I’m sure there’s a word for something like that. I’ll shoehorn this intro-short into the front of WWE somehow…
I’ll have a little banner across the top front cover that says “A sequel to Echoes of Family Lost” and include the same in the descriptor of the Amazon page. If someone wants to buy it anyway – and Lord knows I bought dozens of SF/F books as a kid, not knowing they were halfway through a series – then what’s below the fold should give them enough traxion to get into the story.
Need a good copyeditor? Monica is your gal.
Continue reading “Pro-prologue”
Wife and family are off ten days on a vacation: the perfect time to write! I got up at 0800 Saturday…
Breakfast. Pay some bills. Sort some investment reports. Start first laundry. Put dishes in dishwasher; clear around sink. Go for walk. Drive to mother-in-law’s house to feed/water her parakeet. Come home to start loads of towels. Write a blog post about not writing.
And it’s not at if I’ve nothing to write about: last night I jotted down several ideas for Part Two of “Crosses and Doublecrosses”. More importantly, my copyeditor gave me the suggestion that, as my soon to be released “Worlds Without End” is a ten-year-on sequel of “Echoes of Family Lost,” for anyone who hasn’t read the first I should include a preface and cast of characters. That seemed pretentious to me so instead I saw a Prologue where, just about to turn 13, Gary is assigned an essay by his Brotherhood: to reflect upon his family. In that reflection I will be able to re-introduce the characters from EoFL.
Dammit. Except for another load of towels, I have no more excuses. Guess I’ll do that now…
Fam was at the zoo today with the relatives from Hungary. I’m off DayJob so started writing on the deck around 1100. At 1330 had to come in as it was just too hot outside. Still too cheap to turn the AC on, though!
Productive noontime: about 2k words the close of Part One. Tempted then tortured (so to speak), Sylvia makes her choice. I wonder where it will lead? I may write a bit more this evening but right now I need to review some materials for the book cover of “Worlds Without End.” For Part Two I really need to get into the letter-writing/journal-entry thing to cover ground fast… it’s just not something I’ve done so I keep falling back into these dialogs that have driven all of my stories. Dang.
Continue reading “Grasping the Nettle of Power”
From Richard III:
Shall I be tempted by the devil then?
Yes, if the devil tempt you to do good.
Continue reading “An Offer you Cannot Refuse”
A drive from the Dallas area toward Austin. A chance for Roberta to sleep and Sylvia – and the readers – to find out just what the hell is going on…
Continue reading “Going South”
I am all in: I am going to complete the idea I had years ago called “Crosses and Doublecrosses.” The original would have been an espionage/police procedural of over 500 pages. I cannot stay there so long nor write it down. This will be a novella in three acts about the temptation of the hotshot NYC lawyer Sylvia Fernandez.
I’m planning on much exposition about the background of Machine Civilization and what happens to her via the “letter” trope that authors such as C. McCullough used to such effectiveness in her early ‘Masters of Rome’ series.
I always wanted to do something different for each of my books. This is. Here we go.
Continue reading “Resurrecting the Past”
A still from the song “Tokyo Girl” from Perfume… below the fold, an excerpt from a short story I wrote about it.
Continue reading “When My Stories Imitate Art….”
A planned real-world test of a reactionless thruster. These loomed large in Larry Niven’s Known Space series. If this technology proves true we’ll have the solar system at our feet.
Below the fold an excerpt from my forthcoming novel “Worlds Without End”…
Continue reading “Life Imitates My (upcoming) Works, Part Etc.”
Completed my first editing pass of “Worlds Without End”: formatting into 6″ x 9″, block-justified text (which boofed up all of my block-quoted text…), catching any gross rhetorical errors and plot holes… that sort of thing. In this raw form it is 263 pages; that will grow a little as I add the chapter breaks and make some plot clarifications for Part 2; right now I’ve just highlighted a couple of sentences to alert me on the next pass to ‘clean this stuff up!’
Speaking of the two parts, part one is called CODE:ASCENSION and part two CODE:DESCENSION, alluding to something that happens to two of the characters.
I hope to have my second pass complete by mid-week at which point I’ll run it through Grammerly then hand it off to my copyeditor. Things are proceeding quite nicely, for once!