MILK RUN- The Wrap Up

Wrap Up!  That’s the last bone of our story—MILK RUN.   Coming right after the climax, this is typically where loose ends are tied up to close the story, where we learn the fate of the principal characters: Captain Xxxxx Topy, Chief of the Boat George Stockton, Dr. Smriti Xxxxx, Dr. Susan Connor.  (Yes, I still need to figure out complete names for some of these characters.) There’s not much more to say about Commander John Emerson…

MILK RUN- Some Story Line Changes

Oh yea, I made a few changes to the bones of this story. The biggest change is that while on the Telrachnid gunship, Captain Toby looses an arm during a firefight on the ship. This puts him in greater danger now that his spacesuit is ripped open and those nasty drug injecting Telrachnid spiders can get at him.   Here’s a view you would see from inside your space helmet thanks to our resident artist Melissa…

MILK RUN- The Story’s Climax

If you draw a line graph showing the relative tension and excitement of a story, the line’s highest point should be at the climax of the story.  Yes, yes, that’s the place, the magic spot where you want to bring your readers.  And if applied correctly, with the right words and tone, with the correct use of rhythm, power and depth, readers will experience an ecstasy, a sort of rapacious delight that will make them come back for more and more and…

MILK RUN- Simulating Gravity in Spaceships

Have you ever walked in an office building hallway and wondered what it would be like if there were no gravity? Without gravity to allow your feel to grip the floor, you’d have to grab hold of the cabinets (assuming they are bolted to the floor) and pull or push your way forward. You might even get an urge to swim your way up the hallway. Now imagine trying to do the same thing on…

MILK RUN- The Story’s Second Act Turn

First he overcame the discovery of his missing fiancée (Smriti) turned enemy and addicted to an alien drug, then a mutiny, then the near destruction of his ship.  Now our hero, Captain Toby must over come the death of Commander Emerson who became a fatherly friend.   Up to now, these three events have blocked Toby from achieving what he set out to do in MILK RUN’s First Act Turn sending him to his low point in this story. There…

MILK RUN- Rail Gun Battle Technology

MILK RUN is a series of scifi battles on many fronts- in space, the heart, between generations, with drug addiction and brainwashing. But for fun, I’m going to talk a little about a space battle weapon featured prominently in MILK RUN. The novel starts out in orbit around Saturn where a small Telrachnid gunship shoots out “a red hot stream of fiery particles“ at Earth’s newest battle space cruiser. The attack slices up the hind…

MILK RUN- The Story’s Double Whammy Low Point

A story’s Low Point throws you deep into the valley of despair where you, like our hero, feel closed in by walls too high to overcome. This is the fourth of the seven skeleton bones for my new novel MILK RUN. This fourth bone—the Low Point—is where Captain Toby is as far as it seems possible from achieving his goal.  Three quarters of the way into the story, this is the all-hope-is-lost point.  And for MILK RUN, there is a…

MILK RUN- The Story’s Diverse SciFi Characters: Toby and Smriti

In my last blog I talked about diversity of characters in books.   So for this week, I decided to take a break from showing you the bones of MILK RUN to talk about the novel’s characters. It’s still a work in progress as I settle on the book’s plot points. But there are certain things I wanted to establish up front with the character backgrounds. The main characters of MILK RUN are: Captain Toby, Dr.…

MILK RUN- The Story’s Midpoint

Here’s the third of the seven skeleton bones for my new novel MILK RUN—a science fiction space battle tale about a young captain fresh out of space command school on his first assignment as captain of the USS Princeton, an old destroyer class spacecraft. Earth is losing the war against the Telrachnids and our young captain is chosen to deliver a new weapon to a secret starbase far from the front line fighting.   But what our…

MILK RUN- The Story’s First Act Turn

Here’s the second of the seven skeleton bones for my new novel MILK RUN—a science fiction space battle tale about a young captain fresh out of space command school on his first assignment as captain of the USS Princeton, an old destroyer class spacecraft. Earth is losing the war against the Telrachnids and our young captain is chosen to deliver a new weapon to a secret starbase far from the front line fighting.   But what…