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Now What?

I was going to make an entry on Friday, but work has been sooo busy. I had to stay up til 12:30 on Sunday to debug and deploy an application going up in the morning. Customers suck.

But the reason I was going to make an entry was to declare that I was done with the outline for Mermaid Story for now. My only concerns are that the beginning is too slow, the ending isn’t paced well-enough, and that the romance isn’t there. Of course, these are things you can’t tell in an outline – there has to be a tangible form and feedback to be able to make that determination.

I really don’t want to start writing out the novel until Black Hole Son (which may undergo a title change) is done and ready to be sent to agents. I don’t want to have two novels going at the same time – they’ll mish-mash in my head. Unfortunately, I’ve got to wait until 3 more full-length RFDR critiques come back. I probably won’t be seeing those until July.

So what do I have in the meantime? I have short stories. Crappy, crappy short stories. Three are in the Critters queue, and I won’t see results from the first until mid-July. I’ve got some in first draft form to revise and one to compose. But I’ll predict I’ll be done with all that before I get all my RFDRs back.

There is one more option – I’ve been writing an outline for an idea that came to me while reading “The Darkness and the Light” by Peter David. It’s sort of a fantasy, buddy-road movie I’m tentatively calling “Gun vs. Sword”. There’s lots of rivalry, badassery, and conflict so far. It’s also an experiment in writing style – I’m composing it without a good deal of notes, without thinking of “this would be a cool ending” or “there should be this environmental variable”, or “someone needs to say this line”. These are the kind of things that get me in trouble, because I try to force a square peg into a round hole.

Here, the story is developing naturally, although I don’t know how long it will be, what it’s about, or how it will end. Plus, I’m not *really* working on it, I’m just jotting some notes when I continue the story in my head. Its a fun exercise, and maybe someday I will make a novel out of it. I’ve got enough to start composing. We’ll see how it goes, if I get really bored.

Eric J. Juneau

Eric Juneau is a software engineer and novelist on his lunch breaks. In 2016, his first novel, Merm-8, was published by eTreasures. He lives in, was born in, and refuses to leave, Minnesota. You can find him talking about movies, video games, and Disney princesses at where he details his journey to become a capital A Author.

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