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Charting the Ageless

Cover for The Last of the AgelessIn many ways, the story of how The Last of the Ageless came about is the story of my writing career. While I’ve written many other stories and novels, nothing has haunted me the way this novel has.

Younger Years

I wrote a story I called “Future Generation” at age 15. By the end of the year, I’d finished Chapter 14. In the original story, the main character’s father had been killed by the aliens, one of the few sources of conflict.

The story began thusly: “The young Mutant Dernex sat cross-legged in front of his newly made fire near the apparently nonnegotiable canyon.”
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2015 Writing and Publishing Plans

Steampunk-Setting-IMG_2011-by-matamari-or-Matt-Kircher-on-FlickrHow did 2015 sneak up on me like that? Here I thought I’d publish my first book in 2014… I’m going to actually do it this year, though. In my last post, I reflected on what I did accomplish in 2014, such as outlining my next novel, attending scifi cons, and revising The Ageless.

Looking Back

It’s amusing to me to go back and look at my 2012 thrice-weekly writing goals, how in 2013 I was still trying to decide how to publish, and how optimistic I was about my timelines in 2014. I tried to use a Gantt chart in 2014 to help me better estimate my timing, but it was too cumbersome.

This year, I’ve started using a weekly planner called WeekPlan.net to keep on-task day after day and TeamWeek.com to visualize my longer editing, design, and publication schedules. I’m hoping these will help me defeat procrastination and keep more accurate timelines.

Of course, I said something similar this time last year. Round 2, Fight!

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2014 Recap and Reflections

The Last of the Ageless available in ebook and paperback formatsBefore looking back, let’s assess the present: I’m working on narrowing down my title ideas for The Ageless. Right now I’m leaning toward The End of the Ageless, but we’ll see what my editors think.

The Ageless survived major developmental edits and is now going through another phase of closer edits. I’m lining up a copy editor and proofreader and have drafted my next recruits to be my final round of beta readers. I have a huge list of designers, which I’ll start narrowing down in the next couple weeks.

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