Persistent Illusions is On Sale

Not much to say.

It’s on the Kindle here.

It’s on Smashwords in a bunch of formats here.

It’s got its own page on the website like a real live book here.

I’ll be updating as more formats are available. Paperback should be up by the end of the day.

Go. Buy. Read. And email me those few remaining typos. I hate those things.

Oh, and try to take it slow, will you? This has got to last you till the next book…

In 1 Day: It’s All Relative

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Aaaand Jack Davies brings us on home with the final piece. I’m not even going to say anything here. I mean the entire story is contained in this picture. I probably don’t even need to release the book this image makes things so obvious. But, for those of you who need some of the blanks filled in…

Book Two: Persistent Illusions IS COMING OUT TOMORROW! Drop by for details.

Bring your friends on board, use the buttons all over this site to share, and get everyone you know hooked on Book One: Probability Angels.

Persistent Illusions is available in many formats right here. AND it’s open for The Great Typo Hunt. So you can help me stomp out those last few typos while winning fabulous prizes.

In 2 Days: It’s Open Season

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Jack Davies brings us this piece. I don’t know that this needs any explaining. I do feel obligated to point out that these works are only inspired by my books. Which is to say that this never actually appears anywhere in Persistent Illusions. Jack and I were just kicking ideas around on email when this came up and it clicked instantly for both of us, but it’s not in the book. And frankly that’s probably a mistake on my part as I love this image.

Oh well. Come on back tomorrow for a new painting.

Book Two: Persistent Illusions is coming in 2 days.

Bring your friends on board, use the buttons all over this site to share, and get everyone you know hooked on Book One: Probability Angels.

Want an early start? Don’t mind eye strain? Persistent Illusions is available as a Word Doc right here. AND it’s open for The Great Typo Hunt. So you can help me stomp out those last few typos while winning fabulous prizes.

In 3 Days: Your Call Will Be Answered in the Order it was Recieved

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Victoria Spurling again with this split screen. Communication and information exchange has always been one of my favorite aspects of Matthew and Epp’s world. But when you throw in a zombie uprising, well, everything must adapt. Here we have Matthew trying to get through to newcomer Pintar and learning that, even in the afterlife, hold music sucks. Come on back tomorrow for a new painting.

Book Two: Persistent Illusions is coming in 3 days.

Bring your friends on board, use the buttons all over this site to share, and get everyone you know hooked on Book One: Probability Angels.

Want an early start? Don’t mind eye strain? Persistent Illusions is available as a Word Doc right here. AND it’s open for The Great Typo Hunt. So you can help me stomp out those last few typos while winning fabulous prizes.

And keep in mind the prestigious Second Annual Joseph Devon Fan Art Contest is underway!

In 6(ish) Days: Your Safety Is Job Number One

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Jack Davies brings us this shot. Which is…woah. Who are the Guardathings? What is that sign written with? What’s up with the icy blue background? Possibly there are some answers to come in Persistent Illusions. Possibly. I mean I only wrote the thing, what do I know?

Oh, and no more art until Monday, hence the “6(ish)” title of this post. You might be here on Sunday and this will still be up.

Book Two: Persistent Illusions is coming in 6(ish) days.

Bring your friends on board, use the buttons all over this site to share, and get everyone you know hooked on Book One: Probability Angels.

Want an early start? Don’t mind eye strain? Persistent Illusions is available as a Word Doc right here. AND it’s open for The Great Typo Hunt. So you can help me stomp out those last few typos while winning fabulous prizes.

And keep in mind the prestigious Second Annual Joseph Devon Fan Art Contest is underway!

In 7 Days: Long Time. No See.

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Ben Peng brings us this picture from <UNDISCLOSED LOCATION>. This guy looks a little worse for wear and tear. The suit, broad shoulders and mirrored sunglasses are a dead giveaway, but something about his ensemble is new. Hmmmm….

Come on back tomorrow for a new painting.

Book Two: Persistent Illusions is coming in 7 days.

Bring your friends on board, use the buttons all over this site to share, and get everyone you know hooked on Book One: Probability Angels.

Want an early start? Don’t mind eye strain? Persistent Illusions is available as a Word Doc right here. AND it’s open for The Great Typo Hunt. So you can help me stomp out those last few typos while winning fabulous prizes.

And keep in mind the prestigious Second Annual Joseph Devon Fan Art Contest is underway!

In 8 Days: Matthew is Back in Training

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Last year’s winner of the Joseph Devon Fan Art Contest, Victoria Spurling, gives us this painting. Here we visit with Matthew trying to get back into his groove after the whole zombie uprising thing has settled down to a manageable level. As Victoria said, “Trying to paint everything as pieces of energy was harder than I expected.” I don’t doubt that but I think she did an admirable job just the same. Come on back tomorrow for a new painting.

