Between the Reads

This week got real­ly busy. I’m in the mid­dle of beta read­ing a sci­ence fic­tion nov­el. I’m tak­ing a thought­ful, thor­ough approach, so instead of quick read in a few days I’m mov­ing slow­ly, mark­ing up minor things as I go along, but focus­ing on the whole sto­ry­line and its arcs to soak in and remem­ber every­thing well to think about it lat­er. Then I will do the final mark-up and list sug­ges­tions.

It’s a good nov­el, I like it a lot. It is some­thing that will stick with you one way or anoth­er.

I’m also close to fin­ish­ing the sec­ond short sto­ry for the Plea­sure project. This one’s dif­fer­ent from the first episode, both in length and con­tent, with only a cou­ple of erot­ic scenes so far which aren’t exact­ly the focus. FJITP Episode #2, This Lone­ly, Lone­ly Space­man, as well as the sub­se­quent episodes, have plen­ty of things that took place some­where between the last chap­ter (83) and the epi­logue (and Episode #6 slight­ly after that) in the main book and were left unsaid. Today I wrote the end­ing scene for the sto­ry, which is a sure sign I’m on the right track, because I couldn’t put the whole behe­moth togeth­er for a month or so (must have been the annoy­ing heat wave.) I’m relaxed now — it is final­ly becom­ing what I want it to be.

I wrote brief out­lines for next episodes in this col­lec­tion. Though stand-alone, they are con­nect­ed by the time line and some cross-ref­er­ences man­aged to slip in, adding coher­ence to whole book.

I admit I haven’t been focus­ing on the Rjg late­ly, though this nov­el would get a wider read­er­ship than any­thing else I’ve writ­ten so far. It is sit­ting at the back of my mind, but I just can’t go there before I fin­ish my bunch of short sto­ries.

Come to think of it, some month ago I felt like I couldn’t write any­thing any­more. I even feared to touch the new nov­el. Now I see that I was wrong. I would prob­a­bly write it even faster than the first one. I hope so, at least.

Jeno Marz
JENO MARZ is a science fiction writer from Latvia, Northern Europe, with background in electronics engineering and computer science. She is the author of two serial novels, Falaha’s Journey: A Spacegirl’s Account in Three Movements and Falaha’s Journey into Pleasure. Marz is current at work on a new SF trilogy. All her fiction is aimed at an adult audience.

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