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Day 29 – Looking at a past release

imageOkay, so I got away easily with this post in doing something similar to yesterday’s.  Since time travel is the topic for today I decided to do a little of it myself.  Just a year ago I released my first children’s book, A LITTLE GIRL IN THE LAND OF THE HICCUPS.

While the sequel has hit some road bumps, it will be here sooner than we know it.  When my daughter was in the womb, I read to her mother’s belly every night.  I knew somehow that she’d be a girl, even before we found out by the doctors.  As a fan of Baum’s Oz books, and Alice’s adventures in wonderland, I read those to her first.  I remember her moving to the sounds of my voice as I told her all about Dorothy’s journey to see a wizard, and her adventures afterwards.  By the time she was born she’d already heard four and a half full length novels!

As a writer I came up with an idea for her own children’s book.  One of the things she used to do, other than twirl around in circles in the belly, was to send jolts of excitement.  These came in the form of hiccups.  It dawned on me then.  A story about a girl who is lost in a land with some strange creatures by the same name.  There would be a certain degree of education in the book, while keeping it fun for kids and have an underlying moral to the story.

While we wait for its sequel A LITTLE BOY IN THE LAND OF SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS, we can always go back and share a fun reading with our little ladies.  Here’s the description of A LITTLE GIRL IN THE LAND OF THE SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS: When a little girl finds herself a long way from home, she must help her new Eskimo friends to rid their land of the Hiccups, miniscule little creatures that are more of an annoyance than anything. From award winning author, Rick Pipito, the story is aimed for a young female audience, but can be enjoyed by all. With art by Dan Pipito, this heart warming tale will inspire young readers to never give up hope and put their best thoughts forward.

What are some of your favorite memories of the past?  Do you have a favorite children’s book?  Make sure to use the hashtag #scrypthalloween when commenting, and you may win a copy of one of my novels.  You can find this book and more of mine in print at Lulu.com, and on Amazon in digital.

hiccup art by Dan Pipito

No one likes a case of the Hiccups.  Here’s one of those tiny pesky creatures.  Art in the book is by Dan Pipito


Day 28 – Into the Future

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Since Time Travel is the focus for the next 3 days, I figured I’d talk briefly about my upcoming new trilogy.  This is a concept I’ve been throwing around since August of 2000.  I kept putting it aside until it felt right.  Now’s the time.  The CONTINUUM trilogy will include time travel.  Each novel will utilize it in different ways.  The logo depicted above is the emblem on the flag of the Continuum group.  Here’s the three books (the first of which will be coming in February of 2017.)

A COURSE FOR HUMANITY will begin in the future, where an organization known as Continuum will witness the end of their reality.  They must break the rules of never utilizing time travel to go back and correct the event that leads to the annihilation of planet Earth.  Their only hope may be the man they fear the most, but can he be trusted?

THE THIRST OF CAIN will find a sole survivor of a forgotten organization traveling into the past to assassinate the world’s most evil person who has ever lived.  In each time period he finds that he must travel back further for the answer on how to eliminate this seemingly immortal being.  Will he make the ultimate sacrifice to stop the threat?

CONSUMED BY WAR will close out the trilogy.  One man who has gained the secret to eternal youth is equipped with the knowledge of every historical event on Earth.  Beginning at the start of humanity’s rise to power he must survive each era while protecting the secrets that would destroy civilization itself.  Can he prevent the world from being erased before it has time to begin?

New heroes, new villains, and a familiar past make the future something worth looking forward to.

What are some of your favorite time travel stories or related things?  Make sure to hashtag #scrypthalloween and you may win a copy of one of my novels!

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Day 27 -Inspiration in Space

thumbnail_img_6784I can’t say I’m a hardcore science fiction fan, but there are some franchises that I have the utmost respect for when it comes to space exploration.  Those are what inspired me to write my novel DEVOURED UNIVERSE, and its spinoff short COSMIC ORBITS.

When I say I can’t stand Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY, I mean it.  It was a horrifically slow movie that didn’t do the book justice at all.  Arthur C. Clark’s novel was much more entertaining, and holds a top place in my list of epic science fiction in space.  It had 3 sequel books: 2010 ODYSSEY TWO, 2061 ODYSSEY THREE, and 3001 THE FINAL ODYSSEY.  Although outdated in terms of mention of year, it isn’t as far fetched as it seems.  If you’re a fan of the movie (or not) then I recommend checking out the books because they are much better.  The unlimited potential of outer space is depicted in a way that really makes you want to know what is out there.

