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Four inches of snow so far today. Beautiful, although changed to mix of snow/ice. Nice day to get some work on book 8 - at least until I quit to watch the 49er/Dallas game. :>) ... See MoreSee Less

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Topped out at 5.5 inches.

I’m assuming you’re a 49ers fan since that’s Yosef’s hometown. Either way GO 9ers!

Nice and partly cloudy, high 20s (Celsius, of course) in Canberra, Australia. Couple of showers throughout the day just to keep things interesting 😁

No snow yet but strong cold winds in Liverpool, rolling in off the Irish sea.

That was a rough game.

Both QBs screwed the pooch in crunch time. JG missed some easy game changing passes and failed to wait until his line was set on the QB sneak. And Dallas QB needed to hand the ball to the ref ASAP.

Our rains have finally started in Namibia. We were getting worried!

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2 weeks ago

First draft finished. Now comes the REAL work.

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YAY!! 🥳 I can’t even imagine all the work that goes into these books but my husband and I are always SO excited for the final results!

Thank you for all of the creative efforts you put into these works! They are among my favorite books.

I sure hope he goes to that place and salts the earth like he said. That'd be cool.

Just finishing Passages, excited for more!

I've read over 2,000 Sci fi in my life and I've never rooted harder for anyone than Yozef or balled like a baby when he was fatally injured in battle. Can't wait for his story to continue.

Hi Olan, this made my day!!! Thanks for the hard work and great imagination!!

Thank you Thank you! Your awesome! Do you need another beta reader? I can’t wait!!!

I think I'm most excited to find out what the AI has been up to. I find that storyline so fascinating😎

Tyger Tyger, burning bright, In the forests of the night; What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

Looking forward to to reading it. I hope that you give more information about the AI and what it's interests in Joseph are, I mean why would it interfere with the other Ai that's monitoring what Joseph is doing and what's going on on the planet, unless it has a plan for Joseph and wants him to continue to develop technology for some reason that not clear yet.

Congratulations looking forward to the finished product

Please, please, please. Let me proof read it. PLEASE!!!

Excellent news! It’s one of the series that I read that I look forward to the next installment the most.

So looking forward to reading this book 😊

Great news 😊

I guess I'd better get organized now, because I always drop everything when one of your books comes out.

I would love to offer my time to read the first draft and making recommendations lol... can't wait to read this book!

I’d be happy to help with editing 🤓

Come on give us a peek

Looks great

So excited 😆

Can ask how many pages it is at the moment.

I am not alone in saying that I am really looking forward to it.

Can’t wait till it is released.👍

I love the title - eagerly waiting

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Jan 3, 2022

I hope everyone had a good holiday season despite some of the news. Here’s hoping 2022 is memorable in the good ways.

We had a good December, and I have a week or two left in indulging in seasonal sweets and then it’ll be the time to lose the recently accumulated pounds. Last night and this morning we had our first snowfall of this winter. Beautiful. But cold. Projected below freezing nights the next two weeks and a day or two with highs below freezing. One advantage is I’ll have fewer distractions to deflect from the following item.

Book 8 of Destiny’s Crucible is coming along, although slower than I wanted, as usual. I expect to finish the first crude draft this week, then there’s lots of work left ahead. Right now, it’s at 200,000 words and the current working draft title (subject to change) is “A Fearful Symmetry.”

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Jan 3, 2022

I hope everyone had a good holiday season despite some of the news. Here’s hoping 2022 is memorable in the good ways.

We had a good December, and I have a week or two left in indulging in seasonal sweets and then it’ll be the time to lose the recently accumulated pounds. Last night and this morning we had our first snowfall of this winter. Beautiful. But cold. Projected below freezing nights the next two weeks and a day or two with highs below freezing. One advantage is I’ll have fewer distractions to deflect from the following item.

Book 8 of Destiny’s Crucible is coming along, although slower than I wanted, as usual. I expect to finish the first crude draft this week, then there’s lots of work left ahead. Right now, it’s at 200,000 words and the current working draft title (subject to change) is “A Fearful Symmetry.”

Olan

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Glad it was a good December for you and the family. Also glad to hear of the potential progress for book 8. We too (Covington VA.) have gotten our 1st snow for the new year. Be well and God bless.

