Friday, March 30, 2007

Update 3:30:2007

I've just been slogging through Book 08. I've kind of found some little sprouts of funny that I am nurturing to grow, mainly around Max Jordan's dramatic personality shift in Book 07. I was able to work that in with the edits to Book 06, retroactively making him more of an a-hole, so when he undergoes his "conversion" in Book 07, its much more dramatic... and comical.

What started out as the epilogue to Book 08 has taken on a life of its own, and Book 08 now looks like it will be two novellas, or at least a novella + a long short story. I may even publish them separately as Part I and Part II. Part II is set on the planet Falldown, and I think Lieutenant Atlantic will be a major character.

Basically, an Aves (probably Amy will crash on an island after encountering an electromagnetic disturbance, and the survivors of the crash will discover the island is already inhabited by "other" people and had been the site of mysterious top-secret experiments.

Does the sound familiar?

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Miscellaneous

I lost the thumb drive with the latest updates on it. That was a pain in the anus. It eventually turned up but not before I was sickened with the thought of having to re-key all the work I've done on Books 6, 7, and 8. I've since copied it back to my laptop.

I had an idea about Book 8, to work in a Lost parody into the epilogue. It has a certain potential to stretch the epilogue to novella length. We'll see how it plays out.

I also had one of those weird dreams that seems like it would make a good story when you wake up from it, but then you think about it and it makes no sense. This dream had to do with a guy who had a laptop that enabled him to carry on IM conversations with people from the past and the future. Meanwhile, another guy was on his way to Mexico to meet with aliens (somehow they were connected) and he was set upon by bandidos. He talked them out of killing him by claiming he had a large amount of money in a backpack (shades of Prison Break) that was waiting for him in the city he was going to, but what was really in the backpack was a laptop that enabled him to get messages from the other guy who had the laptop that let him talk to people in the past and future. And the guy was just hoping he bought himself enough time to think of a plan, but what he had actually done was pre-destine the backpack to be filled with money when he got there.

Yeah, I know, it makes absolutely no sense.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Cleaning Up

Doing some clean-up on Book 06, which I know is already posted, but editing is a good exercise to put me in the right frame of mind to integrate the final draft of Book 07. Not a lot of changes. It's not horribly riddled with typos, but I'm tightening it here and there, and fixing some of the more obvious errors.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Getting to the Funny in Hellfire

I'm between 20 and 30 pp into Book 08. Which, given the scattershot way I write, works out to 8 pp of Chapter 1, 6 pp of Chapter 2, 4 pp in Chapter 7, and 2 pp in each of Chapters 3, 4, 5, 8, and 10. I partly fixed the problem with dull characters by making Eliza Change the lead in chapter 1 - 6. This has been fascinating, because her approach to situations is much more complex, and therefore more interesting, than David Alkema's, whom she replaced.

The problem is, while 8 has a pretty nifty plot (if I do say so), I haven't been able to find the humor in their situation ... being desperately low on fuel and having to deal with shifty and incrutable human colonists in order to get it. Things liven up, as they always do, toward the end when Keeler makes a belated appearance. And there's a conflict between Rook and Jordan that's ripe with possibilities, but it's still pretty thin gruel.

I'll keep working at it.