Couple of inspirational quotes to begin this week.
“Learn to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” — Leonardo Da Vinci
“We are all connected; to each other biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson
Sure, OK, I hear you mutter as you prepare to click away to see which minor celebrity is trending for absolutely no reason on Twitter.
Well, I bring it up because it’s the driving theme of my latest, and yet to be published, novel.
Set in the not too far distant future, the earth is on the verge of destruction, ravaged by climate and disease, a new and mighty nation rises to aggressive domination. Amid this ascendency, a rare combination of technological innovation and human brilliance makes off-world travel and new world colonization finally possible.
When three massive Galaxy Cruisers are built and sent to their separate destinations, they transport the hopes of the planet with them. Families and lives are torn apart, but some connections are not so easy to cut.
As the great ships approach their destinations, one by one they are mysteriously winked out of existence. Can River and her friends find the answer, and in time, to save the last Galaxy Cruiser and with it the last hope for humanity.
The theme of connectivity is threaded through the chapters lives and motivations of the characters, and includes such concepts as quantum entanglement and quantum consciousness (qualia).
You may have guessed that I have begun the largely painful process of writing blurbs and synopsis. I am still torn wether to tread the difficult and long path of seeking representation from a literary agent or simply self-publishing. The first draft should be ready for short submission before Christmas if I choose to go that route.
If you want your spirit and confidence crushed, but not immediately, submit a manuscript you strongly believe in to a number of literary agents.
It needs the last three chapters writing, but I finally resolved some of the outstanding issues and one very echoey plot chasm (man, that one was deep). Editing will take some time, as the story is complex and relies on interactions that need to be more carefully woven through the ARC of the story. Certainly more carefully than I have currently managed in the first draft.
Still, it is exciting to be so close to completion. It’s by far my most far-reaching work and has been a real challenge to craft.
Please feel free to give me some feedback on this first draft of the blurb. Drop me an email anytime!
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