Absolutely beautiful!!! Keep warm, stay safe, build a snowman.😁

Great news. Looking forward to it.

Re-read Harbinger last week. Hungry for more. Also loved the space western book.

Thanks for the update and I hope 2022 will be better for all of us. Looking forward to book 8.

Such great news and thanks for the update! Happy New Year!!!

Happy news Olan! Stay safe and warm in that weather!!

Great pictures, your books are always worth waiting for.

Thank you for the update Happy new year to you and your family 🥳

I brought in the new year with the last 30 minutes of The Janus Harbinger (audio). Thanks for the great story. I will take an encore, please.

Really looking forward to book 8! Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Olan.

Go for a word count comparable to "Battle Field Earth" 😍

Thank you Olan.

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This time every year, I send out a short story for mail group members. So far, three mail group members say they did not receive the short story email. They are all part of a single batch of emails send out. So far none from the other batches have reported the problem. Why? No idea. I've communicated with those three. Others not receiving the short story should also contact me.

Also, if you are not part of the mail group and want to join for release news and the holiday short story, send me your email address here, at the web page, or to olanthorensen@gmail.com

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Message to Kyle Visconti and Stephen Yavorsky. Kyle, the email I have for you is not working. Stephen, you are not on the mail list. Olan Thorensen

I got the email, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Thanks for taking the time to fix the issue.

I got it just did not have time to read yet.

Looking forward to reading it. It landed in my mailbox just fine.

I did not receive this year's story. I did last year.

Did not get mine philip brightman

Thank you. I got mine and am looking forward to reading it.

I got mine at `Wed, Dec 15, 10:15 AM` 🙂

Got mine! Thank you so much!

Hey from Argentina, Big fan, please send: Savas Kazantzides , savaskazantzides@hotmail.com .

Would love to be added Olan, my email is geokjp@gmail.com.

Hi Olan, I'd like to be added to the e-mail list, magnus@jomlo.se Thanks!

MelanieDbrandt@gmail.com. Thanks! Can’t wait

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In the past several years there have been occasional requests for either signed copies of books or “swag.” To reveal how out of the loop I was, I didn’t know what swag was until explained to me. It’s a broad range of products with images and text related to a theme which can be a person, movie, singer, sports team, etc.

Thanks to the efforts of sisters Jenna Ossip-Klein and Sarah Zar, a swag account is now active. Attached is an image with a small sample of what swag is available. For those not interested, reading can stop here. However, if you ARE interested, then please read further for information on using Zazzle.

There are 6 main points to using Zazzle.
1) Best access is through opening the following as a hyperlink: Zazzle_Merch_Store. If that fails, the complete link is www.zazzle.com/store/olan_thorensen_merch?rf=238517846314858525
2) If for some reason that does not work, search zazzle.com for “Thorensen.”
3) If you have specific desired changes, contact the designer (Lady Stent) listed at the above link. One example could be having the Snarling Graeko image be for other cities, like Orosz City or Preddi City.
4) The products you see can be purchased as viewed. However, the image can also be used with ANY other product, of which there are thousands. The attached image of Caedellium is for a poster, but the image was used to put on a throw pillow. Just a tiny fraction of products includes coffee mugs, frosted mugs, pillows, stationary, coasters, socks, totes, bookmarks, mouse pads, on and on and on.
5) A product can be customized. For example, the T-short in the attached image can be changed for any of a range of colors or used on a large selection of men/women’s T-shirts/ hoodies/etc. The image can also be resized on the product, duplicated, rotated, etc.
6) VERY IMPORTANT is that if you wish to order products, sign up for “Zazzle Black.” It’s a program that costs $9.95 a year and gives you free shipping. If you don’t sign up, the Zazzle shipping is outrageous. It may be annoying, but you likely are repaid with the first product you order.

For signed copies of books, go to olanthorenen.com and scroll down the front page for instructions.
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2 months ago

In the past several years there have been occasional requests for either signed copies of books or “swag.” To reveal how out of the loop I was, I didn’t know what swag was until explained to me. It’s a broad range of products with images and text related to a theme which can be a person, movie, singer, sports team, etc. 

