The travails of a berserk writer, fighting to finish his first speculative fiction novel whilst in the turmoil of new fatherhood, and his quest to ensure that it’s something worth reading.
My Mission: to document the final stages of editing for my first book “Last Resort”,
prior to a self-imposed publication deadline of October 2014 (when the responsibilities change up a few gears!) Yeah, so I didn’t even come close to hitting that deadline. Who knew kids could be such hard work? I’m still writing though, and the book’s finally taking shape.
To that end, I will be regularly sharing my thoughts about writing.
How will I go about refining the plot in the evenings after work?
What techniques & advice will I find scattered around the net to guide me?
How to flesh out my characters into people you’ll love (or love to hate)?
And what story is this, anyway?
Charm only gets you so far, as space pirate ‘Captain Roger’ finds out, when overnight he shoots to #1 on the solar-system’s most-wanted.
Before you can say shiver-me-timb… MUTINY!
He somehow turns it around, maroons them on an asteroid, and sails alone to New Canton, for a little R & R. After that he’ll need a new crew, and a fresh start.
Little does he know before shipwrecking there, that the colony is under quarantine (dragon infestation), that the only vacant room left in town is a suite at the Last Resort, costing a king’s ransom per night, and that it isn’t easy to have an introspective drink when every Qing spy, Spanish pirate, & British noblewoman is trying to kill you, by powers strange or mundane.
And Powers Strange there are, since the Four Winds have begun to blow. As each sign of the zodiac converges, the bounds of reality are beginning to slip…
At least his tour guide is great, or would be if she’d stop involving him with her theatre aspirations.
Roger asks himself how things could get any worse, so his first mate arrives to get her ship back, half of the Royal Navy comes searching, with a noose in his size, and the dragon itself backs him into a corner: serve up the girl, or lose his ship forever…
If Roger wants to survive he’ll need more than just his usual self-interest and a dash of charisma. He’ll need to find what he was meant to be…