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Now What?

I’m working on the next book – I’ve got about 57,000 unedited words, and it’s probably 1/3 done – maybe a bit more. Then comes the editing where I attempt to remove all the stuff that I find fascinating. Generally speaking, the author’s enthusiasm for something may be a good indication of something that distracts from the story. Well, at least in my case it does. If things go well, editing will remove ten to thirty thousand words. Yes, it is a bit like pulling your own teeth with a pair of pliers.

I’m also digging into marketing. Have I mentioned that I don’t like marketing? I suspect I don’t like it because I’m not good at it.

It’s been a long time coming – but it’s finally done.

My first book is finally done.  Now Available on Amazon.


The Back Cover:

Are you ready for the End of the World? Jack thought he was. He’d spent years learning to live in a minimalist and sustainable way. He’d changed careers, and he had a plan. A plan just in case the worst happened. Unfortunately for Jack, he was far from home when disaster struck, when the end of the world as we know it came. Now he is on foot, with winter coming. Jack and his two dogs will need to trek over 750 miles to get home.

How do you cope when almost everything you depend upon is lost? When everything you’ve come to rely on stops working.

There was no way to predict a Solar Storm. There was no way to predict its enormous magnitude or the damage that it would do. What do you do when you can’t call for help? When transportation stops and the lights go out? How hungry do you have to be to steal, to kill? What will people do when there is no law? Who can you trust?

Jack would most likely run out of food before he got home, even if nothing went wrong. But something had already gone wrong, and it was just the beginning. He had choices to make and no information. Every decision was a trade-off. Would he survive if he chose wrong? Jack was about to find out.

Procrastination can only get you so far.

Procrastination is a way of life. Or, perhaps it’s just the way of my life. One thing we all learn as we get older is that change will happen. It seems that change has come; I’ve run out of excuses to procrastinate.  It’s hard to imagine, but it looks like I’m going to have to actually publish this book.  I’m getting final feedback from two people, hopefully in the next week or two. Then it’s done.

Coming soon to Amazon Solar Storm – Homeward Bound.


Cutting is hard

Well, the rewrite is done.  I didn’t cut nearly as much as I though I would.  I think I eliminated about 7k words, and then added about 3k new stuff.    The flashback is now three parts, spaced out at what I think are logical points.  It’s also shorter by about a quarter, and  I think I managed to keep all the parts that let the reader really get to know the characters.

It think it flows better, we’ll see what my readers think.  Assuming they can force themselves to read it again. Reading a book twice or more is not something a lot of people do.  It takes time, and time is not something folks have a lot of to give away. So, thanks!

Solar Storm final draft

I’m near done with the final draft of Solar Storm.  Maybe a week or two more, then I’ll turn it over to a few volunteers for proofing and suggestions.

It turns out that editing is harder for me than the writing, at least so far.  I managed to cut almost 8,000 words that did little or nothing to move the story forward, or shine a light on the characters.   I like to explain things and that seems to be a dangerous behavior for a writer. It leads to an excessive amount of exposition and while it might be interesting to me and a few others, is unlikely to be more than an annoyance to most.   I’ve probably left too much of that in as it stands now.

Solar Storm Cover 4