Project Updates - May 15, 2019
The past month has been especially productive as far as inspiration goes, even if my word count hasn’t really kept up. I’ve had a couple articles to write for TargetCrazy as well as some other freelance work.
Engine of Ruin
As always I’m chugging on with my novel.
Engine of Ruin (working title) is a space opera/western set a few hundred years in the future after two interplanetary wars have left the Sol system too economically bankrupt to afford interstellar travel. The protagonist, Eloy, is a clone originally produced to combat population collapse after the wars, but his escape from growing anti-clone sentiment gets him recruited onto the crew of a new interstellar ship built by a wealthy terraforming engineer setting out to visit a previously colonized star system no one has been in contact with for over 100 years.
Over the past month I finished detailing the characters and their backstory and created the timeline of the world. Now I’m working on the plot summary, after which I’ll start rewriting the first three chapters.
I have a couple of short stories in the pipeline. Although, I don’t know when I’ll get around to them.
Cajun Run (working title) is a short story based on a dream I had. Johnnie is the newest member of an interstellar crew running narcotics from a backwater planet to Earth. When he discovers a police tracker has been placed on the ship, he gets caught in a political web that extends far beyond simple drug smuggling.
Don’t Feed the Animals
Don’t feed the animals (working title) is another short story based on a dream I had. Tell is a crew member of an interstellar carnival ship that finds itself stranded without supplies when they visit several planets whose inhabitants have mysteriously disappeared during their near-lightspeed journey. When it comes to deciding whether to eat the animals, Tell finds himself caught between the security officer Lucas and his good friend Olalla.
Shut-Ins is the story of the last two surviving children of a colonization mission populated entirely by frozen embryos grown on-planet. I’ve just finished the galleys, and it will be coming out in Analog Science Fiction & Fact later this year.
Immeasurable is the story of a brilliant physics graduate from BYU in Provo, Utah, coping with her recent miscarriage. It comes out in Weber State’s literary journal The Contemporary West spring 2020.