Thanks to the efforts of sisters Jenna Ossip-Klein and Sarah Zar, a swag account is now active. Attached is an image with a small sample of what swag is available. For those not interested, reading can stop here. However, if you ARE interested, then please read further for information on using Zazzle.

There are 6 main points to using Zazzle.
1) Best access is through opening the following as a hyperlink: Zazzle_Merch_Store. If that fails, the complete link is https://www.zazzle.com/store/olan_thorensen_merch?rf=238517846314858525
2) If for some reason that does not work, search zazzle.com for “Thorensen.”
3) If you have specific desired changes, contact the designer (Lady Stent) listed at the above link. One example could be having the Snarling Graeko image be for other cities, like Orosz City or Preddi City.
4) The products you see can be purchased as viewed. However, the image can also be used with ANY other product, of which there are thousands. The attached image of Caedellium is for a poster, but the image was used to put on a throw pillow. Just a tiny fraction of products includes coffee mugs, frosted mugs, pillows, stationary, coasters, socks, totes, bookmarks, mouse pads, on and on and on.
5) A product can be customized. For example, the T-short in the attached image can be changed for any of a range of colors or used on a large selection of men/women’s T-shirts/ hoodies/etc. The image can also be resized on the product, duplicated, rotated, etc.
6) VERY IMPORTANT is that if you wish to order products, sign up for “Zazzle Black.” It’s a program that costs $9.95 a year and gives you free shipping. If you don’t sign up, the Zazzle shipping is outrageous. It may be annoying, but you likely are repaid with the first product you order.

For signed copies of books, go to olanthorenen.com and scroll down the front page for instructions.

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The snarling Graeko shirt is awesome!

Thanks for all the likes guys! I personally am looking forward to reading the Xmas story kitted out in my DC merch 🙂. My cat will be wearing the bandana….and he is giving me serious grumpy eyes….. feel free to post pics when you receive your merch and give us some good feedback on how it turned out! We want to know the good, bad and ugly so we can continue to improve it for everyone! If anyone also wants to leave reviews of their products on zazzle once they’ve received them, we’d be really appreciative. You can also follow us or “like” our products on zazzle and get alerted when new merch drops….just as an FYI zazzle is ALWAYS running some sort of sale or other….

Yes, the Snarling Graeko is terrific!

Yay!!!

Bad link, update it with the s in sen .com Then it works.

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December 2, 2021

Yikes! Year end coming. I don’t like the short days, but I go all in on lights on trees and the house and humming XMAS songs enough for wife to roll her eyes.

Sorry to say Book 8 of Destiny’ Crucible is slow coming. Not from lack of effort, but the plot is complicated and there has been slow slogging in many parts I struggled to see where it was going. Seems to have speeded up as “something comes to me,” almost like a whisper. :>)

Now looking like March/April for the ebook, with audio production scheduled for May and summer release.

However, all is not lost for the holiday season. The yearly short story will be coming by year’s end.

For those interested, there’s a fan discussion group on Facebook. “Destiny’s Crucible Fans”
There’s 105 members last time I looked. One current discussion is members wanting a nickname for fans (ala potterheads and cheeseheads). Everyone is invited to pitch in with suggestions. I’ve been known to crib ideas from the discussions.

There have been occasional queries about getting signed copies of the paperbacks. That’s now possible by scrolling down on the front page of olanthorensen.com. You fill in your email and any specific inscription you would like. Unfortunately, at the moment the payment is only through Paypal, but there’s no charge to sign up.
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Happy Xmas to you Olan! I hate the short days too. Amazingly I'm still hanging on here despite severe chronic illness and feeling like I have one foot in the grave. Two things that drive me to keep going. First is release of new episode of "Wheel Of Time" on Prime every Friday. Second is your 8th Destimy's Crucible novel. I really do hope I live long enough to read it! 🙂

Come on man no more excuses put down the eggnog drop the cookies and get the book done dude I've been waiting.

You're on my list of authors that I consider comfort books that listening again isn't a chore but an extension to find more clues to a deeper story

Take your time. We know you'll pull it all together in a very interesting way. I'd like to know more about the aliens.

