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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Available for Pre-Order: In Full Flight

The third book in my Wings series, In Full Flight, is now available for pre-order from Smashwords, and should soon make an appearance on Amazon in Kindle format. It will also be coming out in print (via CreateSpace distribution) and PDF (via DriveThruFiction) and will be available via Smashwords and Draft2Digital distribution.


Jack’s dad has a secret—a sad secret. He has never told Jack how he lost his wings. One day he does, and Jack’s world changes. At the same time, someone from his parents’ past comes into their present, and they must work out how to stop things from the past happening all over again.

In Full Flight is the third book in the Wings chapter book series, set around a family with wings and bird-like feet. This book is darker than the other two, dealing with themes of difference, discrimination at a state level, and finding a place to belong.

Available for Pre-Order: A Planet’s Ransom

The ebook for A Planet's Ransom my latest young-adult, science-fiction novel as Carlie Simonsen, is now available for pre-order from Smashwords – and it will soon be available from Amazon for pre-order. It’s ready for its release on January 13, 2018. It’s another one I thoroughly enjoyed writing.


Made hostages for a world whose international leaders didn’t know how to behave, we ended up on a new world, one we have to make our own, where every step of civilisation has to be earned, all over again. It’s meant to be a world to hide the secret of our survival—but not all the aliens believe we have a right to survive. Torn between two rival factions of an alien race, we have to save our keepers, defeat our hunters, and get a message to the stars.

And that’s just if we want to live.

Making a place for humanity, is another task altogether.

A Planet’s Ransom is the second book in the Space Adventures series, a series of science fiction adventures set in space, or on the colonies of newly discovered worlds. Each book is a stand-alone story that can be read without needing to read other books in the series.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Just Released: 366 Days of Flash Fiction



Happy to say that this little monster released today, and is now available from Smashwords (in all formats), Amazon (as an ebook and paperback), DriveThruFiction(PDF), and via Smashwords and Draft2Digital distribution.



















Inside these covers is a short story for every day of the leap year, some of which tell of the fantastic, others which take us to the stars and a myriad of other worlds, and still others that horrify with creeping tales of the undead. Every story is an exploration of something that might have been and never was, or something that might yet be. Take a break from the world that is, and explore other possibilities.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Available for Pre-Order: The Queen’s Game


The ebook for my latest dark urban fantasy short story, The Queen’s Game, is now available for pre-order on Smashwords, and will soon be available from Amazon, DriveThruFiction and via Draft2Digital distribution. Flash fiction with these characters can be found in 366 Days of Flash Fiction, which releases at the end of this week.
 
Never get involved with the Otherworld Fey. Take my word for it. I saved the Queen of Summer, and was betrothed to a lord of Winter by way of thanks—and then the human underworld got involved. So what do I do, when every choice is bad? What would you choose: death by troll, or the mercy of an elf?

Available for Pre-Order: 366 Days of Flash Fiction


366 Days of Flash Fiction is now up and available for pre-order on Amazon and Smashwords, and via Draft2Digital distribution. At a whopping 143,000 words, I was starting to worry I wouldn’t get this little monster out on time, but it’s there—and the paperback should also be available on release day: December 29th.












Inside these covers is a short story for every day of the leap year, some of which tell of the fantastic, others which take us to the stars and a myriad of other worlds, and still others that horrify with creeping tales of the undead. Every story is an exploration of something that might have been and never was, or something that might yet be. Take a break from the world that is, and explore other possibilities.

Monday, December 18, 2017

PokemonGo Tips - Earning the Berry Master Medal

Another relatively easy one to earn, but it takes time. Main tip? Feed Them All.

Well, okay, it's a bit more like this:
  1. Only the berries you feed to a pokemon in a gym count.
  2. You can only feed berries to pokemon in a gym that belongs to your team.
  3. You can feed up to a maximum of 10 berries to each pokemon.
  4. You can feed any pokemon that belongs to a team member, as well as your own.
  5. You can feed your team's pokemon from home, as long as you have a pokemon in the same gym - as last week's post showed.
  6. It's interesting, but really annoying if you accidentally feed a golden razzberry to a pokemon in a gym... just sayin'.
  7. Sometimes, not having a berry on hand to help catch a pokemon is also annoying - especially when you've just fed all yours to your team's pokemon - so think about that before you go all out stuffing their faces; the medal is pretty, but catching stuff is cool, too.
  8. Also, pokemon are little piggies when it comes to berries.
And that's all I can think of. Again, the gold badge is very shiny and takes time to earn. See?




Friday, December 15, 2017

New Cover: In Full Flight

The new cover has been approved for In Full Flight, the third in the Wings series that I write as Carlie Simonsen. Here it is - as dark as the themes in the story.




