Armen Chakmakjian

Posts Tagged ‘Literature’

OK folks May Day Sale – Buy My Kindle Book fah nuttin’

In Random on May 1, 2013 at 2:05 am

Starting at 3am Eastern time. Sale goes on for 48 hours.

Do me a favor, if you actually read it after getting it for free, write a review 🙂

Good Stuff Cheap

In Kindle on August 15, 2012 at 12:25 am

Yes you can download my book on Amazon Kindle for free on the following days this month:




Amazon Prime Members can borrow the book for free always.   If you don’t know how, check your local library for access

I’ll send an update when I notice the giveaway is active each week.

Free sells…

In Random on December 23, 2011 at 9:08 pm

So after 3 days into the 5 day free promotion of my book Urtaru hundreds of copies did the digital equivalent of flying off the shelves in the US, UK and Germany.  

Obviously there’s always a catch…giving away something for free means that the only payback I get is goodwill and hope of a recommendation. Merry Christmas to all new readers. 

My master plan however is for Peter Jackson, George Lucas or Stephen Spielberg to be one of downloaders so the movie can be made.  Hey you gotta think BIG! 🙂

BTW if you want to read more about the book itself please stop by my website 

Book 2: starting to flesh it out a bit more

In Random on July 2, 2009 at 12:54 pm

So I start with a letter about Pascal and his time from Pascal’s son to his grandson. It recounts the characters from the first book and then explains the tricky relationship between Pascal, Prince Consort and Lord of Naerius and leaves off with a “let me recount the first mission I went on your with grandfather…”

From there on the 3rd person narration comes back.

The idea of the the son being the judge of Pascal (as well as the allegorical “judge” from a traditional interpretation of the bible for his whole empire) is the basis of the story. The judgement that needs to be rendered on Pascal comes down to what appears to be a sideshow to intergalactic politics. Pascal must deal make a choice: to collaborate with a group of Naerian trying to create a show of terror to highlight the plight of their people or to work to suppress them in the context of intergalactic peace (and his own interpretation of his destiny).

It’s a tough choice. He has a unrequited desire to get back to his home planet. He could use the people of his race as a means to an end…and whichever way he goes, his son Adam, heir to the throne is watching him and judging him…and will have to fix things in Pascal’s wake.

Anyway, that’s the idea.

Starting to work on Urtaru II: The Judge…

In Literature, Science Fiction on November 4, 2008 at 3:51 am

So I’m working on the second book in the trilogy: Urtaru II: The Judge.   My idea is to write this in the first person as Adam Philip-Augustus Urtaru, the 2nd of 3 of 3 in the prophecy writes a compendium of information for his son, who is the 3rd of 3.   Essentially he will be building a case against his own father, Pascal Adam Scintilla, who makes some devastating mistakes later in life.  In the process he pronounces judgement on his father.  Pascal knew (from his dream sequence in the first book) that his son would be his judge.

Anyway, the Judge being a powerful metaphor in the Bible, I think I can build a story around it.   In the first book I used the biblical metaphor of the Ancient City as a basis for the actions of the characters, and I used the Battle of Vienna as the historical story around which the actions of the battling armies and leaders were acting.   The Judges in the Old Testament gave way to Kings and there is something in that that can be used as the basis for the character transformation of the 2nd of 3.  Putting aside the religious stuff for a moment, the Bible has great stories and metaphors that are central our western understanding about the conflict between good and evil.

The other idea that I have is that the American Civil war is the perfect model for the next intergalactic conflict that the urtaru clan must deal with.  The American Civil war had many “personalities” which you could base characters on.  Lincoln, Seward, Grant, McClellan, Lee, Davis just to name a few, it’s ripe picking one or two as character profiles.   Of course, the 2nd of 3 is also supposed to be based on my father, so his personality traits will seep into the text, especially the judgements he let me in on about his own father and his attitudes on education, work and moving from one place to civilization to another.

So anyway, that’s the idea.   Given that it took me about 20 months to put the first book together, this is going to take some time.   By that point either the Kindle will be mainstream or it will be another palm pilot handheld (useful and ubiquitous for a while and then nothing).  Wish me luck.

OK so I published my book…Urtaru…on Kindle

In career, Literature, Science Fiction, technology on October 26, 2008 at 4:27 am

Supposedly in 24 to 72 hours my book will appear on the Kindle site.  I had to scramble to make a book cover so that it had something to show when it listed it.

The publishing process itself wasn’t so bad.  I had to take the book which I have written in Apple’s Pages, export it to Word format, dump it to html and then upload it.  At that point I was able to see flaws in my stuff.  In one section (the piece I put here in a previous blog entry) the settings for the footnotes got all screwed up and ended up as end notes.  Being as how this wouldn’t make sense since these were footnotes for a chapter which was being presented as a excerpt from another text, and not the whole book I had to play with the HTML to get it to the right place.

Once I fixed that I noticed that on the very last page, I never indicated that book was finished.  So I added some text to indicate that this was the end of the first of 3 books.

Setting the price was strange.  I have no gd clue how much this book is worth.  and Amazon gives me 35% of the price that I list it for.  so if they sell it for more I get screwed.  But if they sell it for less, there’s a chance that they’ll lose money.

So in a couple of days, the book should be available for kindle download.  I haven’t heard that people are getting rich beyond their wild avaricious dreams but you never know if someone likes it and wants to make a movie 😉