Maverick Writer has been about indie writing and publishing for the last six years. Those posts will still be available and searchable. But I’ve written just about all I can say on the two topics and since my own writing and interests are turning pretty exclusively toward near-future science fiction, that’s what you’ll find here from now on.

My concerns are with the world as we know it now and where it may be going over the next eighty years or so. That doesn’t include aliens or trips to outer space. I write about possible realities, not fantasies of off-world colonization, which I believe will never happen. Not alien invasions or even first contact. Rather, the possibilities of real life right here on earth as the American Empire collapses and the oceans rise.

Most of my ideas come directly from the news and from articles dealing with science, politics, and the social sciences. Even granting that some kind of apocalypse is possible, given the tonnage of nuclear armaments scattered around the world, and the growing crisis of antibiotic-resistant diseases, it’s more likely that we will slip into some form (or multiple forms) of dystopia.

The water hasn’t reached boiling point yet, and the frog is quite comfortable for now, but the temperature, both literally and as metaphor, is going up rapidly.

I reserve the right to let my grasshopper mind express itself in areas other than science fiction now and then.



If you need to contact me privately, the address is darkboundaries at gmail dot com. If you spam me, I’ll block you from my entire world.

29 thoughts on “About

  1. Oh… you sound like my kind of story teller. It sounds like we actually have some similar themes. (Though still with different twists.)

    I look forward to getting to know you.🙂

  2. You may be right. I’ll check out your Goodreads shelves when I have the time. By the way, where did you get that “g” link to your page? All I can find are widgets. I seem to be asking you a lot of questions.🙂

    Subbed to your blog, by the way. Enjoyed what I read, so far.

  3. I don’t know if you intend it this way, but you appear to have no name on your blog. If you are trying to promote yourself, wouldn’t you want us to see your name, even if it was a pen name? The only place I see it initially is on the photos of your book at the bottom left. Even your wordpress and your signature has no name attached.

    1. I’ve only recently started using my name online, and that’s because of the books. I’m slowly changing my user name on some sites, but I (illogically) still prefer to keep Catana on my blogs. I’m not very pushy about self-promotion, so I guess I’m still trying to maintain an illusion of privacy by keeping the user name I’ve had for several years. Yeah, I know it doesn’t make sense, but nobody’s sensible all the time.🙂

  4. About your Blog in Digital Journal posted Oct. 14th (“What’s the point of points?”), I had posted a blog on Oct. 1st. on this subject. You may be interested on reading it:
    That blog was read by more than 220 people and received 19 “LIKES” and 14 comments. However, not a single comment or reply from Digital Journal Staff. Perhaps they did not think much of it!

  5. I am also a bit of a late bloomer with writing and have come at it slowly, in fits and starts, although my interest started at a young age. I’ve written 2 1/2 novels, the first being as long as 3 combined. Live and learn. The second is the one I am trying to get published or will self-publish. I’m currently at work on the 3rd. Glad to meet you and will be checking out your work!

    1. Welcome to the wonderful world of authorship, kellie. It sounds as if you may have the makings of a series–unless you consider it a part of the learning process to be left behind in a drawer.

      I figure as long as you can still see the screen, it’s never too late to get started.

  6. Sorry if this is kinda late, but I should’ve done this sooner. Thank you so much Catana for following my blog! I truly appreciate it! I will come by and visit you from time to time.🙂

    1. I don’t consider it spam, at all, and I do appreciate the thought. I’m glad you find my blog inspirational. But I don’t consider them rewards. They’re a way to promote each other, and I’d rather link directly to valuable posts and blogs when I come across them, than take the time to decide which few of the many wonderful blogs I read should be “rewarded.”

  7. Your themes sound interesting. I’ll check one of your books out🙂

    Keep smiling,

    P.S. You’re not selling out by being a non-fiction writer too.

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I was just kidding about the selling out. It was really more in reference to starting off with 50 Shades of Crap. After all, blogging is nonfiction. And I do plan to write a series of nonfiction books about — guess what? — writing.

    1. Hi Dan. Yes, I’m on Writer’s Cafe. More a lurker than a participant, though. Always useful info to be found there. Lots of food fights, too, which are interesting to watch, up to a point.

        1. I suppose it isn’t any worse than being a prolific blogger. Just as long as you find time to get the real writing done. Some people have plenty of time on their hands (like me), and you can’t be a novelist 24/7. I have a fairly short attention span and the breaks are actually a necessity. I admit to being a huge time-waster and procrastinator. But my fiction is the center of my life, so it does get most of my attention.

    1. I appreciate the thought, Elenia, but as I’ve said before, I don’t participate in these things. If you want to nominate someone else in my place, please do.

        1. I always appreciate a mention, so no problem there, if you want to keep it. I just don’t have the time or energy to go hunting for people to recommend, even if I knew that many bloggers. Also, I’m very private, and I avoid giving out personal information. It’s probably just me, but I don’t understand why people want to know personal stuff about people they don’t even know.

          1. that’s fine🙂 I was nominated twice before I decided I should take part, for some of the same reasons. Personally, I felt like I didn’t really deserve the award, and I also wasn’t sure if I could think of 15 bloggers and then I wasn’t sure if I could limit myself to 15. It did take a while. I’m a rubbish reader of anything at all, so I’m very sporadic in my reading/liking/commenting of posts. I just nominated those who I follow whose posts I always enjoy when I get round to reading them. I’m viewing it as a general ‘thank you for your blog’ rather than anything else🙂

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