Moving On

The Man in a Box final­ly went to the edi­tor ear­lier this week. I don’t know how long the whole thing would take, but I’m aim­ing to release the sto­ry at the end of this mon­th or at the begin­ning of May. With that sto­ry done Falaha’s series is com­plet­ed.

Not a cover :-)
Not a cov­er 🙂

I’m also two chap­ters into my fresh WIP, Rjg. It’s still a bit awk­ward to switch to anoth­er sto­ry and voic­es, even though Falaha’s sto­ry and Rjg share a char­ac­ter. I’m still care­ful­ly mov­ing around, dis­cov­er­ing who my char­ac­ters are, how they fit into the nar­ra­tive, what their true voic­es are, though I had out­lined the first twen­ty chap­ters pri­or start­ing to write. I am pleased with the fact that both of my main men already sur­prised me. I know the sto­ry will turn out any­thing but what I had in mind when I wrote that out­line — my mind nev­er fol­lows what already been writ­ten and I’m back to pants­ing as a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion of events.

The world is tak­ing a love­ly and unusu­al shape, and may­be I will not waste my time on doing most of the world­build­ing at all. I will be dis­cov­er­ing things as I go. There are many, many things I don’t know yet and I’m look­ing for­ward to learn about them. I haven’t even updat­ed the old map I drew a cou­ple of years ago.

Once I’m in my char­ac­ters’ heads, I no longer need any point­ers. Some notes along the way will do, but noth­ing more.

I dropped the idea of buy­ing Scriven­er. After toy­ing with the soft­ware for a cou­ple of days I made a con­clu­sion that it is too daunt­ing to learn this new tool. I don’t need it, though I write in both lin­ear and non-lin­ear fash­ion. I’m used to keep­ing many things and have weird things going on in my head and still be effec­tive, fin­ish­ing what I start­ed. I don’t need any soft­ware to put my thoughts in order, that’s why I’m fair­ly com­fort­able with MS Word 2010. Hav­ing a next blank page to fill every time the file gets opened and noth­ing else is free­dom. I shall enjoy it.

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.

4 Comments

  1. Con­grats on send­ing the sto­ry to your edi­tor! The cov­er for the new sto­ry is gor­geous. And that’s too bad about Scriven­er. The thing I like most about it is instant sav­ing… also, I like see­ing the chap­ters in chunks rather than all togeth­er, but to each their own!

    1. That isn’t a cov­er. It is here pure­ly for dec­o­ra­tion and mood. 😀

      As for Scriven­er, the oth­er rea­son to avoid it is also finan­cial. The clos­est I came to buy­ing it was a sav­ing of $39. But in the coun­try where I live we have a VAT of 21%. I hate this world some­times.

      But I have Adobe InDe­sign. 🙂

        1. There were talks here (Latvia) about low­er­ing VAT for ebooks to 5–11% back in 2011. Yep, nev­er hap­pened. Still 21%. Buy­ing stuff online is a pain too!

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