Sunday, March 18, 2018

Finished draft of Nordic Sun...

I finished the ALPHA draft of the sci-fi novella, Nordic Sun, this past week.  I'm going into my BETA draft revisions now.  It will take a while to complete it.  It's about 26,000 words long.  I'll see how much I wind up cutting.  I cut off quite a bit, so far....

Blake

Sunday, March 4, 2018

New spring prose projects....

Here's what I'm working on this spring:

1)  Eternity's Edge:  I'm working on the rough draft of a new sci-fi novel/novella.  It's a sequel to Kepler Falling.  I have about 26,000 words done.  I'm looking to finish the rough draft later this year....

2)  Revision of Kepler Falling:  This will be the second revision of the third draft of Kepler Falling.  I don't know how long it will take.  Probably the next six-months (maybe).  I'll bring the revised draft to WUTA for critiquing at the end of the year...

3)  Nordic Sun:  I'm about two-thirds of the way done with my third sci-fi novella.  This was my attempt to write hard sci-fi (instead of the religious based Kepler Falling space opera and Colonel Singh military sci-fi stories I wrote previously).  I have two more novellas to review at WUTA later this year. One's historical fiction/fantasy.  The other is steampunk... 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Literary journal rant....

I'm tired of dealing with literary journals.  My poetry has been rejected once again as unusable without any explanation.  Other that it didn't meet the current publishing requirements via a form letter.  I save my rejections letters.  It's a history of where I've applied and where I don't need to, again. 

What they don't tell you that your work wasn't left-leaning enough, you didn't graduate from the right undergraduate institution, and you didn't sleep with the editorial staff while in graduate school.  I'm amazed some of these presses are still in business, other than to nurture said baby-academic writers. 

Am I too cynical?  I sent my best work to them.  And when I mean my best, it was my best.  Only to be gutted by silent, pro-forma rejection.  What qualifies as acceptable work? 

I wonder....

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Completed projects....

I completed the rewrite of my draft of Kepler Falling earlier this month.  I'm now working the rough draft for Eternity's Edge.  I'm also working on my weekly critique and revision of Nordic Sun, too.  That should be done in ten weeks...

Blake Wood Walker

Friday, December 8, 2017

Year end review....

I thought I'd do a year end review of my current writing projects.  Here we go:

1)  Kepler Falling 3rd Draft Rewrite:  I'm about 60% through my rewriting of the third draft of Kelper Falling.  I wanted this done by New Years 2018.  Looks like the spring of 2018, now.  I'm further behind than I'd like in getting done with this rewrite.  I might have bit more off than I could chew, however...

2)  Eternity's Edge 1st Rough Draft:  I have about 26,000 words written.  I don't know how many more I'll do.  Maybe another 25,000 words for 50,000 plus word novel.  I should aim for 60,000 and then cull the manuscript when I go to revise it the first time through.  I'd like to have this done by July 1, 2018....

3)  Nordic Sun WUTA Critique:  This is still underway.  It'll take a while to get done, unfortunately....

4)  Johannesburg Passage WUTA Critique:  Not started yet.

5)  Ganbaatar WUTA Critique:  Not started yet.

6)  Vanishing Point WUTA Critique:  Not started yet.

7)  Jesus Christ - Necromancer WUTA Critique:  Not started yet.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Weekly rewriting/revision grind: part II

Here are my weekly rewriting/revision projects:

1)  Kepler Falling.  I've been rewriting this manuscript for a while.  I don't think I'll have it done until spring 2018.  The damn thing is taking much longer than I anticipated.  Life got in the way of my writing, unfortunately.  On the bright side, I think about 60% complete with the current rewrite.  This is the manuscript's third draft....

2)  Nordic Sun.  I've been taking this to my local writers group, Writers Under the Arch.  I've been using their feedback to revise the novella.  Nordic Sun is undergoing its second revision.  I hope to have this completed by March 2018....

3)  I've shelved Eternity's Edge writing until I get done with the Kepler Falling rewrite.  That project has been backlog to the rest of 2018...

Kepler Falling is a sci-fi novel where a woman astrophysicist must make hard choices concerning a girl she loves on a sabotaged, sub-light interstellar colonization effort to a distant star system.  The choices the main character makes determines the outcome of the novel. 

Eternity's Edge is the sequel to Kepler Falling.  This time, the story is told from the prospective of the child who was saved aboard the Johannes Kepler.  Now an adult, she journey's to the edge of the universe with immortal descendants of survivors who settled Proxima Centauri aboard the FTL vessel, the Beersheba.  With their Yahweh leaders, the humans interact with a race of giant, intelligent praying mantises, who react to their presence.

Nordic Sun is a hard sci-fi novella about a Scandinavian interstellar expedition that finds out the terrestrial satellite they chose to colonization has already been claimed by another intelligent race who terraformed the world to their needs.  Hilarity and misunderstanding ensues.   

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Monthly rewriting/revision grind...

I started blogging on Linkedin.com about my weekly rewriting/revisions/writing projects on my laptop.  Here's where I'm currently at this month:

1)  Kepler Falling:  I have about 200 pages worth of rewriting done.  I thought I could get done by New Years Day 2018.  That won't happen.  I'll be lucky if I finish up by my birthday in March 2018.

2)  Eternity's Edge:  I have about 25,000 words.  I need another 25,000 words for a manuscript.  I'd like to have the rough draft done by June 2018.

3)  Nordic Sun:  I'm on the eighth week of 23 weeks worth of critiques for WUTA.  This will keep me going until March 2018.

4)  Other Novellas/Short Stories:  Those projects will take the WUTA critique group until the end of October 2018 to get through with critiquing and revising/editing....

Blake Wood Walker