#5 (9 June, 2017)
Greetings Readers! It has been ages since I’ve updated the Horizon of the Void blog. This is mostly due to being focused on the novel itself. But here I am, back with exciting news about the book and its progress.
I am nearing the conclusion of the first draft. At just over 50,000 words, the book is substantially shorter than I would like (though, it must be noted, I’m still three to five chapters away from the end, so that number is likely to jump up a fair bit). However, I am satisfied with the overall direction of the story. I think it likely that the second draft, which will feature shorter chapters and additional material, will get us up to 80,000 words or more.
As for what comes next, I’ve had the basic plot of the sequel floating around my head since 7 April. I can be that specific because the basic premise is recorded in a memo on my phone. Once HoV #1 is in its final stages I plan to get to begin work on the sequel, tentatively titled Relic. Now, if only the title for the first novel was so easily decided!
#4 (23 March, 2017)
Its been a busy couple of weeks, and while I’ve not been able to write as often as I would have liked I am still getting things done. Last night I finished up chapter four. The novel is currently sitting at 90 pages! I believe a celebration is in order at page 100. This will be the longest work of fiction I’ve ever worked on, my previous longest piece being another novel (part 1 of which is finished, I’m so bad about finishing my stories) sits about about 88 pages. Who knows, once Horizon Book 1 is finished, I might polish that one up and see about getting it out too.
Next Tuesday I’m going to post a scene from the early chapters of Horizon of the Void right here! Stay tuned for that!
#3 (14 March, 2017)
Happy Tuesday to you all! I’ve been thinking its Wednesday all day. Wishful thinking mayhaps? My birthday is on Friday. Maybe that’s why?
I am happy to announce that chapter three has been completed. Today, actually. I was so surprised when I was writing away and realized I had totally gone past the planned end to the chapter. So, that means chapter four is underway now.
If anyone would like to read the first three chapters, feel free to let me know. I’d very much like input!
#2 (10 March, 2017)
Greetings and good weekend to you all! After a long week of only sporadic writing I can proudly announce that my big (we’re talking about 63 pages of material) character edit is complete! I couldn’t have done it at all without the help of my lovely, and talented wife, Jaime.
I also managed to continue the story, adding another five pages to bring my total up to 70! This is shaping up to be one of the best stories I’ve ever conceived and I cannot wait to release it to the world.
Stay tuned for more very soon!
#1.5 (6 March, 2017)
After hours (well days, really) of trying to determine the best direction to take one of Horizon’s main characters (see Novel Update #1 for details), I have finally settled on a course of action! Whew! Was it difficult or what!?!
This is the first time in any of my writings that I’ve taken the time to do a large scale rewrite! Usually I just get discouraged-or worse, give up altogether! My hard drive is a graveyard of scrapped ideas, short and full length stories that I’ve run into big issues with and lost the drive to press forward.
But I refuse to give up! This time. And, after a bit of perseverance, I’ve settled on alterations that I like more than the original! Today I’ll be working on those edits in hopes of finishing chapter three this week!
#1 (6 March, 2017)
Horizon of the Void: Shadow Star is now in its third chapter and I’ve already found my first major edit. One of my favorite characters, Grell–a wolf-man alien–comes across much too similar to everyone’s favorite walking carpet, Chewbacca. So I’m in the process of giving Grell some dialogue (previously he communicated in barks and growls) and establishing a bit more of a character to his..um, character. Before I continue on with chapter three I want to solidify this major edit. At least I’ve caught it early!
Stay tuned for more updates, and insights into the Galaxy of Horizon of the Void!