In the late 21st Century, Earth's ecosystem is rapidly approaching the point of complete collapse. In a stroke of luck, an ancient alien ship is discovered on Mars with technology that could allow mankind to relieve the pressures on their homeworld and settle the stars. Many people view this wondrous technology as a gift, but there are those on Earth who wish to see it destroyed as a danger to everyone. When a team of researchers is lost after receiving an ominous alien warning during a prototype test, UNSA Commander Adrian Daniels is forced to participate in a political cover-up and lead his remaining crew into unknowable danger, while struggling against a tide of deadly intrigue. Meanwhile, Sally Yeung, the young prodigy who leads Commander Daniel's research team, must race to uncover the secrets of a vanished alien civilization to not only save the crew, but possibly all of humanity as well.

Start your journey with OCCURRENCE now by downloading Episode One and the action packed prologue DISCOVERY for free!

Episode Five coming late 2014 - early 2015!

Hi there, this is W. R. Edmunds, the author of OCCURRENCE. OCCURRENCE is a science-fiction novel which is going to be told in an episodic manner, with each episode structured to be read in a couple hours at approximately 20,000 words -- think of it like literary television. Don't worry though, I'm taking a page from the BBC and not American cable shows, as this story has a definite ending and already established story arcs.

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Please keep in mind that as episodes are released, much like looking up the episodes of a TV show online after it has aired, the episode description tag lines may contain mild spoilers for previous episodes. You have been warned!

Editing Update

posted Feb 19, 2015, 9:05 PM by WR Edmunds

Well, I certainly was unable to put in 2-4 hours per day over the past two weeks, but I did keep plugging at it when I could. At this point I am just over 1/3 done the audio edits for this draft. The scenes are polishing up nicely and flowing in a way that I'm happy with. Plus I feel that the character's voices are becoming more distinct. It is interesting how my initial impressions of the characters has changed as they have been exposed to things over the course of the episodes and have been changed themselves (or not in some cases!). I'm wrapping up for the evening, but will absolutely run through a few more scenes over the weekend!

Audio Editing Started

posted Feb 1, 2015, 5:57 PM by WR Edmunds

Audio editing has started on Episode 5 as I polish up draft two. Depending on the length and how much work a scene needs, it usually takes anywhere from 1-3 hours to go through a scene and clean up the tone, wording, and flow so that it sounds good when being narrated.  I hope to put in 2-4 hours a day, so this draft should be finished by early next week. Then I will format it and get some readers to go over it once more to see if I missed anything. Bottom line we should be within three weeks of release. Exciting!

Ready Player One Review and Editing Update

posted Jan 30, 2015, 10:16 AM by WR Edmunds

Editing on Episode 5 is continuing well. I'm about halfway through what my editor handed back to me and hope to be starting my audio editing process next week; this is where I get text to speech to read the book to me because it helps me better pick up on tone and it finds those typos that the mind tends to gloss over when reading. I'm targeting a mid-February release at this point, so the wait is almost over! ...then I need to start fleshing out Episode 6...

Anyhoo, I also plowed through Ready Player One in two days this week (it's amazing how much reading time you can sneak in when you're doing a few Ubuntu Distro updates). Check out my review after the jump. Also a little bit of bonus material in case you haven't seen it yet...

Ready Player OneReady Player One by Ernest Cline
My rating and review: 4 of 5 stars

Editing is About 50% and Some Reviews!

posted Jan 14, 2015, 3:00 PM by WR Edmunds

Editing is at about 50%. My editor is tossing scenes back to me so I will be working on fixing those up and then giving them a polish edit some time in the next few days. I hope to get all that wrapped up and the episode published over the next few weeks, so stay tuned for Episode 5 very soon. I guess I should start writing Episode 6 ...

Anyhoo, over the Holiday season (and a bout with the flu) I managed to demolish a couple novels. Check out the reviews of Snow Crash and Memory below!

Memory (Vorkosigan Saga, #10)Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold
My rating and review: 2 of 5 stars

Snow CrashSnow Crash by Neal Stephenson
My rating and review: 4 of 5 stars

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Editing is a thing that is happening!

posted Dec 15, 2014, 12:15 PM by WR Edmunds

Yes! Episode five has officially started editing this morning, unofficially over a week ago.  The reason I say unofficially is that I knew there were still gaps in the narrative, so although I was "editing," I was also writing a few new scenes over the past week and a bit. I have finished those scenes and am now starting to go through another full read-through, editing as I go. We are at just over 17,000 words right now for this episode, but I may yet decide to move another scene or two over from Episode 6.

For those who are despairing due to the time it took to edit Episode 5, please don't. I have revamped my editing resources techniques to make self-editing much more viable. I really hope to have it all wrapped up with a bow on it by January. I've actually been keeping a pretty good schedule with the writing getting a solid couple days worth of work per week the past while, so I will be attempting to keep that up!

Episode Five About to Edit

posted Nov 27, 2014, 5:24 PM by WR Edmunds

Episode Five is (finally!) about to go into editing.  After a productive last couple of weeks, I'm doing some final flow and scene work, but I plan to have that done in the next week or so. While it is going through initial editing, I plan on starting into Episode Six as I want to get it out a little faster than Five. I would sincerely like to have the whole think wrapped up and out before summer rolls around again, so I'm crossing my fingers!


posted Oct 1, 2014, 12:47 PM by WR Edmunds

Not a writing update, although there has been some progress on that front (Geminus arc is pretty much done for Episode 5, working on Earth), but I was under the weather last week, affording me a chance to read, just as a juicy new arrival showed up!

Cibola Burn (Expanse, #4)Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey
My rating and review: 5 of 5 stars

Episode 5 is Going to be Great

posted Aug 30, 2014, 12:35 PM by WR Edmunds

I put in a couple hours this afternoon on Episode 5. It took me a while to get back into the thread of the story, but I'm slowly starting to resolve some of the logistical issues that have been bugging me about what I set out in my outline. Every time I revise it gets a bit tighter and hits a little harder. I'm absolutely looking forward to finishing this off and getting it out because I think I'm really going to enjoy it, meaning that you will too!

I'm toying with a new schedule that should force me into some more regular writing time too, so I'm crossing my fingers that it sticks!

Reading, if Not Writing...

posted Aug 23, 2014, 2:47 PM by WR Edmunds

While I've been working over the summer, I have had some time to continue reading. Voraciously. I reviewed a few books, so I won't bore with the details here, beyond rattling them off. GO! 

The MartianThe Martian by Andy Weir
My rating and review: 4 of 5 stars

The Hot Gate (Troy Rising, #3)The Hot Gate by John Ringo
My rating and reveiw: 4 of 5 stars

Summertime is Reno-time

posted Aug 11, 2014, 10:21 AM by WR Edmunds

As much as I like to hold out hope that I make any progress in the summer, my renos and other projects have kept me super busy for the past few weeks. I also have some paying consulting projects kicking up in the usual spurt of new work that comes as summer winds down. Wow. It feels horrible to say that, "as summer winds down." I feel that I have had very little chance to enjoy this one...or the last one. Sigh. I miss you summer. I hope you all got a chance to get out and enjoy things wherever you may be, assuming you are in the northern hemisphere.

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