Saturday, February 25, 2017

Galatea, Inc.: Origins

Galatea, Inc. © Paul Hair, 2017.
Galatea, Inc. is one of the series I have been developing over the past few months. I believe I’ll have one or two stories that are set in its universe ready for publication in the spring or later, including the one that will serve as the introductory tale. The inspiration for this series came from a news story I saw years ago. I recently wrote about that story at The Loftus Party and today I explain how that inspired the creation of Galatea, Inc.

“How Victoria’s Secret Plussed up the 69th Infantry” details how Victoria’s Secret provided aid to the New York Army National Guard in Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. And when I read the sources for that story back in 2012, it started me thinking the following question: What if an intelligence organization used a modeling agency as cover to allow it to collect intelligence?

From that question I began formulating an idea where a man overtly works for a women’s fashion and modeling organization, even as he also serves as an intelligence professional in a clandestine component of that organization.

Women have historically served as great intelligence assets. (Beautiful woman have the capacity to go places where men cannot go.) So this is a factor in the tales of Galatea, Inc. even as the protagonist for one of the first stories won’t directly rely on it. (He uses the fact that the fashion and modeling organization can gain access to locations for the overt purpose of photographing models so that he can secretly collect intelligence, but he doesn’t necessarily use women for the collection.)

At the same time, tales in the Galatea, Inc. universe will feature a lot of women—often times more female characters than male ones. This is a creative way to satisfy the modern demand for “more female characters” in storytelling. And by being creative, I mean that while there will be more female characters in the stories, they also will almost always be beautiful women (something modern demands don’t necessarily want).

Finally, while many of the tales set in the universe of Galatea, Inc. will feature a lot of female characters and the male protagonist who works for the fashion and modeling organization, not all of them will. More on what I mean by this if and when it occurs.

So that’s the origin of how I began developing the Galatea, Inc. universe. The start of the publication of any stories set in this universe is likely weeks (if not months) away, since stories such as, Mortal Gods: “HVT,” Mortal Gods: “Sodom by the Susquehanna,” and The Stought Brothers will take precedence.

But publication could begin earlier. Either way, stay tuned to Liberate Liberty for more on Galatea, Inc.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Mortal Gods: ‘Sodom by the Susquehanna’ and Other Fiction Update

Harrisburg, Pa. and the Susquehanna River. © Paul Hair, 2016.
Mortal Gods: “Sodom by the Susquehanna” remains on schedule to begin publishing in the first quarter of the year, and likely before the end of March. I am also moving closer to being ready to start publishing Mortal Gods: “HVT” and The Stought Brothers.

I mentioned last year here at Liberate Liberty that I was nearing completion on the outline of Mortal Gods: “Sodom by the Susquehanna.” I’ve done further work on that. I’ve refined it, developed the characters a bit more, and I think that it’s close to the point where I can begin publishing it as a serial story.

The publication will (most likely) occur simultaneously here at Liberate Liberty and Liberty Island. (And it will be published for free, although there is an option to donate to me at my Liberty Island site.) One of the last big things for me to figure out is what the serial publishing schedule will be. Ideally it will be once per week but that remains to be determined. I might try to publish a serial portion each week and alter that schedule if necessary. (In other words, if I find that the next portion is not ready on a given week, I’ll delay it.)

Mortal Gods: “HVT” is probably closer to being ready to publish than “Sodom by the Susquehanna” is. I will publish “HVT” here at Liberate Liberty and Liberty Island as well. The story is unique in that it is a national security story that tells an interesting tale but also offers a unique solution (within the reality of the Mortal Gods universe) to an actual national security challenge. I will discuss that more after I publish the story. But the short of it is, is that it will be a fun story.

The Stought Brothers will be published at BarbWire as a free serial story. I think I’m ready to go with that within the next week or two. I’ll write an introductory piece to it, post that first at BarbWire, and then start the serial publication (which will occur weekly) of that first entry in a potential children’s story.

The closer I get to being ready to start publishing these stories the more excited I get about them. And I’m obviously hoping you feel the same way and enjoy them when you read them.

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Stought Brothers – Serialized Young Adult Series Coming Soon

The Stought Brothers logo. © Paul Hair, 2017.
Another story I am working on completing is the first story for a potential young adult series called, The Stought Brothers. I will publish the story in its entirety as a serialized story and for free at BarbWire.

I will judge how people respond to it and if it does well enough I may be able to proceed with the series, publishing the next book for sale as an eBook.

The logo you see to the right is the working logo for The Stought Brothers. If it proceeds as a series, then there probably would be an entirely new design along with cover art for the book.

Here is the general outline for The Stought Brothers.

Two brothers, 16- and 18-years old (a sophomore and a senior in high school), travel the world with their parents. Their father is a highly skilled doctor specializing in brain surgery, and he travels the world under the sponsorship of his church so he can provide life-saving operations across the globe. He takes his family with him wherever he travels.
During their travels, the brothers experience world events, often in the midst of security situations, mysteries, and other conflicts, even as they meet and learn about other people.
At times the family returns to the United States and the boys have adventures in America as well.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Mortal Gods: White Sands – Dark [ORIGINAL ART]

Mortal Gods artwork. © Paul Hair, 2013.
Here is an original piece of artwork I created in 2013. As you can see, it is a fuller version of the art I currently am using for the website title graphic. (Click on the image for an even larger size.)

I created it from two separate photographs (the background and the individual) that I took. Then I combined the photos in image-editing software, ran a filter over them, and added some effects.

This is artwork for the Mortal Gods universe I created but I have not yet used it for any specific story. I also do not have plans to use it for a particular story but that may change in the future. Nor have I given it a finished title. The title I used for the post was just thrown together based on a rough description of the image.

I am pleased with the final result and hope you enjoy it too.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

New Look for Liberate Liberty

Sketch art for Mortal Gods: Ignition.
Art by José Cano. © Paul Hair, 2015.
I already posted one new look for Liberate Liberty for 2017; now here is a second new one. I changed where I host the site and hence the new look. You will notice that I did not bring any of my older posts with me. I have no plans to do so at this time either. From time-to-time, I may repost an older post if I believe it is worth it. Other than that, we shall just move forward with new posts.

Furthermore, my plans for 2017 are to have most of my posts here be about my fiction, which means publishing updates on my new fiction, and publishing new fiction. There will be less posting about what other people are doing or what else is going on in the arts and entertainment worlds, and so forth (although I still will post some of that).

Hope everyone enjoys the new look.

Mortal Gods: "HVT" - Coming Soon

Mortal Gods: Adam: “HVT” Cover Art.
© Paul Hair, 2017.
Mortal Gods: “HVT” is a short story I’m writing. It will fall under the Mortal Gods: NATSEC umbrella of stories I’ve previously mentioned. I plan to publish it in full and for free here and, likely, at Liberty Island as well.

Enjoy the cover art for now. I’ll work on finishing the story as soon as possible.