I'm trying an experiment. Instead of just one thing at a time, even when my brain plainly is at a temporary impasse point, I'm switching off between the 'natural state humans exploring the Earth neighborhood' story I was working on before I changed to "Working The Trenches. The other item I'm working on is a nonfiction item regarding mortgages. Yesterday, I got something over four thousand words in total - closer to five - and today I'm already over three thousand, instead of pounding my head against the desk to get fifteen hundred. When brain rebels at one, just switch to the other.

PS: All of my published stories are still only $2.99 each on Kindle.

PPS: I could really use a few reviews of Working The Trenches from those who've read it.

Working The Trenches Published

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Working the Trenches, the fourth Rediscovery novel is available to purchase in the Amazon store. Still only $2.99 on Kindle!

Working The Trenches

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Graciela Juarez has been an Imperial citizen for several years. She's got a solid marriage into one of the Empire's most important families. The Empire has been very good to her. For her self-respect, she wants to spend some time with her shoulder to the wheels of the Empire. Pulling the cart of Civilization. Working the Trenches of Empire

The files for Working the Trenches have all been uploaded, waiting on approval from Amazon and Create Space. Approximately 96,000 words in length, it's about deciding to spend some time Working the Trenches of civilization.

The Fourth Grace novel, titled "Working the Trenches" is back from the readers, revised, and ready to go text-wise.

On the other hand, I'm thus far demonstrating ZERO talent with image manipulation software. I've been trying to make any of four good cover ideas look not completely buffoonish for three weeks.

I've got a couple more ideas. Or I could publish with a text-only cover. But I'd rather not.

Finished the first draft of the fourth Grace novel last night, and it goes to the readers today for feedback.

Tentatively titled "Cloud" it's about 95,000 words

and you notice something they could do to blow your plotline up, do you

1) Ignore it and hope people don't notice because what you want to do is cool

2) Paper it over with some nonsense nobody is really going to believe and proceed. Because cool


3) Fix it and come up with something else

I was coming to the end of a story I had planned and asked myself, "Why wouldn't one of them just do X?"

The challenge is now to come up with something as cool as the original idea.

Dang. Just realized that when I was converting Imperial distances to metric for my first three books, I made a transcription error in one of the most common units. An ifourth is 39.3518 meters, not 35.3518. Oops. Fixing it now for the one I'm working on.

Double checked all the other distances - had those correct. Which means it was pure misreading the calculator.

Changing Projects

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The first Earth explorers story has gotten to a point where what happens next doesn't want to come out right now. Meanwhile the next Grace story, so far untitled, is now willing, so I've switched to that. 15k words or so into it, not slowing down, so this is what I'm working on right now

Trying to write sf about exploring a few nearby stars. Apparently, the mechanics of Tau Ceti are reasonably nailed down, with five planets deduced from data of the star.

It had to be a lot easier fictionalizing planets of nearby stars before the bleeping astronomers could actually find them!

What I'm writing now

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What seems to be wanting to come out now - or not wanting to come out least - is a story about Grace's nephew Tony on the first Earth expedition to nearby stars, using borrowed Imperial technology.

I also have several other ideas I'm making notes about, at least two of which are completely outside of the Imperial 'universe'

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