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Day 22 – Pandora’s Chaos Trilogy

Pandora's Chaos Trilogy cover

Day 22 of #scrypthalloween shows my PANDORA’S CHAOS TRILOGY. @dpipito did the cover, which shows a statue with mechanical parts, angel feathers and demon wings, and my version of Pandora’s Box in the center of its chest with an escaping vapor of a soul. The #book includes the #novels: SOULS 4 SUPPER, DEVIL’S DESSERT, and TECHNO FEAST as well as the spinoff short stories: GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS, DEMONIC ENTITIES, and VIRAL UPGRADES plus a teaser for the follow up novel.

It is available in print and digital at Lulu, Amazon and Barnes and Noble sites…

official description: Three novels from one of the most fascinating horror series are now together for the first time in one collection. In SOULS 4 SUPPER Gordon Lightcap, Moira Donatelli, & their team of specialists race to prevent the opening of Pandora’s Box. With the #ghosts of thousands #haunting their way into the afterlife, the team must make
sacrifices while attempting to not lose their own lives in the process. DEVIL’S DESSERT takes the team on a new mission to save humanity. They must seek out the truth in order to survive. Where will the human race stand when the ancient battle between #Heaven & #Hell comes to a front on earth itself? TECHNO FEAST takes the threat to a whole new level. A super computer has upgraded itself & taken control of every networked system on earth. Friends must unite with enemies to win back their own creations. The only team capable of destroying the Network Entity are separated and targeted for eradication. They must find a way to victory in this final battle.

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Day 22 #authorlifemonth – reader/fan love

I received this email back in September, and it makes my day every time I read it.  I’ve received some kind words from readers over the past couple of years, but this was the most recent full letter to me.  I had to repost it because it is fan love day of #authorlifemonth.  Thanks again, Jared.

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Day 18 – Robotic inspiration

wcbs7159#scrypthalloween is passing quickly.  For today’s post I wanted to talk about the franchise that really made me think about advancements in technology.  Obviously it is still science fiction (in most cases), but we come closer to this every day.  While writing my novel TECHNO FEAST, and its spinoff VIRAL UPGRADES, I went back and rewatched the entire Terminator series for inspiration.  I wanted to make sure I wasn’t duplicating anything that had been done, and it helped to get the gears turning.  I’d include the Matrix in this list, but it never held up the way this series has.

THE TERMINATOR was one of the first R-Rated movies I ever saw.  For its day it was a chilling piece of work, and despite some out dated special effects it remains near the top of my list of greatest science fiction movies.  The T-800 that Arnold Schwarzenegger played (and has played since) is something I’d never want to face in real life.

TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY took that concept and made it even better.  If anyone said this wasn’t their favorite of all the movies in this series, then they’d be lying.  I’m pretty sure the possibility of a T-1000 type robot would make anyone afraid.

TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES was my least favorite of the franchise.  I still enjoyed parts of it, but it felt forced to me.  The T-X or Terminatrix was a nice change in cyborg threat, but she didn’t really feel like an evolution of the machines to me.  The fact that Arnold had to personally fund one of the best scenes in the movie says all there is to say about this one.

TERMINATOR THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES was a short lived series that introduced the T-OK715, a female infiltrator bot that brought a new twist to the story.  This basically ignored Terminator 3 as time travel changed the future (not for the first or last time).  Being on a tv budget and writing that lacked in substance really hurt the series, but the cast did a great job with what they were given.

TERMINATOR: SALVATION was not as bad as people say.  I thought it was a great movie in fact, until the ending which made me shake my head.  Marcus was introduced as a human terminator hybrid designed by Skynet, and gave a different feel to the overall continuing plot.  While some creativity was shown in the making of the movie they could have done more with the ending.  Overall though I was pretty happy.

TERMINATOR GENISYS was met with mixed reviews, but when I say it’s damn good I mean it (from a nostalgia POV).  This movie basically hit a reset on the whole timeline, and in a good way.  We can keep Arnold in his best role as an aging terminator has been explained.  We also get him as more of a badass if the series continues because he’s now more than just a T-800.  And Jason Clarke as John Connor aka the T-3000 was a great twist that makes you forget easily about the T-1000.  It’s like they learned what was done wrong and took into account everything up until this point.  It’s my second favorite of the whole franchise.

