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Progress Report, in which I reveal what even a pantser needs to know beforehand

It seems that the note-making on Petra Rising has led me down a bit of a research rabbit hole.  This is both good and bad news.  Good news, because it’s stuff I’ll need to know to write this thing, and will (one hopes) give me some better sense of where it’s going.  Bad news, because . . . well, there are less than two weeks left in the year, and I wanted to start drafting at the beginning of January, and as of yet I don’t even know where to begin the story.

Kind of important to have an opening in mind, I think, even for a pantser like me.

So.  Yeah.  I should probably work on that.

No updates for Write Club.

Headlong into the holidays . . .

Current Music: "Fight the Good Fight"--Triumph

Progress Report, in which I discuss encouragement (and quote Fitzgerald)

Dream time—AKA making notes for Petra Rising—continues apace.  As I felt a bit overwhelmed with choices, I decided to start small, picking up the thread of a single, self-contained subplot from the previous volume.  And, well.  That seemed to work, encouraging me to take on bigger things.  Now I’m busy tackling my main protagonist’s storyline, and ideas are flowing.

See, this is why you shouldn’t encourage me.

Anyway, lots to do yet before I can start drafting.

Write Club update:  Tier two bounce from Fantastic.  Response time, 53 days.  And, you know, that’s somewhat less than encouraging.

So we beat on, boats against the current. . . .

Or something like that.


Current Music: "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)"--Motley Crue

Progress Report, in which I get in touch with my inner child

Done with my read-through of Petra Released, preparatory to drafting the third volume in the series.  Lots of good stuff in there, I thought.  Rereading it made me pretty happy.  I have a fondness for stories about grand, star-spanning civilizations, and that’s just what I’ve written.  It’s the kid in me, I guess.

Now I have to figure out where to go from here.  As usual, my problem is having too many choices.  Lots of dangling threads, and they could lead in many different directions.  Choices must be made.

I also have some tricky structural issues to resolve.  For example, some of my characters are currently moving at relativistic speeds, which is going to play merry hell with my timeline.  I had originally seen this as a three-book arc, with the option to add further volumes—separate arcs—that would take place either before or after the current action.  But there’s a chance this might be a four-book sequence, something I hadn’t considered a possibility until very recently.

Must ponder some more.  And must make some more notes, if I’m to have any chance of starting this thing early January.

Write Club update:  Tier one bounce from IGMS.  Response time, 96 days.  Not gonna lie, folks—that one kinda stings.

Anyway, onward.

Current Music: "Relay"--The Who