Broken Glass – new novel released (for free)

I finally got round to finishing the final edits of Broken Glass, the final novel in the Minding Tomorrow trilogy.

You can read it here, though it’s worth reading Minding Tomorrow and Combat first, or else it will make no sense. All my fiction is released for free under creative commons, so download the ebooks and enjoy!

I’ve no idea why I always put off completing a project like this, but it had been sitting almost-finished since April. All I had to do was make a book cover and do a few rounds of editing, and it would be ready. In total these last steps only took about 10 hours.

So I’ve been 10 hours of easy work away from completing a three novel series of stories that I first attempted writing back in 2003. I started writing the current version of Minding Tomorrow in November of 2008, so the three novels could be said to have taken four years to complete. I planned to get Broken Glass finished in the spring of 2012, but I wrote “Get That Rat Off My Face!” instead, which admittedly takes place in the same universe as Minding Tomorrow. In a way, it could be read as a four book series.

What I’m trying to ask is “Why would anyone not want to have finished a trilogy of novels, especially if it only requires a tiny bit more work?” Well, I’m not sure. I know I’ve been busy with other projects… but not THAT busy!

Personally I think Broken Glass is the best science fiction I’ve written. Unfortunately you have to read two other novels before it, just to set the groundwork and introduce all the characters, and logically those two novels can’t also be the best I’ve written.

All said and done, it’s been a fun journey.

And it’s not over. I’m currently writing another novel set in the same universe, but hundreds of years after the events of Broken Glass. So long, in fact, that it works as a stand alone story, though those who’ve read the Minding Tomorrow trilogy will enjoy it on an extra level.


Just Colcord’s Apartment

Just Colcord's Apartment: Who's this little guy? Zongo. He's a hard smoking wooden robot, made by Just Colcord.

Who’s this little guy? Zongo. He’s a hard smoking wooden robot, made by Just Colcord.

Just Colcord's Apartment: Just invited me around to check out his apartment, and I must admit it was the most interesting place I visited during my stay in Kansas City.

Just invited me around to check out his apartment, and I must admit it was the most interesting place I visited during my stay in Kansas City.

Just Colcord's Apartment: Just has been making toys, and experimenting with stop motion movies featuring those toys, for only one year. He's always been an obsessive collector of interesting trinkets and small bits of junk, and making them into toys is one way of channeling his energies.

Just has been making toys, and experimenting with stop motion movies featuring those toys, for only one year. He’s always been an obsessive collector of interesting trinkets and small bits of junk, and making them into toys is one way of channeling his energies.

Just Colcord's Apartment: I took all these photos over the course of about 10 minutes. I wish I had better lighting, and had more time, because these few snaps don't do justice to Just's massive collections and artistic creations. This is Nozog.

I took all these photos over the course of about 10 minutes. I wish I had better lighting, and had more time, because these few snaps don’t do justice to Just’s massive collections and artistic creations. This is Nozog.

Just Colcord's Apartment: Meet Onzog. Or was this Oznog?

Meet Onzog. Or was this Oznog?

Just Colcord's Apartment: Maybe this is Nozog, not Zongo.

Maybe this is Nozog, not Zongo.

Just Colcord's Apartment: Not only has Just been making toys, but also many, many sets for his stop motion movies.

Not only has Just been making toys, but also many, many sets for his stop motion movies.

Just Colcord's Apartment: Boxes and boxes of… things.

Boxes and boxes of… things.

Just Colcord's Apartment: Just began displaying his art and toys in local markets, but doesn't sell any of them. Instead he takes donations to support his creative endeavors, and makes donors small gifts in return.

Just began displaying his art and toys in local markets, but doesn’t sell any of them. Instead he takes donations to support his creative endeavors, and makes donors small gifts in return.

Just Colcord's Apartment: This one is called

This one is called “Attack of the wheel nuts.”

Just Colcord's Apartment: A close-up of a box scene.

A close-up of a box scene.

Just Colcord's Apartment: His apartment contains many cabinets of curiosities. And what are some of those curiosities?

His apartment contains many cabinets of curiosities. And what are some of those curiosities?

Just Colcord's Apartment: A miniature cabinet of curiosities inside a curiosity cabinet.

A miniature cabinet of curiosities inside a curiosity cabinet.

Just Colcord's Apartment: All the mini bottles contain used yoyo strings, coiled inside in a very precise manner. Many bottles have notes, reminding Just of the day and reason he put the string in the bottle. Literally, bottling memories.

All the mini bottles contain used yoyo strings, coiled inside in a very precise manner. Many bottles have notes, reminding Just of the day and reason he put the string in the bottle. Literally, bottling memories.

Just Colcord's Apartment: More toys made from found objects.

More toys made from found objects.

Just Colcord's Apartment: Buttons, bullet casings, shotgun rounds...

Buttons, bullet casings, shotgun rounds…

Just Colcord's Apartment: R2-D2 vs Dalek.

R2-D2 vs Dalek.

Just Colcord's Apartment: Sunglasses fairy.

Sunglasses fairy.

Just Colcord's Apartment: Priceless, of course, because none of Just's artwork is for sale.

Priceless, of course, because none of Just’s artwork is for sale.

Just Colcord's Apartment: All the work takes place in the kitchen.

All the work takes place in the kitchen.

Just Colcord's Apartment: Opening a kitchen cabinet, I found yet more scenes with toys.

Opening a kitchen cabinet, I found yet more scenes with toys.

Just Colcord's Apartment: These are the currency of the future.

These are the currency of the future.

Just Colcord's Apartment: Thanks for showing me around, Just!

Thanks for showing me around, Just!


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