The Almagre Review on The GAIAD

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I’ve had the privilege of getting to know two extraordinary gentlemen, who are rapidly becoming pillars of the Colorado literary community. John Lewis and Joe Barrera are in this game for the right reasons. Their literary journal, The Almagre Review, seeks to make a difference — to add a powerful, honed and beautiful voice to the often cacophonous choir that can be modern literary media. Thank you guys for being you, for being present, and for producing your Review — A bright and shining light.           John recently published his thoughts on The GAIAD. I’m impressed and truly grateful that he made it through the entirety of the novel, knowing his workload and the train-loads of submissions The Review receives. Please keep it up, you warriors for good. Your work is noticed and appreciated. -Will Will Burcher is a former police officer and current author of “The GAIAD,” … READ MORE…

Will’s Interview with Judith McKay on “The GAIAD”

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A special thanks to Judith McKay for a strong, intelligent interview on “The GAIAD” aired on KCMJ in Colorado Springs for her show, Voices and Views. Judith goes right to the heart of the book, something I avoid typically in my marketing thinking that it’s a “spoiler” for people. It’s not. It’s what the book is about, and a powerful statement on our relationship with our planet and each other. The Earth is alive. The Earth is a thinking being. It could also be a communicating one… Take a listen!   Will Burcher is a former police officer and current author of “The GAIAD,” a story of ancient secrets not quite forgotten and the positive power of global perspective. He lives and works in Colorado, USA. SUBSCRIBE for a chance to WIN A signed edition of The GAIAD. Join the conversation. EARTH. SPACE. INSPIRATION. EVERY 10th subscriber will receive a print edition … READ MORE…

There’s More Here — Official Trailer to The GAIAD

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Happy to announce the new film “trailer” to The GAIAD. “There’s more here. There’s more here than you know. And you are not alone …” Special thanks to Miguel Martinez for his portrayal of Garr-Eth of the Zhar-Nues. Filmed on location in the San Rafael Swell area of Southern Utah — a special, haunting place: Will Burcher is a former police officer and current author of “The GAIAD,” a story of ancient secrets not quite forgotten and the positive power of global perspective. He lives and works in Colorado, USA. SUBSCRIBE for a chance to WIN A signed edition of The GAIAD. Join the conversation. EARTH. SPACE. INSPIRATION. EVERY 10th subscriber will receive a print edition of THE GAIAD, a new science fiction novel, signed by the author. Subscribers will also receive a 20% discount on the book—our thanks for being part of a conversation that WANTS TO BE HAD.

“Writing Violence in Fiction”—Writing from the Peak, with Pikes Peak Writers

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Here’s an excerpt from a recent article I wrote published online by Pikes Peak Writers—a comprehensive resource for writers in Colorado Springs, Colorado. “Writing Violence in Fiction” Write them. As realistic as possible. Make it gritty, make it stink, make it hurt. (It will dissuade the real thing.) I was fresh. It was during my second or third month of training as a cop on the street just west of Denver. I was on a traffic rotation focusing, supposedly, on that stereotypical kind of cop-thing, but it had been an exceptionally busy week. We’d rarely had the time to scratch a ticket. We ended up supplementing Patrol almost without let-up on a repeated, specific and particularly time-consuming call. For whatever reason, it was a week stacked, packed, jammed full of them. Suicides. A few a day. A planetary alignment, a phase of the moon, the weather, the upcoming holidays, who … READ MORE…

The Almagre Review — Out Now

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The Almagre Review is an independent literary journal based in Colorado Springs, Colorado featuring a well-curated, diverse set of authors contributing pieces centered on a positive, substantive theme. An excerpt of “The Gaiad” is featured in this quarter’s issue. The Review is available online as well as at local bookstores throughout the Pikes Peak Region:     Will Burcher is a former police officer and current author of “The GAIAD,” a story of ancient secrets not quite forgotten and the positive power of global perspective. He lives and works in Colorado, USA. SUBSCRIBE for a chance to WIN A signed edition of The GAIAD. Join the conversation. EARTH. SPACE. INSPIRATION. EVERY 10th subscriber will receive a print edition of THE GAIAD, a new science fiction novel, signed by the author. Subscribers will also receive a 20% discount on the book—our thanks for being part of a conversation that WANTS TO … READ MORE…

A Review of “The GAIAD” by Nerd Girl Official (Cool Name, eh?)

