by Dennis M. Myers, 12/28/2019
I've been working on Endurance
as best I can. My idea was to tell the story of mankind's first contact with a non-human intelligence from both the perspective of the humans, and of the natives. It turned out that I had a great story for the natives, and I follow three of them through this tangled adventure that I really enjoyed writing. Over half the book is from their point of view. So, mission accomplished.
The human side turned out to be a bit more of a struggle. I have situations to work through, but it doesn't feel quite right to me at the moment. I am going to have to go through and work to create a more interesting story. One that's not just a soap opera of reconnecting lovers and such. Although I do have that, I need something to really drive the story forward. So that part has gone slower than expected. I may not meet my goal of having a second book submitted before I hear back on the first, but honestly, I want to submit a good book, not just a book I pushed through without a good story.
One stumbling block occurred when I had that epiphany about book four of the Rise of the Automated Empire
series. That shift (now called Stolen Dreams
) made me move an important scene from Endurance
into that book, and changing my timelines a little. It cost a couple thousand words in Endurance
, and a whole plot line, but it fits so much better in Stolen Dreams
that it simply had to be done. However, comma, it left me with a whole different situation on Endurance
. The characters are still here, but now they are several years older, their relationship has evolved, and I have to write them from an entirely different standpoint. Instead of having been on Endurance
the whole time, they are just arriving. At least that lets me do introductions. I suppose you could say I am still getting to know the new version of this couple as they settle into a new life, and find their own place in this new world.
I've also been working with my editor on Precipice
. I will have that ready for beta readers shortly. As the direct sequel to Final Assembly
, I have always felt that it would not make a good starting point for the story, which is why I started working on Endurance
. However it's nearly completed, so on the off chance that Final Assembly
will be hot on its heels.
Addendum: With all the things going on around the house right now, I'll be taking a short break with the blog. So to all my readers, I apologize. You'll both have to wait a bit.
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