Author's Check-in #11

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Author's Check-in #11

Post by Jim Gamma » Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:53 am

Wow, we finished up ten of these already? We're a prolific lot!

Going to start working on my Hyperlight Guide after book 8 is done. This universe is getting messy and complicated. As I do that, I shall be doing a Director's Cut of the existing material. :) No major plot changes, but a few tweaks to make sure it all lines up.

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Re: Author's Check-in #11

Post by Jim Gamma » Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:48 pm

I've added an extra chapter and diary, but RJ you don't get to see this one early, as it's from Susan so I'm fine using British English for it. :D

Word count excluding dramatis personae is 119,462. Currently the DP is on 564 words, so I've broken the 120k mark on this one.

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Post by RJDiogenes » Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:19 pm

That Hyperlight Guide will be interesting.

I'm a little over halfway through blab's book, but I'll probably sneak in diary entries as I go along-- that way I will hopefully forget Spoilers by the time I read the novel.
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Re: Author's Check-in #11

Post by Jim Gamma » Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:55 pm

So title for book 8... The Darrix Contagion? Or The Selenean Contagion?

:)

Book 9 is going to be at Easter 2023 and will focus on the kids again.

I've moved 100 characters into the new Guide, 300 more to go. After that I need to do a full reread and fact check.

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Re: Author's Check-in #11

Post by blablover5 » Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:48 pm

Got the edit notes back fast for Power. So eeek!
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Re: Author's Check-in #11

Post by RJDiogenes » Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:40 pm

I just realized it's been more than a month since Daily Science Fiction emailed me about "Repent, Ellison." :mellow:
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So title for book 8... The Darrix Contagion? Or The Selenean Contagion?
Both sound good, but I lean toward Selenean.
Book 9 is going to be at Easter 2023 and will focus on the kids again.
Cool. Is that the first time you've pinned down the date?
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Re: Author's Check-in #11

Post by Jim Gamma » Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:50 pm

I've pretty much used 2021 as my starting point from book 1. :) By book 7 we're in late 2022.

I have 185 characters left to transfer to the Guide. Then I need to go through all the books and tighten a few details up, and finally do a second edit of book 8.

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Post by RJDiogenes » Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:38 pm

I came across another promising market: Galaxy's Edge. It's been around about five years and it's edited by Mike Resnick. The latest issue has stories by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Robert Silverberg, and Nancy Kress, and a review of past issues shows lots of other A-list contributors, including Jack McDevitt. They're opening up submissions on September 1st.
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Post by Lupine » Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:12 pm

^Maybe I'll throw "Top Dog" at them.

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Re: Author's Check-in #11

Post by Jim Gamma » Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:39 pm

I'm at 47 characters to move across. :) Hopefully I'll get it completed tomorrow, then I can start working on the Director's Cut and at the same time go through and flesh out the Guide. :)

This time, I'm going to set up a timeline. :D It's so confusing - I have so many eras to worry about... Ancient Selene, 1940s, 1990s, 2020s, 1200s (with Sands of Mexar)...

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Post by Lupine » Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:11 pm

^I do that. I also keep a "Planet Catalogue".

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Re: Author's Check-in #11

Post by Jim Gamma » Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:58 pm

All characters moved across. Now fleshing out species descriptions.

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Post by blablover5 » Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:21 pm

I finally decided to download GIMP and in playing around created this. It's so creepy.
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Post by RJDiogenes » Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:59 pm

^^ It's like a Kreepy Kaleidoscope.
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^Maybe I'll throw "Top Dog" at them.
Give it a shot.
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^I do that. I also keep a "Planet Catalogue".
I want to create a global encyclopedia of all my stuff, including characters and locations and events, as well as other incidental elements-- there are various things, such as fictional books, that I've referenced in multiple stories that I want to keep track of.
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Post by Lupine » Thu Aug 23, 2018 3:18 pm

^I've thought about that as well, but it would be a substantial undertaking.

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Post by RJDiogenes » Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:40 pm

Indeed, and I haven't really found the right software for it. I could write something in Access (or whatever they call it in OpenOffice), but that would be another substantial undertaking.
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Re: Author's Check-in #11

Post by Jim Gamma » Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:21 pm

Office Base, and that's what I was using before. It can't handle large tables - my characters table kept having problems with around 400 rows of data. I'd be scrolling down, and suddenly it'd show me copy after copy of the same row, like the memory had just fritzed. That's why I've switched to The Guide; it's not as easy to sort stuff, but it's far more versatile in other ways.

I'm up to chapter 15 of book 1 with this effort. :)

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Post by RJDiogenes » Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:16 pm

Forget Office Base then.... :no:
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Re: Author's Check-in #11

Post by Jim Gamma » Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:55 pm

Up to chapter 29. I'm fixing as I go - found one spot where someone turns the lights off, puts something down, then turns the lights off again. How I missed that the first few times I don't know.

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Post by RJDiogenes » Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:38 pm

Stubborn lights, perhaps.
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Post by Jim Gamma » Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:44 pm

Book 1 completed Friday, 2 today. On to 3...

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Re: Author's Check-in #11

Post by Jim Gamma » Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:41 pm

And book 3 is now updated. I'm going to need to go through what I've already done and clean it up before moving on to #4. :)

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Re: Author's Check-in #11

Post by RJDiogenes » Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:42 pm

I think I should email Daily Science Fiction. They're about a month overdue from their worst-case estimate. :lol:
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Post by blablover5 » Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:05 am

I decided to start work on the sequel to Power. Time to break shit.
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Cool. That was an interesting world.
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