Last night, I was up until 1AM inserting HTML italics tags into a Notepad document as part of the finishing touches on my book, The Definity. In the publishing world, I would’ve simply handed my manuscript off to someone else and let some creative director deal with all the nitty-gritty details in regards to book covers and eBook versions of my story and I could rest at night on the piles of money that the publisher gave me. Instead, I was painstakingly searching line by line making sure that the book’s format wouldn’t “break” when someone loaded it up on their Kindle. From the cover (our artist Cody actually did all the characters and main artwork while I did layout) to design, publication, and promotion, it was a challenge to assemble this book over the past 15 months while working a full-time job and writing for the best web site in the world.
This one. That’s where you think ‘this one, FleshEatingZipper’.
Eleven years ago, I opened Macromedia’s Flash 5 to produce a sci-fi pew pew movie called Zero Wing, based loosely on the ‘All Your Best’ game. You can watch it here. I’d wanted to do something as far as a sequel, but opted to explore prequel territory instead. I did a few more in that series and vowed to return, producing 45 seconds of footage, but stopping cold. I decided that to really explore this universe, I would set the book thousands of years before the book, Old Republic-style. I started with what amounted to be the first five pages of the final book in the summer of 2008, and then gave up.
Ahead of NaNoWriMo in 2010, I decided to really give The Definity a go and within a month, generated the first 52,000 words of the book (roughly the first half) before sluffing off a bit, not finishing until the following April. I wrote most of it in a break room on my Chromebook, but I did write portions on a few phones. I’ve had to put writing here aside to finally put this thing to rest and now it is done. Finally.
The Definity follows a handful of VIPs that manage the Arrow, an alien-powered Ark that’s slated to fly off the Earth at a specific time and reset the universe to fix humanity’s mistakes. Gateway City is about to erupt in violence and people like Markus Faughx, administrator Ox, and crime lord Reno have to deal with all this new heat as the clock ticks down to zero.
And now you can own it as well. If you check it out, let me know what you think. Support the small dude, we need all the help we can get!