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Nerd Girl Official, a sweet, active blog for books and readers, just reviewed “The GAIAD.” It’s a comprehensive, well-written representation of the book, and I’m very, very happy that they enjoyed it so much. Stuff like this does the world GOOD, letting folks know about new, independent lit through the time and effort of a few dedicated people. In my mind it’s how the Internet should work. Well done. Thanks for the review, guys!     Nerd Girl Official Review of “The GAIAD”     Will Burcher is a former police officer and current author of “The GAIAD,” a story of ancient secrets not quite forgotten and the positive power of global perspective. He lives and works in Colorado, USA. SUBSCRIBE for a chance to WIN A signed edition of The GAIAD. Join the conversation. EARTH. SPACE. INSPIRATION. EVERY 10th subscriber will receive a print edition of THE GAIAD, a … READ MORE…

October 8, Local Author Meet and Greet—Colorado Springs, Colorado

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SPRINGS FOLK! Saturday, October 8, come out and support a diverse group of LOCAL authors at a swinging little event. We’ll be talking our books, our bios, our strange brains. Things chocolate and wine-looking (and wine-smelling, even wine tasting) will be served, FREE. Held at a cool little venue, The Cottonwood Center for the Arts, at 427 E COLORADO AVE, COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 80903. 11AM—2PM. I’ll be representing “The GAIAD,” of course: Book signing. Book selling. Book plugging. Crazy backstories, maybe a little inspiration. And I’ll be with good company. The event is held in conjunction with Indie Author Day, organized by the world’s largest brick-and-mortar book distributor, Ingram, among others. Check out the site of our local organizer, JMars Ink for further details. And definitely take a look at some of the featured authors below (Author bios care of JMars Ink):   Damon Alan is a full time author and stay at … READ MORE…

Writing Dreams

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I RECENTLY FINISHED Haruki Murakami’s “Kafka on the Shore.” Murakami has been described by some critics as the greatest writer still living today. This book in particular has been labeled as one of his best. (For more, see my review on Goodreads.) Murakami writes his dreams. There are thousands of blogs, essays, reviews, pieces on the web talking about how incredible a writer, how revolutionary his stuff is. There’s a common sense of expressed amazement at how fantastic his writing can be. “Kafka on the Shore” includes scenes and imagery as varied and off-the-wall as WWII era UFO’s; a strange, enlightened old man who can talk with cats; a sociopathic, animal-mutilating Johnnie Walker; Colonel Sanders as a pimp; a mysterious stone disc with the power to somehow affect the world; a precocious, “well-equipped” 15 year old boy’s possibly incestuous sexual dalliances. All of this is very imaginative, sure. But I contend … READ MORE…

Books and Everything Q&A, Thursday, July 14th, 1PM EST

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I’m pleased to be joining Books and Everything (an exciting, active group of book and literature enthusiasts) for an online question and answer session this Thursday, July 14th at 1PM EST (11AM MST). Click the picture or the link below for the link to the Facebook Event: CLICK HERE!   Will Burcher is a former police officer and current author of “The GAIAD,” a story of ancient secrets not quite forgotten and the positive power of global perspective. He lives and works in Colorado, USA. SUBSCRIBE for a chance to WIN A signed edition of The GAIAD. Join the conversation. EARTH. SPACE. INSPIRATION. EVERY 10th subscriber will receive a print edition of THE GAIAD, a new science fiction novel, signed by the author. Subscribers will also receive a 20% discount on the book—our thanks for being part of a conversation that WANTS TO BE HAD.    