Next up is the ALIEN franchise.  Sure, there are countless books and comics based on the series, but I’m referencing the main films.  ALIEN, ALIENS, ALIEN 3, & ALIEN: RESURRECTION fell victim to the sequel not being as good as the preceding entry, but that said, they are still fantastic movies.  I would count the two ALIEN vs PREDATOR movies, but since that includes the PREDATOR franchise I’ll refrain (Predator is also a series I love, but that’s going off on another).  The prequel movie PROMETHEUS is getting a follow up called ALIEN COVENANT.  So far so good with those.  What makes these movies great isn’t the characters as much as it is the threat of such a frightening alien.

A series that has fans always in anticipation of the next release is STAR WARS.  In all honesty I love the main films, but the spinoff series, cartoons, and books never grabbed my interest.  Let’s face it… what makes this franchise great is the heart of the story.  Don’t hate me fanboys and girls… I’m just seeing it from a writing perspective.  The core here is good vs evil..  There really is no in between in this saga, but that’s what makes it so good.  Each chapter holds its own, even though the prequels were widely hated by fans.  They really aren’t bad when it comes down to it.  We’ve got a handful of them: THE PHANTOM MENACE, ATTACK OF THE CLONES, REVENGE OF THE SITH, A NEW HOPE, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, RETURN OF THE JEDI, THE FORCE AWAKENS, and episode 8 and 9 coming as well as some crucial backstory starting with ROGUE ONE.  Since Disney has taken over it seems to be headed in the right direction, and will hopefully expand to include a simpler, yet less two dimensional narrative.

The other fan eager series is STAR TREK.  We’ve got The ORIGNAL SERIES, THE NEXT GENERATION, DEEP SPACE NINE, VOYAGER, ENTERPRISE, and the new series DISCOVERY.  Like Wars, Trek’s spinoff novels and comics do nothing for me, but the movies have been hit or miss.  THE MOTION PICTURE, THE WRATH OF KAHN, THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK, THE VOYAGE HOME, THE FINAL FRONTIER, THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY, GENERATIONS, FIRST CONTACT, INSURRECTION, NEMESIS, STAR TREK, INTO DARKNESS, and BEYOND all have a way of telling a much broader story.   Trek has a way of displaying how vast the universe is, and how each different race perceives and handles events.

My goal was to incorporate what was best about all of these: The vastness of the universe, a frightening alien threat, characters that are cared about, and various stances on how things should be handled.  DEVOURED UNIVERSE really utilizes these to tell a fresh new type of story that closes out a trilogy and sets way for a future cast to deal with something beyond.

So what are some of your favorite space related or alien movies, films, TV, drinks, food, games, etc etc?  Make sure to hashtag #scrypthalloween and you may win a copy of one of my novels.

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Day 26 – Cosmic Orbits

cosmic-orbits-coverToday sees the release of my short story COSMIC ORBITS.  It’s the spinoff of my novel DEVOURED UNIVERSE, and covers some ground that just wouldn’t fit in the main story.  These 36 pages were written with a fan request in mind.  The Network Entity is back, and it’s set its sights on something new.  Is humanity safe?

You gaze at the night sky and see something move. Wondering what is out there keeps you awake at night. Countless forms of life are between you and the farthest star, but there’s also something else. It watches and gathers information, growing more powerful along the way.

COSMIC ORBITS is available at lulu.com in print.  It will also be available in the upcoming release of the BEYOND HUMAN trilogy in digital form on Amazon.com.

What’s your favorite alien related thing?  Make sure to hashtag #scrypthalloween for a chance to win a free copy of one of my novels.

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Day 25 – Devoured Universe

devoured-coverDEVOURED UNIVERSE is my first novel that goes beyond what we know on Earth.  It takes the reader to the farthest reaches of the universe and puts the laws of physics to the test.  As it wraps up one character’s adventures, it opens the door for a new cast.  It’s all about getting past differences and uniting for survival of all races human and alien.

Beyond the farthest reaches of the universe lies a threat to the very existence of reality. When Earth receives a signal from deep space, they must embark on a dangerous mission into the unknown. Gordon Lightcap returns to duty after a brief retirement. He will have to use what he has learned to bring together a mismatched group of astronauts, and discover the secrets to existence. Only then will they be able to prevent the annihilation of everything, but at what cost?

What are some of your favorite alien related things?  Make sure to hashtag #scrypthalloween and you could win a copy of DEVOURED UNIVERSE or one of my other novels.  All of my books are available at Lulu.com in print, and on Amazon in digital.

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Day 24 – Conspiring to Inspire

thumbnail_img_6759My novel PLANET ATE and its spinoff ALIEN ENCOUNTERS may have an extraterrestrial threat in them, but the main antagonist is the government itself.  Countless cover ups and hidden truths are holding the keys to survival, but finding the facts prove to be a difficult task for the heroes of the story.

