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.