Posts tagged ‘Escape’

Ready, set, edit!

Yup I have done it. I have finished up the first draft of Escape. It is now sitting and perking for a few days before I go ahead and start the editing process. Topping out at 54,903 words before I start the edit, it is a novel (yes i know some of you think it is too short!) Now I will be going through, fixing typos, trying to get the grammar right, placing those dratted commas I always miss and if necessary adding or deleting part of the text that does not work for me.

At the same time i am working on the editing stage of my next collection, Echoes of Elder Times. Not the biggest of my collections at only 23.638 words so far, but it contains all of the Echoes stories so far released. Like with my other collections (that i released that is) there will be commentary about the stories, notes if you will. I hope to have it finished up by the end of September. Work on the cover will be my main focus for the next few days. I have a fun image but the text or font is just not right and I plan on playing around till it is in photoshop.

In a day long spreadsheet binge I totaled up my finished works (mostly) and found I have really been writing hard over the past two years. With 840K+ in finished stories from drabbles to epics, I have been writing hard and fast. Yes, some of my work needs a professional edit, but for now i have to rely on all the editing programs I can find and the good friends who are willing to beta read for me. Someday every single novel and collection will be professionally edited by at least three people but that won’t happen till I start making serious sales.

Next week I will have hopefully worked out the next project I will dive into headfirst. As many of you know I have a very large file of work in progress that i need to clean out. I never throw out the old partial stories and ideas I have because I never know when the bones of an old tale will turn out to be something amazing. Where Angels No Longer Tread and To Save Face or Family both started out as something else entire, as did my current project, Escape. I will go more into that feature of writing over on Suteko’s Blog instead of here.

For now you can look forward to a new collection of previously sold as singles short stories with a surprise or two added in for fun. My Labor day sale got me all of two sales, so my prices are going back up.

For the next few months you can expect this for a pricing structure:

Short stores 99 cents

Novellas and shorter poetry collections $1.99

Novels and longer collections $2.99

Long poetry collection $5.49…this is because Love, Loss and Loneliness has fifty full color photographs in it

My two collections, Gates and Naughty Interludes, will stay at what ever price the publishers want them to be till I regain my rights to the tales inside them.

 

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Eleven chapters in and counting

Working on my newest novel, Escape, has been a bit of a trip. By switching to science fiction I have to work a different set of muscles than my usual fantasy ones. Can’t have magic and elves, swords and armor but I can take some things and put them across.

Fun discussions about how long it would take for something to go from fact to legend to myth and how many generations make up a century can be very enlightening. As I have a universe that left Earth over a thousand years ago, the mother planet has taken on a mythical feel to the average man and woman of the space stations and I wanted to keep that.

Now another thing I wanted to cover was would it have been possible that during the dark ages of Earth that we might have lost advanced cultures that had space flight? After all there are tons of myths of aliens and lost cultures like Atlantis. I haven’t worked that out yet but if I do it just might tie in other in progress science fiction tales I have.

Escape is fun so far, with Adam, a singer and Caro, a dancer who are fleeing from the Masters Cyrus and Marshall, who run the sector they are in. As I work on this tale though I find myself digging deeper than I expected. I have finally brought in Quirin, A hunter from the League and the true hero of this tale..I think! He will be more in the second League book but who knows?

Here is a little excerpt from Escape, a little bit explaining what a Hunter is thought to be:

Legend tells of the Hunters of the League. A sub group of the Marshals of the League, these men and women are said to have fast ships that fly between worlds and stations at speeds that that boggle the mind. A single hunter, it is said, are trained in unarmed combat techniques that would allow that hunter to take down even an enraged Rushkla. They are rarely seen and no one really knows them. Secretive, there are only a small handful of them roaming the deep dark under orders by the League. If you are under siege by pirates or have lost someone to slavers, then you pray that they are in your sector, because they will save those who can be saved, bring the criminal to justice and leave the place safer for the innocent when they disappear into the void between stations.

“The myth of the Hunters by Mary Margaret Jones”
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As you can see I am having fun. All I can say is this wont be done quickly. I need to do more research!