The GAIAD Gets a New Cover

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I am pretty damn PLEASED to announce the release of a NEW COVER for The GAIAD by designer Joseph Marsh. Joe’s based out of Colorado Springs and I felt pretty privileged to be able to work directly with such a talented local artist. He didn’t just formulate some quick design based on my description or some vague instructions I gave him, but took a copy of the book to Peru with him, reading it in what I can only imagine were some pretty inspiring places. The result was a wholly original image inspired by the deepest themes of the story. The new cover can be found representing both the Kindle and Print editions of the book:     Will Burcher is a former police officer and current author of “The GAIAD,” a story of ancient secrets not quite forgotten and the positive power of global perspective. He lives and works in Colorado, … READ MORE…

The Dulling Flood

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A Writer’s Responsibility… To maintain that spark, that light of individuality even in the face of so much else, so much media. We exist today in a sea of media, the expression of thinking minds in all stages of development, engaged in all forms of expression. The force of the whole, the global mind. The baseline. The median. The mean. The middle of the statistical bell curve. I see it as a wave, a flood, a brown and fetid tide of mediocrity threatening every minute, every day to sweep me away with it. Admonition To Myself… Do not forget the great responsibility a life of public expression brings. You have the ability to lead people’s minds in various directions. You can either lead them toward stagnant, fetid pools—or something cleaner, clearer, fresher. Something new. You literally can take another person, a reader, on a journey—out of themselves, out of their … READ MORE…

RESISTANCE — An Author’s Diary

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My friend Noel and I head out for a hike and discuss the topic of my recent (written) blog post—Resistance, or writer’s block.  Be warned: Sunglasses will be worn awkwardly, all dogs (regardless of sex) will be called “buddy,” and there might be a graphic story of horrible injury and something about Kevin Bacon toward the end.     Will Burcher is a former police officer and current author of “The GAIAD,” a story of ancient secrets not quite forgotten and the positive power of global perspective. He lives and works in Colorado, USA. SUBSCRIBE for a chance to WIN A signed edition of The GAIAD. Join the conversation. EARTH. SPACE. INSPIRATION. EVERY 10th subscriber will receive a print edition of THE GAIAD, a new science fiction novel, signed by the author. Subscribers will also receive a 20% discount on the book—our thanks for being part of a conversation that WANTS TO … READ MORE…

The Story of The GAIAD—An Author’s Diary

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I put together this video (thanks to Noel Boyce, cameraman extraordinaire), the first in a series of video diaries of all of the processes I explored and experienced writing The GAIAD.  I’m going to be working on them throughout this period, as I begin to share this story with folks.  I have an unofficial goal to get an “episode” out weekly.  Take a look: Will Burcher is a former police officer and current author of “The GAIAD,” a story of ancient secrets not quite forgotten and the positive power of global perspective. He lives and works in Colorado, USA. SUBSCRIBE for a chance to WIN A signed edition of The GAIAD. Join the conversation. EARTH. SPACE. INSPIRATION. EVERY 10th subscriber will receive a print edition of THE GAIAD, a new science fiction novel, signed by the author. Subscribers will also receive a 20% discount on the book—our thanks for being part of … READ MORE…

The GAIAD—A Review (By the Author)

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 4/5 Stars “Despite his unconventional writing style, including, perhaps, an unhealthy disdain for the traditional use of the English comma, the author makes his debut by telling an original story.  The author is clearly no Clarke or Tolkien, but with some hard work, time, and practice he might one day be regarded as Shchegolyayev or even Mbadinuju.  Certain readers of more conventional, modern, and less questionable tastes may be turned off by the inclusion of strange, macabre imagery—including, most notably and ridiculously, an old book bound in the skin of a long-dead woman’s breasts.  Globally, however, Mr. Burcher gives us a tale that we want to read, with a refreshing infusion of larger, more necessary and ultimately positive themes.” Yes.  Seriously.  It’s hard to review your own stuff.  Instead, I’ll mention how this book came about. In 2014 I was working as a cop just outside of Denver.  I had … READ MORE…

