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By the time you read this, I will be a page or two away from finishing the first draft of CassaStorm. I’ll celebrate by playing Diablo all weekend. Hey, I’ve only killed him five times! One more and he’ll really be dead.
This story won’t be as simple as the other two. There are many subplots, some of which emerged as I wrote, so I need to go back and insert some scenes. (Yes, while everyone else uses a compacter on their manuscript, I use a tire pump.) It’s a little darker than the others as well. I’ll need to lighten things up here and there, maybe add more snark. (I don’t want a Dark Knight Rises, thanks!)
What is similar? It’s still all about the characters. The messages are simple and clear. (I’m not very subtle – you won’t miss them.) It’s still a space opera, low on tech. And its purpose is just to entertain and wrap up this series.
Someone else recently discussed finding our niche as writers, and I’ve definitely found mine. I write science fiction space opera that is very accessible. And I’m happy with that. Science fiction tends to turn people away because some of it is so high tech or hardcore. But I know so many people who’ve never read a science fiction book who read mine because it was accessible. That alone is far more than I ever hoped to accomplish!
Ultimately, I just hope you enjoy the third and final book of the series.
Just don’t ask me how a teleporter works, because I have no idea!
Please visit other members of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! We have many new members. And remember, some people are on summer vacation.
Medeia Sharif is holding a giveaway to mark her blog’s anniversary and the milestone of a hundred books read this year – visit her site for details.
You can get a free copy of chapter one of Shadow Spinner: "Part One: The Tunnel" by Andrew Leon from Amazon right now! "Part Two: The Kitchen Table" will be coming soon.
Stephen Tremp’s Blurbfest is Wednesday August 15 – check out his site for details!
For those of you with iPads, are you watching the Olympics as they happen? You can download the NBC London 2012 Live Extra app for free and see many of the events you won’t see on TV. (Like even more women’s beach volleyball!)
Two Big Surprises
Two things that surprised me this week. (Stunned, shocked - something along those lines!)
First, Sylvia Ney interviewed me a couple months ago and she just sent confirmation that it will appear in the November issue of Southern Writers. Whoa! I’ll be in a magazine. Yes, this Ninja is stunned…
Anne R. Allen, Catherine Ryan Hyde, and Saffina Desforges:
1) Focus on your genre or subgenre (unless you’re still experimenting with different genres.) You can discuss movies, videogames, TV shows, even jewelry and costumes – as long as they relate to your niche. A great example is SciFi writer Alex J. Cavanaugh’s super-popular blog that specializes in all things SciFi.
Double whoa! I had no idea. Thank you, Anne. Crap, need to inject some more science fiction into this blog now…
(And you can buy it HERE on Amazon!)
What’s your insecurity or accomplishment today? Watching the Olympics? Stunned I’m in a book and soon a magazine? (Humor me and say yes!)
Be sure to visit other members of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group!