Conspiracy is what inspired the idea behind me writing these.  I wanted to account for some of the many theories out there, and take it to a whole new level.  I’m fascinated by how convincing some of these ideas are, and though I’ve personally thought many of them to be ridiculous theories, I have to admit there are some I may have bought into.

So what kind of conspiracy stories do I enjoy?  Here’s a few of my favorites:

The TV series 24 will always hold the title.  I’ve loved that show since episode 1, and haven’t missed a beat.  At times it goes a little overboard with Jack Bauer’s ability to survive, but that’s the best part of it all.  I’m excited to see what they do without him as the main character when 24 LEGACY starts next year.

Another series that influenced me is THE X-FILES.  When I was a kid I enjoyed the show, and now that it came back I’m eager to see more.  From the campiness at times, to some awkward humor, it keeps the story fresh.  You may go into one episode laughing at how ridiculous it is, and the next terrified of what is going on.  It is the perfect embodiment of what the government is capable of.

Finally is Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series of books.  ANGELS AND DEMONS, THE DAVINCI CODE, THE LOST SYMBOL, & INFERNO are must reads for anyone who is into this sort of thing.  Sure the movies were good (and yes I’ll be reviewing Inferno sometime soon), but the books really intrigued.  Though there always seems to be a year and a half to two year gap between Brown’s releases, I feel they are worth the wait as he captures a real feel and as many facts as he can in order to tell a convincing story.

What are some of your favorite conspiracy theories, movies or books based on them?  Do you have any theories of your own you’d like to share?  Please feel free to comment and post.  Use the hashtag #scrypthalloween and you will be placed in the running for one of my book giveaways!

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Day 23 – Alien Encounters

alien-encountersALIEN ENCOUNTERS is the short story spinoff of my novel PLANET ATE.  Looking at the cover, you may feel as though the cover is familiar.  That’s because you probably have at least in some way.  I took a public domain image of an alien looking through a window.  Its a supposedly leaked image from FBI files of an extraterrestrial here on Earth; at least that is according to conspiracy theorists.  By passing the image through a negative filter, and then making it slightly pixelated, I figured it’d make a good cover for a book wrapped in conspiracy.

Beneath the title I added an eye and pyramid to represent the all seeing eye, Illuminati, and secret organizations involved with hiding the truth or trying to expose it.

Here’s the description: A phone call from a friend leaves you frantic. He claimed to have uncovered a conspiracy that could get him killed. His final words were, “I’ve seen them. We aren’t alone,” right before the line went dead. Whoever intercepted the call may now have you in their sight.

ALIEN ENCOUNTERS is now available in print on Lulu.com and will be a part of the upcoming BEYOND HUMAN TRILOGY release, which will be on Amazon in digital.

What are some of your favorite conspiracies?  Make sure to hashtag #scrypthalloween and you may win a free copy of one of my books.

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Day 22 -Planet ATE

Planet Ate WorkingThe title of my novel PLANET ATE was the hardest to come up with of my books so far.  It’s because of that extra thought that it has the most meaning of them all.  First off, in the book the main government organization in charge of dealing with the antagonist is the Alien Threat Elimination organization… A.T.E.

It doesn’t stop there however.  This is also book # 8 in the series (Ate instead of eight), AND it keeps in line with the food related theme with the past tense of eating.  All of the fun entendre aside the title is just the beginning.

For the previous book, artist Dan Pipito did a chalk board layout.  Here we see a briefing room like white board.  It’s designed to look like a dry erase board with pictures held on as to what information they have.

In writing PLANET ATE I wanted to go beyond just an alien threat and have it focus more on conspiracy.  There are countless conspiracies talking about the cover up of UFOs, alien life forms, and so much more.  I went with that line of thinking, and exposed (in the story) the truth behind these.  The characters go so far as to figure out why we were created, and what is coming to end us.  I tried to do it in a way where God and science could go hand in hand.  It’s a wild ride that after you read will have you truly wondering what truths are being hidden from us.

Throughout the ages human history has held many unsolved mysteries. Why were we created? Were we a product of evolution? Were we created by God’s hand? Or is the answer more complex? When a creature as ancient as the universe itself targets earth for destruction, the truth must be revealed. Enter the A.T.E., a group of government agents dedicated to uncovering that, which has been hidden for so long. But by looking into past UFO and alien conspiracies, they may not be prepared to deal with truths that will provide proof of our real origins. An extinction event, a Biblical hero, a pilot lost at sea, an artist, and a founding father are only some who held clues to the overall puzzle. Will humanity solve it in time to stop the threat from above?

