Just a quick update: I plan on releasing Icharus around the end of July 2018 . I’m hip deep in edits right now, but it looks like this is finally going to happen. Thanks for your patience everyone! Cheers!
Life has a funny way of reprioritizing your daily routines. I had the passing of an important person in my life two years ago. About a year ago, I added another family member to my pseudo-wolf posse, a Japanese Chin, known as ShiShi. He is the most child-like pup I’ve ever reared. He has lifted me up in more ways than one, but also kept me on my toes. I have to say, now that the weather is getting cooler, I am a bit obsessed with dressing him in little sweaters.
Over Thanksgiving, I reacquainted myself with my Science Fiction novel, Icharus. I made it about halfway through a true first edit, and then I went back to my day job. My hope is to complete the first complete edit by the end of December. It is about 65,000 words or 250 pages, roughly half the page count of Palladium. You would think with a shorter novel it would be quicker to edit – not true. This novel is a complete departure from my steampunk series and world building takes time. It took me over two years to write Tesla’s Revenge because of that. I began writing this book with over ten pages of reference notes, including planetary notations and character building.
I wanted to say thank those who have followed me or are now discovering my novels. I hope you enjoy them and I hope to have this novel out for the world soon. The college student, aka eldest daughter, is yelling at me to take my animal child, ShiShi, out of their room because he is getting into trouble. That is my cue to end this little post, but before I go, I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season!
Cheers – Renee
I have over two-thirds of my first draft done for Icharus. Who can you trust on a tidally locked planet populated with transplanted humans that have been there for only about a century? Not many. I have loved grappling with moral dilemmas and the human condition. This is my first straight Sci-fi book, and I am loving every minute of it. My hope is to complete the first draft in the next month or two and then start editing it. While I have not been as prolific at writing this book, I am finally writing something everyday now. I’ll send out another update when the first draft is done. Thanks for being there for me.
It is with a heavy heart that I wanted to tell anyone who ever frequents this site, and there aren’t many of you, that the current science fiction novel I am working on, will be my last book. It has become obvious to me that people don’t really enjoy my books, and I don’t want to torture them with poor plot, stilted dialogue, and badly edited prose. To be honest, it takes a tremendous amount of time to write and edit them as they are, and I always think my last book was my best. I might still write at some point in the future, but I probably won’t publish them.
I’ve had some life changing events over the past few month, and as I stumble through my existential crisis, I wonder why I ever published the seven books I’ve written. As for the fate of Icharus, well I am slowly writing the current one. Sometimes I can only muster up a hundred words, many days nothing. I have always said that I am a much better artist than writer, and maybe deviating from that was a mistake. I hope you can appreciate my latest painting as the start of a new chapter in my life.With love – Renee
I am writing a straight sci-fi novel this time that takes place on a tidally locked planet of a red dwarf star, and I am finding some interesting observations:
- It is challenging to write scary scenes in the dark when there is no night.
- I want to make the lead character strong, but when you are dealing with hybrid people who can do more and better, it is difficult.
- Trying to sneak a little romance in between a plain human and an almost alien like human being is hard. I am finding I am a little pro-human. Acknowledging I have a problem is the first step – right? lol