December 2007

It looks like I’ve written somewhere around 600k of actual story words in the past two years. (somehow it came up in conversation …) That means about 5 more novels to go to get my million words. A year or two.


Hope your day went well. 🙂

I figured this out.

Double Cross is erotic SF. There is a market for erotic SF!

People of the Earth may or may not be YA Fantasy (I’m concerned what Rinai and Matti go through might be too much, making it Fantasy about YA’s rather than YA Fantasy, the way Ender’s Game was originally marketed to adults), but it’s certainly my best novel yet. Other than some backstory that needs adding in midway through and the obligatory removal of ‘was’ (my secret vice while writing first drafts), it’s about ready to send to my critters.


What do you do when you come to the end of the geyser of enthusiasm for writing? Perhaps no one else out there has gotten to that point yet, but suddenly, I have.

I’m not out of ideas. It’s the realization that nothing out of the eight books I’ve spent so many hours on is fit to publish.

Now, I don’t think it’s the “I’m a talentless hack” syndrome. It’s more that I don’t see how these stories are marketable, not without heavy reworking. Some are too stereotyped, others too radical, some mix too many genres without really belonging to any.

Maybe seeing the flaws for what they are is a good sign. At the present it’s more than a little discouraging.

The top 10 underreported stories of 2007

The question is: why were these stories underreported? There’s a story in there, I can feel it.

In other news, I’m over my writers’ block. Well, my editing block, anyway. I’ve gone back to working on The Tachyon People, and I’d like to take a look at The People of the Earth this week as well.

With all the news lately, I think SF is circling the drain. The chances of us getting a person to Mars, a colony on the Moon, Star Trek, etc., are becoming so small with the way we’ve wasted the resources of this planet that SF is more like fantasy than real science. Perhaps I’m still in a bit of a funk, but I fail to see the point of writing SF until there’s an actual chance that what I write could happen.