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AnRoinnUltra

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Chapter 2 of Nancy Goodaim. Am happy with how it's going. Not gonna stick it in Promotions as to be fair I've a lot of stuff up there and it's not really proper literature.
Publishing/ promotion is a hard one to figure. I've been doing live comedy(ish) but it's away from the mainstream. Some others I do it with are keen to make stuff for Instagram/ TikTok etc. which bugs me a bit -to my mind it's creating art as dictated by an algorithm and commercial interests which means it has to be predictable and fit a crazy tight timeframe. There's a limit to the nuance in 12 seconds of storytelling, and brings up the question of why would you bother.
In any case I'm fairly sure NG's adventures are not predictable, so onward she goes (y)
 

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Chapter 3 & Chapter 4 of Nancy Goodaim, Space Ranger. It's near live storytelling, and only half written down but there came a time to just do what it took to get the story out. So not ideal but getting better -am now cutting the running for each Chapter down to near 10 mins a blast.
It sucks publishing out to nobody ...had a good crew doing the SF stuff but they are getting impatient with no audience for the SF and are keen to do stuff to fit in with social media. That stuck in my craw a bit as TikTok/reel is mostly inane muck. There must be a way to subvert it. Anyways, Chapter 5 next week -the plot is: Nancy has to save the solar system and the gang on planet Earth have to come to terms with her death ...but storytelling is never about the ending (or so I haven't been told).
 

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Hi,

Well I just put out Alone In The Dark - a detective - and now I'm working on Moody Rockers (It may become Moody Rocking All Over The World!) - an urban sci fi. And you'd better believe that every time I open the book to start work, the only thing I can hear is that awesome song by the Body Rockers!

Cheers, Greg.
 

psychotick

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Hi,

And it's done! It only took six tries to get the cover and text right so that the preview thing for the paperback would work etc! And some of the things it gave me as excuses to reject were it's own fault! I mean first it told me my resizing for the book was wrong, there was text outside the margin. So I re-resized it - but hey, my bad. Then somehow when I re-resized it it didn't apply that resizing to the table of contents. So I had to delete it from the original text and have the program make a new one in the re-resized document! And sizing the damned cover so that the text fits in the solid red line and not the dotted red line! Damn it's a frustrating program!

Anyway, Now I'm recovering my voice after having yelled at a computer for hours and hours yesterday!

Cheers, Greg.
 

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Yes. Formatting is its own peculiar set of headaches. All the more frustrating because the author thinks they're done with the damn thing, but neither is it yet published. I've taken to not announcing a release date until the thing is not only published, but I've ordered an Author's Copy, received it, and reviewed it.

Oh the woes of publishing....

But you've done the work, so good on ya, mate!
 

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I've been spending the past five months skirting around what I would like to be my first fantasy novel (and perhaps series). It feels daunting, and I'm probably having a bit of world-builder disease as it seems easier than trying to plan the story, whereas I am much more of a discovery writer. In the end it feels like just a lot of excuses. I need to get some momentum going! Currently endlessly oscillating between adding tiny bits to my sketchy idea of characters, or the plot, or trying to world-build through mini-backstories.
 

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I can't really call it a first draft because there are too many sections yet unwritten. But I know what needs to go in each, and it doesn't feel like there are any gaping holes. So, I'm somewhere between first draft completed and first revision begun.

66k, with the finished story likely to come in around 80-85k. It's got actors and mages and tumbling and necromancy. So, pretty traditional, overall.
 

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I've been thinking about how best to market/monetize while keeping myself happy with what I produce. I admit I am lowering my aim to a certain degree, but it's also a style I've always wanted to take a crack at... So I've ditched the project I was working on and have begun anew. The ditcher was thematically a relatively near-future dystopian genre-mash commentary on our present state of affairs, and I was pretty much through the planning stage and had three decent-reading chapters already written (somewhere around 5500 words) so it was tough to put it aside.

This one is going to be a series, solidly genre, written in episodic format with perhaps a few threads that arc over the entirety of the series. That last bit seems impossible to avoid, and I think actually the smart way to go, so its best to have some idea of what those threads will be beforehand (I haven't decided yet).

It will be sci-fi detective. Not hard-boiled---ie there will be value judgements within the observations and not told in the most limited PoV. But fairly limited I think. Hammett et alii don't always follow this rule themselves, so I'm okay with pushing that boundary. The series will be overtly noir (or neo-noir now I guess) in theme, but somewhat self-aware in that regard, and thus there will likely be some recursive logic to the world. There will also hopefully be humor. Hopefully.

I wrote the first prologue I think I have ever written in my life to start myself off, simply to see if I can write in the voice that this wry, dry sardonic noir demands before spending a lot of time on world-building and character creation and plotting. I do have a villain/antag in mind, a vague---very vague---idea of ending and plot, and the opening will be somewhat familiar is my guess right now. I don't think I nailed the prologue from the PoV of world physics, but I quite liked my first stab at the voice, so now I've decided to proceed with planning and see if I can coalesce all this ephemeral vagueness.

