Going to have a pretty busy day but wanted to acknowledge all the beautiful music Chris Cornell brought me. I actually found his 1999 solo album to be the best. Saw him with a backing band in 2001 and he was inspiring both vocally and on guitar. Some of the last true rock ‘n roll:
I’m getting a big traffic spike again, so I figure I should introduce myself to new readers. Hi! I’m Jon Del Arroz. I originally dubbed myself “Space Opera Word Pilot” as my primary love in genre fiction is space opera, and I intend on writing that for the rest of my life. Since then, I’ve taken on a number of hats: Christian philosopher, independent journalist, free speech warrior, comic reviewer, game blogger, youtube interviewer, steampunk enthusiast and all around funny guy. So you’ll get a whole assortment of different topics by reading the blog here. My priorities on the blog are: 1. Science Fiction and Geek Culture 2. Free Speech 3. Christianity 4. Random Stuff I Find Amusing 5. Self-Promotion. I used to write baseball blogs, but I am cognisant of what my readers want… and you never clicked on those. I’m kinda disappointed in you all for that to be honest. Shame! Oh well. Maybe one day someone’ll pick me up for a website as a baseball journalist and I won’t have to bore readers here who don’t want it.
The real goal though is to have you check out my fiction. If you find me interesting, you’ll probably find the cool science fiction and fantasy worlds inside my head even more appealing. Right now, the best way for you to check it out is to read Star Realms: Rescue Run, which is available here:
And in a month or so, I’ll be releasing my 2nd novel, For Steam And Country, which is an extremely exciting steampunk fantasy. It’s fast paced and wall to wall fun. Early reviewers have been floored by it, and I hope it’ll create a resurgeance in steampunk culture. More details will be here soon, but if you want exclusive updates and a chance at some extra free fiction content, I recommend signing up here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/519333975122120/?ref=bookmarks — For Steam And Country facebook group
I have several short stories that will be in collections over the next several months as well, and will be sure to update you when those show up.
Finished and Coming Soon:
- For Steam And Country
- Three Short Stories Which I’ll Announce As It Gets Closer
- Starcrossed — my baby space opera world which I intend to use as a backdrop for many novels. This has been in my head for decades, first book I wrote, and I tore it apart and am pretty much redoing it from scratch. 3rd Draft 30% Complete.
- Baseball In Space Novella — hard sci-fi. There’s an opportunity for this and I may rework it soon. 2nd Draft 100% Complete.
- Reach For The Stars – space opera story, a really fun concept I’ll talk more about later. First Draft 100% Complete
- Mars Themed Anthology – I’m editing this. Some stories in, invited people. Let’s call it 15% complete.
- My 2nd pro-journalist article. Interview questions out to pertinent people for the interviews.
Planned Concepts (Priority of these depends on a number of factors):
- For Steam And Country 2 – Plot 100% written, needs to move to formal outline stage.
- Star Realms 2 – Idea is in my head. After I’m done with Starcrossed 3rd draft will start talking to the powers that be about this to see if it’s in the cards (get it? in the cards?)
- Deus Vult In Space – Outline 100% written. This story actually ended up looking really good and it might get prioritized just because I’m excited about how action-adventury it looks.
- Flying Sparks reboot? A hero and villain in love, my old web comic. 8 issues in the can, interested in completing story in a 12 issue volume. Would rerelease as graphic novel.
- A Titan of Faith – Catholic Priest in space. This is real theological stuff with aliens. Semi-hard sci-fi. I have an outline and first draft has 10k words but it wasn’t feeling right so it’s on the shelf for the time being.
- 5 novel concepts written down with multiple pages of notes, including an epic fantasy, a weird west fantasy, 2 urban fantasies and another sci-fi story. I have a lot of ideas.
And that’s where we’re at right now. Come for the fun, stay for the fiction. I love you all and really really really appreciate you being here.
May 10, 2017
San Francisco, CA
For Immediate release:
BREAKING NEWS: This morning, independent journalist and one of the leading Hispanic voices in Science Fiction writing was informed by Twitter that Perez Hilton was found in violation of Twitter’s rules of decency and humanity by posting lewd fake photos of the classy and elegant First Daughter, Ivanka Trump. Jon Del Arroz reported this action several weeks ago and it took Twitter a lengthy amount of time to reply. Twitter has not responded to questions as to why fellow independent journalist Milo Yiannopolous was removed from twitter for posting a negative movie review when Perez’s account is still active after this atrocious act of harassment.
Gab no longer requires an invite to join. This is a social media site that allows complete free speech. No unknown algorithms hiding your posts. No banning because you say something that the overlords don’t approve of. It’s the best social network out there with new features all the time.If you’re not on there, you should be. It’s the future as Twitter, Facebook and Reddit fall under their own hubris.
Follow me: @otomo
Alright. So I have some preliminary art for For Steam And Country. And it is HOT. I mean about the hottest piece of art I’ve ever seen. Which is good, cuz this is going to be the hottest book you’ve ever seen.
I really REALLY shouldn’t share it before I have all the lettering done and it’s a nice, neat, tidy cover.
