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Reboot to Factory Settings

Posted by danielsullivan67@aol.com on December 20, 2020 at 11:45 AM

’Tis the end of 2020, and as we prepare to open a new chapter, I am prompted to look back on the last chapter as it comes to its close. 2020 was a turbulent year, dominated by two things: a global pandemic and an election. The two together were inescapable—if you weren’t hearing about the one, you heard about the other, and often, if you heard about the one, you heard about the other simultaneously, as the outgoing administration’s response to the Novel Corona Virus/Covid 19 was as newsworthy as the pandemic itself and played a huge part in the 2020 election.

Unemployment, business failure, and a fundamental change to the way we socialize were all on display this past year. Some hit home for me—my older son works for a sound and lighting company, and so is unemployed, as the events that sound and lighting companies need to operate were all canceled. Of course, my vendor table at Shoreleave 2020 was canceled as well. As you may also know, I teach kendo, the art of Japanese fencing, and longsword classes. These classes came to a screeching halt due to the pandemic, and just when I was thinking about starting classes again on a limited basis, the virus surged.

Somewhere during all of the insanity of the year, four major things happened. I returned to the Harley Davidson dealer to work in their service department, I published my sixth novel—Better the Millstone—through Wolf Paw Publications, my oldest son and his wife welcomed a daughter into the world, making me a grandfather, and I married Lynda.

Needless to say, 2020 was a year of firsts for me. My first time being a grandfather. My first time living outside of Montgomery County. My first time as a spouse in a blended family. My first published novel that was not in the Silver Liner Series … and the first time since 2013 that I did not win National Novel Writing Month (I only got to the sixteen-thousand-word mark).

With everything going on in my life, many people seemed surprised that I was even trying to win NaNoWriMo, but writing projects have their own inertia. So, while I may have slowed my output, my projects have indeed continued.

An author’s writing projects are generally what interest their newsletter readers most, so without further ado, let’s talk about the fun stuff!


The Silver Liner Series

The gateway into the near-future science fiction world I’ve created, the Silver Liner Series is my first, and now numbers five books, set to conclude in the sixth and final book (See below). Follow the adventures of Captain Royce and Doctor Fiona Kinsale aboard the great silver liner, the S.S. Selene as they galivant about the inner Sol System, dodging government agents, crime bosses, and a maniacal Starfleet captain! Available in paperback and e-book!

Start your voyage here:



Better the Millstone

In spite of a global pandemic, a job change, and preparing for a wedding, along with everything else going on, I was able to publish my first non-Silver Liner book, “Better the Millstone”. This book takes place roughly a hundred and fifty years after the events of the Silver Liner series and introduces space trucking Captain Shane Tyrone of the SMV Gypsy Rose. Join him on his first epic misadventure!



The Cyber Secession

The book that was going to be “The Silver Liner: Final Flight”, was my 2019 NaNoWriMo project. By the time I finished writing it, that book ended up becoming another draft of a Silver Liner related book, “The Cyber Secession” (working title), which takes place immediately following the events of “The Silver Liner: The Voyage Home”. Originally, this story was going to be told inside the Final Flight novel, but I found that it works better as a stand-alone story.

The story is very nearly in its final form and sets the stage for the world I presented in “Better the Millstone”, which takes place roughly a hundred and fifty years after the Silver Liner series.

I’m projecting a Spring 2022 release for this book, but I would love to see it happen some time next year. Of course, as Paul Masson would sell no wine before its time, nor will Daniel Sullivan publish a book before its time.


The fate of Selene, Kendrick, and Fiona

My unfinished NaNoWriMo project for 2020 is a proper conclusion to the Silver Liner series, and work on that has continued. I am aiming for a late summer/fall release of this book, but trust me, I have a lot in store for Kendrick and his silver liner, as well as for the rest of his crew.


Better the Millstone audio-book

I am working on my first home studio project, an audio reading of my latest novel, Better the Millstone. This will be available only by contacting me directly. It is nowhere near complete, and the setting up of my home recording studio has been interrupted repeatedly, so only the prologue has been recorded. This will be a recording of the author reading the book, so it won’t have the kind of polish that a traditional e-book will have—but it will be the author reading the book.


Gypsy Rose Rides Again!

I have fully outlined the plot of a sequel to “Better the Millstone” and am about a quarter of the way through writing the first draft. Millstone was originally meant to be a single, stand alone novel, but the story came to me and the author notes began to be typed. Before long, I had the outline and was working on the first draft. No release date or projection as of yet but stay tuned!


The Goddess’ Eyes

My 2018 NaNoWriMo high fantasy project has not gotten as much post NaNo attention as my other works, but I have been opening it up and working on it here and there. After Lynda and I watched “The Witcher”, I was inspired to dive back into this one in earnest. Now, the third draft is in progress!


Let down your tangled hair!

I wrote a very brief draft many years ago that was lost and recently recovered when a thumb drive that had disappeared reappeared during the move. It involves a dashing knight, a fair princess, a tower, and a dragon!


Random and Sundry projects

I have concepts for two science fiction novels, both of which would be in the YA category, and a few fiction ideas that are just ideas with one or two sentences’ worth of notes so I don’t forget.


And there you have it!

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In a few short days, not only will 2020 end, but the twenty-teens decade will end. As we enter the twenties for the third time in U.S. history, I am hopeful. The Teens were a pretty crazy decade, but we got through it without a world war this time around, so I’ll count that as a win. Join me here next month, and we’ll do it all again!

Happy holidays to all, and the very best in the coming year!


Daniel Sullivan


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