Two updates in a single month? I’m on a roll. At least I didn’t skip an entire month. So this is sort of another update? Perhaps progress report would be more accurate, however there’s more to it than that. As I “attempt” (quotes because the current chapter is a constant reminder that I’m a newcomer to the writing world. Sure, I’ve written short stories and a random chapter here and there that never went anywhere. Yet until I finish this book and get it published, I don’t consider myself an author.) to finish editing, I’m also considering plans for the future.
At the moment, I’m currently wrestling with chapter 7. I realized by the end of the book that an important character had only two scenes, both simple over the phone conversations. There had been a scene where she and one of the main characters were supposed to have a conversation; however I’d never placed it properly. It would have been two chapters away from the end of the story by the time she got the attention she deserved. After running through the story again, I saw where time was passing, but didn’t really give anything to the story. Subplot time! Chapter 7 isn’t perfectly timed for what I wanted them to talk about, however it does let me flesh out the world a bit more for the reader and properly introduce the character. Sadly a week has passed with only a few hundred words into the revision. I say, hopefully I’ll be able to make progress tomorrow, but that hasn’t been the case. I wouldn’t call this writer’s block. It’s a frustrating combination of a breakdown in discipline, self doubt, and creative drive. I guess you could say that I’m simply in a slump.
Well… It’s time I climb out of it!
While I focus on my first novel, I’m also considering what I’d like to write next. Because of past ideas and an over active imagination, I’ve got a mountain. However there are currently 5 stories that I have any real drive to work on; which leads to the second part of this post! Me rambling vaguely about future projects in an attempt to reinvigorate myself.
The first and most realistic is the sequel to my current urban fantasy novel. There’s pretty much nothing I can say about it however since I’ve given virtually no information about it other than genre and a small tidbit in my previous update post.
The second is about a youth in a mystical setting which merges a bit of Eastern and Nordic architecture and world. A world where there are forest and mountain gods and beasts many times larger than man that roam the land. Humans, who left the forests and the mountains to carve out a home of their own, struggle with the old gods they turned their backs to. Frontier settlements must carefully maintain a tenuous peace with the gods. This is a tale of a youth whose past draws them beyond the edge of human settlements and deep into a world ruled by the forgotten.
The third is actually fairly likely to occur before I’m even finished editing my current project. It’ll be a serial that focuses on a young woman’s life in a sci-fi setting where humanity is housed within massive towers. Each so large they commonly occupied by roughly five hundred million people. I’m not going to give anything else away at this point, as it’s likely that I’ll start on this as a weekend project soon. They will likely be 1-2k word installments. I’m not going to say that this will definitely happen, but simply talking about it now gets me excited.
The forth is much more of a thought experiment which I love. I simply as myself, “How would such-and-such fit into the real world?” Alright, so before I go any further, I have to admit that I’m a huge sci-fi nerd. Not that I know a mountain of facts about random things, though I like to keep up to date with scientific discoveries, but that tales of epic space operas and good science fiction in general excite me. So the fourth and fifth have this is common. I asked myself how something would work in the real world. For the forth I asked, “What would it takes for large humanoid machines to rationally exist in a military setting?” Yes… I skirted around using the word Mecha. As ridiculous as the idea is, I enjoy the process of figuring out how this would be possible immensely enjoyable. Sort of like a critical thinking exercise that doesn’t bore you to death. I have some of the story thought out, but there’s really nothing more to add at this time.
Lastly, I tried to pull a Futurist and create a hard sci-fi futuristic setting where humanity has finally begun to travel the stars. Gone are the flashy and slow lasers of the Star Wars universe. Combat between ships occurs light seconds apart. Since as of yet there’s no physics that support shields or force fields like they love to use in the movies, instead they using super cooled and highly reflective mirrors to deflect photo based weaponry. I considered the struggles humans would deal with during long duration journeys. As to my current knowledge, we haven’t really considered means of harnessing gravitons so gravity generators aren’t a sure thing. There’s deadly radiation beyond the influence of a planet’s magnetosphere. Perhaps a combination of a pill meant to absorb radiation in conjunction with a strong electromagnetic sphere the runs along the surface of the ship? This project will take a lot of research, though I wouldn’t regret any of it.
Hopefully this was at least a little interesting for you to have read and thank you for your time! If you have a future plan for a project and would like to share, I’d love to hear it!