Sunday, July 24, 2016

Christmas in July at NDP

Taken from the Nomadic Delirium Press blog:
For the rest of July, you can get 25% off your entire order from the Nomadic Delirium Press store.  This is a discount off of any of our e-books or print books.  This includes novels, anthologies, collections, magazines, RPG supplements, and everything else we carry.
Simply go to http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/blog/shop and use the coupon code "25off" at checkout.

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Martian Wave 2016 cover


Here is the cover for the 2016 issue of The Martian Wave.  Cover "art" is Curiosity on Mars, with cover design by the multi-talented Laura Givens.
Pre-order info will be coming from Nomadic Delirium Press in early August, and the zine will actually be released on September 1st.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Christmas in July at DriveThru

From the Nomadic Delirium Press website:
DriveThruRPG and DriveThruFiction are both having a Christmas in July sale.  You can get 25% off of any of our Ephemeris titles at http://www.drivethrurpg.com/summersale.php?manufacturers_id=2805&filters=0_0_0_0_0_31815#selectpub
And you can get 25% off any of our fiction titles at http://www.drivethrufiction.com/summersale.php?manufacturers_id=2805&filters=0_0_0_0_0_44595#selectpub.  This includes our novels, magazines, anthologies, and collections.
This is a great opportunity to save money on all of our great titles!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Pain and illness

An update on the pain front.  I've been back on the meds I'm supposed to be on for just over two months now, but they don't seem to be as effective as they were before I was forced to change to another drug.  I'm still not in as much pain as I am without the meds, but I'm definitely experiencing pain...especially after a day at the "real" job.  I have to push myself so hard there that there are times that I come home and can't sleep because of the pain.  Tylenol has never really done anything for any kind of pain that I have, and I can't take any other pain relievers because they interact badly with my medication.
On the illness front, most of you don't know, but Rebecca has been dealing with a lot of sickness in the time that we've known each other...and before anyone says anything (Spencer), it's not because of being married to me.  Over the years, she's had various things diagnosed, but never anything that actually explains everything that's wrong with her.  Last week, we finally got a diagnosis that makes sense.  She's dealing with a chronic illness that she doesn't want named...and no, it's not cancer, although it does increase her risk of developing cancer.  The illness is something that she will have to deal with for the rest of her life, but at least now that we know what it is, we can hopefully get her on medication that will improve her quality of life.
Suffice it to say, that between the two of us, we will probably have many doctors visits in our future...

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Tales sale!

Now through the end of July you can pick up the e-book versions of any of my "Tales" collections for half price through my website...

Friday, July 01, 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The July issue of Spaceports & Spidersilk is here

From the Nomadic Delirium Press blog:
The July issue of Spaceports & Spidersilk has now been released and is available for download for just $1 at http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/blog/product/spaceports-spidersilk-july-2016/.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

My Tales on Amazon

For some reason, many people still prefer to buy their fiction through Amazon, so here are the links on Amazon for all of my recent "Tales" collections...
Tales of Mars: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1533595283
Tales of the Earth and Moon https://www.amazon.com/dp/1533642710
Tales of the Solar System https://www.amazon.com/dp/1534636188
Tales of Interstellar Space https://www.amazon.com/dp/1534666222
Tales of Dystopia https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H2IZF66
Tales of Twisted Realities https://www.amazon.com/dp/1534737332

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Free RPG Day

Saturday, June 18th is Free RPG Day, and Nomadic Delirium Press is offering the digital version of the Ephemeris RPG for free all day.  Go to http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/blog/product/ephemeris-a-science-fiction-rpg/ and order your digital copy today!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Tales of Twisted Realities

My final "Tales" collection is now available...
J Alan Erwine's Tales of Twisted Realities
Science fiction author J Alan Erwine has always had a twisted view of reality, and now he’s chosen to share that twisted view with his readers.
This collections features stories about an astronaut who has suffered brain damage and can no longer distinguish between the realities in his mind and the realities of the world…a man obsessed with the concept of entropy and what it might be doing to our universe…the last man on Earth trying to cope with his dilemma, but is he really the very last man on Earth…a pothead netrunner who can’t decide what’s more important to him, his pot, or his work…a soldier who is slowly going crazy and is sent to a computer therapist, but which one of them is actually crazy…and parents who hear their child begging to die, and are then shocked when the devil shows up to grant the child his wish.
These six stories will have you questioning what reality is, and what we can possibly do with it.
 http://jalanerwine.com/blog/product/j-alan-erwines-tales-of-twisted-realities/

