It was huge, it was detailed, it set up my world, it set up my characters, and it was dull as shit. Back to the ‘ol electronic brain for a rewrite. Much better! (When in doubt, add cyborgs. They perk a story right up.) On to Chapter 2.
At this rate I’ll be finished around, oh, Christmas of three years from now. But I have to stay positive, I updated the outline and my path is clear. I just have to add a bazillion words and make it interesting. Science fiction is wonderful, I love it every bit as much as fantasy but this book won’t be hard sci-fi by a long shot. I have a dangerous pulsar named Dietrich and that’s about it. No, it’s not alive although that would be a good idea for another story. A star that’s alive. And coming to kick ass!
I’ll write that later.
Did ya’ll know that green tea tastes like cigarettes? It does. Ptooie.
So, where have I been? I took April (and, I admit, half of May) off to heal my strained neck and deal with my massive sulk over the under-performance of my first half-dozen books. That’ll be a sore spot forever BUT the last half of May was spent outlining my new sci-fi trilogy. I broke Earth (ooh, there’s an idea for a sci-fi title… IT’S MINE! I LICKED IT! YOU CAN’T HAVE IT!) on the rough draft on May 28th or thereabouts. It’s a mess but I’m making great progress and having fun. No reader will be confused by it either. It’s a straightforward Space Colony in Distress story and I’m working hard to prevent too much political allegory. “Arrrgh, our Ship of State is sinking, Captain!” “No shit, Sherlock, warp factor 9 to hyperspace! And hit the theme music, Chaz!”
What happened to April?! I had such plans for April, I even signed up for CampNaNoWriMo, but noooo. The rewrites tired me out but realizing that the mistakes I made went deeper than the presentation of my books (covers, blurbs, rewrites, etc) debilitated me enough to take the entire month off. I finally realized I didn’t write to market.
Writing to market doesn’t mean jumping on the latest fad (fashion comes and goes but style is forever) it means don’t cross the streams. As a reader of, let’s say, romance you wouldn’t like it if you bought a romance only to discover a psycho-horror subplot. That puts a romance reader off. And people who LOVE psycho-horror are going to be put off by the romance. My problems aren’t that extreme but I’ve created one hell of a genre salad with all of my books, particularly the Souls by the Sea series. They’re still great stories and I stand by their entertainment value as humorous paranormal fantasy cozy mystery action/adventures in a small town (that aren’t Urban Fantasy and my heroine has no powers at all) but I will not be marketing them. It would be throwing money away as there’s no audience looking for all that.
I won’t erase them either, they’re FUN, and I learned so much with them. But today I start fresh.
I changed B’s cover for the eight millionth time. I’m closer to perfection…
…or this is where I’m satisfied to let it sit for awhile. (Link on Amazon.) I’m especially proud of the little light-behind-the-clouds sunburst effect which was a happy accident.
As you can see I’m still in clean-up mode after my massive overhaul of every word I’ve ever written. That’ll make you tired. So I took a break on Sunday and was bored out of my gourd and restless. I’ve signed up for Camp Nanowrimo, starting in April, so should I wait to start on April 1st (April Fools and Easter!) or go ahead and dive in now? I never win so it isn’t cheating, how DARE you suggest such a thing!
I think I’ll start now. I have a week’s vacation coming up mid-April and that’ll be my welcome relief from the writing world. Off to start work on (GASP!) something new.
I was two weeks late with ‘B’ but it’s done at last. I can now move on to new projects and their inherent all new mistakes! Can’t wait!
The next story I’m tackling is a Christmas romance novella and I’ll follow that up with some sci fi. Mmmmm, Christmas, colony science fiction and space opera. Love it, love it, love it.
I’m almost through with the rewrites! All that’s left is ‘B, or How the Bogeyman Didn’t Save Christmas’ and, since it’s relatively short, I should be finished with it before my self-imposed deadline on March 1st. It should be, I doubt it will be. This one needs much more than the face-lift I gave the others. It was my first book so the amount of WRONG is boggling my mind. But it’s a Christmas book so I have time.
I’m also slogging my way through Create Space. I took down everything and flounced off when CS wouldn’t allow me to change the titles of my paperbacks. I went creeping back when I saw that Amazon’s paper program didn’t have a wide distribution. Bugger! But I carry on. I’m so looking forward to being done and, this time, being done WELL!
I’ve finally finished ‘An Autumn Beginning’ and it’s beautiful. Then a new critique of ‘Souls by the Sea’ came in and it’s spot on. I have more work to do. Fortunately just an explanatory line here and there but, oh, what a world, what a world.
Well, nevertheless, the end is nigh. Come March I’ll be finished with all of it and I’ll be able to concentrate on serious marketing and writing something NEW at last. Probably a silly Christmas romance, of all things, but it’ll be NEW!!!!1!!