Work-in-Progress Update

I’ve essentially met my targeted word count of 80,000 words (79,490) and have created 22 short stories just for this effort, but it’s not quite ready in terms of content.

This is all first-draft mode, and I don’t want it to get too much bigger—I really want to keep it under 100K words, which is what I usually write. There’s no real reason, it’s just an arbitrary word count I self-imposed. But it’s nice to see that I at least hit my target. It’s also nice to see that I have so many vignettes to include into this novel, which is told in the style of Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles (TMC). But I still have a few more stories to add.

As I’d mentioned elsewhere, it had been a goal of mine to create a novel structure like TMC. I thought it would be a fun exercise, unlike Bradbury’s publisher’s packaging—some indeed quite loosely based—of certain of his stories into such a venture. My story line is quite different than TMC, is actually planned out to be this way, and I hope it’ll blow you away. I must admit that when I first started it, I’d headed in one direction…only to markedly change it for another. I think both directions would have served quite well, but I much prefer the latter, the more I think about it.

Of course, we’ll just have to wait and see if I decide to keep it this way to the bitter end!

I’ve structured out the story’s timeline a specific way that has a particular thread running throughout it…sometimes ever so subtle, sometime not so much. I also created another structure within that follows the following construct:

  • Arrival
  • Exploration
  • Colonization
  • Exploitation
  • War
  • Survival

I think it tells quite an engaging tale…one that will generate much thought…much…speculation. Perhaps even generate a good in-depth conversation or three.

I’d also decided to title each story, rather than just “Chapter One, Two, Three….” It really adds to the storytelling!

That’s all for now!

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2 Responses to Work-in-Progress Update

  1. Karen Lin says:

    Sounds interesting and maybe parallels exist to our reality? Your word count is impressive. You’ve sure gotten back on the horse! I think shorts are easier to get through today with our go go go society so if they are sort of stand alone I think you may get a wide audience. Too bad Ray Bravery isn’t around to endorse it.

    • fpdorchak says:

      May…be! 🙂

      Yeah, it’s nice getting back in the saddle. And, yes, they are “sort of” stand alone. Depending how this gets published, am thinking about releasing some as short stories prior to publication. We’ll just have to see how it all goes. Yeah, it would have been interesting. I’d written to him once, but he never responded.

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