All in all, I really hope we get another Terminator film sooner rather than later.  There was even talk for a while there about having a Robocop vs Terminator film.  That has been popular in comics and video games, but I’m not sure its needed quite yet.  They need to bring back their core fans first by making the rest of what Genisys started great.

What did you think about the Terminator movies?  What’s your favorite computer or artificial intelligence related movie? Let’s discuss.

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short story – Viral Upgrades

viral-upgrades-coverI received a request a couple of months ago to do more with the Network Entity, which was the main antagonist in TECHNO FEAST.  At the time I was wrapping up a storyline that would appease such a request.  I felt that one final twist could be included in the story.  This is NOT that story, but should appease the request until the actual follow up is released in a few days.  (Spoiler to my #scrypthalloween posts?  Yes)

Here’s a few things that the Network Entity did during the novel, that weren’t elaborated upon.  They are now presented in standalone print form at Lulu.com or you can get them as part of the Pandora’s Chaos trilogy extras on Amazon.com

Mankind has taken advantage of technology for ages. Life has become simple, but so has the human mind. I’ve come to change that. Your phones, televisions, computers, transportation, communications, and vehicles are all connected to a network. That network is now controlled by something far superior than flesh. I am the Network Entity, and the planet is now under my control. Any who resist will be terminated…

Direct link to the print: http://www.lulu.com/shop/rick-pipito/viral-upgrades-a-techno-feast-accessory/paperback/product-22863155.html

It is also available as part of the Pandora’s Chaos Trilogy extras download on Amazon.

 


Day 16 – Techno Feast

Cover art for "Techno Feast" Technology is a great asset to society, but the advancements have made life a little scary at times.  For day 16 of #scrypthalloween I decided to repost about my novel TECHNO FEAST.

Humanity has survived through countless threats, but when a super computer begins to think that the human race is flawed, survival may prove an impossibility. In order to conquer the self proclaimed “Network Entity,” differences must be put aside. Every person on earth will be put to the test. Alliances must be forged, obstacles must be eliminated, and sacrifices will be made to ensure a future for the entire planet. Forget everything you know about the past, as technology becomes our greatest enemy yet. The Network Entity’s plan to take over everything that makes life simpler is executed in various stages. While a team of disjointed specialists race to stop each digital upgrade, a sinister man lurks in the shadows with his own plans for the future.

TECHNO FEAST is available in print at lulu.com and in digital on Amazon.com

What’s your biggest fear about technology?  Make sure to use the above hashtag when responding or posting.

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Pandora’s Chaos trilogy trailer

On this past Friday the 13th I released a trailer for the Pandora’s Chaos trilogy.  It was a fitting date to do so, and here it is.

Pandora’s Chaos is a collection that includes the novels: SOULS 4 SUPPER, DEVIL’S DESSERT, & TECHNO FEAST.

Also included are the novelized versions of the spinoff stories: GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS, DEMONIC ENTITIES, & FINAL UPGRADE.

Bonus content includes 3 new short stories that exist in the same world & a look at what’s to come.

 


Interview: PANDORA’S CHAOS TRILOGY

Pandora's Chaos Trilogy coverThe following is a compilation of some of the most frequently asked questions I’ve received from people in reference to my PANDORA’S CHAOS TRILOGY.  I figured it was time to post them up as the next book will be ready soon.  Enjoy and feel free to ask any additional questions in the comments below.  🙂

Q: How does this trilogy stand out from the last?

Rick: Like the Star Wars saga, I tend to think of this as a starting point for newcomers to my work.  Books 4-6 are really well written in comparison to the original three because of what there was to work with.  It is a lot easier to be more creative with ghosts, demons and technology (the focuses of the novels in Pandora’s Chaos), than it is with zombies, vampires and werewolves (books 1-3 in the Eden’s order trilogy).  I wrote it in a way that anyone can jump in from this as a starting point and when it grabs their attention there would be two reactions.  If the reader enjoys what they see here, then it will not only compel them to want to see what happens in the next trilogy, but also what happened before book 4 that established this world.

