Alas, the publish date for In The Flesh has been pushed back. I’ve run into several problems. Firstly I’m having trouble writing the final few chapters. I know the major plot points but the bridging is tasking me. A lot of exciting character development is happening and it takes quite a bit of time and usually several passes through the chapter to get dialogue even close to right. This slows me down considerably. Then I need to research quite a bit to set the landscape properly. I’m pretty sure the end result will be worth it but the delay is a bit disappointing and I have no one to blame but myself.
There is also the matter of cover art, which I don’t have yet but that’s minor. It would set my mind at ease to have it but it’s not actually holding up the book at this time. The artist I’ve selected is fantastic so I know the art will be totally worth the wait.
I’ve been using a word processing software called Scrivner by Literature and Latte and I have been pleased to discover new features as I write. It’s fantastic software for fiction writers. It’s quite cumbersome for non-fiction as formatting in that it can be a struggle if you want to mix unlikely formats. For example I wanted to do a memoir with a cited research sort of scientific notation flavor since there were some facts I had sources for. Also I wanted distinct sections of the book and that was a chore to figure out how to do. I’m not entirely certain I’m completely happy with it yet but there is considerable flexibility in the software so I might yet figure out a way. If you want to keep the same format throughout that’s fairly easy. I’m going to play with it and see if I can get the headers to be different for each chapter but if not the book title is sufficient and traditional.
Otherwise everything is still moving forward and it is very exciting. My hopes for In The Flesh are that it’s an easy read, meaning well written with likable characters, an enjoyable read, meaning lots of exciting adventure and plenty of forays into science details, and a classic style science fiction book. If I succeed in those areas I will be satisfied and I hope readers will love it.