First Project of the New Year: Becoming Stardust

I’ve got my first project underway. It’s related to my YA sci-fi that I had written in 2016/17. I’ve taken the first 7,000 words from it and turned it into a prequel short story. It’s called Becoming Stardust, and the novel is being re-titled Stardust as opposed to theThe Cadetship. It was always felt a little out of place with the rest of the novel because of a time jump. Anyway, I’m editing it now and holy moly, it’s all a sea of red. I must have leveled up somewhat since I last touched this piece. I know that Stardust is going to be needing the same level of input which is why it won’t be published for a long time. Becoming Stardust is going to be free and I’m hoping for it to generate interest for Stardust.

I making a hard date of having it done and dusted on April 30th. So that is 107 days or 3 months and 17 days 🙂

11 – 20 Days

These ten days have been all over the place. I’ve switched to another story because this one is actually complete and I didn’t want to write new stuff when I had a whole draft waiting. The Cadetship was completed in 2016 and has mostly been left untouched. It has already gone through one draft years ago, but now I’m back to finish it. It was during the editing of the first part that I’ve decided to change the name to Becoming Stardust. I was planning on releasing the first part as a free prologue/short story to get people interested and then add it to the paperback.

I’m having so much fun editing this piece 🙂 But I seem to be putting a lot of pressure on myself as well. My editing stamina has gone down and I can only do so much before I get miserable. I think it is because the edits I’m doing are a more complete overhaul and not minor sentence changes. Some entire chapters were just solid red in track changes mode 😦 But I wasn’t bothered because I know that it means that I’ve improved with my writing and don’t see it as a failure.

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Editing update of The Cadetship

I just did a edit of part one of my sci-fi book 🙂 I feel happy editing and going through the story. I’m really enjoying what I’ve written and I think this might be a really good book. This is what the editing looks like. It changed from red to blue when I opened to document. I don’t know why. Anyway I’m really happy 🙂

So far the part one events are pretty easy to remember and there are no plot holes or things like that. I hope that’s what the rest of the book is like. I think this might be my best story so far 🙂 Not to be bragging, but I have a good feeling about this one.

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Massive edit ahead

I just started the third draft of my longest story yet. It’s 200 pages or 124,000 words long! I wrote this story in late 2016, did the second edit in mid-2017 and now here I am again. I remember that I really loved writing this book. I had a rough outline in my head and mostly knew where it was heading, but I pantsed the entire writing process. Which is strange, because I mostly plan my other books to some degree.

I think it was a good thing that I did it this way because it created a sense of urgency to write before I forgot. I was also writing about 2,000 words a day around my splits shifts. Morning, lunch and night. It was a massive achievement to get something like this done because all my other writing marathons have always been under 50,000, most averaging around 30,000.

The split shifts helped because I’d write for a few hours and then go to work and it’d make me plan out what would happen next. Though the process is not without fault. One of the minor characters seems to have gone missing with no explanation. And the main character is a bit unrealistic. Eekk, my bad. I’ll have to work something out.

Currently, I’ve done 6 pages or 3%.

Synopsis for The Cadetship

I’ve almost finished a first draft of my new young adult sci-fi The Cadetship. I think it’s a pretty well rounded story so far. I’ve already identified things that I need to improve and add or subtract. But I’ve got a synopsis done for it 🙂

Read it below;

Sixteen year old Ilona Castor has spent her entire life hiding. Even this name and identity she inhabits is not her own, but the amalgamation of her adoptive family’s past tragedy. After the death of her mother, she has spent the last seven years in deep space surviving through smuggling and the illegal ore mining of asteroids. But with eventual their capture she is flung into a new world, she agrees to complete a military cadet course in exchange for the dropping of criminal charges. Veiwing it as slightly better alternative to a prison sentence, she is however pleasantly surprised to discover that not only is she well prepared for the courses onboard the Liberty, but she excels at them.

Her goal of becoming the captain of her own crew and ship looks to be met through the experiences and education she recieves here. Her plan is to continue moving through the universe, forever alluding her father. Her young childhood having been blighted by his pursute of her and her mother’s death, shot by the very mercenaries he had sent. But her miraculous escape and disapearence has not hindered his efforts, only postponed it. To her horror she discovers that the ship she has been sent to is captained by him.

In the past, her new family’s lifestyle had offered her protection and the ability to elude him, but now stationary in one place is that even possible anymore? She knows his identity, but is it only a matter of time before he finds her?