The new readable is with my wife.

 

So I finally got this novella into a readable state, which means that now it sits with my wife until she has the time (between homework, school, and Tiny Death Star) to take a look at it. My wife is my first reader, my Alpha reader. She suffers the first draft and tells me point blank if it is ready to move on. I skipped her once. Once. And the results were a beta copy that wasted both mine and my beta-readers’ time. So I’ve learned my lesson. It will sit with her until she has the time to check it out and at least tell me if the first chapter or two hooks her.

What’s it about? Well, what I can tell you is that it definitely falls into the Space-Opera/Science Fantasy realm. I have never been a hard sci-fi writer. I am just not that smart. The story for me is about the characters and how they deal with extraordinary circumstances. In this case, it is about a teen stowaway who ends up stranded on a barely sustainable planet. The rest is almost pure science fantasy and a lot of fun (for me anyway). The book is about 45k words, which is about 1/3 the size of most books I’ve written, but that was part of the experiment as well. I wanted to make a series, and in order to do that, I needed to keep a lot more  cards close to my chest, focusing on the immediate conflicts rather than branching out into all POVs and possibilities.

The result is a short, but quickly paced adventure with a really weird group of characters. Will it fly? We’ll have to wait and see.

Until then, I have the LATENT DARK sequel THE UMBRAL WAKE, to hammer out before it hits an editor. Sequels are a pain, especially if you wrap things up too tight on the first book. Just saying. You will almost always have people who are either bored because you spent too much time catching everyone up, or you will have people who are clueless who any of the characters are because you didn’t spend enough time on backstory. Long story short; you cannot win with sequels. This is what I have learned.

So, on to the other projects until this little wordbeast is ready to leave the nest.

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