The Space Cantina – Novel writing, progress and sushi (okay, there’s no sushi, sorry)

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I realize it’s been over a week since my last post, sorry about that. I wish I had a really, really good excuse but I don’t. Really what’s been going on is simply work, work, and more work. 50-60 hours a week kind of work. This is the second time it’s really kept me from posting a story though and thus, my goal keeps getting punched in the face.

The Blood has hit a wall. Not because I don’t really know where to go with it, I do, it’s just that I’m finding myself dividing too much time between other projects and not working on the novel. I get very few hours to sit down and put words on the page, and if I dedicate it to The Blood, I don’t dedicate it to the novel. So which do I concentrate on? Part of me feels awful for putting the novel first, because I think I do in fact have several folks who read this blog. It’s to you folks I’m talking to now.

You are all awesome. Anyone who sticks around to read my floundering attempts at prose is a cool cat in my book. Like Ray Bradbury says about his readers, “I love you. I love you.”

I really do want to concentrate on the novel though, because if I’m going to make it as a writer, I’d better write some damn books. But I will not give up on this little blog, so what can I do? Well, for one, I can write more posts like this one, just chatting and talking about my progress. Hopefully we can strike up some conversations, talk about books, movies and anything else you feel is worthwhile talking about. I’m also going to post some stories too. Namely, I have a pretty cool fantasy piece I’d finished a while back and then re-edited recently. I’d love to see if people like it. If you read The Squire, then it’s in the same universe.

It’s called Hallowed Hill and it’s about a boy who wants his father to accept him. That’s the heart of the story. It’s also about a boy who discovers that being a knight, a warrior and a “man” in the way of his father is just not his way. It’ll take a girl named Tani to show him real courage. They’re two of my favorite characters that wrote themselves naturally and I hope you’ll like them as much as I did.

The Novel’s Progress

First of all, it’s science fiction. I love to look into space and wonder what’s out there and what can happen if we go there. This novel isn’t about aliens though, or even space travel. If you read Thirty-Six Hours, then you might understand I have a thing about mankind’s self-inflicted horror. It’s about a society coming apart, about how man goes into the stars with sword in hand only to turn the blade on itself. It’s about history repeating itself, no matter how much time elapses.

It’s also about friendship and the love that springs from it.

It takes place in a military academy and the book follows one young cadet through its trials and tribulations while the galaxy begins its slow boil toward war. I wanted to evoke that feeling of being powerless behind gilded halls, believing in something that is doomed to be set aflame and not knowing where you’ll stand in the ashes afterward. I thought about those cadets at West Point during the Civil War’s opening shots, or during Vietnam when the world turned its attention on them. If I can bring a reader into that world, come to be friends with the friends of the main character and feel afraid for what’s to come as the character is afraid then… damn it’ll be fun.

But that’s just one story I have brewing. I have two other novels that are sitting there, calling to me. I just hope I can do this one justice so I can start on these others as well. One is pure fantasy, a fun romp through sword and sorcery to save the world, and the other is a steampunk epic where all the guns are pointed in the wrong places.

I have a lot of loves, it seems.

I think that’s enough for one night. I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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2 responses to “The Space Cantina – Novel writing, progress and sushi (okay, there’s no sushi, sorry)

  1. I completely understand having to prioritize. I am really enjoying Blood and hope you continue writing it, but I understand the novel must move forward! I look forward to reading that one too.

    • I’m really happy to hear that you’re enjoying the story! I can never quite tell if a story is going well or not. I’m working on The Blood Part 12 but it’s taking me a bit longer than expected. I hit a wall and my momentum hit a wall too. But I should have it done soon. I just didn’t want to go a week with no posts to the blog.

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