Welcome to the online diary of my journey which will hopefully lead to me becoming a fully fledged science fiction author. This first entry describes where I am at the moment.
I have been writing seriously now for three years during which time I have written two novels and a number of short stories. I still need to revisit the first novel but it was the completion of the second one which prompted me to set up this blog.
I originally set out to write a short story detailing what happens when two fighter pilots find themselves crash landed on the same uninhabited planet and have to rely on one another to survive. But the story grew and I suddenly found I had a not so short story of over 25,000 words. On top of that I then wrote a second and third part, each slightly longer than the first part and before I knew it I had something of novel length on my hands.
Each part is probably too long to sell in the short story market so I decided to go with the novel approach. However I’m dubious about following the traditional route to publishing with a novel which is to all extents and purposes three novellas. Therefore I decided to go down the self-publishing route.
It was having made this decision which prompted me (along with my wife) to make use of a blog to record the processes I go through in getting something available. I need to record the information somewhere as it will be useful for me in the future so a blog is as good a place as any. And my experience might be useful to other aspiring authors who decide to go down the same route.
Now that I have a blog I will probably use it to note other useful things such as what I’m currently reading, problems I have with my writing, etc.
Currently the novel is being read by a number of volunteers, so I’m hoping for a positive feedback before I commit to the self publishing of it. And as this is a blog, I’ll keep you posted.
I’ll keep the blog up to date with the status of the short stories. Currently three stories are out there – with Analog, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show and Tor.com.