Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
We're Back! (Yay!)
New Book! (Written)
Old Stories! (Flogged)
Mad Scientist Co-Authoring Experiment!

Well, it's done. After eight months of bashing full-time… and two years of story and structure work (*)… and probably six years of reading and research…

I've finished the new novel. (*) It's now with my little cabal of selfless and insightful and invaluable readers. And, ohh, the cognitive load off. My mind's my own again.

At about 135K words, it's by like a factor of 4 the most ambitious thing I've ever attempted. But I may have just pulled it off. The second book in the D-Boy series, it… (click here for breathless synopsis…)

Now just a matter of shooting it off to my agent – then navigating the heavily mined morass that is the current field of publishing. Not going to get started on that again, just now. More later (believe me).

Same Old Story

Without going back into the revolutions in publishing and e-books, I was recently convinced to package up every single thing I've got and release it separately – including individual stories. I'm not real proud of this, re-flogging old work (longer justification), and wouldn't even mention it – except that I'm kind of tickled by the initial three covers I tossed off yesterday afternoon. These I'm kind of proud of.

All day, punks! I can do this all day! ;^)

Crazy New Co-Writing Project

Another thing that's being turned completely upside down by the e-book revolution is authorship. Basically, collaborative authoring seems to be the new thing. You can mash up genres. You can get exposed to one another's readers. You can produce more titles more quickly. And all the cool kids are doing it.

So when dark fantasy fiction writer Glynn James suggested that he and I collaborate on an asskicking zombie apocalypse military action thriller, my immediate response was: No. My more considered response, about one second later, was: Yes. Glynn is just a super guy, and has been a totally unrivalled font of information, advice, and support in the hyper-dynamic e-book space. He's got a great attitude and commitment and is really just going after it – successfully. (*)

You should check out his books.

Glynn's got a great story concept for us sketched out – and we're both particularly looking forward to the mad scientist experiment of putting our two totally different genres in the Scrivener blender and seeing what comes out. Stay tuned.

Coming Soon!

Speaking of staying tuned, now that I'm back into the usual obsession, look for new dispatches soon on:

  • The art and art of video game trailers!
  • DFW Life & Work Celebration Update! (Overdue!)
  • Photos from our ages-ago Berlin jaunt!
  • Driving Safety! (Yet again!)
  • A day in the life lived in Kensington!

There's no getting around it. Blogging is a hell of a lot more fun for me than novel-writing. (And, at least so far, not a whole hell of a lot less profitable…) Still, one needs a proper body of work. And some things actually are better worked out in fiction.

Hope everyone is very happy and safe out there in InternetLand (and WorldLand). I really look forward to being more present and catching up with friends and family on phone, e-mail – and (gasp!) maybe even in person here and there, soon.

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close photo of Michael Stephen Fuchs

Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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THE MANUSCRIPT by Michael Stephen Fuchs
PANDORA'S SISTERS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
D-BOYS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
COUNTER-ASSAULT by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book One - Fortress Britain, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Two - Mogadishu of the Dead, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN : Genesis, by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Three - Three Parts Dead, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Four - Maximum Violence, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Five - EXODUS, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Six - The Horizon, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Seven - Death of Empires, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Eight - Empire of the Dead by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN : NEMESIS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Nine - Cataclysm by Michael Stephen Fuchs

ARISEN, Book Ten - The Flood by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Eleven - Deathmatch by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Twelve - Carnage by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Thirteen - The Siege by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Fourteen - Endgame by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN : Fickisms
ARISEN : Odyssey
ARISEN : Last Stand
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 1 - The Collapse
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 2 - Tribes
Black Squadron
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 3 - Dead Men Walking
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 4 - Duty
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 5 - The Last Raid
ARISEN : Fickisms ][ – This Time, It's Personal
ARISEN : Operators, Volume I - The Fall of the Third Temple
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