“The Singularity Wheel” Is Now Available as an E-book! (Or, “This Is Next Year!”)

When the 1955 baseball season opened, fans of the Brooklyn Dodgers wanted to believe–but couldn’t quite get there.  It’s not that the Dodgers weren’t talented.  Every year, they fielded a winning team, a championship-caliber team replete with All-Stars such as Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Pee Wee Reese, Roy Campanella, and Gil Hodges.  The thing was, the Dodgers were the ultimate tease.  Since 1941, Brooklyn’s beloved baseball team had made the World Series five times, and each time they lost to the cross-town rival New York Yankees.

 

 

Heading in to 1955, nothing seemed to be different.  The Dodgers were still great, but so were the Yankees.  What was worse, the Dodgers were getting older.  The window was closing.  Players like Robinson and Campanella were on the back end of their careers.  They couldn’t last forever.  No doubt, the Flatbush Faithful must have questioned that spring if their Dodgers would ever win the Series and dethrone the Yankees.

 

Heartbreak was a by-product of rooting for the Dodgers.  At the end of every season, when their team came up just short, the fans would proclaim, “Wait till next year!”  It was a rallying cry that had endured for decades.  To be a Dodgers fan in the mid-twentieth century, you had to be patient, willing to stick with your team despite coming so close season after season.

 

And so even after the Dodgers powered their way to the National League pennant that summer of ’55, winning by a comfortable thirteen-and-a-half games, their fans remained skeptical.  Sure, they were going back to the World Series.  So what?  That was old news.  And so was their opponent–the Yankees.  Another Dodgers-Yankees Subway Series was in the offing.

 

The Series did not start well for Brooklyn.  They lost the first two games in Yankee Stadium.  “Here we go again,” the Dodger faithful must have thought.  “Wait till next year.”  But then a funny thing happened.  As the Series shifted to Ebbets Field, the Dodgers took all three home games, forcing the action back to Yankee Stadium.

 

The Yankees won Game 6, but in Game 7, the Dodgers shut out their arch-rivals, 2-0.  Finally–after decades of coming up short, the Brooklyn Dodgers had won the World Series.  This was, at along last, “next year.”

 

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And now, after four-plus years of writing, editing, and revising, The Singularity Wheel is available on Amazon.  By no means am I equating the sequel to The Eye-Dancers with the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers!  And four years is but a fraction of the decades-long dry spell the Dodgers experienced–but it is good, and rewarding–after so many delays along the way–to release the book.

 

The Singularity Wheel is currently available only as e-book.  You can find it here . . .

The paperback version will be released in February.

Honestly, it’s an odd feeling to be done with the book.  It’s been a part of me for so long.  For the past half-decade, not a day has gone by where I haven’t stressed over some character’s motivation or some sticking point in the plot.  But there is also relief, and a deep gratitude to all of you, who have encouraged me and supported me along the way.  I can’t thank you enough.  And I look forward to blogging with you throughout 2018 and beyond.

 

For right now, this is, indeed, “next year” for The Singularity Wheel.

 

Thanks so much for reading!

–Mike

51 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Camie
    Jan 25, 2018 @ 20:43:56

    This sounds great, Mike! Congrats!

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  2. The Eye-Dancers
    Jan 25, 2018 @ 20:44:45

    Thank you!:)

    Reply

  3. thelonelyauthorblog
    Jan 25, 2018 @ 22:17:03

    Good post. That is when NY baseball was at its peak, The Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Giants, and Yankees.

    Reply

  4. joannerambling
    Jan 25, 2018 @ 22:26:19

    Sounds interesting

    Reply

  5. Lyn
    Jan 26, 2018 @ 00:09:57

    So looking forward to adding it to my collection, Mike 😀

    Reply

  6. Dragthepen
    Jan 26, 2018 @ 00:40:38

    I find this information fascinating.

    Reply

  7. Christy B
    Jan 26, 2018 @ 00:43:12

    HUGE congrats, Mike! I know you’ve worked so hard and now the day is here 🙂 I’m sooooo looking forward to the read.

