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Looking back at the Shylmahn Migration

December 1, 2017

I wrote The Shylmahn Migration quite a while ago. Looking back, wow… I can’t believe I began doing background research and outlining the manuscript almost thirty years ago. It was in the late 1980s and I was on the graveyard shift at Subbase Bangor. Much of the first draft of the novel was developed while working with an English Literature professor at Evergreen in 1996. Early editions of the book were first published back in 2005.

 

I last looked at the novel when I was adapting it to a miniseries screenplay in early 2007. Some of you may recall the screenplay won the Pacific Northwest Screenwriting Competition in October 2007. I got word that it had won while we were at Walter Reed Hospital in DC with our son after he had been injured in Afghanistan.

 

So, it’s been well over ten years since I looked at it at all, and almost twenty since I wrote it. And I never really had an opportunity to just read the book when I wasn’t actually working on it. That is, until recently.

 

The Shylmahn Migration was my epic work. I spent years developing the human and Shylmahn characters, the alien history, psychology and physiology; outlining and refining the intertwining storylines. It had all the components of everything that I wanted at the time when seeking out a science fiction novel.

 

And reading it now, with the perspective of decades of distance to provide objectivity, just as a reader… 

 

Yeah, I like it.

 

I’m feeling pretty good about now.

 

Reunions screenplay to be produced

November 23, 2017

The short script adaptation of my short story “Reunions” has been picked up by a production company in Atlanta. It is scheduled to be produced in the coming year, and I understand the plan is to present it at film festivals throughout the country.

 

I wrote the macabre little tale a number of years ago when someone suggested I write an offbeat horror story. It was later published in a magazine devoted to H.P. Lovecraft types of stories, and ended up in a few collections. You can find it in my own “Yesterday’s Shadows” collection.

 

Early last year I began to notice more and more independent producers developing short films to present at festivals as calling cards. Thinking there may be a growing market for short scripts, I took a look at my short stories for adaptation possibilities and decided on Reunions.

 

I adapted the story last year and entered the short script into a screenwriting contest. It finished well and a producer saw the posting. She contacted me and subsequently picked it up.

 

Stay tuned for production updates…

 

Visit the Christmas Cave this season

November 16, 2017

Hey, everyone...

I want to make sure the word gets out about the deal with The Christmas Cave...

I think books make great Christmas presents, and The Christmas Cave is perfect for everyone. The fantasy adventure novella is based on my holiday family screenplay and really is a favorite of fans of my books.

The book is available in print, large print, ebook and audiobook formats, and for a very short time (couple of weeks) signed print editions are available for $6 (but only at Greybeard Publishing). Visit the Christmas Cave book page for info and to order your signed copy.

Enjoy!

David

 

Revisiting the World of the Shylmahn

November 5, 2017

The story of the Britton Journals takes place twenty years after the conclusion of the third book in The Shylmahn Trilogy, providing a brief glimpse into what the world looks like in the years following Genesis.

If you’ve already read the trilogy, the short story is a chance to revisit the world of the Shylmahn, to check in on old friends.

For those who’ve never experienced the trilogy, the Britton Journals is sure to pique your interest. And best of all, the download is free. The link above takes you to the Britton Journals page on greybeard publishing, where you’ll find more info and the link to download the short story.

I hope you like it!

how the heck did this happen

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 so looking 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 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.

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