independantwriters is the publisher of several popular books, Among them Earth's Survivors, Mexico and more.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In Rochester New York. I lived in bad neighborhoods, drugs and violence were everyday things. For two years, between fourteen and sixteen, before I went into the service, I lived on the streets. It taught me a great deal about how life really is and how we very often keep ourselves oppressed and poor.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing at about thirteen. When I was eighteen I wrote my first novel length manuscript. It became something like an addiction after that. I can normally write a 75 k novel in about ten days. Not perfect, of course, but complete. I currently have more than 30 novels that are unpublished, as well as short stories, lyrics and plays. I took my first creative writing class in 1982. I published my first novel in 1985.
I began this scrap wood build with only a neck that I was reluctant to throw away and a body blank I had made from some recycled roof rafters and abandoned for a year. I looked over the drawers in my shop cabinets and decided I could pull enough parts together to do the build that would save that orphaned guitar neck and body blank. And that is how the Scrap Wood project began.
This manual will show you how to take a bone blank and turn it into a saddle; how to get the shape and measurements you need to accomplish it: How to install it and set it up to your own tastes. This manual covers repairs that can save you hundreds of dollars in a professional shop. It can allow you to save money purchasing guitars that need work and doing the work yourself...
This manual is designed to get you comfortable with doing your own neck repairs, refretting jobs and cutting, shaping and installing your own nut or saddle. It covers a complete rebuild of a damaged neck: Fret board removal, truss rod installation; it will show you how to radius the new board and install new frets.
This is a seven string acoustic project. I started with a damaged acoustic guitar as a base: Stripped the neck and top off and began my build on this basic skeleton. The work covered includes building a soundboard; gluing the soundboard to the body and all that entails. Building a custom rosewood bridge and string peg pod: Designing and building the top and much more...
This is a step by step custom Ovation build. Installing a roller bridge, tremolo, Piezo discs and a humbucker. Starting from the shell of the donor guitar and continuing on to the completed guitar. Along the way you will learn finish work and get a good idea of how to approach your own custom guitar build...
Earth's Survivors SE 5 brings together book Six and book seven from the earth's Survivors series in one volume. From the theft of the virus from a top secret facility to the births of The Nation's first babies, to the formation of The Fold and how it came to be founded. Watertown begins the tale and World Order ends it after picking up at the end of Watertown. A hard, fast read start to finish...
The Earth's Survivors SE series follows follow Mike, Candace and a few other survivors as they struggle to stay alive in a vastly changed world. In the early morning hours of March 1st great change came upon the entire planet, touching the small northern New York town where Mike and Candace lived. Earth's Survivors SE four is the only story that completes the original story of Candace and Mike...
This manual will provide that step by step instruction to guide you in learning to apply a perfect finish to your guitar. I have provided examples of Both Acrylic and Nitrocellulose lacquer, and full paints as well as spot repairs on various instruments in my shop
Earth's Survivors SE 3, The Outrunner Books is all the collected OutRunner books in one place. There were three books written that were then discarded and the storylines were written into the Earth's Survivors books instead.
This Collection follows the OutRunners as they assemble from L.A and N.Y. The only book that tells the full tale of the outrunners...
The Fender CD60 Build. The idea was to build a Studio guitar. I wanted a guitar that I didn't have to worry about scratching up if I dragged it out for late night playing sessions. In the same breath I wanted a guitar that would give me consistent sound. I wanted a pinless bridge. A neck setup with a compound radius fretboard. I also wanted a $100.00 budget build that played like a $500.00 build.
Plague outlines the sudden rise of the dead, chronicling the spread across the country. It follows Adam, Beth, Billy and Pearl as they head north looking for an antidote that can bring the plagues to end. It also sees the first babies born to the Nation, the formation of both the Fold and Alabama Island, and the loss of one of the founders of The Nation without whom the Nation may dissolve...
Earth's Survivors SE 2 contains the complete text from the Earth's Survivors books three and four, The Nation and Home in the Valley. It includes a character bibliography. It follows survivors of a worldwide catastrophe. A meteorite hits and sets off a series of events that destroy the world as we know it. From L.A. To Manhattan the cities, governments have toppled and lawlessness is the rule.
Earth's Survivors SE 1 contains the complete text from the first two Earth's Survivors books, Apocalypse and Rising From The Ashes. It includes a character bibliography. It follows survivors of a worldwide catastrophe. A meteorite hits and sets off a series of events that destroy the world as we know it. From L.A. To Manhattan the cities, governments have toppled and lawlessness is the rule.
