Friday, December 26, 2008

You guys are gonna hate this

Just finishing up. I hope to post Book 09 on New Year's Day, and it should be reasonably possible I can do that.

The thing is, as I write and edit, I realize there are several chapters that just consist of people talking. I hope that doesn't turn out boring, but I worry.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


I am working on editing the Final Draft of Book 09, even though there are still some fair-sized chunks that haven't been written yet. I am up to Chapter Six, which I am fairly dis-satisfied with. The pacing is execrable, and the plot advancement that comes out of that chapter is embarassingly ham-handed. Worse, it follows Chapter Five which I was very pleased with.

Also, since Book 09 has a sort of built-in countdown clock element to it, timing is everything. And now I discover my timelines aren't matching up. Fixing it should be straightforward enough, and will actually smooth out some other plot elements that seemed a bit rushed the first time. Nevertheless, a real pain in the keister.

About the character naming convention, for most of the minor characters, I am using the names of teams from minor Canadian Hockey Leagues; at least for the ones that are part of the crew. I am using different naming conventions for the people from the planet.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Unintentional Themes of Book 09

As I reread and edit the finished chapters, I am struck by a totally unintended theme that's emerging. Both Bill Keeler and Trajan Lear... separately and in their own way... confess to loneliness and a longing for intimacy. I hadn't even realized I was exploring that idea in the book, it just sort of emerged out of each character responding to his situation.

Also, it's an interesting dual-perspective. Keeler is an older man, remorseful over what he has lost. Trajan Lear is a younger man, fearful over what he thinks he will never have.

I better get away from this human condition crap, or I might be mistaken for a serious writer.