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January Update

Welcome to January, and a resolution to do a lot of writing this year.

My schedule for the month is quite simple.  Write for 15 minutes every day.  While I don’t always stick to it, any time I miss, I try to make up the next day.  As a result, I’m writing at a faster pace.

I have finished writing Part 4 of Journey to Ariadne, but I need to have it critiqued and edited.  After that, it’ll be posted.  Part 5 is currently being written.  It’s a bit more heated that previous parts.

If things go according to plan, I’ll have a new part finished every two weeks, but it depends on many factors, such as family and other obligations.  At this pace, I should finish all 26 parts before summer.  However, that is an optimistic estimate, and I would more likely put that date back to sometime in summer.  Once all 26 parts are finished, I’ll do a major rewrite.  What you see on this website will not look remotely the same when the book is finished.

In the meantime, I’ll also be working on a nine part short story series about a dying man who has his wish fulfilled to see the solar system.  But it’s not that straightforward, of course.  I’m quite interested in writing this, and it’s likely to be my first published work sometime next year.

I am also going to be starting a weekly newsletter soon.  I’ll announce it when it’s ready.

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Journey to Ariadne

Leading up to the eventual release of the first book of Ariadne: Origins, I present to you Journey to Ariadne.

In the coming weeks and months, I will be posting short stories in the form of personal experiences of the people involved in the colonisation of Ariadne.  I will begin, quite remarkably, at the beginning.  You will get to know some of the characters that will appear in the first book, as well as see how they achieved their incredible journey.  These stories won’t be very long, so they’ll be easy to read in a short sitting.  They’ll all be collected in the Ariadne Encyclopedia, which I will create soon and continue to add to as the stories develop.

As a bonus, I’ll put all the stories together to release as a free eBook for anyone who wants to read it in one easy format.  This will be done when I’ve finished all of the short stories.

Keep an eye out for the first installment of Journey to Ariadne: Standby.

Ariadne: Origins

I’m happy to finally announce the title of my upcoming duology, Ariadne: Origins.

In the 22nd century, humanity has finally traveled to the stars.  The search for the ideal world to start a colony lead to an Earth-like world orbiting the star Beta Comae Berenices, nearly 30 light years from Earth.  That world was called Ariadne.  Facing an uncertain future in the Solar System, the colonists wanted to create a new society in which they could escape the growing unrest and conflict that was beginning to tear the Earth apart.  Ariadne was that world.

In the beginning, life was wonderful, although it involved a lot of hard work.  However, the children born on Ariadne started exhibiting unusual abilities.  What was causing it?  How would it affect the future of the new generation?

Ariadne: Origins will unravel the mystery behind these abilities and set the stage for a life they had never imagined possible.

The title of the first book will be announced when I’ve finished writing it.  In the meantime, I will be giving you a sneak preview of the world of Ariadne through short stories that will be available for free from this website.  Keep an eye out for future updates, and please subscribe!

Debut story update

The short story that I’ve been developing to introduce my world to everyone is no longer going to be a short story.  The story is bigger than I anticipated.  It’s looking to be more like a short novel.  The initial story didn’t feel complete.  It needed something extra, and a lot more action and suspense.  I feel it’ll be a much stronger story that way.

I have a few ideas for titles, though nothing is final.  I do know what the final name of the world is, though.  But I’ll leave that for you to guess.

The more I work on outlining and planning, the more I realise how much story there really is.  It evolves before it’s even written.  One thing I need to develop is the technology, including the spacecraft.  Part of the story will involve a spacecraft, though it’ll mainly be on the planet.

The tentative title will be announced in the coming weeks, as well as the name of the planet and star.  I’m also considering commissioning cover artwork, as I’m not particularly confident in my ability to create an attractive cover.  Sometimes I underestimate my artistic abilities, but I’m confident with pencil and paper, not with graphics editing software.  I will have sketches of animals and spacecraft on this website in the future, though.  And of course, the maps.

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Future books update

Recently, I’ve been debating whether to write a series of three short stories or a full novel.  I was settling on having three stories in one book, but after a lot of thought, I’ve come to the conclusion that combining them as a novel with three acts is the best way to go.

I have updated the Books page with this information.  So please head on over there and check it out.  Let me know what you think!

Inspiration comes in interesting places

When I’m thinking about plot and story ideas, I tend to get them in unusual places.  I don’t get them very much in front of my computer.  I’ll occasionally think of something before I go to sleep or while I’m riding the train.  But my best thinking place is private.  I can think without being interrupted.  Yesterday, I had a great idea for my science fiction book that’ll change how I look at the entire world.  It’ll be more exciting with more possibilities.  Where did I get my inspiration?  The shower.

Where do you get your inspiration?