    Reply

  8. byungafallgren
    Jan 26, 2018 @ 03:50:59

    Sounds interesting. I just bought it, will read it.

    Reply

  9. Donna Gwinnell Lambo-Weidner
    Jan 26, 2018 @ 05:48:30

    YAY!

    Reply

  10. evelyneholingue
    Jan 26, 2018 @ 13:29:41

    You did it! Bravo! Congrats! I’ll wait for the paperback. I’m still a sucker for those 🙂

    Reply

  11. Steph McCoy
    Jan 26, 2018 @ 16:49:39

    Woo Hoo!!! Congratulations on a job well done Mike! I got my copy.

    Reply

  12. Jilanne Hoffmann
    Jan 26, 2018 @ 18:04:09

    Sorry, I’m a Cubs’ fan. I have no sympathy for anyone who hasn’t waited 108 years to win the World Series. Just kidding. Nice post! And congrats on finishing the book!

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  13. Carolee Croft
    Jan 26, 2018 @ 22:28:36

    Congratulations, Mike! And thanks for the cool baseball story.

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  14. jjspina
    Jan 26, 2018 @ 22:54:50

    Congratulations, Mike! I am happy to be part of your launch! I put it on my website today. Best wishes for much success with it! I look forward to reading it! 🎉 🍾 👍

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  15. Ipuna Black
    Jan 28, 2018 @ 01:50:06

    I just purchased mine! Congratulations! I love the cover. You did it! I’m sure it’s great!

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  16. A. Guanlao
    Jan 28, 2018 @ 08:42:06

    I am happy to hear the news that you finally finished the sequel. You worked hard on this book for several years, and now it is time to celebrate! Congratulations, Mike! 🙂

    Reply

  17. inesephoto
    Jan 29, 2018 @ 11:57:47

    Well done, Mike. Congratulations!

    Reply

  18. ellie894
    Feb 01, 2018 @ 00:14:25

    I’m so excited for you! You must be feeling a dozen things at least. So much of you has gone towards this moment. Well done and best wishes 😊suzanne

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    • The Eye-Dancers
      Feb 01, 2018 @ 13:11:44

      Thanks so much, Suzanne!:)

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      • ellie894
        Feb 01, 2018 @ 14:45:31

        My pleasure. I clicked on the link last night and am just trying to figure out how the kindle format would be delivered to me. Do I need an app? That sort of thing. 😊

      • The Eye-Dancers
        Feb 01, 2018 @ 15:02:04

        🙂 Yes–you would need the Kindle App, which is free to install! And it is easy, too.:) On the Amazon page for The Singularity Wheel, under the cover image for the book, in the upper left of the screen, you will see a message that says, “Read on Any Device.” You would just click on that and it will open a small window where you enter either your email address or your cell phone number, and then Amazon will send you a link to download the Kindle App. The Kindle App can be put onto pretty much anything, from a smartphone to a PC and everything in between . . . I hope this helps, and thanks so much again!:)

      • ellie894
        Feb 01, 2018 @ 15:07:28

        Oh, that does help, thank you!😊

      • The Eye-Dancers
        Feb 02, 2018 @ 01:49:02

        🙂

  19. Teagan R. Geneviene
    Feb 06, 2018 @ 20:53:57

    I can’t wait to read it Mike. Wishing you huge success.

    Reply

  20. The Eye-Dancers
    Feb 06, 2018 @ 20:54:28

    Thank you so much, Teagan!:)

    Reply

  21. Karina Pinella
    Feb 07, 2018 @ 17:58:34

    Wow congratulations!

    Reply

  22. The Eye-Dancers
    Feb 07, 2018 @ 18:13:35

    Thank you.:)

    Reply

  23. Wanda Luthman
    Apr 29, 2018 @ 12:36:40

    Hi Michael, I just purchased The Singularity Wheel! I’m looking forward to reading it!

    Reply

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