Man, this thing is dusty….
OK. This is a fresh start to my blog.
In the two years since I last posted anything on here I have moved yet again, had back surgery, lost my job, and got a long-term temporary one which I have had for a year and a half.
On the writing front, I have finished writing the first Bluebonnet County novel, Struck by Lightning, typed it up and edited it with the help of my wife and a few beta readers. I went to a writers conference and pitched it to an agent who wanted to see the first three chapters.
She decided it wasn’t for her but I then submitted the novel to another publishing house. They take about three months to respond and I still have about six weeks to wait. If they don’t want it I will shop it to other agents and small presses until it sells.
While waiting for the first book to sell, I wrote the second book, Lightning in a Bottle, and have just started to type it up. The third book, Thunder and Lightning, has been plotted.
Once those three books are done, I need to go back and finish a political thriller I abandoned halfway through.
That’s where I’m at right now, so see you soon.
I’ve been waiting for this for a long time since I missed it in Analog.
Christopher L. Bennett: Written Worlds
I’m pleased to announce that Hub Space: Tales from the Greater Galaxy has just gone on sale! That’s right, one advantage of e-publishing is that it takes hardly any time at all to get a finished book out to the public. Here’s the cover and blurb:
Cover by David Dodd
The Hub is the most important place in the galaxy — the single point through which all interstellar travel must pass. Yet no one in the galaxy understands how it works. David LaMacchia, an unimportant man from an unimportant planet called Earth, is determined to change that. He’s got no qualifications and no skills. His only friends are a cynical, sharp-tongued space pilot named Nashira Wing and a smugly philanthropic alien named Rynyan, and they both think he’s crazy. On top of that, the powers that profit from the Hub might just be trying to kill him. Still… that won’t…
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They say third time’s the charm so here’s hoping that this time I will actually be able to finish writing the novel for National Novel Writing Month. I have the basic plot but I need to give the main characters names and personalities and, without giving anything away, names for the slew of minor yet still major characters the novel needs to have to work.
The novel will follow five generations of one family on the one hand and a Texas Ranger on the other, with alternating chapters. I just hope I have the skills to pull this one off.
All of my other stories I write in longhand but because of the time restraints of NaNoWriMo and the wish not to get carpal tunnel, I will be writing this one on the computer, and it will be hard to keep it going. I know that because every time I write directly onto the computer I have trouble finishing the novel.
So, clearly it’s been some time since I posted last (15 months to be precise) and so before we get to the writing, here’s another life update.
The temporary job didn’t go permanent as I’d hoped but I found a permanent job in Dallas and began a two hour commute each way–eugh, but plenty of time for read and writing–and I love it there. The perks are quite amazing (that’s for another post) and my colleagues are great. Anyways, so in my last post I said we were going to move again. We did, and then again, making this the fourth place in as many years (I am so tired of moving all the time!) and this place is certainly not the Ritz Carlton, but it is where we need to be.
I finished the United Trek story and then once again bowed out of the group, permanently this time, to concentrate on my Bluebonnet County original fiction. I penned, in longhand, the revised and updated first Bluebonnet novella into a full-length novel which comes in at around 70,000 words and I’m the (slow) process of typing it up and editing it to tighten up the writing and add the research which I am still in the middle of doing.
I am also currently penning the second Bluebonnet novel (a revised version of the second Bluebonnet novella) and about two thirds of the way done with it. I expect that one to also come out to around 70,000 words. Those two, along with the third, will make a trilogy to begin the Bluebonnet County novel series. Since I have seven stories already written, I plan on revising them all into novels so that I have seven, and I’ve got ideas for at least two more, but that’s way ahead in the future since it’s taking me so long to write and type the ones I have going now.
Since I’m currently cooking dinner, I will say au revoir for now and post again in a few days.
Wow, so I seem to be back to my old habit of not posting anything for months at a time. I won’t say anything about changing that since I’m lazy and never seem to do what I say I’m going to do. Let me take a few sentences to recap life this year…
I took the temporary job which I am now four months into (only two months to go unless I get made permanent, which I am obviously hoping for) and we’ll shortly be moving apartments (again). My brother-in-law and his wife lost their second child recently, which took a large toll on the family, and my wife finished her latest semester at university with 4 A’s and 2 B’s.
My writing has taken a turn for the interesting. I used to write Star Trek fan fiction with a small group of writers known under the banner of United Trek but I left the group, seemingly permanently, so I could concentrate on writing the Bluebonnet County stories for the monthly challenges run by Melissa Luznicky Garrett. They continued on without me and begin a huge crossover event, utilizing almost all of the ships and crews established by the various writers, and I just couldn’t resist getting back into the fold. Unfortunately, the ship and crew I had previously established were actually set too far in the future (only a year or so) to be of any use to the event, so I created an entire new ship and crew for the crossover. I am currently 14 chapters into that story, and 1 chapter into an unrelated piece of Star Trek fan fiction, and my Bluebonnet County writing has suffered because of it.
After finishing the first draft of the seventh Bluebonnet County novella, I realized that the stories were not as
true to life realistic as I wanted them to be. I began to redraft the first Bluebonnet County novella, Venus’s Curse, but as I just mentioned, writing the Star Trek fan fiction derailed that plan. I still intend to redraft the story, but I believe that to do it justice I will need to expand its length considerably, perhaps even making it into a short novel (or a longer one?). I also need to actually type up the first draft of the seventh Bluebonnet County novella and edit it into a second draft before posting it on the Bluebonnet County website.
Let’s see if I can post again in a normal time frame, like three or four days from now?
Hah! That’ll be the day.
So it’s been 39 days since I last posted and unfortunately, there’s been some good reasons for that.
I’ve been looking for a new job and this week I have two possibilities, one is a temporary position for six months and the other is a full time position. Obviously I would like the full time position but since I am currently unemployed, I will take anything I can get.
Another reason for the lack of a writing-related post is that the monthly writing challenge run by ML Garrett has been discontinued because it wasn’t garnering enough interest and she wanted to focus more of her time on her publishable writing.
I am still writing Bluebonnet County stories. The one that I was originally writing for the January challenge was actually longer than I originally planned so I will post a link to it as soon as it’s finished, which will hopefully be sometime in the next two weeks.
On the reading front, I will gather my thoughts and post reviews of the last book I read, Star Trek: The Romulan War: To Brave the Storm. I am currently reading Star Trek: Mirror Universe: Rise Like Lions, and will post a review when I’m done.
I decided not to make any new year’s resolutions and it seems to have paid off, I have lost 15lbs in three weeks, so I’m about as light as I was a year or so ago. I’m going to try and make a goal of being 240lbs by the end of February. We’ll see if I make it.
Filed under Bluebonnet County, book review, books, creative writing, Creative Writing Challenge Game, reading, Star Trek, Weight Loss, Work in Progress, Writing, Writing Competition
So I’m five weeks late (or thereabouts) in posting this but I wanted to get it done so I can move on and get to writing my Creative Writing Challenge Game entry for January.
Enjoy the story.
The Girl in the Shower