I’m 75,320 words into my new novel. At times it feels really hard to write. There’s always that point in the middle where you start wondering why you’re even doing it, or doubt creeps in and you just know no one’s going to read it. Or worse, they will read it using your past works as a standard and realize this one just isn’t up to snuff. All of those things might very well be true for all I know, even Stephen King has his stinkers (no offense Steve though I doubt you’re reading this).
The basic premise is, it’s set in space. It has a bit of magic in it, though it’s not called magic. Basically, there’s a reality behind reality that’s running the show, and certain people have the ability to control that reality, only doing so comes at the price of the user eventually going mad. Turns out using this power, called the Manifold, is highly dangerous and corrupts those who use it in an unsafe manner.
In fact, there might not be any safe way to use it. No one understands how it works, but people are what are called Psionics can use it, and are separated from the rest of society. Because of the whole going mad thing. It even led to a war, but that happens before the events of the book.
It’s set in a future. The date I’m going with is 2314. An interstellar gateway, built by an ancient race long dead, is discovered at the edge of our solar system. It still works. This is about, oh, maybe late 21st century when this is discovered, in a time where humanity is just starting to colonize the solar system. Well, the discovery leads to huge leaps in advanced spaceflight and by the time 2314 rolls around, the early 24th century, humanity has discovered hundreds of these gates, allowing them bridge the gap between the stars. Some of the gates lead to habitable planets, and others not so habitable, but still colonizable.
Space flight is still slow. It still takes anywhere from days to weeks to cross a particular solar system from one gate to another, depending on the system’s size. That’s because there’s no faster than light travel, since a single gate just exists in two points of space at the same time. Passing through it just leads you out the other side, light years away. It sort of creates a situation where it was like the 18th century, where a ship might leave London and still take weeks to get to India. It’s like that but on a much grander scaled, where the furthest worlds might take months or even years to reach.
Basically, by the time the story picks up, there are a hundred worlds that are officially colonized and incorporated into this very loose empire of planets that sometimes war with each other.
That’s just the background, the story begins by following a young man who begins to develop psionic abilities, mostly being able to dream and foresee future events.
It has a little of everything so far, mystery, action, philosophical introspection, even a bit of romance. It still sucks a lot, goes a little slow at points, but at least the concept is solid and I think it has a lot of potential. I’ve created some covers for six books in the series so far. Don’t know if I’ll ever use them, but they’re there on my desktop to inspire me. Don’t want to give them away yet since it’s subject to change.
Anyway, I’m hard at work here. I hate that I’m so long-winded. This books is almost as long as all my other ones and, but it hasn’t really developed a plot that’s satisfying to me. I’m not sure why that is, because usually I have an intrinsic feel for these things, so I just hope it’s not too boring for a first book. It’s really important for the first book in a series to be really good in order to get people to keep reading and for me to collect a check big enough to pay the rent. It’s either that or the book will have to be longer than I want it to be.
I’m sure if I keep working at it, then the solution will come.
This has nothing to do what I wrote about, but if you guys liked Aberration, The Xenoworld Saga as a whole, or Lost Angel, consider leaving a review on Amazon or wherever you bought the book. It helps a lot as an author because a good review can really influence someone’s decision to give an author they’ve never heard of a chance. I’m pretty grateful for all my readers, because without you guys taking a chance on my stuff, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Thanks, let me know what you think of the idea in the comments. I hope you guys like space operas with fantastical elements in them.