A Little Secret. . .

I’m not sure what happened in the conversation, but my wife and I were talking about my writing and my habits and, somehow, she got me to thinking I could write two novels at once—one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Note, I have a full-time job that I have to wrestle with, plus help with the farm. But anyone who knows me also knows that I don’t tend to get tired, especially of writing. You see, I am often working on a novel, any number of poems, sometimes a

short story, and, for work, several articles—all at the same time (not simultaneously, as that’s not possible).

Why not try two books at once?

I started this new process recently and it's going well so far. Last month, I told you that I didn’t talk about a book until it was finished. Well, this time, I’ve decided to break my own rule (I hope I don’t regret it). It hear more, read the full blog post at the link below—by the end, I'll tell you a little secret about me and my process.

In the meantime, if you have a favorite genre you read, let me know what it is. (Chances are I have a novel in that genre.) You can reply directly to this email.

Early in the morning, before the sun rises, I am working on my latest science fiction novel (but those of you who read these newsletters knew that). I have been researching terraforming and shell worlds and have come up with my own idea of “pulling” several smaller asteroids together to create what I call an Island Chain that either has multiple habitats or shells or are combined inside one shell. I haven’t figured out exactly how I’m going to do this and may have to just make some of it up. Yay! The idea of the new novel—which may extend into several novels and perhaps several short stories—is that we never were able to create an FTL (faster than light) drive technology, which put us into a jam as we started screwing up Earth through climate change. That meant that all we had was our solar system and we had to figure out how to populate it fast.

Now, each planet or moon has its own benefits and drawbacks and I’m trying to figure them all out. There are tons of theories on how to terraform the planets in our solar system, but who knows which will work and which won’t—so I’ll have to make some decisions. All in all, I’m really enjoying researching and writing this novel even though most of my research won’t even be used. That’s where other novels and short stories comes in. I’ll focus on different worlds/planets in different stories. This will allow me to start to populate the solar system with people and problems and solutions.

For this particular book, I have created a sort-of “depression era” feeling, where people are desperate to leave Earth but can’t really afford to. They have to bid on jobs on other worlds and then do work-trades to get there, all the while trying to save what little they can to survive and, hopefully, buy-out their servitude, so to speak. This novel only touches on some of the things mentioned here in a way that I hope brings life to the overall story.

The secret: I typically don’t talk about what I’m writing at all, ever, until it’s a finished work, which means rewritten more than once and edited and pretty much ready to pitch to publishers. I’m letting you, my loyal readers, in early. I’ll try to keep you updated as I go along. Wish me well, because this approach is all very new to me.]

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