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Liam Dynes is a thirtysomething speechwriter for a financial institution who likes to think he moonlights as a writer. He lives in Toronto with his wife, three-year-old son, and a handful of cats.
Greetings Rockets followers, one and all!
Good February, Rocketsfellows!
Much like the confused and angry groundhogs, we’re peeking our heads out in this inhospitable month to deliver news of another couple months of inactivity and anticipation.
As the first order of business, I’d like to get to know all of you a little better. To that end, I’ve constructed a very short, completely optional reader survey just to help me suss out who I’ve managed to snare and entice with my zany ideas.
Click here to answer a few quick questions about yourself and what drew you to Rockets. Pretty please?
Rockets’ manuscript is slowly growing, and I’m estimating I’m about 75% done the first draft. I had a few spells of writer’s block and some flurries of action at work that got in the way, but as I write this update, Mas - our hero - is at most a dozen pages from blasting into orbit aided by a homebrew cocktail of muscle relaxants, anti-anxiety drugs and peyote.
So far in her adventure, priceless artifacts have been uncovered, losses have been suffered, and a few moments of genuine wonder have been had. I’m very excited to power through these last few chapters and begin the process once more of finding a way to get it into your hands.
Stay tuned for more news in the weeks and months to come once I’ve put a bow on the first draft of this ever-growing and surprising story.
And last but certainly not least, there’s another Inkshares sci-fi contest going on, and while I’m not taking part, there are a few books that have caught my eye.
The Life InterstellarAn interesting take on a lone human in a truly alien world. Plus, hunting for God.The Traveler’s CupSpace race! And space dragons! Who are you to resist?
The Guardians: The Veiled HopeEmpires and intrigue!
Infinity MindBrainwashed assassins and true love in danger!
Thank you all once again for following and taking an interest in Rockets! I hope to have more news for you before summertime rolls around.
Hello Rocket Men and Women,
Well, it looks like this is the end of this particular chapter.
My Inkshares campaign is in its final hours and, well, let's just say that things could have gone better.
The Sword and Laser contest wrapped up a few weeks ago, and by the arrival of the deadline, Rockets had fallen well out of the running. The momentum of the contest outstripped my ability to keep up, which meant that I needed to meet my full goal of 1000 books to secure publishing with Inkshares.
This, sadly, has not occurred.
But this isn't the end of the road for Rockets. I hope to get back into the swing of writing again soon now that summer is here and my major annual conference at work is also behind me.
I still intend to complete the book and get it into each of your hands, God willing and the creek don't rise, in some not-too-distant future.
To that end, I've archived the contact info you each submitted when placing a pre-order, and when I have Rockets-related news - be it completing a draft, putting some or all up for sale online, or securing publishing - I will let you know. If you would prefer I not, just email me at Liam dot Dynes @ gmail dot com, and I'll remove you from my list.
Last of all, but certainly not least, thank you all again, very much, for the vote of confidence you placed in me with your pre-order. While this wasn't the result I had hoped for, your support and your interest in my work was hugely uplifting.
I hope to someday make good on that support, and to share the world of Rockets with all of you.
So long for now,
Hello Rockets supporters!
Greetings, Rockets supporters!
Small update today, where I have uploaded a new snippet to the Rockets campaign page, where we see Mas a little later in her adventure.
This particular piece finds her and Caladan heading south to meet with the mysterious buyer, and we also find out just what it is she is offering in trade for her trip to the moon.
This excerpt is also the piece that was featured on sci-fi community site SFSignal as part of the early promotional work for the Sword & Laser collection contest.
So, I hope you enjoy this new passage, and thanks again for supporting Rockets! If you have any friends or family who would enjoy the book, please share it and tell them why you're excited! We're approaching 100 copies sold, and it would be great to hit that milestone before the weekend.
Hello Rockets Supporters!
Just a quick update now that we're entering week two of the campaign!
Currently I'm hanging around in the top five entrants in the Sword & Laser collection contest running here on Inkshares, but I could always use a boost. So if you have any family, friends or co-workers that might enjoy the book, please don't hesitate to pass it along!
In other exciting news, a new, previously-unseen excerpt from a little later in the book was just featured on SFSignal to help drive awareness of the S&L contest.
So if you were curious to see a little bit more of Mas' adventure, and find out just what exactly she is carrying in those suitcases, click the link below to check it out!
Thanks again so much for your support so far!
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