NaNo 2016 took a lot out of me, including the joy of story telling. As such, I have put down the (figurative) pen. Since I am not writing, a writing blog (that isn’t getting updated) doesn’t make much sense.
I’ve also eliminated the J. Andrew Jansen facebook page. (Friends list wiped clean, account deactivated, password changed to a 30 character random string which was immediately deleted. It’s never coming back.)
For the sake of sanity, I will be doing the same to my primary Facebook page in the near future as well. Reading facebook has becoming the equivalent of reading YouTube comments, in that I never feel *better* about humanity after doing so.
For any interested, I will be posting more general life activities on a new blog: www.joejansen.info I have no illusions nor expectations of anyone following me to the new site.
It was fun while it lasted, and for those that carry on the weaving of wonder that is story telling, I wish only the best.
So a (optional) part of NaNoWriMo is that you get to make a mock up of a book cover for the story you’re about the write. So I did…
I actually like this quite a bit. And it took me all of about 20 minutes to put together.
Anyway, I’ve got my outline done, and am now working on putting together my scene list. Introduction to the First Plot Point is currently at eight scenes. I may need to add another two or three scenes to keep it from feeling to frenetic, but I want to try to amp up the action in the first part of this book, as the others tend to start a bit slow.
So how about everyone else? Who’s doing NaNo? Have any of you done a cover art for your NaNo novel? Drop a link in the comments so we can cross post and share!
Worked up a mind map for the new book and exported it into an outline.
I’ve got a tentative one-sentence description as well:
When a young girl’s family is betrayed, she’s forced to help protect them and their friends from oppressive forces, but will she find out who the traitor is in time to protect her world from being destroyed?
Thoughts? my outline has reached just short of two pages. Next step is to start writing up a scene list. Getting ready for National Novel Writing Month is progressing well.
Stay tuned. I’ll be asking for input from any writer-friends out there that are more of the “pantser”, or discovery style writers. I’ll save that for later though.]]>
Meanwhile, I’ve done some plot mind mapping. Also, as a method of exploring characters, I’ve begun keeping a journal as my main character. Two entries so far, dated a year before the start of the story.
Most of the characters from “Into the Grid” carry over. I need to develop the rest of the cast. Build some back story and do either some character interviews or journaling.
Open to thoughts on the series title still. The “Oppression of Benevolence” probably requires reading “Into the Grid” to understand. Basically, the political party that has taken control of the government is known as Benevolence. A mega-corp by the same name works with the government to provide basic housing, medical, and financial support to everyone. In exchange, any corps that dissolve or lose enough of their political standing to not be able to maintain their ‘shi’ (think state controlled by a corp) have all assets and territory transferred to Benevolence Corp under the auspices of the Government. These assets and territories are then liquidated piecemeal to provide income to Benevolence Corp.
Thoughts and suggestions welcome!
Given that I want to make a series though, I need an over-arching title. For those that have been reading, feel free to offer suggestions.
NaNoWriMo is approaching. My project this year will be Book 2, yet unnamed. “Breaking Free” is a possibility though. I’ve started plotting both that one and the third book in the series, so yay, me.
Finally, I’m looking to find a couple beta readers. Drop me a note if you’re interested.
And that’s the news! Let me know what’s new in your world.
Three years ago, I couldn’t modify the base code in a can opener. Three years ago, I thought I was clever stringing chips and circuits together. Hardware systems to provide security and protection. Hardware systems to bypass security and protection. I thought I had the skill to glide through life, avoiding the normal responsibilities that plagued everyone else.
I was an idiot.
I waited a few clock cycles for the download to finish. Today I wove software together the way an off-world synsilk trader wove tapestry. The rhyme and meter of a new personality matrix flowed through my mind and into the remote house bot undetected. As the matrix rebuilt itself on the droid, I moved on to the next. Poetry of personality, the new matrices thrummed to life.
These bots were special, now. Messengers. They belonged to someone that had backed out on me and almost cost me everything.
I moved on, reaching out into the grid. An older house bot responded. I’d known its owner once; worked for him, even. Now the bot had a much more important task to perform. He had a meeting to attend with a newscaster.
A newscaster that was about to receive an opportunity to make up for his past mistakes.]]>
“Your coffee, sir.”
Connor broke eye contact first. Damned halfie. He looked up to see the girl setting his cup on the table. One of the servos in her cybernetic elbow stuck, and the liquid sloshed in the cup. Connor groaned in disgust.
“I’m sorry, sir. My arm has been acting up. I didn’t mean to…”
“Whatever,” Connor said. He slid the cup toward him. Steam rolled off the surface of the artificial coffee. That was one of the tricks places like this used. Serve it so damned hot that it burns your taste buds and covers the ‘flavor’.
“Let me see,” Trevor said. He produced a small toolkit from somewhere and held his hand out to the halfie. She hesitated, then extended her arm as best she could with the jammed elbow. Seconds later one of the skin panels popped loose and Trevor pulled it away from her arm.
“Right here at the table?” Connor turned away, feeling sick. “What the hell is wrong with you? Take it back to a service bay or something. It’s not like it’s doing that good waiting the tables anyway.”
Trevor worked silently, tools dipping in and out of the girl’s arm. A few minutes later he had the panel back where it belonged. “Try that.”
The halfie flexed her arm a few times. The servo moved smoothly and silently. “Thank you,” she said. “I don’t have anything I can—”
“Don’t worry about it,” his eyes flicked up to her name tag, “Sairi. I’m happy to help.”
Sairi smiled and walked away. Connor glanced at her again before returning his gaze to Trevor. “Neat trick. Should I be impressed?”
“You should be less of an ass, actually. These are people, just like you.”
“No they’re not. Halfies, twitchers, wasters. They are nothing like me.” He waved his hand around the room dismissively.
The story will start to appear on Critique Circle on May 4th. A private queue is already set up with the first two chapters for anyone interested in critiquing along the way.
You have to click through to see the new cover art. No cheating!
One of the artists that I met at Dragon*Con was Matt Cowdery. (Click the name to see his site in a new window.) We went back and forth through a couple tweaks and adjustments to his original concept and he was simply a delight to work with. Honestly, if anyone needs cover art, check out his work. I will absolutely be having him do any future work I need.
I’ve just uploaded the final version of the new cover into CreateSpace. Now I just wait for amazon to update everything.
Meanwhile, check out the amazing work Matt did for me!