A Race to the Mountain Top

On days when I’m in good health, I pro­ceed with my quest to write the third book.

Sixty thou­sand words seem like a small amount to some, espe­cially to those who had writ­ten epic-sized nov­els, yet in my realm of novel­las (and, maybe, short nov­els) every word has a weight of ten, and must be used with a pre­ci­sion of a sniper. There are good rea­sons I keep it short: the costs of edit­ing the big thing and the lack of energy required to work with a huge text. The lat­ter, purely phys­i­cal fac­tor, played the key role in writ­ing a 130k story in three parts, and not at once. Okay, it also felt like it should be in three parts, and not one piece of a mon­ster novel.

So here I am with a brief out­line for the third book, Per­se­ver­ance. The out­line is a list of events and out­comes from the events of the pre­vi­ous story parts. It is not set in stone, but it is a use­ful item to have.


I usu­ally never go beyond the list-type thing, sim­ply pants­ing the rest. I have the first chap­ter (episode) and the last one already writ­ten. I can pro­ceed with the rest now, hop­ing through my list of things to play with.

How far, how soon is the moun­tain summit–I have no idea. But I know well the story I want to tell. In the end it’s all that matters.

Jeno Marz

Jeno Marz is a writer from Latvia, Northern Europe, with background in electronics engineering and computer science. Jeno is currently working on Falaha’s Journey, a xenocentric, hard science fiction trilogy of novellas. The first part of the trilogy, Descent (2012), and the second book, The Pit (2013), are now published. The third story of the trilogy will be released in June 2014. She loves to hear from readers, so please drop her a note!

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