Cover Approved!

Well, things are moving on the second book.  Editing finished last week and I spent this week doing the final read through and look-over.  It is now in the publishing pipeline and I got the cover proof for the book today.  I loved it and approved it after getting the opinions of those close to me.  I’m shooting for a release date for The Mirror Initiative by the end of the month.  Of course, I will announce it once I know it’s available for purchase.  In the meantime, check out the cover for The Mirror Initiative.

2016 Holiday Letter

Another Christmas production has come to a close and I now have a little time to breathe and reflect as the end of the year approaches.  And it has been quite a year.  So, a little holiday update on the Ruxes.

I’ll start off talking about my better half, Michelle.  Over the course of the past year, she has grown in the position she took at church in the second half of 2015, which is Director of Connections.  Basically, her job is to help people who come to our church connect with the church and each other.  Sounds simpler than it really is.  Well, this year, she went from being on a year-to-year contract to a permanent staff member.  She really loves her job, even when it is frustrating her.  And I can’t wait to see how she grows more into it in 2017.

New L.A. Book Cover

As for me, in March, I self-published an ebook.  And that was a huge step for me.  As most of you know, I’m not one for putting myself out there, and this was putting myself way out there.  I’m glad I did and every time I hear somebody has read it & enjoyed it, it really makes me day.  And quick shameless plug, if you like sci-fi adventure, or know somebody who does, you can buy a copy on Amazon here and read it on the free Kindle app.   Ok, shameless plug over.  I’ve spent a good portion of this year writing a follow-up novel, which is still in editing.  Hope to get that out in early 2017.

Sunrise over Yuma, Az

I’ve had other adventures this year.  In May, I flew out to California and drove back not once, but twice.  A friend of my mother-in-law moved from Newport Beach, Ca to here and I flew out and drove her car, loaded down with her stuff, across country to Florida.  Then, I was home for a week before I flew back out to California.  My parents decided to buy a house in Florida while out here for Spring Training and so I helped them move across country to about seven miles from my place in Florida.  It’s nice having them out here, but May was a tiring month.

May was a rough month in other ways.  One of my favorite aunts took a turn for the worse and ended up passing away in May.  Fortunately, I was able to detour up her way on my first cross-country trip and got to spend some time with her.  I still remember my last tiny interaction with her.  It was early in the morning when I was leaving and continuing on home to Florida.  I had just run my Dad out to the airport so he could fly back to California and continue packing for the big move.  I came back to pick up the car I was driving across country and grab a quick breakfast.  I walked in the front door and I see my aunt in her room at the end of the hall looking my way.  I said, “Morning!” and she smiled.  I went on to grab breakfast and saw she was out again when I was ready to leave.  So, I quietly slipped out and headed on my way.  But, I will always carry the memory of that little moment in time.

As can be seen above, Michelle and I are planting some deep roots here in Florida now.  Over the course of the last year, we both have let go of our lives in the theatre.  For her, a big moment was when she decided not to keep up on her Equity dues and let her membership slide.  For me, I was finally able to let go of the bitterness I felt about the end of my theatre career.  It didn’t end as I hoped and I had a lot of regrets.  Writing this now and looking back, I realize I went through the stages of grief and this year, I finally got to acceptance.

Little Mermaid, Jr.
Christmas in Our Neighboorhood

Besides, I get to scratch the theatre itch occasionally.  This year, our church renovated the main sanctuary, giving it a more theatre feel.  And this included upgrading the sound system.  I love the new sound board at church.  It’s my baby.  And occasionally, we’ve had some productions in there where I tend to handle sound.  In addition to the Christmas production we just finished, we had a kids theatre group put up a production of Little Mermaid, Jr.  So, I’m still able to use those skills and scratch that itch occasionally.

Church’s Behringer x32

Lastly, I wanted to introduce you all to the newest addition to our family.  In November 2015, we lost our cat, Corey.  And we have spent the past year mourning, not in a hurry to get another pet.  Well, long story short, last week, Michelle ended up rescuing a kitten from the middle of a busy road.  After much discussion, we decided to take the kitten in.  So I would like to introduce you all to Hope, our new cat.


Anyways, I hope everyone has an awesome Christmas and may 2017 be better than 2016!

Bad About Updating

So, I’m bad when it comes to making posts.  I get distracted by other things going on in my life, and this website falls by the wayside.  Anyways, I’m just going to give you all a quick update on where things stand with my books.  My second book, The Mirror Initiative, is still in editing.  The primary editing pass is done, but the second & third ones are a little held up due to busy lives.  I’m hoping that progress will be made during the Christmas holidays and hopefully be available for purchase late January.  That is my current hope.  I’ve been working on working out the plot for the third book and started actually writing this this week.  I’m shooting for that book to be in your hands late summer/ early fall of next year.  After that, I will take a step back and evaluate where things are and decide on a course from there.

So, that is where things stand at the moment.  I hope everyone is having an awesome day!

The Process

Nathan outlining at the beach, May 2016

So, it’s been about two months since my last blog post.  A long silence from me, I know.  So, why no posts?  Well, I have been in writing mode for the next book.  My energies have been directed there and the blog has fallen by wayside, as a result.  Well then, where are we at on that?

Good question.  I have now finished the rough draft of the next book, titled The Mirror Initiative.  It continues the story started in New L.A., but I’m trying to shape it in such a way that it can stand on its own.  I want the story to be good on its own, but if you have read New L.A., you’ll get more out of it.  We’ll see how good of a job I did soon enough.

The next step is the editing process.  Right now, I’m taking a week off to decompress and separate myself rom the story so I can come back and look at things from an objective standpoint.  I’ll then do a read through, where I already know I’m going to make some revisions while doing that.  Meanwhile, my primary editor is busy reading through the rough draft.  After I decompress and do my read through, I will start meeting with her and we’ll work our way through the book making more revisions.  As a new draft comes together from that process, I will start sending copies of those to my two other editors.  One of them, my wife, will make what I call the “I don’t get it” pass.  She reads through and anything that she doesn’t get through the text, we’ll discuss and make revisions to make things clearer.  Finally, the other editor does a proofreading pass, making sure things are spelled and punctuated correctly.  Finally, I read through one last time and make sure I’m happy with it after all the revisions.  After that, I put it all together and put it into production.  That step usually involves commissioning a cover and then converting into e-book formats.  I get back an e-book proof that I then go through and make sure it all still looks good.  After I approve the proof, it gets distributed to wherever you end up buying your e-book copy from.

So how long is this going to take?  Well, for New L.A., from finishing the rough draft to releasing to the world, it was 3 ½ months.  But part of that time was during the holidays, which slowed the process up.  My personal goal is to have it out by Thanksgiving, but we’ll see how it goes.

And what am I’m going to do in the meantime while not editing.  I’m going to start working on the third book, which will complete this “trilogy”.  Right now, I know where that story will start and where it is going to end, but there are details in the middle I need to figure out.  I’m also going to do some world-building for an off-shoot story that is connected, but takes place in an entirely different setting.  So, I’m staying busy and we’ll all see how this goes.