Book Two: Persistent Illusions is coming in 8 days.

Bring your friends on board, use the buttons all over this site to share, and get everyone you know hooked on Book One: Probability Angels.

Want an early start? Don’t mind eye strain? Persistent Illusions is available as a Word Doc right here. AND it’s open for The Great Typo Hunt. So you can help me stomp out those last few typos while winning fabulous prizes.

And keep in mind the prestigious Second Annual Joseph Devon Fan Art Contest is underway!

In 9 Days: Everest Gets a Night Light

Mount Everest Gets a Night Light

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Jack Davies, whose work you will see more of, brings us a shot from Mount Everest where newcomer Filip chills out at his desk while some of the new surveillance features are at work in the background. Come on back tomorrow for a new painting.

Nine days till the official publication of Persistent Illusions, people.

Bring your friends on board, use the buttons all over this site to share, and get everyone you know hooked on Book One: Probability Angels.

Want an early start? Don’t mind eye strain? Persistent Illusions is available as a Word Doc right here. AND it’s open for The Great Typo Hunt. So you can help me stomp out those last few typos while winning fabulous prizes.

And keep in mind the prestigious Second Annual Joseph Devon Fan Art Contest is underway!

2nd Annual Joseph Devon Fan Art Contest

So the contest is in full swing. Though I haven’t really given it a “launch” so to speak. I’ve sort of mentioned it here and there but being busy with the new book I didn’t get a chance to do all the fireworks and marching bands and dancing hippos that normally accompany a major announcement from Joseph Devon Industries.

But The Second Annual Joseph Devon Fan Art Contest *is* live.

More details are at that link, but basically: create a work of art based on one of the Matthew and Epp books and you could win a fabulous prize.

One note, though. I am reserving the right to push the deadline back by a month to July 15th. Last year I had a lot of people write in saying that they wanted to enter but that they were in the middle of finals and didn’t have the time. I tried to accommodate that with the June deadline but if I find that more time is needed for a lot of my readers I will push the deadline back a month.

Just one month and only that one time.

I don’t want people thinking I’m some unscrupulous ogre who will keep pushing the deadline back while collecting free art in some devious scheme to own all the world’s art.

My Nephew’s Adventure Begins Today

I have family in town this week. Like all of them. There’s freaking kids and siblings everywhere. They pop up at New York City landmarks and appear in buses seemingly at will. Overall it’s fun when we do this but also exhausting and quite confusing. Taking numerous children along to any event suddenly changes the dynamic entirely. Dinner’s become games of “Don’t Spill the Pasta,” and sporting events aren’t about sporting events but revolve around who can spot the guy selling Hot Dogs the fastest.

The best was when we all walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, a favorite landmark of mine due to it’s engineering beauty, fantastic views, historical impact and general coolness. My youngest niece understood zero of this. Not being tall enough to see over the railing turned this landmark for her into a mile long hike where the scenery, the wall next to her, never changed.

Anyway, the point of this post was to mention that I recently bought my nephew a copy of Pokemon White after I, sort of by accident, bought one for myself. He started playing a week ago while he was still at home and was having massive problems according to his mom, my sister. When he got here it didn’t take us long to sit down with our DS’s and try to hash out where he was tripping up.

That was when my head sort of exploded. I thought I was buying my nephew an interesting game that we could play together. I didn’t realize I was buying him his first real video game adventure. It was surreal. Having played games for 25 years now I rarely realize just how much knowledge I’ve internalized about such things. For example, one problem he was having was that after getting a little bit into the game, he would pick it up the next day and the game would “make him start all over again.”

He wasn’t saving his game. More to the point he didn’t *understand the concept of saving his game.*

This was earth shattering to me. And it made my impulse purchase all the more fun and special. Without realizing it I had bought my nephew his first real video game. His first real adventure in a pixilated world. His first quest where he’ll have to grind out levels and learn strategies for bosses and save whatever the hell it is you’re trying to save in Pokemon. Snorlax or something. I don’t really play Pokemon but you get the idea.

He has never rescued a captured princess or stopped Ganon from destroying Hyrule.

I don’t think I’d be overstepping by paraphrasing Obi-Won here and saying that my nephew is taking his first steps into a much larger world. Plus that quote fits in well with the general nerd-culture subject of this post.

And that revelation has changed me. I’m the youngest member of my family and I just barely squeezed into the gaming generation. It falls solely upon my shoulders to lead my nieces and nephews into this world as best I can. It’s a responsibility I am happy to shoulder. It’s a responsibility that also has me a little worried.

Yesterday my nephew both got *super* excited when one of his Pokemon learned a new move that he liked, and he also “rage quit” when he couldn’t get past some stupid rock.

Both landmarks that any gamer would recognize.

Having tiny people in your life is awesome.