The post frequency on this site is down to something like less than once per year. Why is that? Well, writing takes a lot of time, and for the past 1.5 years I’ve been working on another writing project. It’s not a new Blender book (although I’m finally working with Taylor & Francis on getting a collaborator for a new edition of Blender Foundations! Yay!) — it’s a novel. Over the years, I’ve had a bunch of thoughts and experiences that relate to the philosophy and nature of information as it applies to human thought as well as to software development. I’ve also always been a fan of science fiction and fantasy, although recently I’ve been into the urban fantasy subgenre.
I had a bunch of ideas kicking around about fiction, character, pacing, etc. and finally have put it to the test.
The book is listed in the Paranormal & Urban Fantasy group on Amazon, but really it blends elements from that genre with Action and Horror, while at the same time exploring themes of how people operate in situations of information asymmetry, the biology/behavior loop, and the ways that external stimuli subtly influence our behaviors often without us noticing.
Here’s the blurb from the book cover:
Lincoln Baker can’t do magic, but he’s figured out how it works. When he and his friends make a few bad decisions, they end up on the hit list of some very bad, very magical people. Now, along with the tech he’s built and a mysterious entity that seems to be following him, Lincoln needs to stay alive long enough to figure out what’s going on, take the fight to the people who are really in charge, and maybe enforce some order on the encroaching chaos. Computer systems based on magic, soul-eating creatures from beyond our plane of existence, deadly ancient artifacts and a metric, um, crap-ton of strangeness come together in this urban fantasy set in the Pittsburgh Neutral Territory.
Warnings: Language, Violence, Sexual Situations
For the foreseeable future, I won’t be writing here (i.e. harkyman.com) any more. I’ll be writing about writing, information, software development, and occasionally dogs, weapons and Pittsburgh, at www.lincolnfoxandthebaddog.com.