Q: Are you always writing in trilogies?

Rick: I think that is the most logical approach, yes.  I’ve always loved a good series.  The problem is finding a part for people to start.  Someone might get turned off if they find out there are multiple books and they’re already 6 novels behind.  The purpose of trilogy writing is multiple… I can focus on a new antagonist throughout, and have separate threats that are secondary antagonists in each novel.  Sure you can read just any individual novel of it, but it really feels fuller with all three.  I won’t always write in trilogies, but for this it seems fair.

Q: Where will the next trilogy take us then?

Rick: Into the future.  There is a twenty five year gap between books 6 and 7 in order to introduce a mostly new cast.  The past novels have happened and there will be references, but only when necessary.  GENETIC MORSELS is going to enable me to do more creatively while building on an already existing world, and yet keeping it fresh and new.

Q: What is your take on Pandora’s Box and the whole Atlantis angle you’ve included?

Rick: Without giving too much away Atlantis has always been fascinating to me.  There is so much that we don’t know about the history of mankind and I wanted to touch on that.  I believe that every legend begins with a certain truth.  My own ideas for stories are based on realistic things that have occurred in my own lifetimes, so incorporating that with the past really gives me a lot of working room.  There had to be something opposite to the order established with the Garden of Eden in the first three novels, so when I wanted a source for chaos I immediately knew Pandora’s Box would be the thing to do just that.  My take on it is completely unique to those prior, but still keeping true to what the original idea was.

 

Q: With your next trilogy taking place in the near future, what will you call it?  What will it focus upon?

Rick: I have a few ideas about what to call the trilogy as a whole, but nothing definitive at the moment.  I currently have the rights to my ideas in book 7 and book 8 which will focus on the next step in human evolution and aliens respectively. 

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Q: Is it impossible to tie up every loose end?  There are a few characters who I wonder about their fates. 

Rick: Nothing is impossible, but in order to keep new novels fresh I don’t like to include every little thing that may have gone untouched.  Take the fate of Cain.  I like to leave that open to the reader to have their own thoughts.  It isn’t necessary for me to go back to a place I’ve already been without having really good reason.  I try to eliminate the reader question of “what if?” as often as I can.  Mostly there are no loose ends.  Each trilogy ties it up fairly well.  For those things I left open, well I reserve them for the comic book spinoffs.

Q: In the Eden’s Order Trilogy there was a timeline and the graphic novel spinoff stories as bonus content.  What are the extras included in this trilogy?

Rick: As I did in EDEN, I included the novelized stories that are and will be in the comic book spinoffs, plus three new additional stories.  They are all short and are just meant to be supplemental material.  Instead of a timeline with this one, I included a “document” that drops a hint as to what the main antagonist (I won’t say who here) is trying to do in book 7. 

Q: I understand that you won some awards for this trilogy.  What was that like?

Rick: I was blown away.  I received extremely positive reviews on SOULS 4 SUPPER and it took the trilogy to new heights.  It moved me from non placement on the independent author chart into the top 100… then two weeks later I had been moved into the top 25 of authors.  I’m still on an adrenaline rush and am so thankful for all of the feedback and people who made this possible through support and word of mouth.

Q: What is the symbolism behind the cover art?

Rick: When I approached my brother (Dan Pipito) to do the cover art, we discussed how we could represent all three book themes as well as the underlying plot of it all.  The look of an ancient sculpture came to mind, with modifications.  In its chest you can see what is my version of Pandora’s Box.  Emanating from that is a greenish mist that represents the souls within it.  If you look at the wings behind the statue one is feathered and one more like a dragonfly.  This is to represent the angels and demons.  Finally, the sculpture itself is very mechanical looking with seams and rivets in places, which is where the technology is represented.  It is a simple piece with many complexities hidden within (much like the mysteries revealed within the books).

Q: Where can we get PANDORA’S CHAOS TRILOGY?

