… for now, at least.
The first draft of SOMNUS, my stand-alone, sci-fi heist novel is done. I just finished typing future-Andy some notes, corrections, and things to finish. The files are saved. Everything is tucked safely away into Drobbox. And I don’t want to see the damn thing for at least six months.
Hell… maybe not for a year.
In fact, I might never pick this one back up. It was a HARD project. Or is a hard project, I suppose. For, while I’m finished with the first draft, the thing is hardly “done”. But this one may be as done as it’s ever going to get. I need a break from intergalactic corporations and scheming smugglers. I’m ready to work on something new.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m proud to have worked my way through the first draft of another novel. But this one was an ambitious undertaking. It contained a lot of firsts. Firsts for me, at least.
- It’s my first far-future sci-fi book.
- It has multiple overlapping and non-sequential timelines.
- It was my first fully-outlined-before-I-even-wrote-a-single-itty-bitty-word novel.
- It was my first project in Scrivener.
- It’s my first go at an ensemble of POV characters.
- The main protagonist is not a good guy. I try to make him relatable and likeable, but he’s definitely a bad, bad man.
So… it was hard. And now it’s there. And it’s mine to do with as I choose. Or not.
I’ll take SOMNUS out of the cupboard one of these days. Probably. When I do, I’ll decide if I want to invest more time in it. I might even be excited to do the re-write.
But now, and for the time being…
ON TO THE NEXT BOOK!