"Ah, to think how thin the veil that lies between the
pain of hell and Paradise." - George William Russell
Interactive Suspense Fiction
You're a top-notch CIA field operator
suspended and forced to take some paid vacation as the powers
that be in Langley decide your fate as they investigate
your most recent actions that were deemed to be "too
successful." Some of the powers that be in Langley want
your head on a platter. Others are quietly cheering for
you as they silently work on your behalf behind the scenes at
Your vacation to the Punta Cana region of the
Dominican Republic was intended to be a relaxing distraction as the
political, paper-pushing procedures are followed to the letter back
in Langley. Within minutes of checking into your penthouse
suite at a five star resort in Punta Cana, you're plenty distracted
by an international cartel operating at the resort itself giving you
no relaxation at all as you're pulled into the middle of a human
travesty you're hell bent on stopping.
December 27, 2012
I know it's been a while since I updated this
pseudo book blog about the latest addition to my collection of
interactive fiction books but never doubt I've been hard at it.
Not doing much writing in The Barista but hard at many other thing
I picked up the pace with writing this week and
have my mind made up on the outline of the beginning, middle and
Like always, The Barista will touch on a very
real present day situation and drop you in the middle of it all to
see what you're made of.
I've got a June release in mind. Let's see
if 2013 is kind enough to me to make that happen.
Happy new year!
May 25th, 2012
Field Research is Hell.
I planned our vacation to Punta Cana many moons
ago with the (naive) intention of having
Grand Damned finished and shipped
to market if not well on its way through the beta test quality
Close counts, right? Writing good fiction books
is a lot like playing horseshoes after all.
Well Grand Damned was just about but not quite
finished as we boarded the airplane to Punta Cana for some much
needed rest and relation in the form of rum, cigars, gambling,
dolphin swimming, sand, surf, pools with swim up bars, palm trees
and sensational food delivered in unlimited quantities morning, noon
I had the intention of finishing Grand Damned on
the combined eight hours of flight time and daily early-morning
writing sessions as my six year old daughter and wife slept soundly.
Wifey attended the meetings and was on board
with daily late sleep-ins. My little Milana missed the memo.
She woke up seconds after I did demanding my attention making it
impossible to write.
Did any writing get done? Not hardly. But plenty of reading and lots
of relaxation along with plenty special moments were easy to come
Let's not say I didn't get ANY writing
done. I did manage to sneak in some time downstairs each of
the many bars on the property to get down important notes, key
impressions and keen observations for The Barista set in exotic
Not a syllable of new work got done in Grand
This won't be the first time I juggled two
interactive fiction projects at the same but I sure hope it's the
last. Shifting gears between horror fiction and suspense
fiction in the same day if not the same hour is a tricky business.
Without further ado here some glimpses of the
arduous field research I conducted in the Dominican Republic:
Pop Quiz - Can you spot the
Implementor and the Implementor' s daughter in the above pictures?
The stage is set. It might an exotic
tropical place but there's just as much energy and suspense here as
anywhere else in the world. I'll prove it to you in the months