Not enough coffee in the WORLD for this…

My clone-sibling usually comes home from work during his lunch break. Today, while we were talking about his latest WIP, the conversation shifted to discussion of novels that will be written after this one…

He told me he thinks most of what we already have for “that novel” is good as it is, but he thinks we need to include the details of the Amundsen‘s mission to Kentaurus. I’m entirely in favor of that; I just think we shouldn’t put it at the very beginning of the novel. If we hold off a bit… Well, the quote that comes to mind is, “Give ’em plenty of time to get the wrong impression,” which would horrify one of the characters who would recognize the source of that movie line.  I think introducing the main situation for the novel as a whole, and then going back and telling about the Amundsen and its crew, will make the reader care more. At the least, it will make ’em more suspicious of certain people. Which is kinda the point.

My clone-sibling hasn’t thought much about “that novel” lately, but I think about it all the time. I have test-run so many slight variations on the events that happen soon after the Amundsen leaves Earth orbit… and any suggestion that perhaps those events may not go exactly as I’ve imagined them causes a different kind of anxiety.

Right now, I have a lot of sympathy for fans of various works of fiction who are upset when the “official” version contradicts their headcanon. (I want to go off an a tangent about the sound of headcanon going BOOM… but that would be a bad idea. ‘Sides, I’m trying to stay on topic for once, just to be different.) Today, I told my clone-sibling some detail of my version of the beginning of the Amundsen mission, especially the bit about Mike playing a prank on one of the other people, and the aftermath of that, and why it happened in the first place. My dear clone-sibling says he doesn’t think it should be such a big deal for the other character, but… Well, aside from Alex Walotsky, who is fictional, I’m the expert on that other character’s psychology, and if I say that he’d be terrified even though there’s no actual threat…

The trouble is, we can’t talk too much about this because Paul is still working on Stars’ End, and then there’s the sequel to that, before we can finish “that novel” and publish it, and he doesn’t want to derail his current writing project to go on a wild goose chase. (Not a goose, FYI, despite the similarity of feather color. But no one would understand what I mean by “wild phoenix chase,” would they?) And who knows what else will have been added to the backstory for the setting of “that novel” by the time Drake is done wandering through it and causing all sorts of law and order? (Irony for the win!)







About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have eight cats. I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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3 Responses to Not enough coffee in the WORLD for this…

  1. Sounds like the kind of mess and madness that I enjoy when I write my fiction. So much to write and the chore of writing takes so long. I get eager to move on to other concepts. Sounds like the same with your clone-sibling. Have fun, dude.

    Meanwhile, is it “Give her plenty of time to get the wrong impression,” instead of them? Maybe I’m thinking of the wrong movie.

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