Better to take your time and put the best book you can then to rush it and have the trolls go after you

I re-listen to Destiny’s Crucible whenever I can’t find a good book. Six or seven times so far.

Happy Holidays! Thank you for the update.

Can you please have them go and salt the land he said he would salt. Ty

You can always take a break from the plot and just explore the other areas... the AI, the group back on earth investigating the crash, the original aliens that moved the original humans. Not saying that goes into book 8 but maybe just a break for you to explore.

Olan thank you for hanging in there on your new book. I’ll check out Destiny’s crucible fan face page. Oh yeah, days are short but full spectrum lighting helps a lot of people. I’ll go out to my greenhouse just to get that brightness.

While I am excited about the Destiny's Crucible book. I am just dying to read the book in the Janus Project. Maybe you just need more vacation time.

I want to read that an A10 ground support air craft strafed the Narthan capital and dropped 3 or 4 500 LB bombs on the main government buildings!!!

Can’t wait!!!!!

Sun surfers

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November 1, 2021

Interesting date. November is “National Novel Writing Month.” Info at nanowrimo.org/what-is-nanowrimo. Basically, it’s an informal encouragement for writers to write a 50,000+ novel in the month of November. Of course, fat chance at my writing speed and length of books. However, I’ll informally say I’m entered to try and finish book 8 by November 30 – no promises. Of course, I'm cheating by starting with 130,000 words.

Writing progressing, but slower than expected. Had 3-4 days recently with flu-like symptoms from covid booster. First 2 shots didn’t hit me like that.

This is also the time of your when it’s, “Thank goodness the garden and orchard are winding down.” It’s cyclical. Enthusiastic in the Spring, tired of it by the fall.

The attached image without explanation is presented for your puzzlement, discussion, whatever.

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November 1, 2021

Interesting date. November is “National Novel Writing Month.” Info at nanowrimo.org/what-is-nanowrimo. Basically, it’s an informal encouragement for writers to write a 50,000+ novel in the month of November. Of course, fat chance at my writing speed and length of books. However, I’ll informally say I’m entered to try and finish book 8 by November 30 – no promises. Of course, Im cheating by starting with 130,000 words.

Writing progressing, but slower than expected. Had 3-4 days recently with flu-like symptoms from covid booster. First 2 shots didn’t hit me like that.

This is also the time of your when it’s, “Thank goodness the garden and orchard are winding down.” It’s cyclical. Enthusiastic in the Spring, tired of it by the fall.

The attached image without explanation is presented for your puzzlement, discussion, whatever.

Olan

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Flag of the Narthon empire? That’s a Roman fasces - a symbol adopted by Mussolini for his new political philosophy fascism. Might fit the Narthoni. Of course , it brings up the question of how the symbol became known to them. Eagerly awaiting the next installment.

I CAN'T FLIBIN WAIT FOR THE NEWEST BOOK I NEED TO GET A DOSE OF THE COSCO and I had symptoms too from the booster hopefully you'll be ok soon

Maybe the buldorian flag??? I’ll have to look back at Passages and see if anything resembling this image was mentioned when Mark was hunting for ships in Sulako….

Well that's good news about book 8, glad that you're feeling better now though.

Hope those symptoms go away soon. Rest up!

It’s probably the flag of that new country thats on Joseph’s shit list (I can’t remember what it’s called alpha top my head)

Can't wait for the next book. Stay safe!

Good luck Olan! NaNoWriMo is a wonderful challenge to take on.

Has to be the flag of an alliance between Caedellium and Fuomon. Caedellium's green and Fuomon's blue and white (silver), and the fasces representing combined strength in union.

Olan Thorensen can you please confirm that this flag is part of the DC universe and perhaps even Anyar specific?? It will help with the speculation since you’ve mentioned that you’re working on other projects as well!!! Please please!!!

Question - anyone know where or if I can by physical books for the destiny crucible series- want to gift to my son think he'd love these?

Hm, Irish-French-Italian...? . Ah ha!! "The Kolsko League of Guinness, Wine & Pizza" !! it will surely take Caedellium by storm 😛

Olan I think we need your books to come out in movie form. Just the soundtrack will probably be amazing. One of my all-time movies was (The Mission) starring Robert De Niro. Soundtrack could be used in your writing. I think his name was Ennio Morricone..

