If you've been wondering what happened to Steven, Evie, and their kids after the events in "First Shocks," you'll enjoy today's story. For those of you just tuning in, you may want to read or listen to the two previous stories featuring the Reynard family: "Warning Tremors" and "First Shocks."
Audio versions of each may be found on my YouTube channel.
I never intended to make any sort of continuing series out of these flash fictions, but the idea I got from today's prompt put me back with Evie and her family from "Warning Tremors." Today's story is set about three days later.
She kept checking her phone and email, wishing someone would make contact. Lilith closed down her communication band and scrubbed her hands over her face in exasperation with a groan. She pushed away from the monitoring station and stood. She stretched, leaning her head this way and that until her neck popped.
“It’s not like I’d hear them anyway,” she muttered.
Lilith picked up her equipment and unsealed the hatch as the hour chimed. The monitors and her tablet screen provided the only illumination available within the tight space. The background thrum of electricity intensified as she crossed the threshold from monitoring station to main corridor.
Early in the summer last year, I had Icarus fully outlined and was making headway on the first few chapters. Back then it looked like I would easily finish and be ready to publish not too long from now. I received the cover art back from artist Nathan Smith, and I thought having some bookmarks printed up that I could include in bags with sales at conventions would be a good way to market the book. Stupidly, I put, "The adventure begins in spring 2016," on them.
I've been a disappointment to myself this year. While I did manage to finish and release Daydreams and Myth, as you can see from the rough draft progress bar to the right of this page, I still have a long way to go before even the rough draft of Icarus is complete. I still have beta feedback, rewrites, edits, formatting, and proofreading before I can even order the proofs.
Here was the prompt for this week's flash fiction.
It is for shame. Two weeks later, and I've barely written any more on Icarus!
I've managed some writing these first two weeks, but it's been almost exclusively in the form of blog posts. I had one day at the end of the first week where I had to fit in hours and hours of errands and what not, and it threw me so far behind, I just managed to catch up yesterday. I did manage to refresh my mind on what I'd already written and moved forward a bit yesterday evening, but that's been it so far.
I think I'm going to have to start writing all the blogs on the weekends and save all the weekdays strictly for work on the book in progress as I go forward.
Anyway, I thought I'd give you a bit of an update on how the work is going, and I hope to be back later in the week with a bit of flash fiction for you.
So the end of 2015 more or less kicked my rear. I suppose I should have known I'd either end up horribly ill, insanely busy, or both the moment I signed up for NaNoWriMo. As it happened, things went busy, ill, extra busy trying to make up for time lost being ill, even sicker, then busy and ill over the course of November and December. Needless to say, not as much writing got done as I'd hoped because concentration is the first thing I misplace when not feeling my best.
But it's a new year now, and I'm feeling pretty good again. I'm returning to the desk a good 50,000 words behind where I'd like to be with Icarus, but hey, I'm 25,000 words farther along than I was on November 1st, right?
If you've been paying any sort of attention to the word count ticker to the right of this page, you may be asking if I just up and deleted most of the rough draft of The Icarus Project. The answer is yes and no.
As sometimes happens, I realized the place where I needed to start the novel was a chapter or two into my rough draft. This time it wasn't because those first chapters were boring, but what's the point of a couple chapters if you're going to end up rehashing them repeatedly on into the book? I took the original first chapter and published it as a short story, which was the original idea when I first started working on this story back in 2004. If interested, you can find "Icarus Awakens" in Daydreams and Myth.
The other half a chapter was deleted in the interest of starting at the best place. So as of today, my rough draft word count is back 4559 out of a goal of 80,000. Between the rest of the week and NaNoWriMo, I'm going to see how close to my goal I can get before December 1.
Who else is planning to participate this year?
New? Begin with lesson one.
The biggest things you will need to fix during the rewriting phase is filling in plot holes and correcting sequences that are out of order. No matter how throughly you planned out your story, they're still bound to turn up during the drafting phase. As you write, new ideas form, old ones shift, and characters take off in unexpected directions because your subconscious mind is always working ahead and making connections you might not see consciously.
It is to be expected, especially when writing your first few stories. It's a natural part of the creative process, and this is one reason rewrites and edits are essential steps. Plot holes and trouble in the sequence of events aren't disasters at this stage. All it takes is a keen eye to find them and a bit of work to make these changes fit into your narrative without lapses in logic or flow.
New? Begin with lesson one.
Perhaps one of the most important elements of writing a draft is deciding which point-of-view to use. It flavors your word choices throughout the piece and determines both the timing and scope of the events you describe.
Start by considering the scope of your story.
Does the plot impact an entire society or just one character? The larger the scope of your story, the more likely it is you will want to shift point-of-view at some point in the narrative. When events happening all over a particular city, nation, world, or worlds impacting the plot, being able to write chapters from the perspectives of different characters allows you more freedom to show those events than sticking with the protagonist's point-of-view alone.
A. B. England is a small business owner, mom of two, novelist, all around geek, and avid crafter. She loves mythology, fantasy, and all flavors of science fiction.
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