No, the above landscape does not signify that this is an early Halloween post. It’s a rendering of what a typical day might look like in the Vast, the backdrop for my scifi series, The Chrontrace Sequence. Despite the brown and yellow cover of the first book (pictured below), this is probably a more representative image of what the world really looks like.
The reason I’ve got Vast on the brain these days is the upcoming re-release of the series. The first book, Into the Vast has already been edited. It’s now roughly 4% shorter or about 15 pages slimmer. But if you’ve read it before, never fear, the plot is entirely unchanged. The writing has just been streamlined. It’s amazing how much you can cut if you squeeze hard enough!
Not so visceral this time
I’m now about two thirds finished with editing book 2, Through the Viscera. It’s also lost several thousand words so far. But here’s the biggest news: it’s getting a new title! I like titles that are unique. And the original title is certainly that. But I was never quite happy with it. I don’t think it gives readers much of a sense of what’s in store.
A few people also remarked that the word “viscera” doesn’t exactly conjure up very pleasant associations. So I’m revamping the title. What will it be? For now, that’s a secret. But if you’d like to guess or even make a suggestion, I’d love to hear it.
Meanwhile in the non-fictional world…
We authors love to put our characters through the wringer. After all, something has to happen or there wouldn’t be much point reading the story. But authors are not immune to our own hardships. The long grind of writing, editing, and publishing can be tougher to tame than a nine-headed hydra, but on top of that, sometimes life dollops on extra helpings of snares, fits, and road blocks.
For me, the biggest obstacle over the last six months has been my concussion. I thought I was pretty much over it around Christmas time, but the symptoms have flared back up again. I don’t know if it has been my increased workload with editing or my attempts to start exercising again, but my brain is not happy.
Which is to say, it will be a bit longer than I’d hoped before I can re-release these novels. I had hoped to have finished the editing by now, but I’ve had to pull back during the month of February. But God has his own timing. I don’t run the show. I just report for duty.
One quick note for long time visitors. I’ve added a couple of extra links on the side bar. A button that will take you to an archive of all my posts, and a link to three of the most popular posts on my site. Those are things I like to see on other sites, so it only made sense that I add them on my own.
The Motley’s fate
I’ll end on a good note. The Last Motley, my troublesome little book child, will be published following the re-release of The Chronotrace Sequence. Because of marketing and other details, it may not make it to print this year, but I’ve decided to green-light the project because I was tired of looking at that palid chartreuse one (and a few other factors).
So, yay! Fantasy is coming. It’s a slow train, but it has glimmer powered, levitating wheels. You won’t want to miss it when it finally pulls into the station.
Until next time, keep your nose in the page, your feet on the earth, and your dreams in the heavens.