I have been dealing with a number of challenges in my life recently.
My mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just before Thanksgiving last year. Her strength and courage have shone through in the past few months, as she'd undergone chemotherapy and has also participated in alternate therapies. Unfortunately, things have continued to progress, but she is one of the toughest people I know. I know a lot of people say that about someone they see going through something as horrible as cancer, but I would put my mom up against anyone else, anytime.
Recently, she was transferred to hospice care, so I've been a bit distracted with that.
Add to this situation the fact that I am starting a new job (with the company I sold) in a little over a week. I'm excited for that change. More to say on that in the near future.
Now let's get to what you clicked for!
I am happy to say that despite some of the challenges I outlined above, I am still persevering toward some goals I had set for myself. Yes, I have published a number of nonfiction books, such as the quote books, the bald book and my latest business development book. However, for nearly a decade I have been writing fiction secretly. I know, I know. Join the club. Just about everyone 'has a novel or two in them.'
The Clark home has at least three completed handwritten manuscripts lying around the house for a trilogy I really have wanted to finish. The shortest of these is about 300 pages and the longest probably clocks at 550 pages. Anyway, those will never see the light of day in their current form or anything close to it. In working on them though, I stumbled across a short story I had written about 12 years ago. It placed second in a local writing contest and won me $250. I thought that was a pretty good sum for a radio DJ who was barely getting by, but the writing and self-publishing bugs hadn't yet bit me.
What's it about?
It's called 'The Son of San Diablo: A Manifest Galaxy Novel.' The funny thing is that the original short story I drew upon long ago was an historical piece and I was able to adapt it into a longer science fiction piece set in a planetary, colonial-type setting. The story takes place centuries from now, after humanity has discovered a wormhole that opens up the galaxy and all of her habitable, yet-uninhabited planets for mankind to explore and settle.
It is on one of these planets that we find a small mining town named San Diablo. The 'golden boy' of the town has returned after being away many years to explore the galaxy. However, not everything is as it seems. As we watch the story unfold through the eyes of a local news reporter (yes, they still have those centuries into the future), not everything is as it seems.
The book is called: The Son of San Diablo: A Manifest Galaxy Novel.
Hardest Creative Project Yet...
Like I said above and I know many other people will say it: I've got a novel or two in me. I'm no different. However, I will tell you that this was a challenge. I've been following and trying to learn from the 'fast-writers' on Amazon, who are turning out two or three novels a day... or maybe a little less. I'm not nearly that fast, yet. I'd like to think I will get to that speed, but it didn't happen on this book, nor do I think it will happen on the next.
However, I really enjoyed writing the dang thing. It was tough, but each day that I got a little further into the project, I felt satisfied. Like I said, most of the fiction I will be publishing in the next year is 10 years in the making. The trilogy I'm planning to write will be something I'd written more recently than The Son of San Diablo. The trilogy started about 5 years ago when one of my friends connected to entertainment along with my brother, the film director, were asking for cool TV show pitch ideas. I had been watching the newer Battlestar Galactica series on Netflix at the time and thought it would be cool to do a show that loosely drew from that universe. Over time, the concept has changed and it will now be set in the same universe as 'The Son of San Diablo.' Some of the characters in both stories will have connections with each other.
However, I'm getting ahead of myself. I'll be adding a page for 'The Son of San Diablo' soon.
At heart, I've always been a fiction writer. The nonfiction always felt a bit 'safer' to me. However, as I have worked to publish this first novel, I realize that sentiment is silly. We feel as safe or as unsafe as we allow ourselves to be. The old sentiment to go out and create something you will love, even if no one else will, still applies. I hope that isn't the case for me, but if it is, I will continue to create.