Flag of Kolinka which Yozef is going to conquer next

Stay healthy! So how about that beer mug? Christmas is coming!

Alliance flag of Cards opium & Fuomon !

As a European, my first thought was actually about a fascist symbol. However, it is on Anyar and not earth and was initially the symbol of strength through unity so maybe the flag of a federation ?

Wow I thought it was just NO NUT NOVEMBER.

Caedelli flag perhaps ?

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October 4, 2021

Book 8 moving along. Harbinger 2 smatterings of progress. 3rd project nothing done last month.

There have been a few questions about the months on Anyar. Here are the names on Caedellium. Of course, they would be different in other realms.
Brunelon
Keforon
Makothon
Mefilton
Amgelon
Hisilton
Bangston
Himilton
Rucklon

Any differences between this list and any reference in the books is obviously someone else’s fault and not mine. :>)

For those interested and not aware, there are two places of interest about Destiny’s Crucible. There’s a wiki under development at:
destinys-crucible.fandom.com/wiki/Destiny’s_Crucible_Wiki
Among other things, it includes lists of characters and animals. I’ve used the latter when I couldn’t remember something. There’s also a list of months, which needs one correction I wasn’t able to figure out how to do it. Maybe the wiki members can make the change.

There’s also a fan discussion page on Facebook.
www.facebook.com/groups/1017113888825494
If that doesn’t work, just search on “Destiny’s Crucible.”

I’m not involved in creating either site, but I check in occasionally with comments/etc.

Right now, the Facebook group is discussing who might be the other 2 plane survivors on Anyar. To answer a request for the list of survivors (which anyone on the mail got with the XMAS short story a couple of years ago), here it is:

PASSENGER AGE OCCUPATION .
1) Bill Aderman 28 Rancher.
2) Pierre Billard 46 French tourist; wife on plane; wine industry.
3) Mark Caldwell 45 Engineer.
4) Heather Chen 17 High School senior; music student.
5) Joseph Colsco 27 Chemistry grad student; UC Berkeley.
6) Jolene Demmings 48 Police captain-Kansas City.
7) Isabella Gallego 15 High School sophomore.
8) Jesus Garcia 20 College sophomore, political science, Stanford.
9) Lucille Green e 31 Airline Stewardess. Pregnant.
10) Robin Kelly 49 accountant, economics; husband on plane.
11) Jules Lawson 53 Economics Phd, Bank of America.
12) Cheryl Liu 38 High School social studies teacher.
13) Justin Molinar 8 Parents on plane.
14) Henry Murkowski 16 High School junior; Parents and sister on plane.
15) Dan Oglethorpe 69 retired colonel, US Army, quartermaster
16) Liza Oglethorpe 63 retired colonel, US Army, intelligence & infantry
17) Michael Posey 72 Aircraft mechanic, retired. Wife on plane.
18) Susan Scanlon 33 Advertising.
19) Haley Sewell 3 months
20) Hakeem Stambouli 37 Math professor, SF State Univ.
21) Barbara Steuben 60 Librarian.
22) Daniel Steuben 61 Grocery store manager.
23) Glenn Timmons 50 Trucking supervisor.
24) Jerry Tonagawa 38 Google Personnel manager.
25) Terry Velada 35 Airplane steward.
26) Martha Whitworth 81 Surgeon, retired.
27) Stephen Yang 25 Taiwan grad student, robotics, Stanford.

Attached image is seat positions of survivors.

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October 4, 2021

Book 8 moving along. Harbinger 2 smatterings of progress. 3rd project nothing done last month. 

There have been a few questions about the months on Anyar. Here are the names on Caedellium. Of course, they would be different in other realms.
Brunelon
Keforon
Makothon
Mefilton
Amgelon
Hisilton
Bangston
Himilton
Rucklon

Any differences between this list and any reference in the books is obviously someone else’s fault and not mine.  :>)

For those interested and not aware, there are two places of interest about Destiny’s Crucible. There’s a wiki under development at:
https://destinys-crucible.fandom.com/wiki/Destiny’s_Crucible_Wiki
Among other things, it includes lists of characters and animals. I’ve used the latter when I couldn’t remember something. There’s also a list of months, which needs one correction I wasn’t able to figure out how to do it. Maybe the wiki members can make the change.

