The magic wand of book titles…

Too bad there isn’t a magic wand for creating book titles. I could use one of those. I do like Harper’s Odyssey, but I’m creating a series of interconnected books. What that means is HO kicks off the universe and every other book after is just placed inside that universe. None are sequels to the book that came before. Can you guess what people will call the universe, since it is common place to just take the title of the first book and place universe at the end?

Harper’s Odyssey Universe. Acronym: HOU.

At first glance this science fiction universe sounds like it’s about Houston’s airport or a department in the US government. Not really what moves someone to make a purchase of a kick ass sci-fi story.

What will the title end up being? I’m starting to get ideas. Being a set of interconnected books/stories set in the same universe there are things that connect each book. For instance, I have two reoccurring characters that make appearances in every book. Depending on the story determines the size of their role. I’m leaning towards using those two characters to craft the title of Harper’s Odyssey. Since it is the story that kicks everything off and all.

Possible titles…stay tuned. And stay tuned for more about Harper’s Odyssey (tentative title) in the next post.


Harper’s Odyssey

Captain Alex Harper and his team, Harper’s Argos, committed heinous acts during the Walker War, but every action was done to survive. Simply following that innate sense of survival makes the military investigation into the Argos repugnant. That their military brethren can take those actions out of context to the horrors survived and somehow think themselves above Alex and his Argos—odious. And a sentient super weapon more cognizant of the reality behind the Walker War than those who fought on the ground…Well, that’s just scary.

2017. What! What!

Last year was hell when it came to writing. I struggled mightily on one book, starting it over three times. I think I got it this time. I did complete two books I feel super strong about though. One is called Harper’s Odyssey (tentative of course). I completed that around January, so it was a carry over from 2015 I suppose. I also completed The Nissin Project (yep, another tentative title), but I’m sitting on that for another month or so. I need some time away from it. Why? Because of Harper’s Odyssey actually.

You see, I finished Harper’s Odyssey a solid year ago. I thought it was awesome when I finished. Then I did a read through. Somehow it turned into something I wasn’t expecting, and because of that I shoved it to the back of the proverbial closet. A couple months ago I took it out, and I’ve never been more impressed by something I’ve written.

No joke, I’ve literally gotten misty-eyed at the end of Harper’s Odyssey. I’ve read it through countless times, know exactly where the emotional punches will be thrown, and still every single time I get to the end I get emotional.

So, yeah, I need to take some time away from The Nissin Project. I really enjoy reading it, but for some reason it’s not exactly what I was expecting I would produce. I figure if I wait a few months and then go back to it, I’ll either love it like I do Harper’s Odyssey or I’ll still find it wanting. If I’m not overly enthused by it…Well, it’ll be viewed as storytelling practice.

Back to Harper’s Odyssey though. It is first in a series of interconnected books. With each book positioned to be read as a standalone. However, if consumed as a series, the reader will get a view of the horrors and strangeness of war, and the workings of the military and politics in war and covert paramilitary operations. With certain key figures giving, at the very least, cameos in each book. (each book has a new cast of characters it follows)

That gives me a good segue to talk a little about my current work in progress. It’s the second book in the Harper’s Odyssey Universe (tentative name of course), titled Welcome to Hell. The action parts are an allegory for the strangeness of war. War is not as simple as sending people to shot and kill the enemy. The mind of the soldier has to cope with the unnatural act of killing other people so it changes the situation or the person snaps. Which, unfortunately, is seen happen with sufferers of PTSD. The rest of the story deals with the personal relationships First Sergeant Jay “Inferno” Dante has with his fiance and his Echo Force squad while back home in between missions.

This year should be a good year for writing. Next time I’ll speak a little more on Harper’s Odyssey.

Happy 2017 everyone!