In this latest episode of #thinksipwrite Roberta and I sit down with Kathy and Dan from Code 3 Records to talk about the music industry, and what their company does to help musicians monetize their songs.
If you follow me on social media, then you’ve probably seen some recent book announcements I’ve made with new releases and my next upcoming project. I figured it was time to layout the plan for the next year and keep you all in the loop about my upcoming release slate.
CONSUMED BY WAR – a novel that will close out the Eternal Hunger Saga. In this stand alone adventure, darkness rises at the dawn of man, which sets history in motion. War has plagued mankind with one force pulling the strings. It will visit various periods in history and show why these wars have happened, and what the ultimate goal has been. The final battle is approaching, but at what cost and who will be the victor? Release date is scheduled for April 2019
THE LOST YEAR – a short story scheduled to release in June 2019. Details will be shared soon.
BEYOND TIME TRILOGY – a compilation release including 3 novels and 3 short stories plus bonus material. Release in Fall 2019.
DIGESTED CONCEPTS – a non-fiction book that goes behind the scenes with the facts and history that I used to base my Eternal Hunger Saga upon. release TBA
Lots of other things in the works, but these are the immediate projects along with everything else. Look for new episodes of #thinksipwrite, my web series on youtube. I’ll also keep posting songs I feel like playing on that channel, and am open to requests. It’ll be a mix of covers and originals.
What are your works in progress? Feel free to share links to what you are doing in the comments.
I was fooling around the other night and thinking about how many times I’ve been out at karaoke and this song pops up. Whatever your goals are, never give up, and don’t stop believing that it can happen. Here’s my cover of the Journey song:
I’ve received some interesting questions over the past few days about my new short story release THE LOST DAY. These are those compiled together. Feel free to ask your own questions in the comments section, and I’ll be sure to answer and share.
Q: What is your new short story about?
Rick: A man who wakes up in a reality that isn’t his own. He’s a character from my books that changed history, and upon returning to his own time realizes that nothing is as it was. Everyone around him knows who he is, but he knows nothing about this new reality. It becomes even more of a nightmare for him when he is captured to be studied, and he realizes that his very existence puts the future of mankind at risk.
Q: Should I read the novels before reading this story?
Rick: No, not at all. As a matter of fact, I wrote THE LOST DAY to be a stand alone short. Yes, it’s a spinoff, but only to fill in the gaps for any readers of the novels that have a question about what happened to him. For newcomers, there is a total disconnect with the novels in this short, so it was intended for all audiences.
Q: There’s an interesting take on the antagonist in the story. What gave you the idea for such a character?
Rick: I don’t really see the story as having a true antagonist. I mean obviously there is that character, but it isn’t “bad.” It’s doing the thing that it thinks is right. If anything the main character is sort of the antagonist. The idea for the creature that you are referring to though came from current events. If you look back to what life was a few hundred years ago versus today, there is a difference. For the most part all races are reproducing together, and human sexuality goes beyond just straight and gay. So for a point in the human evolutionary scale, in the far future, there very well could be a grey skinned and asexually reproducing person.
Q: Do you think this approach to a character will cause controversy?
Rick: Not really. It’s done in a manner that is respectful to all people of orientation and race. I also think that it is something that could be plausible in a few million years. If it does stir controversy I’m all for it. Any type of chatter will bring others to read it. Just look at what Dan Brown did, and he’s become an outstanding well known author.
Q: Where do you stand with your beliefs on the topic of interracial breeding and sexual orientation?
Rick: That’s a touchy subject that I try to avoid, but I can say that I believe it isn’t our place to judge others. People have their own right to love who they want, but it’s when they force their beliefs on others that it becomes a problem. The same goes for the reverse point of view. If something bigger and better is out there, whether it God or aliens or both, then we would be a disgrace to a superior being with all of the turmoil we create amongst our own human species. Let the higher powers judge our own actions. My thoughts are don’t judge and don’t push agendas no matter where you stand.
Q: Do all of your books have a message like this?
Rick: Real life inspires a lot of my writing, but I want my stories to be enjoyable to a wider audience. I might have underlying themes throughout them, but there is never a message that I’m trying to push at all. I just want everyone to be able to relate and understand each other to some degree. We don’t all have to agree on everything, but understanding each other is a step toward a greater future.
Q: It seems like you think a lot about the future.
Rick: Having children does that to you. I used to be very carefree in all that I did. I took life for granted for a time. Now I realize how precious it is, and when I’m gone I want my kids, their kids, and their kids kids, and beyond to be able to be role models and be part of a greater future.
Q: How does this short-story relate or differ to your other shorts?
Rick: Other than it following the groundwork laid out in THE LOST HOUR…. THE LOST DAY is entirely self sustaining.
Q: There is a little bit of a cliffhanger at the end. Will we see Don Blake again?
Rick: I plan on it. I think there is a responsibility as an author to wrap up all loose ends. Even if it is a simple one liner in a future book that says “Don Blake’s remains were found,” or have him cameo in a minor role, or be a major character. Don Blake will return. I promise closure on that.
Q: Tell us about the cover idea. Who did the art and design?
Rick: I did the design and layout. Originally I wanted to have a sundial, but the pocket watch was my wife’s idea. It was also an element that I threw into the story at literally the last minute before sending to the editors.
Q: Where can one purchase a copy of THE LOST DAY?
Rick: It’s available at Lulu.com in print and will eventually be on Amazon and Barnes and Noble as part of my next trilogy release.
Roberta and I chat about the personalities that animals have, despite some people claiming they have none. What do you think about this topic of our latest #thinksipwrite episode?
It’s release day for my new short story THE LOST DAY.
Imagine waking in a reality that isn’t your own. People who know you well are complete strangers to you, but to them nothing is out of the ordinary. You feel lost, but over time you adapt to this new life; until suddenly you vanish and wake up in a new time and place.
THE LOST DAY is a short story that presents that very scenario. Donald Blake must face the ultimate decision that could place the fabric of reality at risk, while trying to understand a new world beyond his comprehension… Available in print at http://www.lulu.com/shop/rick-pipito/the-lost-day/paperback/product-23763373.html
Animals of Oz series #4: Quox vs the Rak
My daughter finally did her next installment in her #animalsofoz series of paintings. I wish I could do this now let alone at nine years old, but I think she nailed it. Using the descriptions that L. Frank Baum gave in his Oz books, she brought these two dragons to life. On the back of the canvas she included the quote: “It is the law that evil, unopposed, may accomplish terrible deeds. The power of good can never be overthrown when opposed to evil.” This is one of Baum’s many true to life quotes, and I love that she enjoys his works as much as I do.
Her thoughts were that even though these two have a common ancestor, they differ in many ways. Nothing is born out of evil, only influenced by those we surround ourselves with.
In this episode of #thinksipwrite, my son Tony sits in for Roberta as we talk about all things Marvel and DC. Who is the better comic book universe and why? What are your thoughts and favorite characters?
Roberta and I chat about each of our guilty pleasures and her obsession with hand towels in this latest episode of #thinksipwrite.