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Chris Howard's Journal

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Sea Throne Wallpaper

Two formats: 1280 x 800 for the typical desktop/laptop display and 768 x 1024 for the iPad and other tablets. Download links here:






Seaborn Wallpaper

Two formats: 1280 x 800 for the typical desktop/laptop display and 768 x 1024 for the iPad and other tablets. Download links here:






Saltwater Witch Wallpaper

Two formats: 1280 x 800 for the typical desktop/laptop display and 768 x 1024 for the iPad and other tablets. Download links here:






Saltwater Witch Chapter 3 is Back!
Opening scene for Saltwater Witch Chapter 3. All new chapters 1 and 2 are up on the site with new art, layout, type, and other good stuff. Hope you like!

Read it all here:


Click for the full view!

Saltwater Witch Chapter 3 Opening Panel

Saltwater Witch Banners and Linking

I finished up a new format for Saltwater Witch last weekend--with new art, all new lettering.  It took me a couple weeks to complete, but I haven't had time to post about it until tonight. If you haven't checked it out yet, please do. I'd love to hear what you think. 

If you would like to link to to Saltwater Witch, I've created some banner images:

Saltwater Witch Graphic Novel

Saltwater Witch Graphic Novel

Saltwater Witch Graphic Novel

Right-click and "Save Image as..." and link back to http://www.saltwaterwitch/switch/  Or Here's the html if you just want to copy and paste it into your site:


<p><a href="http://www.saltwaterwitch.com/switch"><img border="0" src="http://www.saltwaterwitch.com/switchbanner_155x60.png" alt="Saltwater Witch Graphic Novel" title="Saltwater Witch Graphic Novel" /></a></p>


<p><a href="http://www.saltwaterwitch.com/switch"><img border="0" src="http://www.saltwaterwitch.com/switchbanner_468x60.png" alt="Saltwater Witch Graphic Novel" title="Saltwater Witch Graphic Novel" /></a></p>


<p><a href="http://www.saltwaterwitch.com/switch"><img border="0" src="http://www.saltwaterwitch.com/switchbanner_Large.png" alt="Saltwater Witch Graphic Novel" title="Saltwater Witch Graphic Novel" /></a></p>

Boskone 49 Art Show Layout!

I worked on this over the weekend, and I believe this is it:


Nanowhere with a Creative Commons License

I originally released Nanowhere under a Creative Commons license in the spring of 2006, and it was on the Lykeion Books site, downloadable and sharable for several years. Cory Doctorow was nice enough to blog about it on BoingBoing, and things really took off. I stopped keeping track after 10,000 downloads.  I pulled the book in 2009, intending to do a quick edit and rewrite, which I didn't end up finishing until the middle of last year.  Anyway, it's done and back up under an updated CC license--basically the latest version of the CC 2.5 license with which I released the first edition of Nanowhere.  If you're interested in reading it on your Kindle, nook, iPad, Fire, Reader, etc., it's also available for .99c at Amazon, B&N, and other places--see links below.  I have two official formats, ePub and Mobi.  If you convert it to something else, please let me know, and I'll post it!

This edition of Nanowhere, including the cover art and illustrations, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license, which means you can share it, remix it (for example, you can reformat it or translate it), and you can share the works you make from this one, but you cannot make money from the things you do with Nanowhere, and everything you derive from it has to be sharable and usable in a non-commercial way that observes everything that’s allowed or not allowed under this license.

If you're new to Nanowhere, see the description below.

Amazon.com | Amazon.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.fr
Barnes & Noble
Apple iBooks

Amazon.com |  CreateSpace

ePub  |  Mobi  (More formats soon!)

Nanowhere... it's a love story with all the usual elements: rogue soldiers, computer hacking, tyranny, cryptography, hit-men with an affinity for rolled adhesives, rebellious skateboarders, and sentient billion-node self-organizing nanotech ghosts.

Here's a clip of Cory Doctorow's kind words on Boing Boing:

Chris Howard has released an...interesting and well-written...sf thriller called Nanowhere along with a bunch of supplementary materials that purports to be the lab notes and publications of one of the book's characters ...

Alexander Shoaler and Kaffia Lang grow up in the years following a second civil war in America.  Dr. Straff, the nanotech visionary hides from justice in a small New Hampshire town.  He's universally reviled for rising to importance with the prior regime...


When Americans thought of Dr. Ernest Straff, they thought of bodies stacked next to dumpsters in alleyways and technicians draining corpses into blood-type bags and selling it off to high-bidders.


Dr. Straff has made recent technological breakthroughs, and there are some who have not forgotten old debts or see the restoration of their former power in the new technology the old doctor has developed.


Follow Alex's struggle to save Kaffia's life, dodging death squads, and negotiating with the sadistic Chairman of the Rost Institute for the release of one of the worst of the prior regime's mass-murderers.


I wrote Nanowhere for the young adult fiction market, which means the torture consists of various methods of bone breaking without getting into the truly revolting stuff.  (Just kidding.  Some of it is revolting).


Creative Commons License

Details on this Creative Commons license here: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0 Nanowhere by Chris Howard is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at http://www.saltwaterwitch.com/#nanowhere. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://www.saltwaterwitch.com/permissions.


Trade Paper Covers for the Seaborn Books

They're not all the way there yet in terms of layout and some of the back cover copy, but these are pretty close to what the trade paperback (~6x9) edition of the three Seaborn books will look like.

More here: http://www.SaltwaterWitch.com

The Wreath of Poseidon

This will be available soon! The Wreath of Poseidon is basically Saltwater Witch remixed by my daughter Chloe and I.  This version of the story is in 3rd person (Saltwater Witch is in 1st), and this version is a bit longer, contains more story, including some scenes cut from the original. We went back to the original 3rd person story I wrote in 2003 with some help from a nine-year-old Chloe (She's seventeen now).        

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