Progress on the WIP: #SciFi in the Making.

Mars via HiRise
Mars as visualised by Kevin Gill using images from NASA’s HiRise satellite.

A busy few days. But I’m now approaching the point where I can actually begin the editing process. So, what have I been doing this past week?

Well, I visited 81 different website posts to consult them on various relevant topics. Some of those were just a few paragraphs, others a few pages, with much technical detail in the form of graphs, formulae and other abstruse information. (ouch, my head hurts!) I’ve read the 32,294 words of research notes I’d taken during the initial writing, and since, and determined which bits of those I need to encapsulate as editing notes to be consulted during the process. I’ve read 423 of the 462 pages of deeply researched and well-presented complex information provided in Yuval Noah Harari’s ‘Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow’, and will read the last few pages tonight or tomorrow, when I’ll then review the book. It’s a fascinating piece of erudite work, which I recommend to anyone considering writing any scifi novel set during the next few decades. I read it as I’d already read his ‘Sapiens’, a brilliant piece of work about the history of humanity. You’ll find my review of that one if you click here. Finally, I organised my Editing Notes so that the 4,864 words of instruction and reminders to be followed during the editing process are now presented as 140 bullet points under 7 subheadings. And I began to put together a sketch of my imagined colony on Mars, as a guide to the cover designer, once that event comes closer.

During the week, we also had a lovely visit from writing friends Penny Grubb and Susan Alison, who we took for a walk in the forest whilst they were here. Of course, we have our daily constitutional in the trees to keep our bodies healthy. And there’s been more work to do in the garden as well.

So, that’s where I am at present with the new book. The story will include only a little of what I’ve learnt, but all that information is there in the back of my mind to inform structure and content. After all, it’s the story that really counts.

Easter and Valerie’s birthday occur in the next seven days, so I’m unsure what progress I’ll be able to report next Wednesday. But I’ll keep you informed. It might be a bit late in the day, but I’ll get to it.

3 thoughts on “Progress on the WIP: #SciFi in the Making.

  1. When I read this the first time, my initial thought was admiration for your sheer persistence in the reading you did to prepare for the book. But then I realised that was my reality of your reading material and that I am doing the same amount of research for the historical crime series I am due to start later this year, but, of course, the books are totally different. I would find it almost impossible to read your research books and, by definition, I expect you would find mine equally unappetising. So yes, I still admire the extent of your research and hope you found it as fascinating and enjoyable as I find books on The Wars of the Roses.

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    1. Thanks, April. I agree; it’s to be hoped that anyone researching for a book would enjoy the process. Mind you, some of the stuff I have come across in my search for information has been pretty hard science and, of course, the problem with researching the ‘future’ is that it keeps moving! At least the past is relatively stable (I say ‘relatively’ because even there new archaeological discoveries sometimes shed a different light on historical ‘facts’ that were previously considered ‘fixed’). Good luck with your writing. looking forward to reading your next offering.


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