This afternoon the Memoir app alerted me to the fact that I announced to the world one year ago today (right here on my site) that I would be writing GALAXY. A year later, I still haven’t published anything, and I’ve only made a few blog updates about the story…but trust me, a lot as been done. So, here’s a progress report of the critical pieces that I have been working on over the past year. Today, there are 24,800 words written, and I still have a long way to go. I really look forward to getting this story out of my head and into books so that you can, one day, enjoy the scifi tale.
- Set up a significant library of resources and references in Evernote
- There isn’t a lot of LGBT SciFi out there—and I want to be a part of this change. To that end, I established a simple rule from day one:
- Relationships and sexuality, and gender shall not be of concern; same-sex and opposite sex relationships will be completely normal and natural, as well as queer transgendered people.
- Established roles, other rules, and a framework for consistency and canon
- Read books, listened to podcasts, and scoured the interwebs for countless articles on good, better, best science fiction.
- Switched from IA Writer to Scrivener—which makes my life much easier
- Wrote back stories that inform the present day, with some reaching as far back as 500 years (these do not count against the current word count)
- Chose the theme song to the series, which I listen to regularly. It helps me get pumped up to write. Check it out: HYPERION, by Critical Mass from the album Apocalypse
- Galactic map creation and subsequent revisions—currently on version 5—which includes the things on the map (e.g. planets, stations) and the names of all the things on the map, including a few Easter eggs. See below for a snippet of each galaxy!
- Created an entirely new hexa-grid system for the Galactic Map—giving me way more flexibility than initially expected
People, Places, and Things
- Articulated the eleven galactic territories, their Royal families, their marriages and alliances, and their tensions
- Figured out who’s shagging who
- Created lists of naturally occurring objects in space, man-made objects, stations, and more
- Created character profiles for the main characters identified thus far and their supporting characters
- Articulated the key differences between raiders, pirates, and slavers (oh my!)
- Created starship classes with various use cases
- Created all the weapons classes with their various use cases (sorry, no light sabers)
- Setup a dedicated Pinterest Board so that I can start tracking the various people, places, and things visually, and hopefully generate some excitement for this written work too (I did this for THE CLIMB too, which I plan to finished before GALAXY.)
- Created a new and logical science of galactic transportation, including the rules starships must follow and the drawbacks that can be exploited
- Created a galactic monetary system (both legitimate and illegitimate)
- Created a galactic calendaring and chronographic system
- Created a galactic communications network