There is so much happening in the world. A lot of NOT good things and a lot of VERY GOOD push-back! I’m in Victoria, Australia. I’m trying to live my life. What else can I do? I’m a writer of science fiction, tucked away in a rural setting, past my best years (to put it politely) and like everyone else, I crave normalcy and a return of freedom. That’s why I’m back in my writing and why I blog about that. Apart from the catch-up necessity in my career, it’s a reprieve from the war that is going on around us all – don’t mistake it, it really is war.
So forgive me if I talk once a week about what’s happening in my writing-life as though nothing is going on in the world. I am watching, witnessing, supporting where I can, reposting on Gab when taking a breather from working on my next book, and discussing the mayhem and madness locally. Compared to many it’s not much, for sure, and compared to the brave, my efforts are weak, yes. But my heart is in it and I care very much about what is going on, just as we all do.
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Things are looking good, folks. I’ve had a chance now to go over my working files and notes, I can see my way clear to continue on with the 3rd book in the Khekarian series and I’m already making good progress. The tangles I had left myself have already been dealt with and it now just boils down to bum-in-chair-fingers-on-keyboard dedication. I’m on it!
Loving how this book is shaping up. The story is solid and pleasing (the humor catches me out as always, when I work with a character they really take over. That little monster Va’el rather steals the show in this one, I thoroughly enjoy working with him).
Sure is! I have lots of action in the Khekarian series, a rich assortment of characters and different worlds, three dominant species of being in control of much of it, and a fourth coming into the picture – there’s a war on (isn’t there always) between two of the three civilizations and a small planet in the peaceful Terran Sector -humans- may end up being the pearl of the galaxy.
The Khekarians are fishing around, they know what’s there. They want what’s there to aid their war effort.
Two books of the series are written and printed. I’m having another look at those after a three-year hiatus. It’s good to see them fresh and new as though I am a new reader and not the author. These ARE being tweaked and will be re-uploaded. No major changes and none at all to the plot – just better for me being able to see those few patches that jar. The third book (unpublished) will undergo the same treatment and follow the first two, and then I can get on with the next.
It’s happening and fast, but it takes time to pick up the pieces, to know where I’m at and to move forward again.
When my publishing house went down (roughly when I did three years ago), I lost access to my account and the sales at Amazon – I couldn’t access my published books, I couldn’t edit, change the price, or even order my own copies at cost.
It added an extra weight to my own personal crunch and the whole became too much, at that time, to deal with.
Now here I am, up and running again, refreshed and eager, and I discovered to my surprise that my publishing house had not collapsed into nothing, but had morphed into something else and although my account was useless, it was still there to transfer across into the new format.
Voila! This has been done, and hey presto, just like that I have access to my own works again. Both books are live on Amazon and always were. I can fully access them again. I don’t need to start over, I don’t need to have the whole series finished before I venture out again – I can start up where I left off and NOT keep anyone waiting extra long for Book 3.
I’m currently reading through everything I’ve got so far to know what I have and what threads I need in hand to carry into the rest of Book 3 and the rest of the series. Liking it so far with very little tweaked in correction.