My book is on sale!

Hi all,

Yes, Wind Dancer, the first of my exciting steampunk action-adventure series is now on sale from Amazon.com in it’s digital form for only .99! As this will be a very limited time price,  I want to encourage you to go get you copy now!

http://www.amazon.com/Wind-Dancer-Steampunk-Adventure-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00RE0AX9M/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1424310922&sr=1-1&keywords=raven+bond

 

Also, Wind Dancer is now available through Amazon in a printed version, so no matter what format you prefer, you can now read it! Please buy it, read it and then write a review either on Amazon or Goodreads. It doesn’t have to be long or polished, simply your honest opinion.  Reviews are the lifeblood of authors nowadays. I really hope you enjoy it, and if not, I want to know that too!

Thank you so much for your continued interest and support!

Raven Bond

 

The Nuclear Holocaust no one talks about

So recently I heard someone say they had just discovered the ‘doomsday clock’–you know the one put out by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. It measures how close we are to the total destruction  of ourselves, midnight being when all of civilization is destroyed.   It now has gone from five minutes to midnight, to three minutes to midnight because the scientists on the board have decided to add climate change into their equations. The person was shocked. Totally shocked that it was so close to midnight.

The funny thing is that I was talking to another person who remembers the same thing I do, that the clock used to be at *one minute* to midnight when we were teenagers. What I find worth noting in all this is that my generation never talks about *knowing* we are all going to die, we just seemed to  take it for granted. Very intelligent people I know would refuse to plan any future at all.  Curtis LeMay, the former American military leader once appealed to the US Congress to allow him to launch a nuclear first strike against the Soviet Union, ‘because total destruction is going to happen anyway and the US  might as well win the war!’ Imagine someone saying that today.

The fact of our imminent death was everywhere you turned, in all the media, in our books and songs, and now its never mentioned not at all.   Why is that I wonder?

On the positive side, we should be proud to be the ones who were committed enough as a people *not* to destroy the entire planet in the blink of an eye, and to be that committed for more nearly seventy years. It speaks well of us and of Western Civilization as a whole.

On the negative side, I can’t help but wonder what the knowledge has done to us as a society, as a people. Has it made us fretful as a culture? Cruel and callous? How would we even know?

Perhaps there needs to be a new type of speculative fiction that addresses these issues. Instead of ‘holocaust dystopia’ we could maybe call it ‘we are doin’ fine’ or something like that.

If you are laughing at this idea, or have an objection that no one today would read it, perhaps that’s a sign of what the nuclear age has truly cost us.

Wind Dancer the Novel

Greetings gentle readers,

It is with great joy that I announce for all of you that have asked for it, my Steampunk novel Wind Dancer is now available in a trade paperback edition.

So for all of you that have been saying that you will get a copy now is your chance! click below, enjoy, and then please write a review. Reviews are the lifeblood of an author these days. Really.

Thank you all so much!!

http://www.amazon.com/Wind-Dancer-Adventure-Mystery-Steampunk/dp/0692370951/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1423184018&sr=1-4&keywords=raven+bond

 

PARTICPATE IN ART

I understand that you have a busy life. Perhaps you have kids, perhaps you have a demanding job that barely allows you to make ends meet. I get that, believe me I do. So when I ask for you to participate with me in the creative, I understand how you might be skeptical. Bear with me.

You see, I never really understood what participating meant until I decided to become a full-time writer. It means so much more than just encouraging that ‘weird artist friend’ who writes, or paints, makes music or acts, to continue doing what they do. That is encouraging them. That is very important understand, but it is not participating with them in the creative.

It is true that artists, no matter their medium, do what they do because they have a passion for creating. However, part of that creative process involves those who experience the creation, the audience, you.
To be a part of the creative process is easy. Read a book. Listen to music. Go to an art show and look at the works. And then tell the creator what you thought of it. I can’t empathize this enough. It is by feedback that artists work and live. If you love what we are doing tell us so, if you hate it, tell us that too so we can do it better. Think you can write, sing, or paint, ‘if only you had the time’? Than do that! You might be surprised at what you can do, and a more welcoming group than the society of creators I venture to say you won’t find.

Tell your friends about what you read or what you are listening to. In this networking age, it’s very easy to do, and is way more important than you might believe. Remember, we work and live by what feedback we get, and the more participation the better. And oh yes, buy what we create. Not only is that the best feedback ever, but it is by that single act alone that we are able to create more.

So when you want five minutes to yourself and pick up that new romance writer, or reach the end of a long day and want to zoo out with that new music you just bought, smile, because you helped create that. A culture only gets the Art it participates in.