It’s been about two weeks since posting the latest chapter of my military SciFi in the making—MILK RUN— for my beta reviewers. So, when’s the next post I’ve been asked.
We are well into the last act of the story, the outline of which I developed several years ago. Problem is I made some significant changes in this latest version. You see, unlike in the original version, I killed off Commander John Emerson in this revision. To make things even more interesting, I twisted the story a bit. So now I have to rewrite parts of the ending to account for these changes. That and I want to add some more battle scenes to raise the tension.
So, what’s taking so long? The answer . . . need some inspiration to overcome writer’s block.
Throughout this endeavor, I’ve noticed that my writing tends to come in spurts, usually late at night and I get inspiration and ideas at the weirdest and infrequent times. Like this past Sunday evening, while flying in a small airplane with a friend back to Raleigh, NC from Myrtle Beach, SC. We departed from the airport over the ocean then turned northeast to fly over downtown Myrtle beach. While coming back on shore, we were treated to a wonderful view where the full moon lit up the ocean like (as someone observed) an Onyx crystal.
Since I wasn’t flying the plane this time, I took the opportunity to take this and several other pictures. And here’s where the inspiration kicked in.
Check out the picture. Do you see the demarcation between the water and sparkling downtown Myrtle beach? Well, that gave me the idea of how to describe the difference between what one would see in our normal star lit universe vs. what one may see in a hidden dimension of our universe. The first has a complex texture with star light while the second is absent of any light (if you subtract out the moon light).
So, now I will use that inspiration to show you what happens when a spaceship jumps into a hidden dimension of our universe. You’ll see it soon. So, please be patient.
Meanwhile, I’ve already posted 30 mini-chapters of MILK RUN for your review and pleasure. Now is a good time to binge read this military SciFi to catchup on this story where our young Captain Toby Nathanael Louis is assigned to deliver a new weapon to a secret star base. But what our hero thought would be an easy first mission turns out to be a test of his ability to lead a crew and ship much older than he against an enemy that is using his own fiancée to destroy him, his ship and his mission.
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So, what inspires you to write? Tell us in the comment section below. Thanks!