The GAIAD—OFFICIAL RELEASE

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I am pleased to announce the official release of The GAIAD:  A Novel, Book I of the LOGOS Series, available now through Amazon.com in both print and Kindle Formats! Will Burcher is a former police officer and current author of “The GAIAD,” a story of ancient secrets not quite forgotten and the positive power of global perspective. He lives and works in Colorado, USA. SUBSCRIBE for a chance to WIN A signed edition of The GAIAD. Join the conversation. EARTH. SPACE. INSPIRATION. EVERY 10th subscriber will receive a print edition of THE GAIAD, a new science fiction novel, signed by the author. Subscribers will also receive a 20% discount on the book—our thanks for being part of a conversation that WANTS TO BE HAD.    

And Then There Was a Cover …

After some sweat and tears, and certainly much delay, we have a cover for The GAIAD.  I expect the final editing to be complete early next week—and available on Amazon.com shortly after!

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The Cover for The GAIAD is Born

This weekend I had the opportunity to participate in the photo shoot for the main image on the cover of The GAIAD.  Thanks to Alyssa Berns of ABerns Design and my good friend Tyler for a fun, productive day.  The image here is a rough one, before we process it for the cover.  I’m pretty stoked to see the final product! Will Burcher is a former police officer and current author of “The GAIAD,” a story of ancient secrets not quite forgotten and the positive power of global perspective. He lives and works in Colorado, USA. SUBSCRIBE for a chance to WIN A signed edition of The GAIAD. Join the conversation. EARTH. SPACE. INSPIRATION. EVERY 10th subscriber will receive a print edition of THE GAIAD, a new science fiction novel, signed by the author. Subscribers will also receive a 20% discount on the book—our thanks for being part of a conversation that … READ MORE…

“The GAIAD” – Introductory Trailer

In anticipation of a coming release, I wanted to put something together explaining some themes and a premise or two within “The GAIAD” – available soon on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback editions.  I’m beginning the audiobook production immediately after.  Take a look: Video Script: Hi, I’m Will Burcher.  I want to tell you about a book of mine, The GAIAD. The title is a concatenation of two words – Gaia, and of course The Iliad of Homer.  The first refers to the Ancient Greek personification of the Earth, the mother goddess if you like, Gaia.  Some archaeologists think that ‘Gaia’ is actually the incorporation into the Greek Pantheon of a much, much earlier spiritual tradition, one that may have existed for tens of thousands of years – a span of time much greater than the entire span of recorded human history.  The second is the first real epic … READ MORE…

“The GAIAD” – an Excerpt

  Prologue Head-on it was nearly invisible—a mere point of light as bright only as the faintest and most minor background star. If viewed obliquely, however, it was something different. The inconsequential speck began to elongate and brighten with the angle and it became a distinct and very artificial, linear form. The object began to move, slowly drifting against the ubiquitous stellar backdrop. There was a brief flash, a pulse of platinum light at the object’s tapered rear and it accelerated, its magnitude expanding and it began to stir a sense of size and mass. As it approached, the surface of it became visible—a damasked metal, reflective and shimmering. The ship was bulbous at its front, though the nose appeared sharp, as a teardrop, giving it a vaguely avian form. The rest of the structure tapered long and impossibly acute—the entirety of the craft evoking a sewing needle, traveling in … READ MORE…

An Introduction

Take a look.  The same can also be found in the About page. While Will has always known that writing and the exploration of the human condition would be his “end game,” he has sought out varied professional and educational experiences—resulting in a unique view of our contemporary collective circumstance.  He grew up in a conservative military family and attended the University of Colorado in Boulder.  While at CU, Will discovered Eastern philosophy, notably Zen Buddhism and Taoism.  He chose to obtain a degree in Economics for uniquely personal reasons—viewing the swings and fluctuations of a free-market economy seeking balance as an expression of “the Way” of natural autonomous systems, or more largely, the “Tao.”  He worked in commercial real estate and in finance before making a professional shift toward government.  Will served as both a sheriff’s deputy and police officer outside of Denver for six years.  As an officer he saw evidence … READ MORE…