First draft of my new novel finished

I just finished the first draft of my new novel, A.I.M.E.E.! This is a brave new world for me, venturing out from fantasy into the world of science fiction. Hopefully I didn’t stumble too much trying to break into a new genre!

Of course, writing a draft is just the first step. Now comes the painful, tedious process of editing, and reading over stuff I wrote and thinking “what in the world was I thinking?” and fixing all of the contradictions that inevitably cropped up throughout the book. I’m sure having a memory disorder doesn’t help, but I bet every writer struggles to keep track of every plot line, every thread in their tapestry.

I’m also going to consult, for the first time, with an outside source, not for standard editorial corrections, but to help make sure I didn’t step in it too much with certain cultural and religious subjects broached in the book. I’ll just leave it vague like that to pique your interest.

Those familiar with my writing will recognize that this book is a big departure from previous works I’ve published. For starters, it’s written in third person, not first, and it’s more of a “normal” narration than the epistolary style my Hoffnungslose Ziele trilogy. Did I mention it’s also science fiction rather than fantasy? 🙂

Spring classes begin on 28 Jan, so I’m not sure how far I’ll get in the editing process before then, or when you might expect to see A.I.M.E.E. on a (virtual) store shelf near you, but stay tuned!

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