court first up. This particular drawing has been running for a couple of weeks, ends in a few days. There will be five winners drawn from the entries submitted. All that is being asked in exchange is that those receiving the audiobooks rate/review the title on audible.com and/or Amazon.

So head over to the giveaway page on LibraryThing and enter the drawing for Ravenhill Court, then look for others of my Audiobook titles in coming weeks and months, including The Christmas Cave, Serpent’s Keep, KHDZ, Broken Sky, The Shylmahn Migration and others.

  

Serpent's Keep Card Games

August 28, 2017

When word got out about the upcoming sequel to Serpent’s Keep, a few questions came in about the games born from the first novel. For those familiar with novel's origins, a video game had been in my mind with writing the book. I had actually begun developing a prototype at the time but other projects got in the way.

Now, however, a variety of games are in varying levels of development, pre-production or production, including a card game, a dice game, a board game and two computer games.

A card game was developed and prototyped several years after the publication of the novel. A number of card deck sets were produced and used throughout testing. The card game project is ready for full production, is waiting for sufficient funding. The game is closely based on the concept and story of the novel.

A dice game was developed and prototyped soon after the card game. Called “Serpent’s Ladder”, it is based on a game played the members of the “Adventurer’s Guild” as described in the novel. It has been fully prototyped and tested, and we produced a number of editions in-house. We have sold a few through several outlets but have not seriously marketed it. It is ready for a consolidated campaign once we put together an integrated Serpent’s Keep marketing campaign.

A board game is in the middle stages of development/prototyping. Work on this was put on hold some time back when other priorities got in the way, but we are ready to pick this up again. This project will be inserted into our development queue immediately following the completion of the novel sequel.

A game app is in early design. An adaptation of the Serpent’s Ladder dice game, variations will be available on multiple platforms, including Android devices, other smart phone devices, and Windows multi-platforms. Many of the underlying algorithms have been developed.

A computer game is in early design. This game will be very closely tied to the original novel, the player experiencing / living the world of Serpent’s Keep. The game will be available on multiple game platforms.

As the second novel and the development of the games progress, I will be establishing a Serpent’s Keep web application platform. Look to my other websites (www.davidrbeshears.com , www.greybeardpublishing.com ) and this blog for updates.

 

Northwest mountain trails

August 14, 2017

Most everyone knows my passion for climbing my northwest mountains. Hiking mountain trails, walking the inspiring landscape, having lunch on the summit, taking in the amazing views, it does something to one’s soul.

Those who know my history know that I discovered this amazing world about ten years ago after our son was injured in Afghanistan. I had planned that we would bring him back from severe traumatic brain injury and he and I would climb Mt. Rainier together. Sadly, that never happened, but in my preparation and training I developed a love for mountain climbing and hiking mountain trails.

I generally get out several dozen times a year. The majority of those hikes are on what I call my Lake Cushman mountains, with occasional excursions to Mt. Rainier or St. Helens.

However, with all that’s been happening recently I haven’t been getting out nearly enough. I’ve only managed a handful of hikes these past three or four months, and most of these have been to one or another of my Capital Forest hikes.

It’s a bit twisted that the more that happens in my life the more I need the hikes and yet the less I am able to get out on those hikes.

I really, really need to get back on my mountains…

For a look at my mountain trails, check out my hiking website at www.northwestmountaintrails.com . The trail pages come with full descriptions and slideshows. 

 

Screenplays in Development

August 7, 2017

As mentioned in my previous blog, developing parallel to the Serpent’s Keep sequel novel are two screenplays.

I’m working one in the background of my other projects as I have time, as it is still in the outline stage. Project code named “Hemlock”, this script is science fiction / fantasy (emphasis on the fantasy), and is probably the most ethereal of all my screenplays. The outline is going well, but I don’t expect to begin actual development for several months yet, after I finish the draft of the other project.

The second screenplay that I’m working on is in full development. Project code named “Willow”, the script is science fiction with a heavy “film noir” flavor. The project is without a doubt very different from any other work I’ve ever done. While every book or screenplay I’ve written is absolutely unique from every other, the Willow project really is in a category all its own. I hope to have a draft completed in September, with a final script by Thanksgiving.

As with all my screenplays, I will be developing novella adaptations of both projects. And so there will be a lot more info on each of them once the completed scripts are registered and the novellas copyrighted and published.

Look for project updates here and on greybeard publishing.

Serpent’s Keep sequel coming in 2018

July 27, 2017

My time is generally divided equally between development and marketing. I wish it wasn’t so, marketing isn’t on my list of favorite things to do, but there it is. If you’re gonna be a successful writer, ya’ gotta market. If you write books that no one reads, then what you’re doing is a hobby, not a profession. At least that’s what they say. Man that sounds harsh. Maybe there’s a gray area in there somewhere. I’ll bet a lot of writers live in the gray area.

Enough talk about marketing. Over on the development side, where the fun stuff happens, I currently have a number of projects I’m working on. Or rather, I have three that I can honestly say I am actively working on, with a bunch of others in my holding queue at various stages of development.

Of the three projects I’m actively working, two are screenplays and the third is a novel. More on the screenplays next time, today I want to talk about the novel.

As I noted elsewhere, I began outlining the sequel to Serpent’s Keep a couple of months ago. When I published Serpent’s Keep back in 2009, I hadn’t intended to write a sequel, but the demand for one has been there almost since the novel went to print. To be fair, while Serpent's Keep does have a conclusion, there is most definitely an opening to a followup. Questions are answered, issues resolved, and yet... well, I won't go there. If you've read the book, you know, and if you haven't, you should...

I anticipate completing a SK2 draft next Spring, editing it into the Summer and publishing in the early Fall.

I’ll provide updates on the progress of the SK2 project here on the blog. I’ve also set aside a corner of the Serpent’s Keep book page over on greybeard where I’ll be putting quick update notes, so be sure to check that out from time to time.

 

First blog in space...

July 15, 2017

Okay, so I've just set up this website on space, and one of the components I included was this blog module. I'll post as frequently as I'm able, but if my author notes section on my author page is any indicator, it can go a week or two between postings.

I intend to keep my official author page up and running (www.davidrbeshears.com), as that is the most visible in my author platform and currently the most targeted by external websites.

We'll just have to see how this goes. Watch for this website to evolve over time as I grow more accustomed to it. The main difference between this one and my other sites is that I have total development control over the others. And of course the others reside on my own web server.