You ever have one of those weeks where you feel like you’re drowning in work and there’s no room for anything else, let alone space to breathe?
I’ve had two.
In a row.
Still, I somehow managed to find time to finish beta edits to Starfighter Down. I finally feel like I can write those posts about the beta reading and editing process now. Big shout outs to my beta readers—Jerry, Bob, Jim, Wayne, Paula and Sullivan. You guys were so helpful. Especially the military pilots, Jim and Tim, who helped me avoid a few dumb mistakes that would have slipped through had I not taken the time to recruit subject matter experts.
I salute you!
Since my last email, I’ve also accomplished a few other notable things.
- I finished the outline for Gunn Files 4—working title, Nick of Time. The publisher has reviewed the outline and given me the thumbs up to get writing. I haven’t started yet, but having the outline done is a big milestone.
- Wrote a book review of The Postman, a hopeful post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel by David Brin. You can read my review here.
- Started the outline for Relics of the Ancients 2—that’s the sequel to Starfighter Down. And now you know the series title 🙂
So I’m making progress on my projects, even though I feel like I’m falling behind. I can never get as much done as I want or plan to. But hopefully that will change as I get back into my writing routine and things at work calm down a bit.
Once the ROTA2 outline is done, I’ll begin writing new words again. I’ve never had two outlines lined up and ready to go, so this is a new situation for me, one I quite like. The idea is that if I get stuck on one project, I can hop over to the other, thereby eliminating those dead-time lulls where I’m stuck on the story and don’t know how to proceed. With an A project and a B project, I’ve always got something to work on. No excuses.
I’m excited to get back to drafting. It’s been a couple months since I’ve written new words. My fingers are twitching and my dictation app is ready.
The Luna Missile Crisis
One last thing before I let you go. Rhett Bruno and Jaime Castle’s awesome alt-history science fiction novel The Luna Missile Crisis just released on ebook. It’s only been available in audiobook for the last few months, but for those of you who prefer ebooks (like me most of the time), the much anticipated ebook is now available too. Plus hardback and paperback if that’s your preference. Check it out here.
The year is 1961. The Cold War is in full swing and the space race is on. Russia aims to send humanity to space… but what if space comes to humanity instead?
Soviet Yuri Gagarin’s historic first manned-spaceflight is disrupted when an alien Mothership jumps into orbit, causing a cosmic car crash that defies all odds.