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tales of Dystopia

My newest "Tales" collection is now available, and I'm sure this one won't surprise anyone...
J Alan Erwine’s Tales of Dystopia brings you six bleak futures that hopefully will never be possible. Are the stories dire predictions, or warnings of futures possible? It’s the author’s sincere hope that none of these stories will be taken as a blueprint for the future, but with the way the world seems to be going…he can’t be too sure…
http://jalanerwine.com/blog/product/j-alan-erwines-tales-of-dystopia/

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Tales of Interstellar Space

My new "Tales" collection is now available.
J Alan Erwine's Tales of Interstellar Space
Welcome to fifteen stories from prize winning science fiction author J Alan Erwine. Be prepared to explore a variety of locals throughout interstellar space. You’ll find wars, exploration, aliens, humans struggling to survive…and sometimes failing, and sometimes succeeding…but more than anything, you’ll find yourself questioning what’s possible…
http://jalanerwine.com/blog/product/j-alan-erwines-tales-of-interstellar-space/

Friday, June 10, 2016

Tales of the Solar System

My next "Tales" collection is now available:
J Alan Erwine's Tales of the Solar System
Seven stories from prize winning science fiction author J Alan Erwine that look at possible futures for our species throughout the solar system.
Some stories are optimistic, most see us carrying our Earth-bound limitations into the future and out to the planets.
These may be cautionary tales, but no matter what, they’ll leave you feeling that humanity does indeed have a future of exploring our solar system…if we can learn to survive on Earth.
http://jalanerwine.com/blog/product/j-alan-erwines-tales-of-the-solar-system/

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Tales of the Earth and the moon

My next "Tales" collection is now available.
This one is J Alan Erwine's Tales of the Earth and Moon
Seven stories from prize winning science fiction author J Alan Erwine that explore the future of both the Earth and the Moon.
Stranded astronauts, intelligent dolphins being used by the government, a soldier struggling with orders he knows he shouldn’t have followed, lovers waiting for the end of the world, politics even dirtier than what we’re seeing in the modern world (maybe), a man resurrected because he wanted to see the future, but now feeling very much alone, and manipulation on the moon.
These are the stories that are waiting for you in this collection.
http://jalanerwine.com/blog/product/j-alan-erwines-tales-of-the-earth-and-moon/

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Tales of Mars

A new, three story collection, called J Alan Erwine's Tales of Mars has been released.  This is the first in a series of "collections of tales" that will be coming out from me.  They're basically a grouping of my stories, and they give my readers a chance to read my stories that are related to one another.
So, what is J Alan Erwine's Tales of Mars?
Three stories from prize winning science fiction author J Alan Erwine that are set on the planet Mars.
A soldier set on crushing a rebellion begins to question his own loyalties once he’s captured by the “enemy.”
One woman fights to save microbial life in Valles Marineris.
And a young woman forced into a bad life because of her race suddenly finds herself to have abilities she never could have expected…abilities that might just be able to save her people.
Pick up an e-book copy today at  http://jalanerwine.com/blog/product/j-alan-erwines-tales-of-mars/.  The book will also be available in print very soon from all of the usual sources...

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The June issue of The Fifth Di... is here

The June issue of The Fifth Di... is here!
Order today at http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/blog/product/the-fifth-di-june-2016/
Or you can read a sample of the zine at http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/tfdsample.htm
What’s in this issue?
The June issue brings you fiction from Tim McDaniel, Chris Dean, Rik Hunik, Robert N. Stephenson, and Fredrick Obermeyer.
This issue brings you a satirical look at the future of American elections, but just how satirical is it, given modern elections? You also get a man who has never wanted a robot, but now finds himself owning one, with unexpected consequences, a magician searching for a lost item, the return of a warfleet to Earth, but not the Earth they’re expecting, and a man who is contacted by his future son, but he has no way of knowing what this contact will lead to…