Earth's Survivors Apocalypse follows survivors of a worldwide catastrophe. A meteorite that was supposed to miss the earth completely, hits and becomes the cap to a series of events that destroy the world as we know it. Hopes, dreams, tomorrows: All buried in a desperate struggle to survive. Small groups band together for safety, leaving the ravaged cities behind in search of a new future...
The AdjustOvation Build:
This is a complete start to finish custom build. The base is an Ovation Applause with the upper bout holes, turned into a custom jazz guitar. I planned out this build and then put the pieces together for it over a few months while buying other parts for my guitar site.
Covers Stripping - Fitment - Prep and Sanding - Priming - Paint - Final assembly. Over 80 color photos.
This manual will provide step by step instruction to guide you to figure out what your needs are for a custom built guitar on a budget. Where to find the parts, how to do the work and more.
I will build a custom SG in my shop. Change the scale on the guitar. Modify the neck to fit, wire it, install pickups and more. I will also give tips and pointers as I do the build and fully photograph it.
This guide can help you to learn how to build your own custom guitar. This guide starts out with two beginner builds, An SG body and an LP body. Start to finish, follow the progress as the guitars both start as bodies and progress to finished, custom guitars. Work includes, scale changes, bridge installation, neck mounting, wiring and more... Color photos.
Home in the valley concentrates on the building of the first and most important settlement of The Nation. The valley settlement is where the people that run the Nation will come from. They will rise to leadership positions across the former United States.
The first supply trip out for the Nation nearly turns to disaster, and more of the separate parties join and become one under the Nation Flag.
This part of the story really concentrates on the formation of The Nation and the people who will build it and carry it forward, but it also brings along the side story of The Fold and the people who will build that haven. It gives a more complete picture of Adam and Cammy, and picks up the Tale of Billy and Beth, Mike and Candace, Conner and Katie as they work to sort out their lives.
Earth's Survivors Rising From The Ashes continues to follow the survivors of a worldwide catastrophe. From L.A. To Manhattan the cities, governments have toppled and lawlessness is the rule. The small groups are growing, branching out in search of a new future. It chronicles their day to day struggles as well as their dreams as they search out new hope in their shattered world...
Guitar Works is a series of guides that demonstrate custom and basic guitar work. Finish, Custom Builds, Repair and much more.
I am the owner of a guitar site and a luthier. I have built dozens of my own guitars over the years, either rebuilds, custom jobs or from scratch builds.
These guides are constructed from those builds and my own knowledge...
The SE books are two book collections from the Earth's Survivors series.
The Earth's Survivors books follow survivors of a worldwide catastrophe. A meteorite that was supposed to miss the earth completely, hits and becomes the cap to a series of events that destroy the world as we know it. Police, fire, politicians, military, governments: All gone. Hopes, dreams, tomorrows: All buried in desperate struggle to survive. From L.A. To Manhattan the cities, governments have toppled and lawlessness is the rule.
Los Angeles: Billy and Beth start out with a small group and wind up on their own as they make their way across America trying to find others and safety.
Manhattan: Adam leaves the safety of his apartment to find his way out the dying Manhattan, gathering others as he makes his way.
Old Towne New York: Conner is alone for the first few weeks, but then he finds Katie and a reason to live again. They set out to survive and find much more than survival.
Watertown New York: Mike Collins goes to sleep thinking about his first vacation in many years that he will start in the morning. He awakens to destruction.
The Earth's Survivors Series follows survivors of a worldwide catastrophe. A meteorite that was supposed to miss the earth completely, hits and becomes the cap to a series of events that destroy the world as we know it. Police, fire, politicians, military, governments: All gone. Hopes, dreams, tomorrows: All buried in desperate struggle to survive. From L.A. To Manhattan the cities, governments have toppled and lawlessness is the rule. The dead lay in the streets while gangs fight for control of what is left. Small groups band together for safety and begin to leave the ravaged cities behind in search of a future that can once again hold promise. Dell Sweet.
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Flint of Dreams
on Sep. 02, 2018
I purchased this book because I wrote something similar and I wanted to see how another author would handle the material. It, I feel, is difficult to tell a story with ties to the past, yet set in the world of now; Flint of Dreams accomplishes that. The characters are strong. The drama and action come on quickly and Charles Peterson Sheppard holds throughout the book, telling a tale that lets you into a world you may have wondered about. Flint, Chase, Crystine, I love the characters and enjoyed this book completely. I'm looking for more from this author.