State of the Writing: November 2016

It’s November, which also happens to be National Novel Writing Month. I’ve never attempted to crank out a full novel in a single month, because … well, that sounds really hard. But I’ve been at work on plenty of stuff:

  • The major edits for my second book, Into the Void, are done. The only remaining editorial hurdle is the copyediting, which is all about ferreting out those pesky little mistakes. That should happen in the next month or two. All systems are still go for a May 2017 release.
  • My second short story, The Shadows of Aeroel, released last month, and if you’re on my mailing list, you’ve got the links. (If not, what are you waiting for?) I’ve already begun the outlining process for the third short story in that series, which will take place after Into the Void and before the third book in the novel trilogy and will probably release in fall 2017 for people on the mailing list.
  • Speaking of the third book, I’m about halfway through my latest round of revisions on that splendid little adventure. The beta feedback was awesome, and I’ve been putting that into play as I begin to sharpen it up for the publisher’s March 2017 due date. Can’t wait to share it with you in 2018.
  • I’ve continued to do some outlining on my next big project. I can’t really say much yet, but it should be a fun ride putting it together. More to say on that soon.

On the nonfiction front, here’s what I’ve been up to since my last major update:

  • My Baten Kaitos Interquel: Many years ago, I wrote an outline of fanfiction set between two fairly obscure GameCube video games. For a lot of reasons — including the fact that I’m now actually writing fiction — that outline never became a novel, but I decided to release it to Nintendojo to mark the tenth anniversary of one of the Baten Kaitos games. It might only appeal to a very narrow audience, but, boy, was it satisfying releasing to the world.
  • What Does God Need With a Starship? On the website Speculative Faith, I tackled the question of how science fiction — novels, TV, film — deals with religion. Along the way, I get to invoke everything from Asimov to Roddenberry.
  • Science Fiction: Hard Versus Soft: A little while back I explained the differences between hard and soft sci-fi on my Facebook page and later on a message board. My publisher said, “could you do a post on that?” So I did. Click away if you’d like the primer yourself.

So there you go. Yeah, I’ve been busy. 🙂

That’s about it for now. Onward!

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