But I’ve never been very good at doing what I should do. So I’m going to compromise with myself in order to share this with as much as my fam (which is you, dear reader!) as possible while still giving the outside world a little something to wait for in the completed cover.
I’m going to give a special sneak peak of the art to the most dedicated fan group. And here’s how we’re going to find out who that is:
I have my mailing list, and I have my facebook group for the Grand Rislandian Army. Both have grown pretty crazy since I created the FB group about a week ago. So here’s what I’m going to do: whichever gets 60 new users since the founding of the FB group on May 1 first gets the first cover reveal look. It’s pretty close to even so far, each has about 25 more to go. Let’s see if we can get there.
For best results, I’d recommend joining both 😉
http://delarroz.us15.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=3c0d4761bf596db6605e25975&id=e7c61287b0 the link to the mailing list
https://www.facebook.com/groups/519333975122120/ the link to the FB group.
You really want to see this gorgeous art. Go join and recruit your friends!
Have you done your duty and signed up for the Grand Rislandian Army? We’ll need every boot on the ground to make sure that the evil Wyranth Army doesn’t prevail over our forces, guided by King Malaky XVI.
Most of the action is on Facebook right now. Here’s the group if you’d like to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/519333975122120/
But, I’m also coordinating with fellow Rislandians on Gab.ai and through email. If you’re interested and haven’t joined up yet, leave a comment below.
(this is a promotion of For Steam And Country, the forthcoming fantasy book by Alliance Award nominated and top 10 bestselling Space Opera author Jon Del Arroz. There will be prizes for those who participate. Details soon!)
Mike Cernovich is such an inspiration to independent journalists and commentators everywhere. I’ve been following him since I discovered him midway through last year, and he always brings a unique perspective to stories that the mainstream fake news media either lies about or glosses over. It’s propelled him to be featured on 60 Minutes, which was one of their highest rated episodes in years.
On top of that, he’s now been granted White House Press access! He’s going to be streaming live on his youtube channel at 2:45 PST today, in just a few minutes.
Really seeing his success is so uplifting, and it keeps me going. Anyone who rocks the boat like him or myself get our fair share of hate mail, comments and threats, and even though we’re high energy by nature, it’s easy to get down in the slog. Can’t allow that to happen, gotta keep going and appreciate the little victories — and the big ones like this. that’s what Gorilla MIndset is all about.
One of the most common questions i get asked these days is how I’m so productive with a job, family, kids, all my hobbies and whatnot. The truth is that the all my hobbies really don’t occupy much of my time. While I have a wide variety of passionate interests in sci-fi, baseball, gaming, science & technology, I spend most of my time working or hanging with the kids and only give cursory looks at the fun things these days. But I’ve got some tricks that keep me going even when I don’t feel like it. I’ll try to share some of those with you.
It’s All About Mindset
Making that change starts with mindset, and though I’m not super big on self-help books, one that did get me motivated mid-last year to push myself harder is Gorilla Mindset by Mike Cernovich. When I wake up I do use his chapter on mental exercises to get me fresh so I can knock out a couple blog posts to hit over the course of the day. No matter when these are scheduled, most of my writing you see is my first morning thoughts. I do employ some of the tips in that book in my daily routine, which starts with mental exercises, stretching, drinking coffee and now my ginger/lemon shot (which I’m certain gives me energy).
Don’t Start Your Day With Nihilistic Brain Poison
I’ve also stopped reading my facebook feed first thing in the morning. This last step I think is very big. Most people you and I know on facebook just post negative things on repeat based on whatever fear mongering news is out there on the day. There’s very little value to it, it’s echo chamber type of posts and it’s poison for your brain to get yourself hyped up like that negatively first thing. I didn’t realize that for awhile, I’d stopped reading my feed completely for lent, and while I’ve read a little lately, I’m not doing nearly as much of it. It means I’m both happier and thinking positive things, and that I can write more. Win/win.
And that’s what leads you back to winning. The one thing I see very successful people do is they vocalize to themselves that they’re going to win, regardless of how silly it sounds. Eventually it has the effect of convincing you you’re going to win, which is great for mindset of getting things done — it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy in ways. Moreover, it convinces others around you you’re going to win. Why do you think so many agree with all the fake news on facebook? It’s because it’s posted on repeat. If what you hear is win on repeat, it’ll become just as true to you. Doesn’t that sound way better than getting outraged over posted headlines designed to mess with you psychologically? Stop reading that, start thinking in terms of winning and you’ll get there.
Replace Bad Habits With Something Positive
I once heard someone say there are two things in life: commitments and addictions. The first thing toward making a bad habit go away for good is replacing with a commitment that takes its time, and getting in the habit of that. I’m working on starting a new habit, which is to read a chapter of the Bible every morning instead. Today I started with Romans 1. If you want to see brilliant writing, follow me into Romans. There is literally nothing more intelligent ever written in philosophy, and it’s also uplifting.
Some of my favorite writers are running a giveaway for their books. This is a pretty phenomenal group, and of course they are all terrible horrible wrongthinkers who should probably be banned from publishing. So if you want to read why their ideas are so dangerous, you can for free! Great deal. Incredible deal.
But I think it’ll be better stated by Kero Kero Bonito, so I’ll let them tell you.