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…
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.
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!
70.6k words, three days before my self-imposed deadline of 31 May, the raw manuscript of Worlds Without End is complete. I shall make one to two editing passes at it before handing it to my very talented editor/copyeditor Monica San Nicholas. In parallel I’ve the staff at Jacoby Alley working on the cover. With the luck of a stainless steel rat and the grace of God, I might have this released to the wild by 4 July.
My liver is looking forward to its vacation.
This bridges to the last installment of Part 2. All that’s left is Gary’s visit with Robert, escalating to a meeting of some/several of the Council, and whatever political fallout there is of that.
Then they all go to Mass on Sunday. Henge has a seizure and Part 2 ends. After the resolution of the seizure; I’m an ass but not that big of one.
When you and your Intended want nothing more than to mate like mad minks but have the honor, intelligence, and wisdom to not.
Talking politics is always a turn-off…
In an unfortunate way. Import Third World people; get Third World problems. An excerpt from “Foes and Rivals” below the fold.