Around. Doing stuff. Not writing, though. Believe me, I'd rather be writing than just about anything else.
I've had a taste for Kobol for a few months now. I get a germ of an idea of how to handle something in Book Five ... and I scribble it down, hoping I don't forget the essence of it whenever I decide to get cracking on that again.
I got tired of having those thoughts and feelings and decided to just go for it. I can't, however, dive into Book Five without my head in the right place, so I'm re-reading the Trilogy.
A few chapters into Book One, I decided that a rewriting was in order, too.
Book One was always, always a mean pill. Almost a chore. Don't get me wrong; I love it, but it was a tough nut to crack.
I knew I wanted to parallel the Thirteenth Tribe with the Lords themselves and that meant not only setting up this Utopia that the Lords created, but also showing the creation of the organic Cylons and coming up with a reason to get them to leave Kobol. I went through a few different versions of the book before I clicked "publish."
In the end, I was satisfied if not entirely pleased. Reading it again ... I don't know. I'm a hard critic, especially on myself. I found that it drags in places (something echoed by a few reviews, too). More egregious than that, I realized how often I "told" instead of "showed." Meaning, instead of presenting action or dialogue about a subject or scene, the author just typed a bunch of paragraphs about it. That's lazy.
So I re-wrote. I "showed" where I quite unnecessarily "told." In tightening things up, I removed five chapters that didn't add to the overarching narrative (a couple were about establishing the Lords and their place in the world, a couple were about the organic Cylons).
I hit "publish" again. Yes, the edits are final and they're available now on Smashwords (filtering out to other ebook retailers in the coming days/weeks). Click the banner:
This Demeter chapter is one of those "world-building chapters" I mentioned. Even though it presents a mood piece about the gods and how they're worshipped, its characters and the situation don't factor into the main tale (beyond the fact that the Lords are feeling old and stale). Also, I got to show off a bit of my ancient Greek worship and mythology knowledge.
This next chapter is all about the creation of the organic Cylons. The information in it is nothing that couldn't have been summarized and included in other chapters.