So tonight or tomorrow I’ll be finishing up the part that I was working on last week – The Rescue of Princess Irena, Part 4. And afterwards it’s a trip down memory lane as I outline the existing parts and then try to come up with a rough idea of the next few parts.
I also have quite a few stories or parts of stories which I’ve started but not finished. A few notes here on each of these, as much for my benefit as for the bafflement and confusion of the readers.
Pegasus, Part 2
Dreana gets a tour of the Sapphire, the ship she will be commanding in the near future.
Sasha Gets Five Stars
Sasha and Rosalyn have a great night on the town, but what about the day after?
Star Trek: Voyager – “Companions”
Janeway gets early morning coffee. Seven has an interesting discovery to share.
Servant of the Siphen, Part 13
There are security concerns that need to be resolved. In particular, the recently-revealed Irena believes that one of the Orion crew is a telepath. Now how do you figure out who that might be?
No Way Home, Part 4
Having launched from the Orion in the shuttle, Caroline and Erica make their approach to the damaged dimensional portal. Erica gets to go on an EVA. They return to the Orion with their findings but… well, this is a problem – they can’t land.
I think I’m leaning towards the last one there, and I think it will be interesting to see how that situation is resolved. After I finish the other stuff I mentioned at the top there.
If you’ve arrived here from Facebook – hello and welcome! This is my first blog post going out to Facebook. I write stories under the pen name Martin Burne. Sci-fi, sci-fi with a dash of fantasy, and fantasy wrapped inside a sci-fi crispy coating. Romance? Check. Parental advisory? Oh hell yeah, although the stories I have are a lot tamer than when I started.
If you read on a tablet or phone, chances are that this site is tricky to navigate. I’m working on a Downloads page so that you can just get an EPUB file and read that at some kind of sane font size and layout. But alternatively check this out:
Wattpad is the only other site carrying my stories for now. What you see on the above page are embedded first parts of the stories I’ve added there, which is most of the ones you can find here. You can also continue reading the story over on Wattpad if you enjoy it!
I’m considering lining up a publisher, but I’d like to actually have something close to finished before I start down that road. So for example, having the Nexus stories nicely linked up in a good-sized novel would be a start.
More important than that though, is finding more people who want to give my stories a chance. Or even just convincing some of you who are reading this!
Hmm, well I can say this. I don’t plan on killing off characters. I don’t like it when authors basically give up and rub out characters that they don’t feel like writing any more.
That may be a biased representation of what goes on in the book industry, but here’s a thing – killing off characters makes for some major spoilers for those who haven’t read that far yet. As a result, readers who like those characters are deterred from reading further when they accidentally (inevitably given the rise of social media) read a spoiler. I don’t see how that is a good thing.
So far I do have one character in a coma. It’s not a huge deal for you the readers because the part where she wasn’t in a coma hasn’t been written yet. It is, however, a huge deal for the characters. It messes with the previous dynamic that existed, and a couple of characters move up to temporarily fill vacated jobs.
Without so much as a single line of dialogue to her credit, Rebecca’s absence is notable in No Way Home. I liked what I did there.
Originally I had planned for an attempted but failed rescue of Rebecca before the Orion destroyed the ship she was being held on, but honestly I didn’t see the point in doing so. If SG-1 can sneak onto a Goa’uld ship and rescue Supreme Commander Thor from under the nose of Anubis, I’m damn sure my characters can pull off something equally audacious. Even if the result isn’t quite what they hoped for.
Anyway, thanks for reading, and have a good weekend, folks! 🙂