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Free previews

From the Nomadic Delirium Press blog:
We've created three free e-books that will allow you to preview some of the works we've published so far.  The three titles cover our novels, our collections, and our anthologies.  Each of the free e-books teases you with a few pages from each of our titles.
If you'd like to have a look, head over to http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/blog/shop

Monday, May 23, 2016

Order the June issue of The Fifth Di... early

It’s still more than a week until the release of the new issue of The Fifth Di…, but you can order your copy now.  Order the e-book, and it’s only $1.49 (normally ($1.99), and you can read it immediately.  If you order the print version, your copy will be shipped once the book is released.
Order today at http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/blog/product/the-fifth-di-june-2016/
Or you can read a sample of the zine at http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/tfdsample.htm
What’s in this issue?
The June issue brings you fiction from Tim McDaniel, Chris Dean, Rik Hunik, Robert N. Stephenson, and Fredrick Obermeyer.
This issue brings you a satirical look at the future of American elections, but just how satirical is it, given modern elections? You also get a man who has never wanted a robot, but now finds himself owning one, with unexpected consequences, a magician searching for a lost item, the return of a warfleet to Earth, but not the Earth they’re expecting, and a man who is contacted by his future son, but he has no way of knowing what this contact will lead to…

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Best of Both Worlds



Alban Lake Publishing and Nomadic Delirium Press are pleased to announce a joint project entitled The Best of Both Worlds.  Picking up where Wondrous Web Worlds left off many years ago, this collection will feature the best fantasy and science fiction short stories from the magazines published by both publishers.
These stories have been selected by Tyree Campbell and J Alan Erwine, and they’ll feature a wide variety of science fiction and fantasy.
Look for The Best of Both Worlds Vol. 1 this fall.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Looking for something to read this weekend?

Almost all of my published stories are available as individual e-books, and you can also pick up many of the books that I've written and edited...as well as some of the magazines I've edited.
So if you need something to read this weekend, head over to http://www.jalanerwine.com/blog/shop and order some e-books today.  You can be reading within seconds!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Back on the meds

Now that we have "real" insurance once again, I went to the doctor earlier this week and he put me back on the meds that actually do something to help with my chronic pain, so hopefully some time in the next week, my pain levels will be back down to a manageable level most of the time.
While dealing with the doctor and the pharmacy, I started thinking about all of the complaints about "Obamacare."  When it went into effect, our insurance rates did go up, but only because we added me to the insurance.  If it had stayed Rebecca and the girls, we would have been paying slightly less.  Now that we're on a new, and slightly better insurance, our rates are even lower.  Not enough to make a huge difference in our financial lives, but when so many people are complaining about their rates skyrocketing, I wanted to make  the point that this isn't necessarily true...people find it easier to complain that say good things.
And as far as the pharmacy costs, on our old insurance, my prescription ran $20-25 a month.  With the new insurance, it's covered 100% by the new insurance...so that's zero out of pocket cost for us.  Maybe some people aren't happy with "Obamacare," but I can at least say that it is helping us...not to mention that under the old insurance rules, I might not have been able to get any coverage, since this is considered a previously existing condition.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Nomadic Delirium Press' May sale

From the Nomadic Delirium Press blog:
For the rest of the month of May, you can get 20% off your entire order through our store.  Simply go to http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/blog/shop and use the coupon code "may" at checkout.
Maybe you've wanted to pick up one of Tyree Campbell's new books...or maybe you've been highly intrigued by Laura Givens' Crisis Averted...or maybe you'd like to check out one of our anthologies, or a magazine.  The discount applies to both our print and e-book titles, so however you like to read your books, here's your chance.  The discount is good on every title we carry, and it doesn't matter if you order one book, or one hundred, you get 20% off your total.
So, what are you waiting for, follow that link!

This includes several of my titles!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tyree's new book is out!

