Darrell Bain's Blog - October 2013
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Bainstorming News & Update
First of all I apologize for the abruptness that Bainstorming was temporarily discontinued. I should have notified all my friends and readers individually rather than just posting a notice on my website. During the last several months or so I’ve received many letters asking about my well-being and what I was doing now and had planned in the future. This issue of Bainstorming is an attempt to catch everyone up and also assure all my readers that, while Bainstorming will no longer be a monthly blog, I shall produce an issue periodically addressed to my readers and also posted as usual on my web site at www.darrellbain.com
Also, other than the aggravation of a couple of medical problems and a dental problem stated below I am doing fine and have no major illnesses. I do admit that I get an occasional letter telling me that my mind is twisted and that I will come to a no good end in the end. That’s what the First Sergeant told me when I refused to re-enlist after serving 12 and a half years in the military. I proved him wrong by getting out and not only finally obtaining a college degree but finding and marrying Betty, the love of my life and the only woman I’ve ever truly loved. In fact, I didn’t know what love really was until after we’d been together for a while.
Now, with all that out of the way (again with apologies) here is what happened, is happening and is going to happen in the near future.
No heaven, No Hell, my newest novel is out!
And what if—
Changes in human behavior such as teenage angst, descent into criminality, switching from one religion to another (or to none at all), an abrupt desire to better one’s self, sudden and rapid success in finance or business and many other transformations in lives are due to a phenomena that is known to some but never discussed for fear of being thought crazy?
And then what if—
The afterlife isn’t what he thought it was. When Daniel Nelson’s cancer-ravaged body finally gives up the struggle he finds out that dying was easy compared to what comes after. He learns that while there still doesn’t appear to be proof of the presence or absence of heaven or hell, there is indeed life after death--but only for some.
An amazing, unusual, completely original novel that will challenge almost every belief you’ve ever had!
No Heaven, No Hellis a fiction novel but who knows? It might even be true! And if it is, what then, faithful readers?
During the last five months I’ve had a couple of medical conditions that are not life-threatening but extremely aggravating. The first has required three surgeries and a lot of time spent lying down rather than sitting or standing. Unfortunately, I am not a great deal better off and the condition has cut severely into the time I can spend writing and/or exercising. However, having to spend so much time in bed isn’t all bad, heh heh. I have mentioned that Betty is the love of my life haven’t I?
Rogue Program Reviews.
My last published novel, Rogue Program, has so far received nothing but five star reviews. Needless to say, that really makes me feel good after all the work I put into it.
Sample of reviews from Amazon:
Another masterpiece from Darrell Bain. All the SciFi from Darrell Bain is top drawer. This book includes (an expanded, revised version) of the book Savage Survival that was so popular. Hostile alien takeover of earth that isn't pleasant. But a few humans are so strong willed, so able to withstand the hardships and always keep pushing forward, that they make a huge difference. WARNING, there are strong, mature, and sexual situations in this story that are not appropriate for non-adult readers! If that sort of scenario bothers you, don't read this and go elsewhere. But it's a realistic slice of Human life.
Rouge Program is an exciting page-turner in two distinct parts, and the content determines the style of presentation.
The first part is a very intense personal journey by Lyda Brightner, barely a teenager at the start of the story. Along with 15 million people, she is swept up by alien-controlled machines and taken to one terrible environment after another. Each has great challenges, and many die. Eventually only 5000 are left. Why was this done by the aliens with all their cruelties? You'll need to read the book to find out.
The second part is geopolitics, in which the 5000 survivors are pitted against all the dictators, power-mongers and large-scale criminal organizations of Earth -- and against all the inertia, bureaucracy and stupidity we humans are so good at.
Darrell's heroine Lyda very quickly becomes a real person. His demonstration of how some exceptional people can develop leadership is both convincing and realistic. Darrell is very good at getting his reader to feel the emotion, to identify with it.
I cheered Lyda all the way through the book. Put on your seat belt, and be prepared for a wild ride!
Darrell is my older brother so perhaps my review may appear to be biased but I can assure you, it's from the heart. I particularly enjoyed this book as Lyda made her way through many trials, adventures, lovers, and maturity. A non-stop, what's going to happen next, experience. I love the way Darrell writes his science fiction without all those fancy scientific terms that only befuddle me. His descriptions though are believable as he takes you on an incredible journey of survival and one woman's desire to prevail. The characters are easy to follow and that I like! The ending was not powerful but rather laid the ground work for what I think and hope will be another exciting sequel to "Rogue Program". Well done Darrel and I enjoyed the book immensely, keep up the great work!!.
