Blog 6-4-2019

It has been a while since my last blog. For the many readers who are wondering when the sequels to The Third Thaw will be released, here's an update:

Status of Sequels:

Book 2 is currently with Wido Publishing’s copy editor. Wido is planning to release this book in October or November.

This book has two interwoven stories: The first story concerns a character who has an identity issue – sort of a Frankenstein story, but with a new twist. It explores the issue, "what makes us who we are?": Nature versus nurture, society versus genetic traits?  Much room for classroom debates.

The second related story explores future possibilities in medicine, in a very fun and exciting way. Similar to The Third Thaw, this book explores speculative science in a pedological way within the context of an adventure.

Book 3 is coming along very nicely.  I expect to finish the first draft in just a few weeks. For those of you who enjoyed the epic journey of The Third Thaw, this one returns to its roots. It is quite an unusual story, building up to a classic climax (hero becomes martyr, sacrificing everything).  I've been writing this manuscript for almost a year, and I've read quite a bit of advanced physics in preparing. In keeping with my objective of a semi-plausible story, the science described is general and, for the most part, correct; but I have taken some liberties about "the unknown". (Isn't it nice there are so many unknown things in life?)

About my experience in writing: In writing this series, I've established a process of writing that is a cross between a "pantser" (as in "seat of the pants-er") and a "planner" (outliner). I do a minimal amount of outlining, using milestones for the overall plot. What matters most to me is plot structure and explaining technical subjects through the eyes of the characters. I write on the train, to-and-from work, a total of about an hour a day. Things seem to pop-out at the dialogue level, which is why I don't believe in over planning.  Some writers believe a "story fairy whispers in their ear". Sounds good to me. 

The first draft is only the beginning. After that, there is a great deal of editing with my writing coach and the publisher's editors. When the whole process is finished, buffed and polished, I've read the same book about twenty times.

I've discovered that publishing is an amazing process, filled with people who love books and the art of story telling.

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