Jack’s dad has a secret—a sad secret. He has never told Jack how he lost his wings. One day he does, and Jack’s world changes. At the same time, someone from his parents’ past comes into their present, and they must work out how to stop things from the past happening all over again. 

In Full Flight is the third book in the Wings chapter book series, set around a family with wings and bird-like feet. This book is darker than the other two, dealing with themes of difference, discrimination at a state level, and finding a place to belong.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Ingress Missions: GTC Wander Series

Missions in Ingress form an important part of my program to keep fit. I used them as an incentive to get out the door, and to stay out until I've walked the minimum time, or more. Usually, I find myself doing more because I want to complete either a series or a long single mission.

Last Sunday, I completed this cute little series, called the GTC Wander. It's the cure series of dancing aliens forming a rainbow-flag pattern in the middle of the screen.


 This one took me through the town centre of Gungahlin, which was very educational as I haven't visited for a couple of months, and the building that's been going on up there is phenomenal. The shopping centres have expanded, and a multi-level carpark has gone in, and the various construction works just haven't finished.

Time to Complete:
The average time for each mission segment is about 15 minutes, although I took between a half and three-quarters of an hour because I like to glyph-hack, capture, fully deploy, link and field to the limit of whatever keys I happen to have. It can be completed in a lot less time than I managed using quick hacks.

Complexity:
This is a very straight-forward mission series, with easily accessible portals, but you need to be careful to hack in order, and not give in to the temptation to hack a portal as you pass it. There are one or two occasions where you later hack something you pass, but they are very few and far between, and don't require much physical backtracking as the portals are quite close together.  However, it can be frustrating to wait while the portal cools down  enough to be hacked again, so it's best to wait until you've completed that leg of the series.

Terrain and Location Notes:
 

Location Accessibility: You can travel to the mission area by bus, although there is plenty of parking, if you prefer to travel by car, although much of it requires payment.

Traversing the Mission Series: The first mission starts at the back of the town centre, a block past the car-park behind the school, and across a few fairly busy road.  Apart from road crossings, all portals are accessible from the footpath and footpaths connect each portal, so no cross-country is required. Gradient is flat, and typically urban centre. It should be possible to do this mission by wheelchair.

Technically, you can do this series of missions in any order, but doing it in order means minimal back-tracking and takes you in a logical sequence through the town. I would recommend doing it in order for ease of starting each new section, and for logical progression, since each individual mission making up the series demands that the portals be hacked in a set order. You cannot hack in any order, so this is the fastest way to end one mission segment, and find the beginning of the next.

Toilets and Meals: Toilets are available in the shopping centres and the individual missions don't take you further than two or three blocks away from a shopping centre entrance. For access, though, you do need to make sure you are missioning during shopping hours. The same goes for finding places to buy food and drink. You can buy food, or bring it to one of a number of open spaces where you can eat.

Mission Medals:

In order, the mission medals are as follows:


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Two Days of New Pokemon: December 11-12, 2017

As you all know, Hoenn released on the weekend, so there have been new pokemon to catch. Despite getting out and about on the weekend, I've been a bit busy since Monday, so the only pokemon catching that's happened has been while out running errands. Nevertheless, there have been new pokemon to catch. Here's how we're doing so far:

On Monday morning I found a shroomish (sitting under a gym beside a local walking track between two ovals),  and in the afternoon, I hatched a wurmple (from a 2k egg as we crossed the oval on the return journey home).



















Shroomish was really strong with attack as its best quality and the best stats ever seen, while the wurmple able to battle with the best of them, with HP as its best stat, a great attack, and strong stats.

Today was quieter, with only an electrike to confront me on the way across the ovals. It was a decent pokemon with strong stats, and defense as its best quality.




















This brings the Hoenn pokemon count up to 16, which isn't bad for someone not actively hunting.

In Full Flight Completed & Turned In

Writing as Carlie Simonsen, I finished the third chapter book in my Wings chapter book series. It's called In Full Flight and continues the story of Jack and his family, who are winged people living in Australia. This one surprised me be being a lot darker than I expected, but it covers themes of displacement, difference, state discrimination and finding a new home. It will be released in the third week of January, next year, and I should have a cover for it, shortly. Right now, though, the cover looks a lot like this:


Jack’s dad has a secret—a sad secret. He has never told Jack how he lost his wings. One day he does, and Jack’s world changes. At the same time, someone from his parents’ past comes into their present, and they must work out how to stop things from the past happening all over again.

In Full Flight is the third book in the Wings chapter book series, set around a family with wings and bird-like feet. This book is darker than the other two, dealing with themes of difference, discrimination at a state level, and finding a place to belong.