I’ve Written a Novel Open Thread

Well, I’m finally going to get on publishing the novel – still a few tweaks to be made to it, so I project July 1st as my self publish date. But, we’ve got a book cover, at least!


I hope someone likes it. I do. Its been very fun to write. I don’t know how many of you are interested in what is called sci-fi/fantasy these days, but that is what it is. Though I prefer the more old-fashioned “fairy tale”. I wrote it because I wanted to tell a story. I’ve had them rolling around in my head, of various types, since I was a kid. This story, though, was inspired by another I was reading. And, also, by what I perceive as the sorry state of fairy tale writing these days. The heroes all seem to be conflicted these days and the stories seem rather dark and depressing. I wanted to get back to the way it should be: the heroes are just ordinary people thrust into astonishing circumstances and they have to find it within themselves to do the right thing. Anyways, it’ll be out soon, and I hope you will take a look.

10 thoughts on “I’ve Written a Novel Open Thread

  1. Amazona May 21, 2019 / 3:31 pm

    That’s quite a cover, Mark—very impressive. I am surprised by your subject matter, and intrigued. I, too, like science fiction and sci-fi fantasy and I’m looking forward to the book.

    I also like stories in which ordinary people rise to accomplish extraordinary things. That is why I liked “Trustee From The Tool Room” so much, and stories like that.

  2. Cluster May 22, 2019 / 7:55 am

    Congrats Mark, I am not a sci fi fan but may buy the book just so I can tell people I know the author. lol

    • M. Noonan May 22, 2019 / 1:38 pm

      Buy two, so you can say you know me twice!

  3. Cluster May 22, 2019 / 8:07 am

    It’s odd to watch the Democrat POTUS nominees pander to every identity group imaginable. Most of them just remind me of angry little children trying to play grown up, except for Bernie and Joe of course. They just remind me of the weird relatives you avoid at the reunion.

    I have never seen a more dysfunctional group of people – who will literally say anything to appease their base and handlers. None of them have any principles or core values.

    And the media is acting like the last 2 1/2 years never happened. Let’s see, where else in the world are endless political investigations allowed? Oh that’s right, in RUSSIA. Our media is actively participating in a Russia disinformation campaign. The question is, are they knowingly participating? Should we investigate?

  4. Cluster May 22, 2019 / 8:34 am

    More flotsam and jetsam from the undeveloped mind of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, or Sandy as we like to call her (why do progressives change their names?)

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, discussed community gardens which were inclusive and allowed people to grow their native foods as she broadcast live on Instagram from New York. The firebrand Democrat spoke of how such gardens were a ‘core component’ of her proposed Green New Deal. She said: ‘What I love too is growing plants that are culturally familiar to the community. It’s so important.’ And added, ‘It’s an area that we get the most pushback on because people say, “Why do you need to do that? That’s too hard.” But when you really think about it, when someone says that it’s “too hard” to do a green space that grows Yucca instead of, I don’t know, cauliflower or something – what you’re doing is you’re taking a colonial approach to environmentalism.’

    If anyone knows what she’s talking about, please let me know.

  5. Amazona May 22, 2019 / 8:37 am

    Our media is actively participating in a Russia disinformation campaign.


    There is collusion with Russia, no doubt about it. But it is the American Left colluding with the International Left/Russia to destabilize our society, create chaos and internal conflict, and splinter it into disparate and often warring groups.

    And most of our media are part of the American Left.

    When the President tries to bring back a sense of being American, he is slammed with the canard that “nationalism” is really “WHITE nationalism” (an invented phrase reminiscent of the “white Hispanic” label they put on George Zimmerman in their zeal to paint him as a white supremacist) and then they define their own term as proof of racism. The fact that it exists only in the sick and hateful minds of the Left is irrelevant.

  6. Cluster May 22, 2019 / 11:43 am

    Jerry Nadler has accused Trump of of committing crimes, no ambivalence. Nancy Pelosi is accusing Trump of engaging in a cover up, again no ambivalence. Shouldn’t we hold these two accountable for providing direct unambiguous evidence of the crime and the cover up? In the absence of that, couldn’t they be charged with obstruction?

    • Amazona May 23, 2019 / 12:48 am

      But Cluster, you have to get past that silly old-fashioned approach to crime—that first an act has to be one previously legislated as a crime, then identified by the time and place it occurred, then an investigation takes place based on solid evidence leading to the identification of a suspect. And the person not only has a Constitutional right to due process, he is assumed to be innocent until conclusively proved otherwise.

      That concept is just not relevant today, not in the Beria cult of the Democrat Party. No, today a person is targeted, accused of vague nonspecific criminality without an actual crime being identified leading to an “investigation” not of a crime but of the person, in hopes of finding something but in the meantime doing as much damage as possible to the person’s life, bank account, reputation and career.

  7. Cluster May 22, 2019 / 12:55 pm

    Love this:

    “I don’t do cover-ups,” Donald Trump declared from the Rose Garden, surprising reporters who expected the president to be meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Instead, Trump walked out on the two Democrats after Pelosi accused him of being “engaged in a cover-up.” The proposed discussions on infrastructure investment, Trump told them, could take place when Congress ended its investigations

  8. jdge1 May 23, 2019 / 5:57 pm

    Mark, great cover. Any chance of getting a signed copy?

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