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Terraforming Romance Started

So it looks like I’ve started full production on “Terraforming Romance” (working title). I’ve already got 7,000 or so words of it from written from when I was working on beginnings. The outline isn’t finished, but I’ve got the first act pretty solidly planned. So I’m thinking maybe I’ll do this a different way, revise it a third at a time, make sure everything’s cool before I go onto a full novel that’s harder to change. I trust my beta reader’s (re: wife’s) judgement pretty thoroughly. I figure if I go in a wrong direction I can correctly easier if I haven’t already gone that wrong route.

Creating the outline was like always–like pulling teeth. I still couldn’t get up to the 30 scenes I was hoping for, I don’t know why. I suppose if I wanted to fill in the story with junk, I could, like an ex-boyfriend or intrusive mother, but I didn’t want to. Those aren’t the story. I did get 28 scenes though. Hopefully that’ll give me enough to cut back.

Also finished sending out all the queries for Dwarves of Katie Elder. Time to get those rejections. I don’t know why I spent so much effort on it, it’s doomed anyway. It’s too short for a fantasy novel, it’s about dwarves–not exactly a market draw. Even I don’t know what audience it’s meant for (except people who want a good story).

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It’s no fun getting rejections in your inbox, but at least it means I can close the chapter (pardon the pun) on this story. My only hope is that if I do get a contract, I’ll have a bunch of trunk novels to publish while I write my next one.

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 http://www.ericjuneaubooks.com where he details his journey to become a capital A Author.

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