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Battle for My Writing Soul

“Are we human because we gaze at the stars?  Or do we gaze at them because we are human?” ~ Stardust

I remember loving that line when I first saw the Stardust movie (I’ll admit, that I haven’t read the book yet) and I find that it is an appropriate place to start this post. I, have always gazed up at the stars. I have always wondered what was out there and my belief in extra-terrestrials is much stronger then my belief in other supernatural things.

Yet, despite my love of the stars, my reading habits have tended towards the fantastical / supernatural / magical. That’s not to say that I haven’t read science-fiction books, but my exposure has been limited to the Star Wars extended universe and the Voyager books (yes, my geek colours are showing).

Because of that, I have always thought that my stories would be based in fantasy worlds, or stories of the heart set in contemporary times… in the last little bit while I have been editing SoulShip, I have come to realize that my heart, my writing soul lies in science fiction.

I have heard authors say, write what you like to read / what you want to read, and I guess I have been searching for some really good young-adult science fiction that I can sink my teeth into. I haven’t really found it as of yet, but I guess that’s why my brain is in overload with science-fiction plots 🙂

Of course, this could completely change as my inspiration comes and goes, but for right now, I am a science-fiction writer. ^_^

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Write. Revise. Edit. Repeat.

I am currently knee deep in edits of SoulShip. My goal is to get the manuscript done in the next week or so, so I can get it sent off to CreateSpace and have my five free copies as quickly as possible.

Once that happens, I will go through the book with another fine tooth comb and edit it again. When that round of edits is done (and the edits that are being done by lovely friends of mine) I will start querying it.

I am loving my story more and more. After I finished it, I tried to move onto a new project but I couldn’t. SoulShip has invaded my psyche like no other story has… not in a very long time at least.

And to make things even more exciting, my manuscript template is sitting at 166 pages right now and I am only halfway through ^_^ I can’t wait to see how long this novel is going to be when I’m done.

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