Tyree Campbell's new novel, The Butterfly and the Sea Dragon: A Yoelin Thibbony Rescue has just been released, and it's a great book...you should really buy a copy!
“The only records that delineate and authenticate Corporatia territories are on that Palmetto. We want it back.”
“What happened?” Yoelin asked.
“A records clerk bypassed security, recorded the information and then deleted it from our computers, and departed for Havelox Rest, outside our jurisdiction, where we believe she is now.”
After the words “Havelox Rest,” Yoelin heard only the pounding of her heart. A wave of dizziness passed. Why there? Why did it have to be there?
So who’s Yoelin Thibbony? That’s what she calls herself now. She endured a cruel and abusive childhood, when there was no one to rescue her. Now she performs Rescues of people or things—sometimes for hire, sometimes for free. She’s been hired to retrieve stolen archives. But to perform this Rescue, Yoelin has to return to Havelox Rest, the world of her childhood—a world that still holds dark and bleak terrors for her.
Order a copy at http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/butterfly.htm

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Depression

May is Mental Health Awareness month, and so I thought I'd address a question that has come up a few times recently.  I've had a few people ask me why I'm editing the Disharmony of the Spheres anthology.  The simplest answer is that metal illness is a major problem in America, but the perception of mental illness is an even bigger problem.  For some reason, people differentiate between physical illness and mental illness...when there really is no difference.  Another reason that I decided to do this anthology is because there are a lot of people in the speculative fiction community, both writers and fans, who deal with mental illness, especially depression and anxiety.  In talking to various people I've realized that there seems to be a disproportionate number of people in the speculative fiction community that are dealing with these issues, so it's important for people to see that even the mentally ill can succeed...and not only succeed, but excel, which is what many of the characters in the stories in Disharmony of the Spheres do.
Even more importantly, depression is something that I've had a lot of experience with, as I've dealt with it most of my life.  My reason for saying this isn't so that people will say things like, oh poor you, or wow, you've done well even with depression.  No, I'm simply making a point that anyone can suffer from it.  I don't need nor want pity or pats on the back.
Although depression can be a debilitating illness, it is something that people can overcome with the right kind of support.  Unfortunately, most people don't know what the right kind of support is.  Many people think that sadness is depression, and from their point of view, it's easy to get through.  Everyone in the world has dealt with sadness at some point in their lives, but this is not the same thing as depression.  Comparing the two is like comparing a cold with bubonic plague.  Yes, there are some similarities, but they are far from being the same thing.  Sadness is only one small part of depression.
Other things that don't help people with depression are saying things like pull yourself up by your bootstraps, or look at all the good things going on in your life.  There are times when things like this can do more harm than good, because you're basically implying that a person should just get over their depression.  That's the same thing as telling someone to just stop having the symptoms of a cold.  They can't just stop being sick, and a person suffering from depression can not simply stop being depressed.
Patience and understanding is what a depressed person needs more than anything else.  Most of the time they just need to know that there are people there for them.  I can say quite honestly if it weren't for my family and the amazing friends I've had throughout my life, I wouldn't be here right now.  Sometimes a depressed person just can't take it anymore, and in this way, suicide is not necessarily a sign of weakness.  In many ways, it's like a person suffering from cancer who can't take it anymore and allows themselves to die, even if there was a chance they could survive.  In both cases, the person has given into their illness.  Most would say it's a horrible thing to say that the cancer patient was weak because of their choice, but many people will say that the depressed person was weak.  Many times, there's no difference between the two.
If you know someone who is dealing with depression, or any mental illness for that matter, the best thing you can do is be there for that person.  Let them know that you will always be there to listen to them, even if you think what they're saying is silly.  To them, it's not.  Last year, a very dear friend of mine almost left us because she was dealing with things on her own that no one knew about.  Things that maybe we, as her friends, should have been more tuned in to.  She's still going through a lot, but now she has a strong support system, and I'm hoping that she will get through this...just as I'm hoping everyone dealing with depression will get through what they're dealing with.
If you are depressed, you're not alone.  There are a lot of us out here who understand what you're going through, and there are people that will be there to help you...family, friends, professionals...all you have to do is ask.  AND PLEASE DO ASK!

Friday, May 06, 2016

Really?

