It’s been a busy week, but with the Pitch Wars wishlists posting and the blog hop underway, most of my efforts have centered around The Pioneers and related material for querying. Still, I’ve managed to devote time to research and plotting for the next phase of Dawn of the Pioneers. No matter what, one must keep moving forward, always.
That said, here’s the latest on my current work-in-progress:
Dawn of the Pioneers
I still have questions, but I’m getting a better view of the path ahead.
The coming phase of Dawn of the Pioneers will be uncharted territory, both for the characters and for me. My characters will be visiting a new planet, and there are a lot of vital plot elements to address. I’m now looking at avoiding most of the first planet they visit, primarily because too much environmental exposition would detract from the story. Instead, at least the first chapter or two will likely take place mostly in space, and involve a shocking plot to assassinate a major political figure.
I have also decided not to split up the dynamic duo of Holmes and Ford. While I like the idea of leaving Ford back on Denali to handle things on his own, having just reunited these two I’m loath to split them up so soon. Besides, I feel the dynamic between the two could only help the story.
Honestly, one of the hardest parts of all this is resisting the urge to skip ahead. The more I think my way through Phase 3, the more I desperately want to write it. It’ll be hard to put it off until November, and once Phase 2 is complete, I may not bother to resist the urge to write on.
The more I look at this story, the more I like it. It’s out of my comfort zone, but as a writer, that’s often where you want to be. Sooner or later, you have to take risks, to open yourself up to doing different things, shaking up your narrative. If you don’t, you’ll just end up telling the same story over and over.
More than ever, this story feels like a new beginning, and I love that. So keep reading, and as always, dare to dream. – MK