Thursday, July 8, 2021

New Project

I think I mentioned in my last post that while I'm waiting for feedback on Universis I'd be working on something else.  Or maybe I didn't... I guess I should have checked that entry before I started typing up this one.  Ah well.

In any case, in order to give my brain a break from that last monumental undertaking, I wanted to try something completely different.  I've done a lot of weird projects over the years: short stories about gunslinging angels, retellings of classic fairytales told from the perspective of the helper animals, a story about a girl who can see the universe through the keyhole of her bedroom.  Last Christmas I wrote a serial story about a man and a woman that get stuck in a holiday movie.  Basically, I go wherever my imagination takes me, but I also try to do new things while I'm writing new things.

I'd been planning a sci-fi survival story for a while.  I've always wanted to write a sci-fi story, but I've never had a story big enough to write a whole novel about.  When I finally got an idea I wanted to try, Amazon sent out an email about their new Kindle Vella library and it seemed like fun timing.

Kindle Vella is a serial story platform, similar to the Wattpad one that I tried out over the Christmas break, but it's more convenient for me, in that hooks right into my kdp account so I can track everything without an issue.  It releases on Kindle app next week, so if you have kindle app on your phone or tablet, you'll have access to my story.  By the time it goes live, there will be at least 3, if not four episodes released.  My plan is to release new eps MWF.

It does cost money.  The first three episodes(that's what they call chapters) are free, and each episode after that varies according to length, with a cap at 50 coins.  I have no idea how much coins cost to buy.

If you're interested and you feel like you have the wherewithal, feel free to check it out.  I'm over halfway through writing the book itself, and I'm guessing I'll be finished writing it by end of August.  Then I will be doing a deep dive into editing Universis.

The story is called Between Me and the White Fire, which is from an amazing poem written by one of my favorite poets, Mary Oliver.  It's called Sleeping In the Forest

Here's the cover and the blurb.

Here is the premise: They were the cast-offs of society, a prison population, sent from a dying earth to discover whether an unknown planet was habitable. After a planned mutiny on board the colony ship by one group of prisoners, Cale and her fellow delinquents find themselves crash landing on the planet, abandoned by the other adults. With no food, no supplies, and little practical survival knowledge, will they be able to live through one night, much less survive longterm?

So that's what's going on with me in the down time between finishing Universis and editing the rough draft.  This year is going to be a busy one, writing wise, and I look forward to what comes next!

Happy Reading!