There’s also a fan discussion page on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1017113888825494
If that doesn’t work, just search on “Destiny’s Crucible.”

I’m not involved in creating either site, but I check in occasionally with comments/etc.

Right now, the Facebook group is discussing who might be the other 2 plane survivors on Anyar. To answer a request for the list of survivors (which anyone on the mail got with the XMAS short story a couple of years ago), here it is:

PASSENGER AGE OCCUPATION                                               .
1) Bill Aderman 28 Rancher.
2) Pierre Billard 46 French tourist; wife on plane; wine industry.
3) Mark Caldwell 45 Engineer.
4) Heather Chen 17 High School senior; music student.
5) Joseph Colsco 27 Chemistry grad student; UC Berkeley.
6) Jolene Demmings 48 Police captain-Kansas City.
7) Isabella Gallego 15 High School sophomore. 
8) Jesus Garcia 20 College sophomore, political science, Stanford.
9) Lucille Green e 31 Airline Stewardess. Pregnant.
10) Robin Kelly 49 accountant, economics; husband on plane.
11) Jules Lawson 53 Economics Phd, Bank of America.
12) Cheryl Liu 38 High School social studies teacher.
13) Justin Molinar 8 Parents on plane.
14) Henry Murkowski 16 High School junior; Parents and sister on plane.
15) Dan Oglethorpe 69 retired colonel, US Army, quartermaster
16) Liza Oglethorpe 63 retired colonel, US Army, intelligence & infantry
17) Michael Posey 72 Aircraft mechanic, retired. Wife on plane.
18) Susan Scanlon 33 Advertising.
19) Haley Sewell 3 months
20) Hakeem Stambouli 37 Math professor, SF State Univ.
21) Barbara Steuben 60 Librarian.
22) Daniel Steuben 61 Grocery store manager.
23) Glenn Timmons 50 Trucking supervisor.
24) Jerry Tonagawa 38 Google Personnel manager.
25) Terry Velada 35 Airplane steward.
26) Martha Whitworth 81 Surgeon, retired.
27) Stephen Yang 25 Taiwan grad student, robotics, Stanford.

Attached image is seat positions of survivors.

Olan

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Truly great works. The depth of your worlds is amazing. Thanks for all your hard work!!

Whatever you do, don't let your narrator get away! A narrator makes or breaks an audiobook, and I had forgotten how good your narrator was because there was a big break between the time I read your last book and the current one I'm devouring. He is outstanding. Give him a nice Christmas present as well!

I’m so glad to see there is a Facebook group for discussion. I had all intentions to create one myself a while back but I just never found the time.

So… I’m now left wondering how did the watchers handle the kids that were very young and infants? Obviously they wouldn’t just wash them up on the shore like the rest? These young children wouldn’t even be able to decide their fate would they?

Olan I just finished Dubious Peace Fantastic book as always. I can’t wait for the next installment. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with the world

Olan…just finished Harbinger…wow! Looking forward to the rest of the trilogy. At a loss of what to read next since I’m all caught up with Destiny’s Crucible 💁🏼‍♀️.

I was just scrolling and saw the picture before the post and thought, Final Destination

That UFO really did a number on the middle of the plane

I hope the 3 month old is a on a good planet. Poor kid

I love out 8 became the cool glasses emoji by accident lol

You're leading up to greater numbers migrating from Earth, (unless maybe our creators had spread us out among worlds, (don't really believe 100% that we were created by interstellar visitors, but open to arguments)) & with the Neanderthal's taking it even further back in time when a forced migration would've taken place. But, Earths months are so ingrained, even if spoken differently, Ancient Sumerians had to much religious or godly diversity & just used 1st month, 2nd month & so forth, in known historical pasts along with the 12 ages of the ~25,920yr, great year. Isn't it quite likely that before the devastating cataclysm of ~9,600bc, most humans would have already been using a system that was easy enough to be remembered by the Survivors, at the end of the YDP, in surveilling or rebuilt city's such as Göbekli Tepe, Darinkuyu & other recently discovered ancient Tepe "temples" & miles of multi levels of ancient underground shelters?

