Slightly different today. I’m near one of those holes in the story I told you about, AND it’s nearly spring break, and the family is going to the coast. I don’t want to leave you hanging in the middle of a mission mid-explosion or anything, so I will give a quick recap and summary, then an open thread for you to talk about what you like, don’t like, expect, how you see the characters so far, favorites, what sort of things you might see coming up, how you interpret some minor things that might be connected, etc., etc., etc., while I patch holes and take a break with the kids.Also, if this WERE an e-book, such as for the Kindle, what would YOU be willing to pay for what you have seen so far? What do you think it would normally be priced at?
I’d like to make sure that at LEAST the next full job is nailed down tight before I start posting it, even if there are a few details to take care of. I’m about 85% done with the next block, and should be posting again in a week or so, possibly sooner, depending on inspiration, disruptions, kids, etc. It also might be a good time to re-read the whole thing again, now that you know (more about) where it’s going, and see if you see any Easter eggs or foreshadowing that you missed earlier because of the time between events. If you do, post the comments about them here, please, because I’m not looking back through 50+ posts to find them.
Quick recap – Helton’s normal life is disrupted when he goes for a quick trip to visit / help family, whereupon he gets totally screwed in security and loses nearly everything, then hit by pirates and dumped in a desert, he fights his way free and saves the day with the help of Harbin (while also finding a mysterious book), wins a spaceship in a card game, finds out it is a rather quirky derelict with people already living on board, gets in a tangle with local criminals, gets the ship working and gets a crew, and after a series of seemingly small events has Tajemnica working well enough for her first job, hauling injured soldiers to a transfer station, during which they accidentally take a government ship.
The rest of the mission was relatively uneventful, and they have returned successfully to Adelaide to look for another job.
I have at least four major jobs / missions currently sketched out, with a lot fleshed out, but also a few holes that are bugging the bejezuz out of me. So, I could take what I have and post it in smaller hunks to stretch it out a bit (which would be a bit disjointed in the next six blocks, which work fine as six discrete blocks, but not so well as a dozen half-sized blocks), or I can take a few days off, and start back up again. I’d like to keep logical blocks together.
As a reminder, the main characters on the ship are
Helton, Allonia, Bipasha, Kwon, Sar, Quinn
Col Lag, 1SG Harbin Reel, SGT Kaushik, CPL Kaminski, Lt Kat, recruit Horkle
Monks, Tajemnica, Seymore & Seeless
Writing a long AND coherent AND interesting story is a lot of work. I knew that before, but now I KNOW it.