Writing Woes

The problem with writing about an alien bug invasion (see before-mentioned references of “Earthfall equals Starship Troopers meets Man of Steel”) is that one has to do a lot of looking at bugs. Like this beast. Now imagine it bristling with laser weapons and high-tech armor.

NaNoWriMo 2016…

So, it’s rapidly approaching and, to be honest, I really haven’t written much of anything in a long time. In between running my various RPGs (Red Sky & Casus Belli), I’ve been fairly busy with work and just generally haven’t felt like doing anything. That said, I really do need to write something and am thinking about trying to finish “Aspects of Silver,” my psuedo-Heroic Greece (like) fantasy novel. It is currently about halfway done with the first two parts being 21,710 words and 31,194 words respectively. Part three was started but I petered out, although I do have the outline for both part three and four complete. Am still very proud of the very first line:

Four years ago, prophecy died.

Yeah. Think I’m going to try to work on that again …

Giving Thought to NaNoWriMo 2016

I’ve done a big fat nothing in terms of writing in the last couple of months – I have an actual sci-fi novel completed that is entitled “Fulcrum” but have sort of stalled out on the sequel, “Vorticity” – and am trying to get myself back into gear. Thinking about trying something different this year…

A while back, I wrote the novel-length Justice League story, “The Last” and it went over pretty well, and I’d like to dip my toes back into superheroes, so I’m thinking of trying to work on a novel I’ve had in mind for a while that I’ve tentatively titled “Earthfall.” The core concept is this: Starship Troopers (the book by Heinlein, not Melrose Space the movie) meets superheroes. My ‘Johnny Rico’ would be David Fury, who is a 2nd Generation ultrahuman – flying brick, of course, because that’s my favorite. And like Starship Troopers, I don’t want to end it on a “huzzah! We won!” note, but rather a “Yup. The war is still going on. But now, we’ve got a fighting chance.”

One of the more interesting books I’ve read in recent years that sort of influences this is Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines which is superheroes in a zombie apocalypse. Now personally, I hate zombies but having superheroes in an apocalypse of some sort is a really neat idea and as Starship Troopers is probably one of my all-time favorite books ever, having the heroes fight a horde of alien bugs … well, now we’re talking.

So yeah. Probably going to try and do “Earthfall” this November…