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Episode 2 - The Plan

Episode 2 - The Plan

“You’ve got to be kidding me!” an astonished Bosk exclaimed. “You said what to whom?” Bosk’s short greying hair stood on end and seem to take on a life of its own as he heard his best friends plan.

Whizzbang took in his friend’s reaction as he calmly chomped into a piece of fruit that looked vaguely like an apple but tasted like a banana. After years of growing up together he knew better than to interrupt Bosk as he absorbed the ramifications of the plan. Whizzbang was wearing his Raven recon battleframe and availed himself of a plasteel seat that was designed to take the weight of both pilot and frame.

“That is the dumbest, stupidest plan I’ve ever heard! Whizz, have you finally lost it? Have the nano-meds finally screwed with your brain?” Bosk was really getting worked up now.

Whizzbang glanced out the window of Bosk’s personal quarters overlooking Concord Central Command. Since the destruction of the Scourge base on the far side of Alpha Three the Earthmen had been given quarters within the superstructure of the half-built starship that now formed the core of Central. Taking another bite out of the banapple, as he now called it, Whizzbang reflected on what had transpired over the last couple of weeks while Bosk remonstrated opposite.

They’d all come a long way. Since being transported via an interstellar transwarp, the six Earthmen had managed to free the planet by destroying the Scourge main base on the other side of the planet. In the process, they’d discovered that the blending of their genetic code and the miniature nano-med micro-machines had provided them with some astounding new psionic and physical capabilities. Telepathy, mental scanning and a way to invade and take over another entity's mind were only what they’d discovered so far. Whizzbang let out a deep sigh as he remembered his friend DG’s death at the hands of General Grendig. It was a loss he would bear the rest of his life.

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Episode 1 - They're Here

Episode 1 - They're Here

Major Ruscov pushed back his chair as he stood to his feet behind his console in the Concord command center. “General Bardon,” he called over the noise of the officers giving orders to squads all over Alpha Three.

General Bardon’s head snapped up from a report that had just been handed to him from an aid. His neatly trimmed moustache seemed to quiver to attention at the major’s voice. Since the victory over the Scourge on the other side of the planet and the vanquishing of the Barrier the Concord morale couldn’t have been higher. They knew they had two weeks and Major Ruscov had the most important job on all of Alpha Three.

“Report Major.”

“They’re here.”

Without a second thought to the aid at his side or the report he was reading General Bardon nodded his head in acknowledgement and strode off towards the command conference room. A sudden silence descended across the command centre as every officer dropped what they were doing and watched the general enter the “think tank”. They knew their jobs and the critical situation they were all in.

In one motion General Bardon closed the door behind him and pulled out a high backed black leather chair to sit at the large boardroom table. “They’re here”, he said.

General Alban’s pony tail swung as she pinned Bardon with her gaze. “Ruscov’s confirmed it?”

“There was no need. They’re here.”

General Frank MacLeod, his normally impeccably neat silver mustache was now matched by a five o’clock shadow. He’d been sleeping in his clothes again and didn’t have time to get cleaned up after a quick nap earlier in the day. There was just too much to do. Although exhausted, his eyes were like those of an eagle, not missing a thing. “Thoughts generals?”

General Bardon said, “We’re as prepared as we’ll ever be on the ground. All battleframes have been repaired, all settlements have been augmented with any mounted cannons we have. It helped that we could strip the Scourge base of a few larger weapons.”

“Do we know the composition of the Scourge fleet?” Aldan asked.

“I came straight in here but Ruscov will put it up on the monitor in a minute.”

Just as General Bardon uttered the words the main screen at the end of the table came to life. Displayed in a classic V-formation were the three massive Scourge troop carriers that the now deceased General Grendig had revealed to Whizzbang and his squad of Earthmen. What was a surprise was the battleship leading the fleet and the two destroyer class ships bringing up the rear.

“We’ve got three really serious problems,” Alban stated flatly.

Franky ran his hands through his grey hair as he leant back in his chair. His face a mask of concentration. “That’s a frapping understatement and they’re arriving in just under two hours.”

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Easter, Videos and Book Two

Easter, Videos and Book Two

It’s Easter and a great time to catch-up on all of the little things that seemed to get forgotten in the rush and excitement of the last few weeks. So after reintroducing myself to my wife and children I gave myself a little break from writing….well, sort of anyway.

Book two in the Mindwars is already taking shape in my imagination and 25% is down on paper. It starts immediately after Battleframe and I think that it is shaping up to be a really interesting read that expands the reader’s knowledge of the various characters enormously. My biggest problem is that my father is harassing me to get it finished so that he can read about what is going to happen next!

I find myself laying back in bed at night going through plot outlines in my mind and thinking about how the characters would react to the different situations. What many people don’t realise is that an author doesn’t actually know what’s going to happen until the write it down….so they’re really interested in the outcome as well.

I’m in the process of producing a promotional video for Battleframe. It’s a lot of fun working in video and sound….it’s a little different from just words. All the principle video footage is now complete and I’m just finishing off the editing. I was hoping to have this released last weekend but it looks like I’ll get it completed later this evening (fingers crossed!).

Don’t forget to register to get access to the two maps from Battleframe. I’m also adding more and more topics in the forum area….so don’t be a stranger and say “hi”. I’d really love some feedback in the forum area as well on what you thought of the characters, setting, plot etc.

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It Is Finished!

It Is Finished!

I’ve finally completed the final rewrite of my debut science fiction book in the Mindwars series. Later this week I’ve paid an editor to read the manuscript and mark any obvious errors. So hopefully by the end of the week I will have my finished manuscript ready for publishing. Hooray!!!

My wife, Roselyn, happening to be sitting next to me at the time and I turned to her and said, “It’s finally done.” I don’t know who was more relieved, her or me!

It’s been a twenty month journey getting to this stage and it seems that the last 10% of the big has been the hardest and most time consuming to complete.

So what has to happen now? After the editor comes back with any fixes (hopefully not too many) I’ll use a standard paperback template provided by Create Space (an Amazon company). I’ve already purchased my ISBN numbers so I’ll add them to the document for the electronic and the paperback version of the book.

I just have to clean up my biography, rework the blurb on the back and ensure that the artwork is good to go for the cover. I think that there will only be a few tweaks here and there for these items.

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The Holidays Mean Time for Writing!

The Holidays Mean Time for Writing!

In a couple of days time I'm heading off to Queenstown, New Zealand for just over a weeks holiday! The home front is being looked after by our two older children which means Pepper, our cat, will hopefully be fed.

What I'm really excited about is that my wife will be finished the final edits of Battleframe and I'm going to do the last read through. It's been a while since I've started at the beginning and worked my way through to the end and I'm really looking forward to it.

As soon as I arrive back home I have to jump on a plane to head to a conference that I'm speaking at in Las Vegas. I'll be gone about six days but after all of this travel "Battleframe" will be completed and ready to publish!

Given the long-haul flights from Melbourne to the USA I also plan on having a fair chunk of the second Mindwars writing finished. There's nothing like some plane time to get the writing juices going!

So a lot is going to be happening in the next few weeks. I'll keep you posted with each update. :-)

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Author Update - Battleframe to Be Launched Soon

Michael discusses "Battleframe", the first book in the Mindwars series. It's nearly ready for release! Please subscribe if you would like to be kept up to date with everything that is being written on Mindwars.


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