For some years, I’ve been writing the Frontier Trilogy. By writing, I mean first, second, third draft, submission, acceptance, editing, editing, editing (I could keep typing that one), and then proofreading it.
Now that the series is complete and has been released, it all feels a bit weird.
It’s not like I haven’t been writing other things as well over the same period – I have. I’ve completed a fantasy novel, written half a sequel, and have finished two thirds of a first draft of another science fiction novel. I’ve also written quite a number of short stories, and multiple blog posts.
I had always intended to only write three Frontier books – that is, after I realised that the story was longer than one book – and I always knew where it was meant to end. Or so I thought.
Ever since Frontier Defiant has been proofread and submitted, I’ve had more of the story suddenly begin to percolate away inside my head. I’m not sure whether this is a good or bad thing right now, as I really want to finish the fantasy series. (Mind you, it doesn’t have a publisher at this point!) In fact, I’m torn.
I think that I’m now so familiar with the world of Frontier and its people, that my brain keeps saying things like: What about character X? Has her story actually finished? Are you sure – what if such and such happened? Because, you know it will, don’t you? It couldn’t possibly just finish there – think about the mayhem! Think about what you’ve just set up! There’s so much about to happen on Frontier, not to mention the rest of the galaxy!
Anyway, that’s possibly way too much insight to the inside of my head right now. As I wrote that, the questions kept falling out of my fingertips onto the blog page and multiplying. So you can see my dilemma. I’m now wondering if I should answer some of those questions, or at least address them.
Of course, we’ve all read the author who should have stopped and didn’t. I don’t want to be that author, either.
Or maybe it’s just because I love my starcats and don’t want to let them go. Let’s face it, who can resist a hundred kilos of purring, glowing, love, parked on the end of the bed?
11 thoughts on “Writing New Things”
Are your frontier books about the old gold rush days in Australia and about the early times back in that era? I have been fascinated with my genealogy. I’ve been looking into it from the 1600s up to the time they left Norway and came to America in 1880’s. I try to walk in their footsteps, which I know is impossible, try to relive in my mind some of the things they’ve done. I find it all very fascinating.
Good luck with your books. I will have to do more checking into them. Do you know of any good translating programs that will translate a book from Norwegian to English? I’ve been trying everything I can come up with and I keep having problem with different type documents. I guess I need to have an OCR document selected to start doing, copying and pasting. Most don’t let me do any editing of the scanned document.
Thank you for any help.
My Frontier books are actually Science Fiction 🙂 They’re set on a world called ‘Frontier’ and feature enormous glow in the dark cats, a dangerous planet, and invading aliens!
As far as translation software goes, I have no idea, I’m afraid. I occasionally use Google Translate when I need something, but it’s often quite inaccurate, or ends up providing me with very bizarre statements! Good luck hunting for something, but I’ll keep an eye out just in case I hear of anything.
Your Frontier books sound awesome, glow in the dark cats sound very cool. Well done for getting them accepted 🙂 Would you mind telling me who you submitted them to? I ask as I have a work in progress about cats myself and keep getting told it wont ever get picked up.
Hi Katie Marie, I’m with Hague Publishing – a specialist science fiction and fantasy publisher. You can check them out at http://www.haguepublishing.com
Thank you very much, I really appreciate it, well done again for getting picked up by them 🙂
Oh, and aren’t cats great? 🙂
Cats are awesome, awesome in real life and awesome in literature.
Enjoyed the Frontier series immensely. I think I’m in agreement that the story doesn’t end there. There is a whole new adventure waiting to be told. You could start with a in between book, growing, learning, teaching, contact with the underground, learning about the technology from the Matriarch and going to the stars. Building an army one planet at a time. Frontier being the training ground.
Hi Lisa! Thanks for commenting, and I’m glad to hear you’ve enjoyed the trilogy. I shall continue to ponder the futures of the people of Frontier 🙂
I only recently found your frontier books and was lucky enough to read all three in a row. Now, I am more than happy to hear you are at least contemplating writing more of this world. I absolutely see many more stories there to be explored I would love to read!
I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the Frontier books, Sabine! And thank you for popping by and commenting.
I am currently ‘percolating’ more Frontier stories 😊 In the meantime I’m finishing off a fantasy story.