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New science fiction mystery in the works

For the past few weeks, I’ve been digesting and forming a new science fiction mystery novella. As I write this post I’ve already written around 9,000 words and I do not know how it’s going to end, but I’m capable of thinking up something 🙂

That being said I’ve already created the blurb for it. Tell me what you think of it.

It’s been six months since the Chloris, a survey and colonist team from a nearby planet have touched base with the Buwembo Depot Station to collect the next round of supplies. Unable to make radio contact they wait for its sister ship the Electra to arrive for resupply and reassurance. Except, like the Chloris, it doesn’t.

Not knowing what has happened and knowing that they are dependent on said supplies, a small crew is sent out to inspect and assist the assumed mechanical repairs. Except they find no crew. The residents of the two ships appear to have vanished and there is not much to go on.

Along for the journey is Sarojini, a former resident of the Chloris whose been residing on Buwembo as a carer for a cancer-stricken child. She is there to assist in their understanding and attempts to solve the mystery of the missing crews of the Chloris and Electra.

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Mid-Years Resolution

Six months already (cue cringe-worthy comments on how fast the year has gone). I sit here writing a new novella when I should be working on another story that was listed in my quarterly goals. But this is just more appealing to me at the moment. I think it might be another completed work by the end of the month 🙂

Anyway, now that half the year is already gone. It is only two months until I have to go back to Australia or maybe three months to change over my visa. I will be intending to return back to Edinburgh, I just don’t know exactly when. I’m planning on taking the time where I won’t have a reliable internet connection to encourage me to write more.

These are the things I want to have done by the year’s end:

  • Have The Things We Do published by December,
  • A completed first draft of Beyond This Small Moon of Ours,
  • The sci-fi mystery I’m working on now practically ready for the new year,
  • Publish Jump Start,
  • An outline for Fine Tune (sequel to Jump Start).

So depending on how things go and how I go about them we’ll see how successful I’ll be.

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Getting re-acquainted with an old work

After a day’s break, I’m back to work on another story that I’ve left dormant for maybe months. Beyond This Little Moon of Ours is a young adult, science fiction story about a lost human colonised planet that is currently in the throws of re-discovery. The main character Medina is in a personal crisis after having lost both her mother and older brother in separate incidents. What’s more is that the outside influence of the Azeel Empire, the offworlders that re-discovered them, are imposing their presence and culture as they are fighting against terrorists bent on the destruction of the empire. Medina is stuck in the midst of this. The suspicious circumstances of his disappearance haunt her, while her community is in transition. The Azeel have brought so many benefits to their world, but what do they want outside of a base of operations against an unseen terrorist threat?

The story revolves around the upheaval of gender and society norms and expectations in a technologically devolved community. The main character is a young woman who has to decide whether finding out her brother’s fate and by extension, the activities of the Azeel empire, is more important than her station in life.

Currently, I had 35,000+ words written for the story before I left it for other projects. Now I’m planning on editing what I have and at least create a story plan for the rest of the book by end of June 🙂

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Second draft done of The Things We Do

I managed to complete a second draft of The Things We Do today 🙂 It’s just under 25,000 words and I’m hoping to have the novella out at the end of the year 🙂 It is also the second goal completed on my quarterly goals list 🙂

I think the reason why I was able to complete this 41 A4 page story is because it was mainly better written then my previous stories. When I was writing it, I often had to take breaks because I was doing split shifts for work. It gave my mind time to process how and what I was going to write next. I’m actually impressed with myself.

This is a sign that I’m maturing as a writer 🙂 I feel like I’m starting to come into my own with this craft. I’m becoming more mature in my content, more capable of writing said ideas and themes. I’m gaining confidence to write what I want without worrying about how people might view it in relation to me and that gives me such freedom 🙂