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Sunday, August 15, 2021

Writing Colonies XXXVII: Wrapping up Tauron, PICKUPS & RESHOOTS

 In case you missed it last week, I've finished the first draft of Colonies of Kobol.

(Hold for applause.)

What I didn't do in that post was my typical wrap-up for the book I had finished, so let me do it now.

Tauron is, like several others, a two-parter.  The first takes place as the beleaguered people manage kick the Leonis and Virgon Empires off their planet (for a time).  The second is all about the Tauran Civil War, the conflict that gave birth to the Ha'la'tha, and ends with refugees going to Caprica.

Here's the map I made of Tauron, germane primarily to the first part:

Click to embiggen

For those keeping track (me), Book Twelve is 116 pages long, which means Volume Three is 969 pages.  That, plus Volume One's 429 pages and Volume Two's 721 pages means the first draft of Colonies of Kobol is 2,119 pages long.  (Lords of Kobol was 1,095 pages total.)

In the next phase, it's going to get longer.  Here's the graphic; I'll explain after:

In the movie biz, "pickups and reshoots" are things they film after principal photography is complete.  Pickups are scenes that they plan on filming later to supplement the story (sometimes the decision to film a pickup comes while they're doing principal photography, e.g.: "Oh, it'd help if we had a scene where this character says this thing"); reshoots are do-overs of scenes that didn't go right the first time. 

I've kept a list for the last several months of things I want/need to do, and that list is now the graphic above.  The red asterisks indicate books where I intend to do some of these pickups and reshoots before I dig into the editing process.  For example, in the case of Gemenon, it's more of a reshoot (rewriting) of a key scene; in Leonis, it's a pickup because I need to add a scene to make later stuff make sense; Aerilon and Aquaria just need a few lines of dialogue added; and so on.

I'm not going to update this graphic with a single green asterisk each time I finish one of these pickups/reshoots.  In a couple of weeks (hopefully), I'll just post one with all green asterisks and then discuss my editing process.

That's what's up.  Don't know how long this will take, nor do I know how long the editing/reading/re-writing process will take.  As soon as I can pencil in a date on the calendar for a possible release, you'll be the first to know.

Thanks for reading, as always.

Friday, August 13, 2021

Writing Colonies XXXVI: SITREP - DONE!

 Let's look at that beautiful graphic, shall we?

I started on February 17, 2017.  Today is August 13, 2021.  Four-and-a-half years, more than two thousand pages ...

Holy frak.  It's done.

And yet, it's not.

I'll make another post next week to detail what's next, provide a map of Tauron, etc., but for now, today, I will revel in its completion.

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

TEN YEARS of "Kobol"


It's hard to believe, but Lords of Kobol - Book One: Apotheosis was released on August 3, 2011.  I'd like to thank everyone for reading it and, most importantly, liking it and its sequels/prequel so much over the years.  Please, keep reading it AND keep telling other people who like BSG to give it a shot.  Your word-of-mouth/social media is the best way to get new readers.  (And rate/review it where you got it, too.)

If you haven't gotten it yet, pfft.  What are you here for?  Download all four books in the trilogy here.  (Don't forget, I've written several more books, too.)

So ... what's next?  Despite my desire to have it ready to go at this point, Colonies of Kobol just isn't there yet.  I've almost finished writing it (seriously, give me a few days and I'll be able say it's done), but that would still leave the lengthy reading/editing/re-reading/re-editing phase to go.

I will not, however, let a tenth anniversary go without something to mark the occasion.  How about a giveaway?

I'm going to give ONE lucky reader a first draft copy of Colonies of Kobol - Volume One: Foundation.

(This includes Earth I, Gemenon, and Leonis.)

How do you get it?  Simple.  Email me at before noon ET on Friday with just a paragraph or so on A) what you like about Lords of Kobol and B) what you hope to see in Colonies of Kobol.  That's it.  I'll pick one of the entries and email the winner Friday afternoon.

Thanks again for ten years of reading.  Here's hoping there's at least ten more.