PLANET ATE is available in print at lulu.com and on Amazon in digital.

What are some of your favorite conspiracies?  Make sure to hashtag #scrypthalloween in your answer, and you may win a free copy of one of my novels.

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Day 21 – Superior Inspiration

superInspiration for my novel GENETIC MORSELS and its spinoff EVOLVED MUTATIONS began before I could even hold a pen.  Since then it has grown to various different outlets.  Something about super human beings fascinates me.  In real life we’ve seen cases that have been unexplained.  Spontaneous human combustion, clairvoyants, feats of strength and survival that are above the norm.  The fact is that a great deal of the human brain is dormant.  We’ve yet to unlock the potential of utilizing the full capacity of our brains.

This is where my novel came in.  I wanted to present a story where the people in it had abilities in a real world setting and environment.  Imagine a generation of super powered people.  How did they get these abilities?  Is it the next step in evolution?  These are questions answered in the plot.

As I said my fascination began before I could hold a pen.  I grew up reading MARVEL and DC comics.  Unlike most comic book “fan boys” I typically don’t hate a movie or side with one company because I equally enjoy both.  I find the faults in these movies and tv shows, but the bottom line is MOST of them are very enjoyable to different degrees.

But Marvel, DC, and other comic book companies aside, there have been some other great movies that have a similar idea of putting the characters into a real world scenario.  Two of my favorites of these are UNBREAKABLE and CHRONICLE.

Unbreakable caught me off guard.  Back when M. Night Shyamalan was producing some really great content, he showed trailers for this film and they didn’t reveal a thing.  I had no idea what to expect going into this, and had no inclination that this was a “superhero” movie at all.  I knew nothing, and it turned out to be a really decent film.

I had a similar reaction with Chronicle.  I’d heard very little about it other than I needed to see it.  I knew this was a found footage superhero movie, and to me it was very refreshing (in ways different from Unbreakable and other movies).  If there is one superhero movie you should watch that is underrated, it’s this one.

When it came time to write GENETIC MORSELS, I had been swept up in endless hours of research.  As fascinating as superheroes are to me, my one problem is that comic books fail to recognize real world physics.  In my research I found the book THE PHYSICS OF SUPERHEROES by James Kakalios.  It is presented by a number of physicists who answer such questions as “How much food would the Flash need to consume in order to keep up his speed” and “How would Spiderman’s webs hold him to buildings without ripping chunks off or dislocating his arms?”  They use scientific fact and equations to show the answers.  I took much of this into account while creating some of my characters and the situations they’d be in.

While EVOLVED MUTATIONS seems a little bit more over the top than the novel it came from, it too uses real world common sense to keep everything as grounded as possible.  Prime example?  Bernie Johns.  He’s a character I created who has the ability to generate fire from his hands.  The problem is that his skin is not immune to fire.  He is a horribly scarred and misfigured man with a good heart and tragic story.  Daryl Dartmouth is another character who has super speed, but gravity and friction makes a speedster have difficulty in stopping.  In real life while moving at over a hundred miles an hour you’d have to slow down first to stop.  Comics don’t take that into account.  Someone moving at that speed could easily slam into a wall if they weren’t careful.

So what are some of your favorite super hero or villain stories?  What kind of freaks do you find intriguing?  If you’ve read Genetic Morsels, who is your favorite character?  Make sure to hashtag #scrypthalloween in your response and you may win a copy of one of my books. 🙂

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Day 20 -Evolved Mutations

evolved-mutations-coverNew release day!  EVOLVED MUTATIONS is a short story expansion of my novel GENETIC MORSELS.  For the cover I took a close up picture of each of my family member’s eyes.  From top left clockwise it is my son, me, my daughter, and my wife.  After passing them through some filters and adding a hint of power in each of their eyes we were able to convey a pretty fun, yet enticing look.

Think about this: One morning you wake with a tingling sensation in your spine. Your veins feel as though they have a river of fire flowing through them. You scream out in agony as the change takes over, and suddenly realize you’re on fire. The fire doesn’t burn you, but it incinerates all around you. You panic, but are not alone. Your generation has had its DNA altered. The possibilities are both frightening and promising.

EVOLVED MUTATIONS is available at http://www.lulu.com/shop/rick-pipito/evolved-mutations-a-genetic-morsels-accessory/paperback/product-22864378.html

It will be part of the upcoming Beyond Human Trilogy release as well.

What are some of your favorite super human stories, characters, or related things?  Make sure to hashtag #scrypthalloween, and you just may win a copy of one of my books.

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