A short time after the First Interstellar War with a mysterious and superior race called colloquially the Starfish, a human colony seed ship bound for Tau Ceti has a mystery aboard: why would one of the Caretakers assigned to watch over the developing fetuses suddenly murder several of his charges? Our main character must investigate the crime, and in so doing, discovers the terrible secret of the mission.
Begun on 11/1/14 as part of NaNoWriMo.
Word count: 41,219 as of 11/25/14
STARTED GODDAM OVER
Word count: estimated 9,000 10/15
After ANOTHER restart, I'm around 10k on 2/21/16
2/23/16: 12,200 and change.
5/19/16: 37,000 or so.
5/30/16: 40,000 and change
6/20/16: 50,000 and a bit. Past the halfway mark, goal is done by summer
7/8/16: 60,000 and change. Somewhere around 25k left.
7/20/16: 75,000 and a bit. Nearing the end.
7/25/16: 83,300. Draft completed, revisions starting.
8/14/16: Query letter/package to Donald Maass Agency sent
10/22/16: Query letter to P.S. Literary sent
This is the story of a down-on-his-luck asteroid belt miner who is one of the few independents left. Most of the belt miners have joined corporate mining concerns, but our hero still wants to go it alone. His ship heavily mortgaged, his resources low, and his ex-lover out to take away anything he does find, he finds...something in the Belt. Something not human. What he does with it will shape the future of the entire solar system.
Published for Kindle on 2/22/16
Galleys sent 10/19/15
ACCEPTED by EDGE-LITE 3/3!
Partial Rejection from EDGE: Status uncertain 11/25
Chapters 1-3 and Synopsis submitted EDGE Publishing 7/22/14
Rejected JournalStone 1/14
Full manuscript requested/submitted 7/28/13
Chapters 1-2 Submitted to JournalStone 7/8/13.
Chapter One, synopsis, and cover letter sent to Tor (1/2/13) Bounced
Current word count: 92,312 (updated 7/26/11)
Editor's Choice award for Chapter 1: August (8/11/11)
This is the story of two outcast groups: an alien penal colony/insane asylum where those who have broken major social tabus on the alien homeworld are sent, and a sleeper ship carrying thousands of terrestrial convicts en route to the same planet in the Proxima Centauri system. The story follows the political at the penal colony and its insecure leader at the same time it follows the story of the lead prisoner on board the sleeper ship headed to them. What will happen when these two groups meet?
Current word count: 41,303 (updated 4/10/11)
Resumed writing (started over, really), current word count around 10,000. (updated 2/22/13)
A young man on an alternate-Earth paradise is taken away from his idyllic life by cross-dimensional raiders. He escapes to other alternate-Earths to try and recruit individual soldiers to help him reclaim his homeland. On the way, he finds his own inner leadership abilities and sheds the naive view he had of his homeworld.
Status: First Draft Complete/ Workshopping
Begun on 7/28/11
First Draft Word Count: 86,797 (completed 1/11/12)
Vale of Stars
From the query letter:
Imagine a one-hundred year long deep space colonization mission nearing its destination. Now imagine that upon arrival, the colonists discover that a later mission, traveling faster, has already arrived and set up a thriving colony.
This is the opening idea behind my science-fiction novel, Vale of Stars. A physician named Jene Halfner on board the slower colony ship uncovers a plot designed to eliminate all the genetically damaged children under her care. She manages to stop the plan with the help of the mysterious flight crew, but at a horrible cost. Twenty years later, we follow Jene’s daughter and granddaughter as they and the rest of the new colonists attempt to integrate themselves into the established colony. As the novel progresses, we follow generation after generation of Jene’s progeny as they discover secrets about the colony, the planet, and their ultimate future.
--Query letter and first three chapters mailed to Edge Science Fiction.(3/30/11).
--Bounced from Edge Science Fiction (6/14/11)
--Sent to Twilight Times Books(7/15/11)
--Follow-up letter to Twilight Times Books sent (8/18/11)
--Second follow-up letter sent (8/31/11).
--Entire novel requested by Twilight Times Books 10/7/11.
--Rejected by Twilight Times Books 11/13/11. Four months wasted.
--Sent to IFWG Publishing 11/13/11. Rejected 11/26/11.
--Sent to Eternal Press 12/3/11. Rejected 4/3/12.
--Sent to JournalStone 4/6/12
--JournalStone requests entire novel 4/22/12
--Journalstone interested, requests partnership 6/5/12
--Contract signed 6/8/12