Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Well 2: Falling - Now Available on Amazon

After escaping the Well, the underground bunker that has sheltered his people for fifteen generations from the horrors of Surface, Singer and his three cohorts find themselves falling from the frying pan and into the fire! The world outside the Well could not be more hostile – a place of barren desolation and airless death. However, the blue and white orb hanging in a black sky beckons them toward the true path to Surface.

The escapees promptly run afoul of others that occupy the desolation, and land in confinement with death or return to the Well as the only viable options. Faced with the puzzle of finding a third option – one that takes him to Surface – Singer works to keep his small crew alive long enough to convince his captors to spare them. When the moment of epiphany occurs, Singer’s existence becomes more endangered still, for it requires a return to the Well – which has descended into madness. Even success of his plan may not save his life, let alone take him to mythical Surface. And even a journey to Surface to face the menacing mystery of The Darkness may result in certain death!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sequel to "The Well" Is Nearly Done

My recent novella, The Well, works as a standalone story given the little slap-your-face twist at the end. Some of my favorite sci-fi short-story writers employed this strategy on a regular basis: give a story a twist ending that does not really settle the story but does make you think. This approach can annoy, I know. But it also provides a jumping off point for personal imagination. Thank you, Arthur C. Clarke, Gordon R. Dickson, et. al.

That said, The Well begs for more telling, and I intended to expand the story from the beginning. The second as yet untitled novella is nearly done, pending final copy edits and a cover. Oh, yeah - and a title. There is always the pesky nuisance of thinking of an appropriate title, which is often more difficult than it should be.

Anyway, the sequel is coming, and a third installment will wrap up the story. All is Well. Stay. Tuned.