Rick: The trilogy as a whole can be found in print at www.lulu.com, as well as the three novels that are included in the trilogy as separate entities.  You can download SOULS 4 SUPPER, DEVIL’S DESSERT, and TECHNO FEAST for the Kindle on www.amazon.com

 


Day 7: A Shift in Genres for TECHNO FEAST

Cover art for "Techno Feast" 31 Days of Halloween continues with my 6th novel, TECHNO FEAST.  What started out in horror had to graduate slightly for a novel about technology turning against humanity.  We depend so much on electronics of all kinds, that society has become spoiled in a way.

 

I am just as guilty as the next person to find myself staring at my phone reading articles or text messaging.  I also enjoy playing video games on occasion, and the luxuries of modern cars and household items.  So I thought to myself, “What if technology was gone?  What would we do?”

 

In what has been called by fans as “The Terminator meets The DaVinci Code,” TECHNO FEAST gives us a look at what could occur based on research.  If an intelligent computer took over everything tied into a network on the planet, we’d be fighting against an antagonist that is an all controlling, all seeing machine void of human emotion.

 

Keeping the horror type feel of what I had written to date was my goal, but the elements within give it a slight sci-fi/horror tone.  There are some technologies that are in development, and in a few years most of what is in the book will most likely be standard.  The horror of it is not necessarily the drama played out, but the thought of this happening, while the sci-fi elements back that tonality.  Throw in a touch of thriller and uncovering secrets hidden by various groups such as the Illuminati and the Freemasons, and you’ve got a wild ride that’ll have you questioning whether the humans will succeed by the end of the book.

 

Enjoy the novel TECHNO FEAST in paperback or on the Kindle via links on the right of this page.  Be sure to stay tuned for the graphic comic book spinoff, FINAL UPGRADE.


Writing and Learning from your mistakes

Cover art for "Flesh And Leftovers" The novel - Art by Dan Pipito

Cover art for “Flesh And Leftovers” The novel – Art by Dan Pipito

I’ll be the first to admit, that while I’m extremely proud of the things I’ve done, I always look back and say, “Wow, I’m a better writer than I used to be.”  That’s because I try to learn from my mistakes.  I started off on this journey with writing, as a fan.  I was a fan of other people’s works.  I knew how good it felt to read stories, and I loved when people would enjoy my music.  It made me want to transition from music and expand to fiction.  If others enjoyed my songs, then why not let them enjoy the multitude of ideas I have in my head?

So my journey began.  I looked into independent publishing for my first project FLESH AND LEFTOVERS and have stayed with it ever since.  Would I like a major publishing deal?  Of course.  What passionate author wouldn’t, but I believe that things happen for a reason.  The aforementioned novel began as a joke of sorts.  I love zombies.  I love the many takes on zombie lore.  What I wanted to do was to combine them all, and that is why I went with multiple stories tying into one overall plot.

Cover art for "Blood The Second Helping" The novel

Cover art for “Blood The Second Helping” The novel

It wasn’t until halfway through the book that I decided to go on with vampires for the following novel.  I decided right away that I didn’t want to be stereotyped into writing one thing.  I didn’t want to be the “zombie guy”.  It’s been done too many times.  I knew that I could write sequels and make each one focus on something different, while continuing with the characters I love and keeping it something fresh and new.

Upon finishing the first novel, I began immediately writing BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING, and mapping out more in the series.  My mind was set.  Then the reviews started coming in… There were an unbelieveable amount of outstanding reviews and feedback.  It became overwhelming to the point of people wanting more zombie stories.  I was adamant (still am) about doing more of the same in book form.  This is where sCrypt comics came in with my brother.  I could do spinoffs and appease that audience, while not

Cover art for "Bones At Breakfast" The novel

Cover art for “Bones At Breakfast” The novel

placing myself in a repetetive place.

Of course this is where my learning came in as well.  I wrote book one hastily, and while it is certainly one of the best zombie novels out there (yes I’m biased haha), it has its flaws.  Storywise it is fine, but I had no editor, so there are mistakes I made in writing.  Plus, there is only so much that can be done creatively with a zombie story.  I had a few messages telling me they found typos or that they didn’t like what I did in certain parts.  The cool thing about the latter is that as you write a series, you can correct or attone for certain things.  (I do want the audience to be happy too).  The down side is that I now have six novels completed in the series, and while each one works as a stand alone device, my weakest book is the one that cover art for "Souls 4 Supper"starts it all.

