Humanity's extinction is just around the corner, Ada Bryce is sure of it. When the Chain's virtual reality is indistinguishable from real life, why not choose to remain shackled? It's easy to put Earth's slow decay out of mind when distracting simulations are available with no more than a thought. Struggling to find purpose in this collapsing world, all Ada can do is make sure her own family's energy needs are taken care of until death inevitably claims everyone she loves.

Only, she's failing as a mathematician, she's already failed as a mother, and she's given up trying to escape the tragic memories that haunt her. So, when she's offered the chance to leave Earth while ensuring her family has the energy they need to survive, Ada seizes it and embarks on a dangerous mission. She travels to a rogue planet with four other volunteers: an Energy War veteran, a zealous psychonaut, a no-nonsense scientist, and the world-renowned founder of the Unity, the organization sponsoring the mission.

However, the Unity's founder is far from trustworthy. The rest of Ada's crew are unaware of the true purpose of their mission. And on this journey, they will learn that Earth is far from the worst place in the solar system. As firmly as Ada believes her home planet is beyond saving, it may be worth fighting for after all, for when she and her fellow crewmates step foot on a new planet, their presence awakens old life.

Life that calls out and seeks to reconfigure the Earth for itself.

Table of Contents

Prologue – Read | Listen

Chapter 1: Traveler – Read | Listen
Chapter 2: Harmful Behaviors – Read | Listen
Chapter 3: Eyes – Read | Listen
Chapter 4: Launch Site – Read | Listen
Chapter 5: Optimists – Read | Listen
Chapter 6: Reference Frames – Read
Chapter 7: Demons – Read

Chapter 8: Outward – Read
Chapter 9: Fracture – Read
Chapter 10: Terminus – Read
Chapter 11: Human Achievement – Read
Chapter 12: Exopolis – Read
Chapter 13: Grave Stench – Read
Chapter 14: Recoil – Read
Chapter 15: Automata – Read
Chapter 16: Visions of the Inevitable – Read
Chapter 17: Coming...eventually.

Grave of the Waiting has been on hiatus since May 1st, 2023. For updates on ongoing projects, visit the Projects page.


To read beyond Chapter 3, please subscribe to the mailing list.
For subscriber downloads, click here.

/* If you would like to read this in ePub or MOBI format, please send me an email to let me know! */


Chapters go live and are emailed to subscribers at 5:00 PM EST on the 1st of each month.

If you check this page on the day the chapters are released, the links may be in the Table of Contents a few hours earlier, but they'll lead to a 404 error until 5:00.


Have thoughts you want to share? Feel free to send me an email at - I'd love to hear from you!

This is a new format and I've still got lots to learn, so I'm sure there will be technical kinks to work out. If you run into any, please let me know and I'll fix them as soon as I can!