I haven't settled on the full nature of the first crime, other than it's likely to take on the trappings of conspiracy when brought fully into the light. There is potential for humor in the Bad-thing-that-was-done, but I'm trying to be careful of not directing the humor at the genre itself. Readers have to take the world seriously and the characters have to take themselves seriously, or these things fall apart. That humor certainly wouldn't be enough to sustain a long episodic series. Drinking from that well usually only works once... with apologies to the Naked Gun and Scary Movie franchises. And Xanth and Discworld I don't think are really centered on being genre spoofs. So, apparently I will be satisfying my apparently innate drive to comment on the world with my fiction through humor and satire. A good part of that, likely the biggest part, will be built directly into the world itself.

Tonally, I want this to come out somewhere between Pratchett and Douglas Adams although it would be nice to get a little Tom Robbins feel in there too. If it ends up as far from Stephen R. Donaldson as humanly possible, I will be a happy writer. I also don't want to go the full Monty. I think I should be---at best---rock-throwing distance from the Pythonistas... not so close I can take out an eye with a loogie.

If anyone can spot some natural or obvious pitfalls to what I'm doing here, please jump in and wave your arms, flag semaphore, pull the fire alarm, whatever. This is pretty new territory for me. Crimes and whodunits aren't really my style... but I've never written anything that didn't contain mystery and suspense so hopefully I slip right into mode. The humor aspect is intimidating, but I have those strong pre-existing models I mentioned above to emulate, so I am a little more sure than that nassty Bagginses about setting off on adventure.

Sorry about the wall of text. Now that I've re-read it, this was clearly more about helping myself get some things straight in my head than it was about reporting to you. Rgiht now, I think I'm that guy painting the solid white borders of the playing field before game day.
 

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After six months of not picking up a pencil or writing a gag or doing any drawing whatsoever I sat down yesterday at my drawing table and drew up a strip from the pencil rough that had been taped on it for all that time. It was nice to feel it come alive as I drew it. The mere act of doing something was wonderful. It's one of those "I'm not sure why I think this is funny" strips.

Anyway for what it's worth:

wimbert.jpg


Wimbert started out as a doodle my daughter Daisy did. Her original drawing is much better than mine.
 

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Working on a 1000 word story right now based on a photo of my own choosing. Can't decide if it will be a narrative or 1st person yet. Toying with right now by writing the same paragraph in both views for impact and ease of reading.
 

Rjalex

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My first novel. Probably bitten off more than I can chew. Multiple POV (4). Climate change, AI, Alpha-Centuri mission, moonbase, helium 3 fusion, augmented reality, neural implants. All the stuff. 20,000 words into first draft. Spend 3 months mapping an outline.
Excerpt:

As the drone lifted through the night air the lights of the airport sunk beneath them. In the small passenger cabin Naomi and her Mother looked down across the haze covered metropolis. Lines of blazing fire stretched off beyond the city lights and merged into a homogenous red glow in the far distance. As the quadcopter moved higher the world beneath faded and vanished under a layer of air-borne ash.

They flew southward into blackness and stars began to appear above. A hint of dawn grew in the east. A shade of salmon pink spread across the sky and slowly as the drone traversed the remote Bass Strait, the pink brightened and the black of night gave way to a shade of blue which spread across the morning sky.

“It is blue.” Naomi said. Her Mother smiled.
 

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I'm very close to releasing Legion of Bones, the third in the Dark Renaissance/Giulia Degarno fantasy trilogy. It tells of Giulia's search for revenge against a thousand-year-old sorcerer, and the dubious alliances and questionable allies she makes along the way. Everyone wants Constantin Leth, but for different reasons, and nobody can be entirely trusted. It's been fun to write: writing a fantasy novel about the undead without vampires and zombies is a bit of a challenge! I've seen the draft cover, and it looks amazing. Once this trilogy is complete, I'm going to look more seriously at marketing and the like. Daunting, but exciting, times!
 

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I'm about a third of the way in on the third book of my "horror" (ugh, stupid, imprecise word) universe. This one is set in 2150 and 1867. I'm quite pleased because I'm managing to keep the word count quite low. Stats for The Cross and the Chrysalis (TCC) below. I suspect it might be my most offensive work to date...

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20,000 words into my first sci-fi novel. I have a very in-depth chapter-by-chapter outline for the plot. I am starting to realise, as my characters develop, that some plot points just won't fit with how the characters would behave so I'm having to rejig the outline/plot. I wonder if this is a common issue people have?
 

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20,000 words into my first sci-fi novel. I have a very in-depth chapter-by-chapter outline for the plot. I am starting to realise, as my characters develop, that some plot points just won't fit with how the characters would behave so I'm having to rejig the outline/plot. I wonder if this is a common issue people have?
I leave room in my outline for just such reasons. Helps in letting the story write itself when need be.
 

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