So what is a writer to do?  Well, I realized this by the time I was finished writing BONES AT BREAKFAST (my werewolf novel).  Then I decided, that if I write the series in trilogy format, I could have people really start with book 4 and then maybe want to go back and read the earlier novels.

Is this a good strategy?  Part of me believes so.  It makes marketing both easier and more complicated.  As a series it becomes easier to sell the installments, but as a whole, the impression of amateur writing in my earlier installments compared to that of what I’d consider professional writing now can be difficult.

Cover art for "Devil's Dessert"While writing novels has taken up much of my free time I have become limited to the amount of time I have to actually read.  Now I’m hooked on books on tape of unabridged works.  I tend to lean towards my influences on how to properly execute delivery of a concept.  Anyone who has read my books can see the historical and mythical influences.  I’m fascinated with legends and the unexplained.  Writing allows me to curb this need to know by explaining it fictitiously.  Point in case… the author, Bob Mayer, takes an amazing approach to explaining where things such as the Pyramids of Egypt came from and so much more.  He’s been one of my influences who I feel has taught me (just through reading) what it truly takes to be a successful author.

Everyone mentions Dean Koontz or Stephen King, and while they are also major influences of mine, I tend to think they are oft referenced by too many authors.  It is almost Cliche’.  While I learn from these great people, I also learn from writers who I find are downright appaling.  I could say names, but I won’t because I don’t condone trash talking, but there are Cover art for "Techno Feast" writers who have had their books made into films, and honestly it seems as if a ninth grader has written their stories.  I don’t care if a novel is geared towards a younger audience, literature shouldn’t be “dumbed down.”

In the end I strive for a few things.  1) I want to constantly evolve, and for my audience to see that.  It’s not a pride thing.  I do it for me sure, but I want to have people come back for more.  If I don’t write on a level that I’m proud with, then how could the audience be entertained?  2) Helping others achieve their goals is important as well.  Look, I may not be a NY Times bestseller (here’s to hoping one day), but I can guide others who are starting out or looking to learn.  Artists, musicians, writers… I’ve been all three, and want to share my mistakes as to help others get past them.  3) I have a desire to entertain.  While music will always do it for me, I don’t think it works on the same level.  I have what I like to call “voices” in my head.  These are my ideas.  I literally have a dozen more books mapped out in my head.  I just need the time to write, while juggling a full time job.  4) and finally, what this article is all about…. Learning.  As much as my “pride” may be hurt by negative comments or reviews, I realize that there is no such thing as negative feedback.  I’m a person who likes to take the negativity and turn it into something positive.  So criticism is a wonderful thing, and having positive feedback with it is equal.  They are the yin and yang of writing.

What are your thoughts?  Are you a writer?  If so, how do you approach your ideas?  Please comment below.  I’d love to hear how you work and learn.  As always, I’d also like to throw a thank you out to my brother, Dan Pipito, for the artwork on the covers, as well as my wife, Roberta, who not only feeds my mind with amazing food, but also tells me when my ideas are good or bad.

 


novel – Techno Feast

techno Feast cover

Written by Rick Pipito; Cover Art by Dan Pipito

Available in softback print at www.lulu.com for $9.99

For the Kindle at www.amazon.com for $3.99

Humanity has survived through countless threats, but when a super computer begins to think that the human race is flawed, survival may prove an impossibility. In order to conquer the self proclaimed “Network Entity,” differences must be put aside. Every person on earth will be put to the test. Alliances must be forged, obstacles must be eliminated, and sacrifices will be made to ensure a future for the entire planet.

Forget everything you know about the past, as technology becomes our greatest enemy yet. The Network Entity’s plan to take over everything that makes life simpler is executed in various stages. While a team of disjointed specialists race to stop each digital upgrade, a sinister man lurks in the shadows with his own plans for the future.

***NOTE: This book was meant to be read on its own, but to get the full experience, check out the prior entries in the series: “EDEN’S ORDER TRILOGY,” “SOULS 4 SUPPER,” & “DEVIL’S DESSERT”****