Archive for June, 2010

Okay, so here is the new video trailer I just produced for Jefferson’s Road: The Spirit of Resistance. I’m curious to get anyone’s thoughts out there. Just one caveat: no, the book isn’t available on Amazon yet (or anywhere else for that matter). I’m just prepping the marketing stuff ahead of time, because even if no traditional press buys this book, I’m going to publish it anyway. Print On Demand, if I have to.

Anyway, let me know what you think.

All right, enough of that now. I have to get back to work on Patriots and Tyrants.

A friend and I get together for breakfast every other week or so – just two guys trading ideas, stories and the like, sharing what God is doing in our lives and how He’s calling us to serve Him next. He told me that he thought God might’ve spoken to him in his quiet time, and that he thinks God told him that I would get a book contract in a week.
That was on June 25th.
Naturally, I had him write this down on a scrap of paper I’m keeping in my wallet, but I thought I’d record it here as well, just because… you know… just in case it’s true.
I don’t doubt for a minute that God can speak today. I’ve heard His voice myself a time or two (at least once He yelled at me. Deservedly so, of course). Some like to assert that God doesn’t speak anymore, but I find those arguments unbiblical. It’s not like He has cosmic laryngitis or anything. And why would He give us the indwelling presence of His Spirit if He didn’t aim to talk with us now and again?
Of course, that doesn’t mean we always hear Him right. I think it’s fairly easy to insert our own wishes in place of God’s actual voice, and maybe that’s what my friend has done. Which is kinda cool in its own right – means I’ve definitely got people pulling for me on this one.
On the other hand, maybe he did hear from God. I guess we’ll find out in a few days.

On a different note, I’ve been working up a book trailer for Jefferson’s Road. Yeah, I know – it ain’t published yet. But I’ve pretty much decided that it’s going to be – one way or another. If Kelly Mortimer declines to represent it, and no one else picks it up, I’m going to go ahead and use a POD printer to get it done – then find a way to get it into as many hands as I can. I figure I’ll have to do some marketing anyway, even if it is picked up by a traditional house, so it won’t hurt to be prepared.
Thing is, it’s just one of those stories that needs to be told. There’s too much crap coming down the pike not to do something about it. I fear for my country – not so much from what the current adminstration is doing, but from how it continues to divide us. I don’t think the rifts will heal, and with continual pressure pulling us in both directions, I don’t foresee us holding together as a people much longer.
I know I sound like some kind of moderate. I’m really not. But I don’t think the Left will let up until they’ve destroyed the country, and I don’t think it will be much longer before the Right is so fed up that they do something rash – like the Baird’s in Jefferson’s Road.
In a way, Jefferson’s Road is my own prophetic warning. See, it ain’t really about killing the President at all. It’s about a new Civil War ravaging our country – a war based not on geography, but on ideology. No convenient lines will demark the battle fronts. Not even red state vs. blue state. I’m anticipating a complete, societal meltdown. That’s what I want to warn against. I just hope somebody’s listening.
Maybe you think I’m being overly dramatic. Maybe you think it can’t happen here (thank you Sinclair Lewis). Or maybe it’s already happening. I read about bricks being tossed through election headquarters and political volunteers getting roughed up. Protests and counter-protests. People getting arrested for daring to pray in public (happened in Elmira). Assaults on free speech. And the President appointing more leftist czars than you can shake a stick at. I keep an eye on the news, and I think “It can’t be long now,” and I just feel such an urgency to finish the next book and get these stories out there before it’s too late.
Back on 9-11 the whole country came together because we had a readily identifiable enemy. But our togetherness didn’t last long, did it? That’s the problem. There are two ways to unite a people. You either give them a common vision, or you give them a common enemy. We don’t have a common vision anymore. So common enemies are all that work.
Nietzsche said, “Only a horizon ringed about with myths can unify a culture.” The common myths that made us Americans have been under assault now for generations, and I fear that the new generations don’t even know what it means to be an American anymore. And without that common vision, and without a common faith in a Creator God, we will not stand much longer. A strong wind will blow us down like a hollow oak. Anyway, that’s just my take on things.

Update: After several months of going back and forth with rewrites and such, Steve Laube has chosen to decline representation for The Autographs. Sigh. It’s not a big, big deal. Disappointing, sure, but I’m a big kid. I can deal.
The good news is that I now have a much stronger manuscript for the experience, and I plan to submit to a couple of smaller publishing houses in the next couple of weeks to see if I can’t get anything started there.
The Spirit of Resistance (formerly called The Spark) is awaiting notice from Kelly Mortimer, who, according to her blog post of June 23, is caught up to the end of February on her submissions. This means I might not hear anything before September. Not that I’m in a great hurry, or anything. I once PM’d Michael Snyder and made the comment that the pace of publishing was glacial. He readily agreed. It certainly feels that way, and I guess that’s just a frustration I’ll have to get used to.
I’m still working on Patriots and Tyrants, and I’m tinkering with several others – waiting for something to reach out and grab me. The books at issue are Rock of Ages – an apocalyptic thriller about an attempt to blow up the Al Aqsa Mosque in order to rebuild the Jewish Temple; Waterless Places – a faerie story in the tradition of Raymond Feist’s Faerie Tale, and an untitled alien abduction story with tie-in’s to the apocryphal Book of Enoch.
BTW, if anyone wants a creepy read, you should check out the Book of Enoch. Even if we accept a second century B.C. date for the book, it still predicts a judgment upon the hybrid children of angels and humans (Genesis 5) coming in the seventieth generation from Enoch (which happens to be Jesus). Just creepy. There’s more, of course, but I don’t want to give away all the juicy tidbits which might find their way into the story line.
Anyway, four novels at once is too much for anyone to keep in their head. The ironic thing is that I have the most written on The Seven Sleepers, but I find that my characters still need a lot of development, and there’s a ton more research to do if I want to do it justice, so it’s effectively on the back burner with the fire off. Of course, if I do manage to sell The Autographs, I’ll pull it out and get working on it right away. Nothing like an upcoming sequel to help the contract along.