I really hope I stick around on this old earth long enough to write a sequel to Rogue Program along with a sequel to No heaven, No Hell, finish the last book of the Williard Brothers series and write sequels to several other novels that my readers have consistently asked for. If not, well, maybe the theme of No Heaven, No Hell is fact rather than fiction and if so and my mind survives that way maybe I’ll get the books done, dead or alive!
How It Ought To Be Update
The prospective non-fiction book of political and economic commentary I had planned is on hold for the time being. Many parts of it have been published in former issues of Bainstorming but I haven’t had the time or ability to add to it since the first of the year (2013). I really would like to get back to it but if No Heaven, No Hell sells at all well I will need to devote what time I have to writing a sequel to it. In fact, I’ve already begun with a partial outline, notes and the four first chapters. I really do expect No Heaven, No Hell to be controversial enough to generate good sales so I believe I should continue work on the sequel. The first book sets the stage for a world-wide paradigm shift in attitudes toward life after death and I do want to write about the action I would expect to take place given the events in the first book.
It seems as if any time Betty has a medical or dental problem it invariably turns out to be a weird one. Right now it’s dental. She had a bad tooth that our regular dentist can’t do and the specialist he sent her to can’t manage it either. Right now she’s scheduled for an oral surgeon to tackle it. We’re hoping it won’t be too bad but in the meantime she’s taking about as many pain killers as I am and I have to take them for my back, head, feet and left hip and leg. Betty slept on her shoulder the wrong way at the same time her tooth began acting up and it became so painful she couldn’t lay on that side and can’t lay on the other side because of that torn hamstring from three or four years ago that was misdiagnosed and healed wrong, leaving nerves exposed and requiring her to take pain pills for the rest of her life, same as me. So, she’s been sleeping only on her back which gets tiring and aggravating. Once upon a time she had this weird disease that is rarely seen and doctors from all over were coming by to see it. When she had her thyroid surgery the doctor couldn’t remove all the stitches and I finally had to take them out myself. Fortunately, my training as a medic during my time in the military gave me the ability to manage it but it wasn’t easy. I could go on and on but if there is a weird medical condition that can happen, I can trust Betty to find it and do battle with it. We try not to get sick at the same time but we managed it this time. I’m going in to see my doc this week the same day she has her oral surgery. The only way she could get it done this soon was to go way the hell out of my driving range because of my bad back and hip anyway, so our daughter-in-law is going with her. Then four days after that I go for an initial appointment for prospective varicose vein surgery, also out of my driving range. I hope Betty is recovered enough by then to drive me. If not one of the kids will, I’m sure. Well, enough about this. No need going on and on with medical problems. I only mentioned them to begin with to explain why I’m not writing as much as usual.
Update: Betty came through her surgery with no complications. Now I’m scheduled for three separate outpatient surgeries on my legs for the varicose veins this month (and the first one is over with but they started on the wrong leg so I will have to rearrange the schedule for the next two so I don‘t have two surgeries on the other leg only 5 days apart). And in the meantime, I developed a bad tooth that required a new permanent bridge and a post and lots and lots of money. Gahhhhh! When will it all end? Take it from us. Don’t get old. It isn’t a bit fun.
After losing three dachshunds in the prime of their lives we swore we would never let another dachshund own us. Well, you know how that goes. My brother Gary lives in Oklahoma, a 10 hour drive from us. He took in a young dachshund about two years old that had evidently strayed from its people. It was already neutered and house broken and a real sweet and well-mannered dog. Since he already had three dogs he couldn’t really care for another one properly so he asked us if we would take it. Reluctantly, we agreed, thinking some time in the next six months or so he would bring it to us. Two days later he arrived on our doorsteps with the new member of our household. We named him Dak since that’s what Gary had been calling him. Tip, our terrier/mutt mix was upset at first but they are getting along fine now. We got them both micro chipped, bought extra dog food, another bed and are now owned by another dachshund. It’s mostly Betty who is owned since Dak decided he was her dog rather than me.
And I think that will do it for the update.
Happy reading to you all.
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