Brightwill - The Latest Book From Randolph Lalonde

Brightwill - The Latest Book From Randolph Lalonde
Brightwill - The latest book from Randolph Lalonde

Friday, March 27, 2015

Brightwill Is Free Forever

Before I get to the central news item of this blog post, I have to write that work on Broadcast 9 is coming along very nicely. I can’t promise that it will be the longest book in the series, but I’m liking what I have so far. I'm very excited about Broadcast 9 and the future of Spinward Fringe.

Now, on to the matter of the title. Brightwill is my first foray back into fantasy after years of writing science fiction. Fantasy is a genre I wrote many novels in before Spinward Fringe. None of those old, formative works will be published, or re-published. They were the books I made mistakes in, penned during my teens, and twenties, when I was still learning how to tell a good story. I’m still learning, any story teller must continue learning from the stories they tell, the world around them, and whatever else comes along.

The first novels I wrote, the ones that shall forever remain in the closet,  led me to Spinward Fringe, and to Brightwill, which is the best fantasy novel I’ve written. I believe in the book, and I know I’ve learned a great deal from writing it as well, things that will help with Spinward Fringe and other projects in the future. I can’t emphasise how proud of Brightwill I am though, and I’m happy that I finally have a fantasy novel out there that I’m pleased with.

Fantasy is a tough genre to get noticed in, even though I have Spinward Fringe out there. I’m surprised at how little crossover there is between science fiction and fantasy readers, I’ve run into countless people who read one or the other, and almost never read both. One one hand I'm surprised, on the other, I'm glad I can offer something to both sides of that coin.

In the spirit of getting Brightwill in front of as many people as possible, I’m going to put it out there for free. Not just for a week, or a special weekend, or with the use of a coupon code, but forever, just like I did with Origins years ago.

There is another reason why I’m making it free, and I know there are people hoping for this….

Once I finish work on my next two projects, I’ll be diving into writing another Brightwill novel. I will be getting started on that sometime this year. It will be set in the same world, and I’ll be writing a test chapter when I have time, approaching the beginning of this book in a new way. That’s all I can tell you so far.

With my focus on Spinward Fringe for the time being, you shouldn’t expect much from Brightwill for a few months, but there will be previews from Broadcast 9 coming soon, so there will be stuff popping up here before you know it.

Until bits of the new Brightwill novel surface, you can go download, or tell people about my free work, with now includes Origins and Brightwill. The reach of Brightwill has not been long, it's not a very successful book in terms of sales, but the positive feedback I've gotten is near overwhelming, much like the response to later Spinward Fringe books.

I’d like to say a special thank you to everyone who bought copies of Brightwill, I hope you loved it, and I really appreciate your support.

RL

[Check your favourite online bookseller for a free copy of Brightwill. If it isn't free right now, it will be shortly, it takes some companies (such as Amazon) time to adjust their pricing.]

Sunday, March 15, 2015

New Spinward Fringe Content On The Way

In the next two weeks I'll be posting the Prologue to Spinward Fringe Broadcast 9: The Gathering.

There will be other chapters following, along with some other content that I can't talk about yet. This blog has been too slow in terms of content over the last two years, and I'd like to see it become the centre of my writing efforts again.

There is a lot going on, with Spinward Fringe as well as other projects in the pipeline. Now that I've moved into an apartment that I hope to call home for many years (the sudden move was brought on because my last landlord decided to sell the house we were renting, and I couldn't afford to buy it), I'm setting things up properly. I mean to write more, and to engage in other creative activities that will support my work, activities that some people have been hoping to see bear fruit for years.

My overall goal is to have more happy, productive days, and to share more about that here.

I wish I could talk more about what's coming, but it's premature, so you'll have to keep checking back or subscribe.

RL

[Up next? The Prologue for Spinward Fringe Broadcast 9.]

Friday, February 27, 2015

R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy

Such a sad day. I've enjoyed countless hours of his performances, and even watched with interest as he made the transition from a disappointing figure to science fiction fans as he proclaimed "I Am Not Spock" (from this I learned that the actors are not their characters at a very young age), to eventually coming around and embracing his fans, proclaiming "I Am Spock".

After the release of his second autobiography, I Am Spock, he became a bigger science fiction icon than ever, and delighted millions of fans through appearances on science fiction shows, reprising his role in the Star Trek reboot, and by meeting them in person at numerous conventions. I'm certainly one of those fans, and would watch any appearance I heard about, whether it was on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Fringe, or some other show that was lucky enough to have him.

He played a great science fiction hero and became an ambassador to a genre so many of us loved while fitting his own artistic talent as a poet, a writer, director and actor in between.

On a more personal note, he always reminded me of my grandfather. Something about seeing him on screen helped me through his passing years ago, call me crazy, but it truly did.
Back to the real Nimoy for a moment. He was a supporter of other artists from early in his career. In fact, when he was cast as Spock for Star Trek, he was already busy running his own method acting classes. By reputation, I know he was interested in elevating other artists, not using them to pull himself up.
By all accounts he was an irreplaceable entertainer, he gave us many hours of performances, and other art to enjoy.
Thank you Mr. Nimoy, you were larger than life and we'll miss you.
RL