Thanks olan!! 🙂

Well we Know it's not Dan & Liza Get it in gear bro! Need more books. Left us hanging @ end Harbinger

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Hello,

It’s been a good while since the last update. Mea culpa. The summer was busy, some obligatory travel, weeks with grandkids visiting, and the usual more time than expected to care for a large garden and orchard. Things are settling down now.

Writing has progressed, though slowly. Book 8 had trouble congealing, but that seems to be solved by several of those, “It comes to me . . . ” moments someone is known to have that seemed to get things going. I started off working on three different books, but most time now is book 8 which is at 80,000 words. There is also a start on book 2 of the Harbinger trilogy, and another project I won’t go into for now.

One unplanned item was the time it took looking into swag as I previously said I would do. As everything seems to go, it took a lot more time than expected and sucked up the equivalent of a couple of weeks. After looking at several options, we’ve settled on a company and some test orders are out so I and a couple others can check the quality. Should have the answer shortly. Personally, I plan on getting t-shirt, sweat-shirt, poster, and bookmark items. It will start with a few images/designs and go from there as more are developed. A 2-foot square poster I ordered of Caedellium looks good, but somehow I put a mouse cursor in the middle of Moreland Province? That’ll have to go, plus the lettering is a little vague and needs enhancing before that image can be out there for any product a person wants to put it on.

It’s been requested to post hints, such as maps, about book 8. Here’s one, and no, there will be no more explanation of what it’s about. :>)

Olan
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Hello,

It’s been a good while since the last update. Mea culpa. The summer was busy, some obligatory travel, weeks with grandkids visiting, and the usual more time than expected to care for a large garden and orchard. Things are settling down now.

Writing has progressed, though slowly. Book 8 had trouble congealing, but that seems to be solved by several of those, “It comes to me . . . ” moments someone is known to have that seemed to get things going. I started off working on three different books, but most time now is book 8 which is at 80,000 words. There is also a start on book 2 of the Harbinger trilogy, and another project I won’t go into for now.

One unplanned item was the time it took looking into swag as I previously said I would do. As everything seems to go, it took a lot more time than expected and sucked up the equivalent of a couple of weeks. After looking at several options, we’ve settled on a company and some test orders are out so I and a couple others can check the quality. Should have the answer shortly. Personally, I plan on getting t-shirt, sweat-shirt, poster, and bookmark items. It will start with a few images/designs and go from there as more are developed. A 2-foot square poster I ordered of Caedellium looks good, but somehow I put a mouse cursor in the middle of Moreland Province? That’ll have to go, plus the lettering is a little vague and needs enhancing before that image can be out there for any product a person wants to put it on.

It’s been requested to post hints, such as maps, about book 8. Here’s one, and no, there will be no more explanation of what it’s about.  :>)

Olan

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Thank you Olan, it's good to hear that my favorite book series is progressing.

Tshirt that reads, “I was cast under an alien sun, and all I got was this stupid tshirt,” please! 🤣

I wanna see more technology, and the effects it has on Anyar. Two thousand bolt action rifles and a million rounds of ammunition should go a long way to clearing the Lanolin continent. Ditto Rustal. At the very least it would keep the Narthani kinda busy.

Agreed would like to see more technological developments. What happened to that earthling female medical doctor that briefly appeared towards the end of one of your earlier books in the series?

Looking forward to book 8 of Destiny's Crucible and book 2 of the Harbinger Trilogy.

As much as I anyar, I am beyond excited to hear your already working on Book 2 of Harbinger. Even if it was just an aside.

If you do the T-shirt please use good cotton and haved XXXL size - be happy to pay more for a quality porduct.

Thanks for series. Like others I have read through at least twice with the delays in printing. One suggestion is to have the Naval academy guy come up with several suggestions for beach invasion of their enemies including the creation of a highly trained recon team similar to SEALS. their training alone would be of interest and could be used in various sub plots. Carry on sir and again thanks.

Enjoying both series, looking forward to their continuation. The book 8 map is a fun tease.

Perhaps the location of a forth American in Penabak. Thanks for the updates looking forward to the new books.

