Progress Report on Adversary – Hive Mind 5

As a child, I believed books were written from the beginning to the end. In fact, books can progress in many ways. Forwards, backwards, with periodic standstills, and it’s reported that Harper Lee once threw the manuscript of To Kill A Mockingbird out of the window into the snow.

Adversary originally hit a morass of problems as it neared the halfway point. I took a break to let my thought clarify, and that break turned out to be far longer than intended. Due to long Covid and bereavement, the creative side of my brain couldn’t handle sorting out the issues of Adversary, so I had to let it write the Drago Tell Dramis 2781 series instead.

After the release of Sol 2781 in July, I picked up the partly written Adversary. I’ve now done the initial surgery to solve a plot overload problem, followed by an extensive reworking of the plotlines. The book is now in a healthy state, and progressing in a generally forwards direction, with Amber and her team facing mounting problems from both inside and outside the Hive.

I will be giving another progress report on Adversary in the middle of October. At that point, both the amount of work needed to complete the book, and the likely complications of real life, should be a lot clearer.

 

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Real life chaos

A quick apology to anyone waiting for replies to emails or for website comments to be authorized.  I am currently juggling several major real life crises, which are making huge demands on my time, and come with the added complication of limited internet access. Please bear with me while I catch up. 🙂

 

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Ebook Release of Sol 2781, the final book in the Drago Tell Dramis 2781 sequence

 

The Drago Tell Dramis 2781 sequence is now complete in ebook with the release of Sol 2781. The paperback release is expected in October.

To fully appreciate the series, please read the first three parts of the sequence before starting Sol 2781.

Part 1 –Hera 2781 (novelette-length short story)

Part 2 – Hestia 2781 (novel-length)

Part 3 – Array 2781 (novel-length)

Part 4 – Sol 2781 is an extra-long novel, a bit over 50% longer than Hestia 2781, Array 2781, and the books in the Earth Girl trilogy. Please schedule yourself plenty of time to eat and sleep when reading its 56 chapters!

Major Drago Tell Dramis is celebrating the fact that the saboteur has been caught, and the Earth solar arrays will be safe now. The arrest of a member of the main board of Hospital Earth has consequences though. As Drago hits orbital levels of fury, and declares his own personal war against Hospital Earth, he’s hit by even more unexpected problems.

There’s a joke that says one birth member of the Tell clan attracts trouble, two birth members of the Tell clan invite minor disasters, while three is the critical mass that triggers cataclysmic events. As the danger mounts, the question is whether Drago and his two cousins, Jaxon and Gemelle, can prove an alternative theory. Are three members of the Tell clan really the critical mass that resolves cataclysmic events?

Cover depicts the combination ship.

Cover Design (C) Janet Edwards 2020, Cover Design by The Cover Collection.

Full details of Sol 2781 here.

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Sol 2781 is now in Beta Reading

Coming 2022

Sol 2781 is now in Beta Reading stage, and turned out to be even longer than I expected. Fifty per cent extra plot means fifty per cent extra length, and that means all the publishing preparation stages like copyedit and proofreading will take fifty per cent longer.

Given that some real-life chaos has hit me as well, Sol 2781 will be out in June, but probably much nearer the end of June than the beginning. My apologies that the real-life chaos includes intermittent internet access, so I may be slow responding to comments e.t.c.

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Update on Sol 2781

Coming 2022

The latest news on Sol 2781 is that I felt some events really needed to be covered in proper detail. That means the book will be significantly longer than Hestia 2781 and Array 2781, at about the same length as Borderline.

I’m still tidying up some sequences in the second half of the book, and the extra length will obviously mean all the stages like copyediting take correspondingly longer.

My current release estimate is so close to the end of May 2022 that just a sudden sneeze could put the book into the start of June.

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The Serial Story Deltan Escape has reached the Temporary End Point

The serial story featuring Fian has now reached its temporary end point with eleven chapters posted.

The serial will remain here on the website for a while before eventually vanishing to be extended,  polished, revised, and published. It will probably be published under the title Deltan Escape but that is only a working title for the moment.

You can read the story here.

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Paperback Release of Array 2781

Full details of the paperback of Array 2781 are here.

Array 2781 is the third part of the Drago Tell Dramis 2781 sequence. Please note that Hera 2781 is novelette length but Hestia 2781, Array 2781, and the yet to be released final part, Sol 2781, are all full length novels.

Hera 2781 and Hestia 2781 are available as a combined paperback.

Also available, a laminated hardover version of Earth Prime

Full details of the hardcover version of Earth Prime are here.

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Chapter Ten of the Serial Story Deltan Escape has been posted

You can now read up to chapter ten of Deltan Escape featuring Fian here.

There’s now just one more chapter left to be posted before the serial story reaches its temporary end point.

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Chapter Nine of the Serial Story Deltan Escape is posted.

Anyone wishing to join me in escaping the 2020s by hiding out in the 28th century can now read up to chapter nine of Deltan Escape featuring Fian here.

I’m also working on setting up a couple of pages for questions about the Portal Future and Hive Future, but progress on this is slow because writing Sol 2781 is my first priority.

 

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Chapter Eight of the Serial Story Deltan Escape is posted.

You can now read up to chapter eight of Deltan Escape featuring Fian here.

 

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