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Hiatus Is Over.

by: VJ Miller, Sr.

Back To The Business Of Writing:


Planet of Statues cover
Issue #2

The past few months have witnessed: hurricanes, floods, power interruptions, fires, water shortages, and the gamut of destruction. Trying to overcome any or all of the above has been a strain on so many of us. Along with having to deal with some of the previous I have personally endured: flu-like symptoms, a change in ISPs and a case of shingles that have curtailed my creative juices; actually bringing them to a crashing halt. I’ve also got a couple of book reviews that need doing soon. Having survived all that it’s time to finish my latest book, “Planet of Statues.”

The writing of the book was stalled at 40k words; twice what I had originally plotted out. But as happens sometimes a story grows and evolves of its own accord. Interesting “B” “C” and “D” side-stories which only enhance the finished product, demand to be heard. I’m not sure where it will top out but I am not going to hurry to a finish just to get it done. I originally stopped because I wanted to get clarification of some of the science aspects of the story. I wrote to a couple of scientists (who will remain nameless) in hopes of getting the info I asked for; alas, twas not to be. I never got any replies to my letters. I had every intention of listing their names in the Acknowledgments page. We all know how intelligent Science fiction readers are; you have to give them plausible reasons why things react the way you want when you know the mechanism can’t possibly exist… yet. So I delved into doing my own intense research and I believe I have a plausible solution. Continue reading Hiatus Is Over.

Voice Before Facts When Writing

by VJ Miller, Sr. © 2017
Planet of Statues cover
Issue #2

As I zero in on the final chapters of my next book, Planet of Statues, I stand at 25k words; where it will top out is beyond me right now. Planet of Statues is the second book in the series, Realms Uncharted Presents. I’d planned on a one story per issue format of 18 to 20k words; something easy to read in one sitting. As has happened in the past, one of my stories has taken on a life of its own. One short story, Beware the Pedaler, was planned to be only 8 to 10k but finally topped out at 18k. My novel, Mask of the Crime Czar I expected to be around 60k actually ended up with 85k.

Planet of Statues is the story of the hyper-ship, Searcher and its crew who are on a deep space survey mission to find planets similar to their own home world for either colonization or a source of elements they can exploit. The one caveat; any planet with intelligent life or what may evolve into such life must be avoided. Continue reading Voice Before Facts When Writing