Oh I know where that is. I've got some guesses where your going with that. Can't wait!

Thank you for the update! Looking forward to everything you mentioned.

Looking forward to release of new books. Like them all.. Will you have coffee mugs??

Thanks for the update! And your books are amazing!! Love all of them!!

I’m very excited for what’s coming. I’ve read just about everything you’ve written and love it all!! Keep it and thanks!

Awesome Hanging out for the next book 👌

I'm hanging with mark right now only eager for the next book

A great series read each book in this series a number of times. I keep finding things I missed. Eric Weiss.

Love the concept, and world building, Good Job.

Here's hoping that the orchard (vineyard, finger crossed) produces a spectacular grape for a great red wine.

My guess is Akunyun is going to run across the 4th 4382 passenger .That's the area he traveled home to in book 5.

Congrats on another successful year of writing. May the Force be with you.

I will buy whatever you write.

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Some memories are indelible, and not all are good.

September 11, 2001

I was attending a 2-day bioinformatics meeting in Bethesda, Maryland. The morning’s session was underway when the someone from the venue came in to say an airliner had just crashed into one of the Twin Towers. Terrorism was suspected, and the facility was projecting CNN on a fifteen-foot screen for anyone wanting to watch the reports. A couple of scientists left to watch, but I stayed, telling myself the meeting was important and I would catch the details of the crash later. My resolve lasted until the next talk was boring and my curiosity got to me. Over the next hour I alternated between watching the disaster unfold and being stupefied that almost all our meeting’s attendees were either oblivious that the world had just changed or were deliberately blocking out reality they were not prepared to deal with. I learned later than the plane that hit the Pentagon flew directly over the meeting site.

Following the attack, I spent the next days in a hotel watching news and knowing nothing would ever be the same. Air traffic was suspended and home was far away. The only potential way to get there was with my rental car. I discussed with two other meeting attendees the possibility of us driving home together. The only car we had was my rental and there was no word when air travel would be resumed. Rumors were it could be weeks. We decided to wait a few more days before committing. I held onto the car past its day to return, as did every other car renter in the US, including people at the meeting if they were not local. The rental car companies canceled any penalties and said any driver could return a car anywhere in the US whether it was in their contract or not – just give us our cars back. When flights resumed, fortuitously I was on the first plane to leave Baltimore.

Twenty years later, unfortunately I was right that the world had changed, and not in a good way.
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Theres always something good to be found in every day.. Sept 11 th is my daughter’s birthday so it will always be a day to celebrate for us regardless of the somber news. It is unfortunate that her birthday is now overshadowed by this terrible event but we always try and make the best of it.. After all, she was born before it happened so it will always be her day first. (She is 24 today).

I was scheduled to make a presentation at a Cyber Security conference at CNN Headquarters in Atlanta at 9AM… then every phone and pager in the room started going off. Took me 3 days to finally secure a rental car and drive home. Still blows my mind how fast people gave up their right to privacy, yet throw tantrums over wearing a mask.

The world change alright. TSA was made to check random people over profiling. Father b.42, an American born of American born Italians, was fingered, each time he flew, for the personal touch. Yet, thanks to the backwards party, obvious middle Easterners often just passed though the metal detectors.

Cooler heads did not prevail. Because of people on both sides of government I had the opportunity to meet a handsome young man about six foot 2 that was a servicemen in the Iraq War. He was trying to purchase something from me but was having difficulty because he had his arms blown off at the shoulders.. with his teeth he took out a $20 bill from his vest. This injured vet told me to put the $5 bill in his right pocket and the ones in his left pocket.. I showed him $0.89 I still owed him.. this poor young man teary-eyed almost started crying.. he said what am I going to do with that I can't even wipe my ass.. this is where I almost lost it I almost started crying.. thousands of men and women came back from the Iraq War/Afghanistan crippled or even dead because of the decisions made in voting for the war that was a lie.. These people should not be electable. That should have been a career changer to something outside of government.. it's not like saying hehe I burnt the beans.. I will never vote for anybody that voted for that war.. They need to suffer the consequences for a horrific mistake. can you of good conscience look a wounded soldier in the eye and still vote for A politician that got us into these wars....?

Thank you for sharing.

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