TAU CETI CENTRAL STATION THE YEAR XX84 HAROLD CONRAD Clad in a beige trenchcoat covering carbon black body armour, Harold Conrad crossed the gap between two intersecting alleyways. He glanced … Continue reading Apocryphal Son, Chapter One
Hey potential readers, I just wanted to drop a quick update now that I’m hopefully back to writing the eBook regularly. There’s been a lot going on and I’ve found myself stuck between several projects, which you can read about in my previous post. There’s a lot of short story work I want to get done, and I currently have a draft for a novelette of nearly 10,000 words done, so hopefully I can get that edited and cover art’d in the future, when I have some more money. However, the only thing I’m focusing on publishing right now is The Jump.
Mainly though, what’s holding me back is wanting to write multiple stories at once. I have a couple good ideas I think, and entering contests like the two being held on Inkitt are a great way to expand my literary horizons and get my work out to people. I do want to just sit down and write the hell out of the eBook, but right now the biggest, most important thing in the world for me to have right now is exposure, and without that, the book may just end up being written for nothing.
Anyway, I promised an excerpt last time, so here’s the newly butchered prologue. I’m kinda iffy on some parts and I kinda like some others, so if anyone wants to give some feedback, I’d love to hear it.
“Stars have aligned… all systems green. Jump drive is online, all hands on deck!”
The crew of the rogue starship snapped into their positions. When the captain spoke, it was as if those under his command were parts of his own body, moving according to his will without second thought. They were fiercely loyal and prepared to die for the cause. Such preparation would be vital, given the stakes and more importantly, the odds. They’d all been branded as traitors by the federation and as such, none of them had any illusion of coming home. Their leader took with him only the most dedicated soldiers amongst his pool of separatists for this run. He made sure everyone onboard that ship wasn’t just willing, but ready to die.
Now they face their former allies as a common enemy. Not just any enemy, either. They will be trying their might against the unfathomable strength of the federation. It may just be possible. It’s not just very plausible. Every step of the journey, they had assumed the worst was behind them. And each time, they were wrong, and they knew it. Now, it was time for the most trying ordeal of all. They had lost so much already, but they were ready to lose much, much more. But such was the cost of completing their mission.
With the galaxy’s greatest feet drawing targets on their back, they have one hope of making it home alive. They’ll have to jump for it.
Current total word count: 21,029
In case any of you are confused, I’ve been doing these updates semi-regularly on my Tumblr blog. From now on, I will be publishing all updates here after every writing session, with each post chronicling my progress through the book and how far along it is. I will also occasionally provide snippets from the draft itself. Go here for the last update; the rest can be seen under the “The Jump” tag. Check out this blog post for an extended except from chapter three of the novella.
I’ve been kept so busy with work (and one trip to a convention on the other side of the country) that I’ve had little time or energy to really write. I’ve been able to crank out some short stories based on a few excellent writing prompts however, which has been my little way of easing back into the craft after being away from so long. Today I finally dove back into the eBook, but rather than let my time away from it act as a deterrence to my writing, I decided I’d turn a negative into a positive. Being away for so long means that you have to slowly re-adjust to writing fiction and the result can be a bit clumsy sometimes.
I wanted to use my two weeks away from writing to my advantage, so I used this as an opportunity to edit rather than simply write. I went it and started with the prologue (which may or may not make it into the final release) which has been cut down significantly. This means more original content and less from the original short story upon which this novella is based. I also went through the rest of the story thus far – all 20,000+ words of it – and made those very necessary line-by-line edits for any typos and additional spaces. Most of all however, I kept an eye out for awkward wording and sentences that stuck out. I hope to get back into writing proper sometimes tonight or tomorrow, depending on how things work out.
In terms of word count, I actually almost regressed quite a bit (before I started adding new chapters), but I think I’m coming to realise that word count doesn’t always equate to progress. Sometimes the most meaningful changes to a story you can make are the cuts, not the additions. Your readers may not realise it when they read the book, but you’ll do them a service by trimming the fat.
So that’s what I’m struggling to do now: learning to say more with less. Especially less adverbs.
Current total word count: 21,058
An extended excerpt taken from chapter three of my upcoming sci-fi novella, The Jump.
Currently, most of my time is being devoted to my upcoming eBook, The Jump. Well, that’s not entirely true. My job takes that great honour. But all of my time not spent schlepping coffee is being spent trying to get this novella published.
It is science fiction and falls neatly under the action adventure and military subgenres. The story deals with a small group of rogue pilots seeking to uncover the secrets to faster-than-light travel – a piece of forbidden knowledge that could change the universe as they know it.
But to do so, they must face the First Interstellar Federation, the ubiquitous galactic goverment that will go to any length to suppress any knowledge of FTL and prevent its rediscovery amongst the general populace. Should such information leek, and the ability to travel to nearly any destination at unfathomable speeds become acessible to anyone, it could mean the end their monopoly on the stars.
And that’s exactly what Harold Conrad and his crew are looking to do.