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The Doomsday Cascade

Published July 24, 2017 in Advice - 0 Comments

I’m thrilled to announce the sale of THE DOOMSDAY CASCADE, a new high-tech thriller with my frequent coauthor Doug Beason, which deals with the growing international crisis of nuclear waste storage. Bob Gleason, editor at Tor/Forge Books acquired the book via John Silbersack at Trident Media Group. Film and TV rights are being shopped by Eric Williams of Zero Gravity Management.

THE DOOMSDAY CASCADE is a gritty survival story of people trapped inside a high-security nuclear waste storage facility deep inside a mountain, trying to escape as security systems break down, possibly leading to a nuclear disaster.

The novel is meticulously researched and extremely plausible. Both Doug and Ihave direct first-hand experience with government bureaucracy, the military, and the nuclear industry.  Recent headlines such as the collapse of a nuclear storage tunnel in Hanford, WA, and numerous nuclear-industry mishaps make the novel’s scenario frighteningly realistic.

If you need to catch up in the meantime, check out some of the other high-tech thrillers Doug and I have published, including the Nebula-nominated ASSEMBLERS OF INFINITY.


Finding the Way

Published July 16, 2017 in Advice - 0 Comments

(Found some unposted blogs from last year’s hikes!)

On some of my mountain climbs, there isn’t always an obvious trail. The way is marked with cairns, piles of stones that tell hikers they are on the right track. The problem is that not all those who build cairns know where they’re going. You can be easily led astray.

My hardest hike of the year, circling the beautiful but rugged “Halo Ridge” in the Holy Cross Wilderness, was a 15-mile hike that carried me over four separate 13,000-ft peaks. In order to descend, I had to take a straight shot down off the ridge to a pair of mountain lakes more than a thousand feet below. I had to descend an interminable steep slope of scree and talus that required a lot of route-finding and balance.

Due to the steep angle of the descent and the jumble of rocks, I couldn’t really see what was ahead of me, but I picked my way. I zigzagged, looking for solid rock, and then I found a cairn, a blessed cairn!, which reassured me I was on the right path. From that cairn I spotted the next one, and the next, happily and faithfully following the marked route.

And those bogus cairns led me right over a cliff.

Suddenly rock ledges appeared in front of me, and I was forced to work my way down loose rock, sharp dropoffs that required all my mountaineering skills to negotiate. Now I was committed, thanks to the “helpful” other hikers. Rather than judging the best route myself, I had trusted that those hikers knew where they were going. They didn’t.

What should have been a simple Class 2 hike became a harrowing Class 4 descent that exhausted me further and took me an extra two hours. I had learned my lesson that not all those who lead the way know where they’re going.

TALES OF DUNE just released

Published July 10, 2017 in Advice - 0 Comments

Brian Herbert and I are pleased to announce the release of TALES OF DUNE, the expanded edition that collects all of our published Dune short stories, ranging from “Hunting Harkonnens,” the earliest chronological tale in the Dune timeline all the way to “Treasure in the Sand,” which takes place at the very end of the long Dune history.


The Butlerian Jihad time period

•  Hunting Harkonnens

•  Whipping Mek

•  The Faces of a Martyr

•  Red Plague

The Dune time period

•  Wedding Silk

•  A Whisper of Caladan Seas

After the Scattering

•  Sea Child

•  Treasure in the Sand

Available in trade paperback and all eBook formats.  A hardcover edition is forthcoming the next couple of weeks.

A Day in the Writing/Publishing Life

Published June 29, 2017 in Advice - 0 Comments

Several people have asked what my typical day is like. And the appropriate answer is “what’s a typical day?” I wear many hats, work on various projects, and wrestle with countless distractions. So, yesterday I kept a log of my activities from the time I got out of bed to when I went back to bed (i.e., the “work day”).

  • 7:30, get up, coffee and breakfast. While eating breakfast, read and answer the overnight email. (Nine emails since midnight, which was the last time I checked mail: 2 of them about writing projects, including one from my coauthor Doug Beason about revisions to our new high-tech thriller, The Doomsday Cascade; the other 7 are WordFire Press matters, book schedules, author orders, cover questions.)
  • An hour workout in the gym while listening to a writing/publishing podcast. Right now it’s The Creative Penn with Joanna Penn (highly recommended).
  • Write two script pages for Clockwork Lives graphic novel (Insight Editions). Right now I’m working on The Sea Captain’s Tale.

  • Clean up cat barf (keeping it real).
  • Go out on the trail to dictate two chapters in Tastes Like Chicken, the new Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. novel in progress, which WordFire Press will publish.
  • Come home for lunch with Rebecca. Check email. Sigh, in the two hours I’ve been out dictating, I received 29 emails: 2 from my coauthors about writing projects, 3 newsletters, and the other 24 emails are about WordFire Press stuff.
  • After dealing with all the email emergencies, write two more pages in Clockwork Lives graphic novel script, which finishes The Sea Captain’s Tale.
  • Business phone call. Repair guy shows up. Brief surprise visit from another author driving by on the way to Denver Comic Con. Another email flurry. Take out pork chops for dinner.   It’s now 3:45.
  • Edit Chapter 61 in Spine of the Dragon (while sitting out on the back porch as afternoon thunderheads gather overhead).

  • Meet with the gardener who drops by to ask about yard work.
  • Upload four Jody Lynn Nye WFP titles and one KJA title to the BundleRabbit site. (I’m slowly adding WordFire Press books to the site, to make them available for other bundlers and boxed sets.) Not a complicated process, but it takes 5-10 minutes for each title.
  • Ahhh. Enjoy an Elephant Rock IPA as I cook dinner, pork chops and sweet corn on the grill. Then dinner together as we watch an episode of Veep.
  • A last stint of work after dinner, wearing my WFP art director hat. Contact artist to commission two cover paintings, one for the new Dan Shamble novel, another for a cool “Goonies meets Jurassic Park with monsters” adventure we’re publishing this Halloween, Monsterland by Michael Okon.
  • Review orientation materials and set up login credentials for the new online MFA classes I’ll start taking in a couple of weeks…another thing to do, but if I don’t have an MFA I apparently am not qualified to teach creative writing at a college level. Sigh.
  • Then, 8 PM, kick back to watch a couple hours of TV with Rebecca and the cats (standup comedy, an episode of Dr. Who, and another episode of Veep).
  • 10:30, hit the Jacuzzi tub for an hour of reading (or rereading—Slimy Underbelly, the fourth Dan Shamble novel, to stay up to speed while writing Tastes Like Chicken).

  • Put the cats to bed and put myself to bed, around midnight.
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