Nash and Anton survive. Nothing exists of their team any more. Stowing on a colony ship, they head out to one of the outer planets, a newly-colonised region of known space, and decide to make a new, normal life for themselves. Little do they know that trouble is already waiting on board. For the next installment, you’ll have to pay six million dollars in cash in unmarked bills paid into a secret Swiss bank account. That might be an incentive to write the next novel.*
*Please note, this is not how it ends, nor even remotely. I’d just lost the will to continue outlining and decided to mash the keyboard with my deeper cynical thoughts.
My MC doesn’t know whether to go stay…
Seraphine grinned. “Definitely. Send the strike plan to Tobias and Yuji. We’ll move out in sixty seconds. Let’s move.”
I’m doing a series of three posts which may explain a bit about my tagline. So here’s the first: Unpublished.
I am, as of this post, an unpublished wannabe author. I like writing, and the creative process that goes with it. The process of inception of the ‘what if?’ idea, to the world building, then outlining, mulling over the concepts, talking to yourself (yes, I do that), and finally fleshing out a first draft. (I’ll cover unfinished in the next post).
So here’s a few questions:
- Do I want to be published? Yes.
- Do I want to see a physical copy of my work or an e-book sold through the likes of Amazon? Yes.
- Do I expect to make a living from it? No, but it’s nice to dream… Realistically I’d like to sell a book, have some nice reviews (I’ve had a few good and a single crap one from some previous short stories) and supplement my income a little.
- Am I the next (insert big SF author here)? No.
- Why be published? I used to write for fun. In fact, I still consider myself writing for fun, just putting ideas onto the screen, seeing if they work. However, it would be nice to get that work out into the wider world.
- Any other reasons? Yes, I self-published a few stories here, here and here, and they had 4.3/5, 4/5 and 3/5 with some positive feedback. Hence it gave me the self-confidence to think bigger. So I planned a series of novels, along two separate paths, one a grand space opera, the other a more action-oriented thriller series. That’s what I’m working on now and hopefully will be the manuscripts that get me published.
I’m fairly realistic about my ambitions. I don’t expect a living, but a supplement to income. I’ll enjoy writing and still do it even if I sell one book. At the moment, I’m still honouring my tagline – unpublished.
NOTE: All excerpts are at this stage unedited. I make no apologies for any of them sounding like meaningless drivel. YOU go do NaNoWriMo and do a 50k novel in 30 days and we’ll see what nonsense you come out with. Of course, other times, what I write may be so awesome and excellent you’ll want to thank me for reading it.
The call came late at night. Seraphine mumbled and cursed as she realised her phone was ringing. Stumbling out of bed, she groped in the dark across the desk before she found it.
“Hello?” Seraphine said.
“Miss Nash?” Came a deep, official sounding voice.
“Yes, who is this?”
“Officer Dowley Ma’am. I’m afraid I have some bad news for you. We are at the premises of one of your colleagues, a Mr Doherty.”
“No, Doherty.” He replied, missing the joke completely. “Mr Gary Doherty.”
“What’s happened? What’s the big meatloaf done now?”
I found my cover art to the lost novel I’m rewriting for NaNoWriMo:
Although the extensively worked over plot outline means it will be a fully-fledged novel, and I’m actually aiming to clock in around 75000 words. We’ll see.
The Law Of Life (Kane44 rmx) – Elite Force : http://soundcloud.com/kane44/the-law-of-life-elite-force - great for those who like their dubstep awesomeness.
Here’s a simple example -
Remember Landmates from Appleseed?
And Heavy Gear mechs?
Put ‘em together and what do you get?
Awesome 2-ton robots guided by the human mind. Brilliant.