Friday, July 4, 2014

Getting Back Into It/Overview WITH EYES OPEN...

I’ve been thinking about how I've ignored this blog for a while. So after much contemplation, I think I’ll start an overview of each book.

So let’s start at the top…

With Eyes Open…, the first epublished book, is comprised of two stories, “With Eyes Open…” and its unintended sequel, “A Voice in the Darkness”.

“With Eyes Open…” has the honor of being the first story every published back in 2005, in a now defunct ezine named Deep Magic. It all started as a writing exercise.

I had read somewhere that if you’re stuck, turn on the television, go to any channel, write down the first thing you hear and build a story from that. I did this, writing down the sentence, “Isn’t there anything you want to tell me about your marriage?”  (Don’t ask me the program. I’ve forgotten it.) So I started writing about a break up. Problem was, I was still having trouble. So I stopped for a little while.

Then something else happened.

Answer me this:  Have you ever been alone in a room yet see movement out of the corner of your eye?  You know it’s just your mind playing tricks on you, or maybe (as is my case), it’s your cat. But I started thinking…what if there was a race of beings here on Earth with us, completely unnoticed, completely intangible and invisible. In order to remain here, they need a single human to anchor them. I called them the Adityas, named by the ancient Hindu they were first anchored to two thousand years ago.

Could I turn the aborted break-up story into something about these creatures?

Of course I could, and it’s one of my favorite stories.

So the story that began as Mira Frayne breaking up with a man led to Mira making a discovery about the world and being tied to these creatures.
I was trying for a Twilight Zone feel to the story, something that started out one way and led you down an entirely different path. It’s something I aim for with every story, ordinary people thrust into extraordinary situations. When I finished the story, I knew I would be visiting Mira again though I didn’t know when.

Sometimes sequels are planned, sometimes they happen accidentally. That was the case with “A Voice in the Darkness.”

“A Voice in the Darkness” had a strange path to completion. As I said, it didn’t start out as a sequel to “With Eyes Open…”  But that’s how it goes with my writing. A story will start out heading one way then take a hard right turn into weirdness. Sometimes without my even knowing it.

By the late twenty-second, early twenty-third century, there are a whole series of permanent space stations orbiting Earth. There are four major stations, Topside, Overhead, Scoperta (Italian for Discovery) and Mir (named after the Russian space station). There are also a number of smaller facilities, some serving as habitats, some as dry docks for vehicle assembly, some as research facilities.

I had the thought that something had gone wrong on one of the smaller stations, a research project gone bad. I didn’t know exactly what but I knew it had something to do with a government organization known as MilSci, short for Military Science. (MilSci, as the name implies, is responsible for development of starships, weaponry and defense systems, working with civilian contractors throughout the system. They’re also responsible for conducting contact and evaluation missions with non-terrestrial races, as a prelude to the signing of treaties.) I knew my main character used to work for them but left a few years earlier, after divorcing her husband, who was a researcher with MilSci. Of course, her ex-husband had to be involved.

 I started writing the story without a thought of “With Eyes Open…”  I had my main character, Mandalay Jones, dragged out of bed by her former MilSci employers, stuck on a small shuttle and sent off to Bowen Station, a small satellite facility of Topside Station.  No hint that Mira and the Adityas were involved. Then they showed up. I knew the Adityas were behind what had happened but still didn’t know why or how. So I put it aside to try and figure out what happened.

Cue the passage of at least a few years.

In early 2012, I started making a push to complete the numerous unfinished stories that had accumulated over the years. I decided to start with “A Voice in the Darkness”. I reread what I had written, figured out the rest of the story and finished it within a few months. (Nothing strange about this. With me, it happens quite frequently. Just wait until we get to The Fault Lies Not… and Rae.)

And by the way…the story of Mira Frayne, the Adityas and Mandalay Jones are not finished…

With Eyes Open… is currently available on Smashwords, Kindle, iTunes and NOOK. Find the links on my website, Wordboy’s Words –!books/cnec

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