I'm absolutely dumbfounded by the things I see people complaining about these days.  I'll be the first to say that people should be allowed to believe whatever they want...as long as they're not hurting each other with their beliefs...and that's where we've started to run into a problem in this country.
People are horrified about Trans people going into bathrooms.  Guess what?  They've always been in our bathrooms.  What's even worse is that people are arguing against this because they're trying to protect our children...but children are being beaten and molested in all parts of the country, but there doesn't seem to be an interest in doing anything more about this.  Really America?  This is what your priorities have become?  I'm a father of three girls, and I'm not the least bit worried about a trans person being in the bathroom with them.  I'm much more worried about someone walking into one of their schools with a gun.  That actually happens!
People are upset with Obamacare.  Some argue it should be abolished.  Some argue it should do more.  The real problem isn't Obamacare.  The real problem is the health insurance companies.  No matter which side of the argument you're on, the real enemy is the health insurance companies.  They kind of remind me of Darth Sidious in Episodes one and two...they play each side against the other, and then continue to raise rates.  Your health insurance company can now overrule the treatment your doctor wants you to have because of costs...or whatever excuse they choose to come up with.  Think about that for a minute, your health insurance has more say in how your medical issues will be treated than your doctor...and you want to argue whether insurance should be privatized or publicly funded?  There's a bigger problem than that.  And don't even get me started on how insurance companies can choose to pay less for mental health treatment than physical health treatment when there's really no difference.
There's a long and sad history of racism in this country, but for a very short while it seemed like maybe as a country we were getting away from that, but now everything seems to be about race.  Do people really think they're unsafe just because there's a Muslim on the bus with them?  Here's news for you America, there are jerks in every race...just like there are wonderful people in every race.  The whole stereotyping thing has to end.  Just because someone is Muslim doesn't mean they're a terrorist.  Just like you can't say that everyone that looks like a "redneck" is ignorant.  They're all stupid stereotypes that only a very small percentage of people fall into.  A lot of people assume that long-haired guys are dumb...that's one of the reasons why I've tended to keep my hair long.  I love messing with people who want to believe stereotypes.
A lot of people are complaining that they can't believe we might end up with a Clinton-Trump election.  Do you want to know why America?  It's because we've lost focus on the big picture and started focusing on stupid little things that don't matter.  The media has blinded us to what's really important with their fifteen second sound byte stories about nothing, and too many Americans have accepted this.
So, you know what America?  We're getting just what we deserve with Clinton-Trump.  If you want to change America, change yourself first.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The post I seem to make every four years

Every time a presidential election comes along I post about the need to break the two party system and get a viable third, fourth, or even fifth party, and this year, that seems even more important!
When I look at the candidates the Dems and the Reps are giving us, I have to wonder what we've done wrong to deserve this.  And the truth is, We The People have done wrong.  We've allowed the two party system to take over America.  Although there are differences between the democrats and the republicans, the simple truth is that the one thing they most have in common is that they are owned by big business, and big business does not care about We The People.  And before you talk about feeling the Bern, let's face it, although Bernie Sanders may be the least "owned" of any candidate we've seen in a long time, he still belongs to the system that is continually screwing over the American people.
Whether you vote Democrat or Republican, you're voting for the continuation of the status quo, which continually funnels money into big business, wars, and the stripping of the American people of any real political power.
Everyone always says that voting third party is like throwing your vote away, and in some ways, this is true...but if people really are fed up with the Dems and the Reps, and all those people that are fed up vote third party, all of a sudden the status quo is broken.  This is, of course, assuming that presidential elections in the US are not rigged to some degree, and granted, this is a big assumption.
When you go to the polls this November, vote your conscience, don't vote because you have to be Red or Blue.  You can chose to be something else.  You can vote Green, or you can vote Libertarian, hell, you can even vote Communist if you really want to send a message.  My point is that voting Democrat or Republican when there are options will just continue to make this country worse.  As for myself, I will be voting third party at every opportunity on the ballot.  Granted, I am a Green, so I will vote Green wherever there is a candidate, but if there is a third party candidate running against the traditional candidates, I'm voting for them.  I don't care what party because I want to see an end to the stranglehold that these parties have on We The People.  If enough of us vote third party, we really can make a difference.
As Queensryche said, "there's a revolution calling," and that revolution is for the American people to throw the Democratic and Republican parties out on their asses!!!
Let's take back OUR country!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A few days left to save

From the Nomadic Delirium Press blog:
There are only a few days left to save on a number of our titles (both print and e-book).  Go to http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/blog/shop and click on any title with the Sale icon, and save some money.  There are no codes to enter at checkout, or anything like that.  Just buy the titles you want, and save immediately...but the sale ends at the end of March, so order soon!