If you don't know what A Pius Stand is, it's very simple. It's the last Pius novel. The final round. Where ten years of beating my head against a wall finally comes to a head.
At this point, I just need a cover (being provided by the graphic artist / site admin of The American Journal, Allen Scott), and a proof copy (which comes after the cover) and I'm set. It will be done.
If you remember A Pius Legacy and A Pius Man, you can probably see how A Pius Stand came to life. APS was simple the inevitable conclusion of the battles in APL. You could say that it's almost a train wreck of the church and the power of this world, and that it's going to happen again and again.
One of the things that has put me off of the news has been, well, the news. Mass media in general 00 and reporters in particular -- know jack all about what Catholics believe in, which means darn few other people do either.
Heck, even the Pope has been a bit of a jerk -- not for anything he thinks of does, but for what comes out of his mouth. I mean, damnit, even without the media translating him through their own PC-ears, Pope Francis is a bear and a half to deal with in general. There are people who looked at the Pope's recent statement on science and went, "Huh?" There are some people who thought that Francis had demoted God. The only reason I knew what Francis was talking about is simple: I've got the useless degree in philosophy.
Anyway, A Pius Stand is the end of a very long journey for me. It has beaten me up a lot, and I would like to be able to say I got through it. I started what would become The Pius Trilogy because I wanted to make sure that the truth was out there. Then the truth kept saying "tell more of me." And I dumped practically my entire college education into that book.
And now it all comes to three words: This is war.
A Pius Stand will be out soon. Then, at long last, I can take a nap.