Some Things I’ve Enjoyed Lately (September)

I’m going to try to blog more (famous last blog words) so this site is a little more than just old announcement posts. Rather than try to write about anything too heady, here’s some media I’ve consumed lately that I’ve liked. (The next Meta book is being announced this week or next, sign up for my newsletter if you wanna hear about it first.) Book: The Man Who Folded Himself by David Gerrold (Amazon or Your Local Library) One of those short novels that is exactly as long as it needs to be (144 pages). It’s a time travel story, but an incredibly personal one. Gerrold does a great job laying out the complex rules it sets up for how time travel works within the story and uses that to arrive at some very unexpected places dealing with the nature of free will and causality. Definitely not a kid’s time travel story though, be warned. Movie: Lunopolis (Free on Netflix or Amazon) One of the best, terrible-looking movies I’ve ever seen. The special effects look like something you could make yourself in iMovie and there’s some very shaky acting, but the story itself is fascinating if you love conspiracy theory stuff. It’s like Going Clear meets Blair Witch Project, with 1/1000th the budget of either.   TV: The Americans (Free on Prime Instant) Not sure why this one took me so long to dive into, but I’m glad there were already three seasons in the can when I did. Somehow they’ve managed to pack the best spy stories you’ve ever seen into a show that is really mostly about how hard marriage is, even when it’s arranged by the KGB.   Podcast: The Late Show Podcast (Free on iTunes) Last week I was lucky enough to attend the first test show for the new Late Show with Stephen Colbert.… [Read the rest]

Dad

Not the best photo, but one of my favorites from when my mom told my dad she couldn’t believe he didn’t “screw it up” after he surprised her with a 60th birthday party.A little over a year ago today I received the worst phone call of my life while standing 3,500 miles from home. My father had died at work. The words didn’t make sense to me when I first heard them, and now even a year later there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t hear those words and feel the same feeling of disbelief that I did that day. This isn’t a post about how devastating that day was to me though. This is about two ways that my Dad led me toward writing that I think about a lot now. Before I was born, my Dad had done a few different jobs. The ones I heard about most were when he was a clam digger on Long Island and when he was a bouncer at a rowdy bar. By the time I was born he had started a career in construction as a Steamfitter. You would think with that kind of background I would have been brought up “tough”, especially when it became obvious that I was going to wind up tall like he was. But that was never, ever the case. My Dad introduced me to comic books at a young age, happily indulging me in trips to the comic book store, almost always picking up a few for himself. He grew up a Superman fan, but I started taking to Batman at a young age. Comic books might be really cool now, but they were definitely not when I was a kid. I never knew that though, because my interest in them was never questioned.… [Read the rest]

Book 3 and The Second Wave Audiobook

Hi! Long time, no blog. There’s a good reason though: I’ve been busy actually writing books. Recently there seems to be a real uptick in people asking about Meta Book 3 (no, it doesn’t have a real name yet) and when it’ll be out so I thought I’d offer an update. Currently the goal is to get book 3 out there in the fall, which right now looks like it’ll probably be October-ish. I don’t have too much to share plot-wise right now, other than as of right now the story picks up a few days after the end of The Second Wave. This book looks like it’ll be longer than Meta and The Second Wave and although I’m hoping to keep writing more Meta books for awhile, this one will be the conclusion to an unofficial trilogy in a lot of ways, i.e. lots of mysteries will be explained and lots of set-ups get paid off. One of the other questions I get a lot is when The Second Wave will be available as an audiobook. Recording Meta was way harder than I anticipated which put The Second Wave on the backburner for awhile. I considered having someone else read it, but that seemed kinda silly since I have the recording equipment and people seemed to like the way I read Meta. As of right now, the plan is to record The Second Wave right after Book 3 goes to the editor in the next couple of months. I’ll need a break from writing by then anyway and that way taking time to do the recording won’t sidetrack Book 3. There’s two other projects in pipeline too, one which I’ve mentioned a few times that is a sci-fi, alien abduction mystery-type thing and a short story or novella set in the Meta universe.… [Read the rest]

German Version of Meta Free This Weekend

Starting in Germany is like starting all over again. While I could be patient and and continue to have native German speakers find Meta Die Verwandlung on their own, I’m not patient and I’m too excited about having a book I wrote in another language. For that reason, I’m making the German-language version of Meta, translated by the immensely talented Daniela Mansfield free on Amazon Kindle this weekend, starting on today. It’ll be free worldwide, so no matter what country you’re in you’ll be able to grab the German version (I’m looking at you Austria and Switzerland.) So if you speak German, or know someone who does that might enjoy Meta, be sure to let them know.… [Read the rest]

Rocking Self Publishing Podcast Interview

I’m on this week’s Rocking Self Publishing podcast talking about writing and podcasting. It’s a pretty long interview where I talk a bit about how I got into podcasting with The Complete Guide to Everything and how that eventually lead to me trying my hand at writing a novel about superheroes (there is actually a thread there). I also talk a bit about how I write and how writing The Second Wave was different than writing Meta. Check out the interview in the embed below or grab it for free on iTunes.  [Read the rest]

The Second Wave Out Today!

The Second Wave is out today exclusively on Kindle (Kindle iOS, Android apps) and Paperback! Here are some questions that I’ve been frequently asked and some answers. FAQ: Do we find out if [BLANK] is actually [BLANK]??? I will try not to give any spoilers away, but I will tell you that there is a character we’ve not seen without a mask that is unmasked. We also find out how some of the people closest to Connor spend their time when he’s busy being Omni. Why is the book exclusive to Amazon? Why can’t I get it on iBooks, Nook, Kobo, etc? Here’s the deal. Pre-orders went 6 weeks ago on Amazon Kindle and iBooks. As of a few weeks ago the number of Kindle pre-orders was 100 times the number of iBooks pre-orders. I don’t mean “they were double” or “they were quadruple”, they were literally 100 times higher, as in centuple. Going exclusive with Amazon meant people with Prime and Kindle Unlimited could read The Second Wave for “free”. I don’t make as much money that way, but it means more people are able to find Meta and The Second Wave which is way more important for me as a new author. You can read The Second Wave in the Kindle app for iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, pretty much everything so I didn’t think anyone would miss out. If I’m wrong though, email me and I’ll fix it for you. Can I get this book printed on dead trees? Yes. It should be up in paperback on Amazon any time now, if it’s not already. If you order it through them I’ve set it so they’ll give you the Kindle version for free, which is awesome if you want to give the paperback to someone as a gift and still get the digital version for yourself.… [Read the rest]

Book Teaser Trailer for The Second Wave

Not long now...

The Second Wave (Book 2 in The Meta Series)

I'm really excited to finally announce the title and unveil the cover and description for book 2 in The Meta Series: The Second Wave! I'm planning some fun stuff around the release (free things!) that I'll have more info about as the release date gets closer. In the meantime, check out the description before and pre-order now at Amazon! - Tom

First Draft Done

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Unbelievable

A couple of weeks ago The Gregory Brothers asked me if I wanted to be in their new video. All I was told was that it involved a girl with a bread hand, and that was all I needed to hear. (I'm allllll the way at the end, pretend it's the after credits sequence of a Marvel movie.)