Summer, Sequels and Side Stories

I’ve been pro­cras­ti­nat­ing late­ly, most­ly due to my depres­sion, pain, and going through the med­ical exams of my spine — name­ly two CTs: one already done this month and then anoth­er one sched­uled for the next month. Noth­ing good there so far from the first result; they sus­pect an (acquired) spinal cord dam­age and/or dam­age to the nerve roots and inter­ver­te­bral discs, all of it sprin­kled with oth­er minor but annoy­ing crap, so I need fur­ther mag­net­ic res­o­nance imag­ing diag­nos­tics. Blegh.

CT scan­ners are cool. Lit­er­al­ly, with their liq­uid heli­um cool­ing sys­tem they are like ice caves. These things must be done in sum­mer. Also, the ride! The ride! And all that radi­a­tion? Red wine. Lots and lots of red wine between the pain meds. At least that’s what I’ve heard: red wine com­pound (resver­a­trol) offers pro­tec­tion against radi­a­tion expo­sure. (Ok, that’s just an excuse for heavy drink­ing.) Post-apoc­a­lyp­tic wine-themed action-adven­ture sto­ry? I’d read that. 🙂

I’ve been look­ing around for book blog­gers and oth­er book-read­ing folk for reviews of my first book, with­out much suc­cess yet (that would change if I sud­den­ly get affir­ma­tive replies from the peo­ple I sent emails to). So this too was kind of depress­ing. And I’ve sent a lot of those emails/requests through blog forms. Prob­a­bly not enough though. Anoth­er job for pro­cras­ti­na­tion time, just like minor illus­tra­tion and design cours­es on Skill­share.

The good news (for the small read­er­ship that I have) is, Falaha’s crew is get­ting a sequel. I want­ed to wait until I fin­ish Rjg, but since I came up with the book’s title, that thing wants to be writ­ten faster. So I’ll prob­a­bly be mul­ti­task­ing on both books. My brain hates unfin­ished busi­ness and I had estab­lished a pret­ty vast uni­verse there, with threads to oth­er adven­tures and plots, and it seems I’m going there after all.

As for the Rjg — I’m about to rewrite every­thing that I’ve writ­ten so far. Why? Because of vil­lains and heli­um. I’ve been dig­ging into tech­nol­o­gy of things a lot and I must rework cer­tain ele­ments to fit the world and the nar­ra­tive. Those are pret­ty impor­tant ele­ments of world­build­ing. I’ve also short­ened my tar­get word count from 255k to 150k.

In the long run I’ll pri­or­i­tize the sto­ry which would be going faster for me.

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.


  1. The lack of replies from book blog­gers is indeed strange. I’ve sent requests too, and have FB friends who’ve sent them by the dozens too, and noth­ing. *shrugs* NEXT.

    I’ve con­tin­ued read­ing Fala­ha, btw. But I’m hor­ri­bly, dis­as­trous­ly slow with fic­tion at the moment. I got as far as them meet­ing Wen, and what I can say so far is I fuck­ing love the Baal & Maok. Awe­some crea­tures.

    1. With book blog­gers there’s such thing as win­dow of oppor­tu­ni­ty. I’m still won­der­ing why R2R is not an olympic sport by now. :-/

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