Wednesday, November 23, 2016

It's About Time I Wrote A Damn Book that Familia P. Luche thing is gonna have to wait.

Instead, I'm starting on a book project--something I should've started doing a looooong time ago, but only now do I find myself...what, angry? frustrated? tired? whatever-enough to actually do it.

For the nonce, I'm calling it Radspace. That won't be its final title, but it's a place to start, since it's built out of my SFRPG campaign of the same name. If you're conversant with nerd stuff, you can think of it as the love child of Dune, Star Wars, Fading Suns, Traveller and Indiana Jones. Yes, that's 5 parents. I didn't promise you a normal love child.

Expect the following to change, but here's the (very) rough synopsis:

Sendero Chispita Torroja Y Mecano de Azulejos en Verano (or just "Sendero") wants to study the history of Humanity -- she dreams of travelling the galaxy to chart our progress and origins. 

But on her 15th birthday, she becomes not only history's student -- but also its defender. As a dangerous ideology rises to power, buoyed by an aging culture in search of easy answers and eager to reattain a former glory that never was, Sendero becomes the one to protect truths long-forgotten -- before they are erased by the new regime.

With two loyal cousins, a legendary starship, an ancient diskette and no one to trust, will Sendero find the lost world that holds the ultimate truth about Humanity before that truth is re-written -- and before civilization destroys itself out of ignorance and pride?

Here are the themes I want to explore in this story:
  • Reason vs. Instinct
  • Reality vs. Perception
  • Progress vs. Stagnation
  • Knowledge vs. Belief
  • Humans be crazy, alla time, always
I've got a notebook, a word processor, a bunch of long-ass names, and a belly full of resistance.

I'm goin' in.


  1. Might I suggest a wonderful software package called Scrivener to help you organize the thoughts, research, outlines, and plot stuff for this project? I've got a novel on the back burner too and ran across it.

    It's basically a virtual bulletin board and story board with an outline and word processor built in. Final output is first draft of novel to import to "real" word processor.

    1. Ah! Yes. I've heard of it. Costs money, no?

      I've been using a prog called PlumeWriter, which is pretty much that, but free. It's not EXACTLY that, but it does facilitate the non-linear composition of literature, or as I like to say, "the gobbledygook that I pretend to write".


  2. Sounds fascinating! If you need any help proofreading or editing I'd be happy to lend a hand.

  3. I love it. Sci-fi/fantasy world but with real human issues, and politically current issues to boot. You're a good writer from what little I've seen, and I almost never tell anyone that. And communications/editing is what I do.

    Go forth and conquer!


  4. Excellent!
    I was recently stirred as well (by the annual nudge/guilt-trip that is NaNoWriMo) to pick up where I left off on what I assume will be a novel.