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Oct. 23rd, 2012

ZERO HOUR snippet - Castor Beta

Even before Man stepped on the moon, he’d dreamt up cities that floated in space. Castor Beta looked as if the architects had seen and read every space station ever imagined and thrown all the descriptions at the blueprints.

© Misa Buckley 2012

Oct. 19th, 2012

ZERO HOUR opener

Outside the window, the world falls away, growing ever smaller as the shuttle flies higher. Nathaniel Valentine sits in his window seat and watches the clouds obscure his view. Annoyance curdles in his gut. Thirty hours earlier, he’d been planning his return to Precinct Nine and his job as one of Miami’s finest. Then the letter had arrived and changed everything.

If he’s honest, Nath knows that things weren’t ever going to get back to normal just like that. He got shot. For all that the hospital released him four days ago, he’s not better. There’s metal holding his hip together. He’s on enough medicine to stock a drug store. The doctors have warned him that he might never walk probably again. He thinks it’s the latter that brought about his transfer.

He drains his cup of vodka, then crushes the plastic in his fist. It gives with a snap that makes the passenger opposite glance over. He glares back, challenging the grey business-suited man to say anything. Is disappointed when the man swallows and goes back to reading his broadsheet. And doesn’t that say everything? No one other than snobs and wannabes bother with newspapers these days. Nath snorts and eyes the letter, unfolded on the drop-down tray.

No one bothers with letters, either, unless they’re about official business. This one speaks, in glowing terms, of Castor Beta space station. Out of the rim of the solar system, Castor Beta is the gateway to the rest of the universe, the doorway to the stars. As Head of Security he’ll be better paid, get to meet new life and experience new civilisations, and blah, blah, blah, whatever – Nath knows a payoff when he reads one. He’s too young to be offered retirement but too broken to be given his old position back. So he’s being shuttled off to Castor Beta; a golden handshake he doesn’t want.

© Misa Buckley 2012

Oct. 16th, 2012

In development

It was supposed to be an easy position, but not everyone read the job description.

After being injured in the line of duty, Nathaniel Valentine is shipped out to Castor Beta as the space station's new Head of Security. It's a cushy job and Nath resents being put out to pasture.

However, when the President of Earth announces a visit, Nath discovers that Castor Beta isn't quite as secure as it's supposed to be - aside from the usual petty crimes, there's an alien trafficking ring to break and a renowned thief to catch - not to mention stopping the terrorist cell that's threatening the President's life.

And Nath has just twenty four hours to get it all done. So much for cushy.

Oct. 10th, 2011


While I wait for ELEANOR'S HEART to come back from the betas, I've decided to work on ARCHANGEL. I spoke to Heather via Twitter and she expressed interest, so it looks like it's going to be subbed to Decadent once rewrites are done.

My major problem is that I've lost the beta emails picking up on the plot holes. I do know roughly what needs work, but it would be nice to have a second opinion. Unfortunately, my usual writing partner is in the midst of a move from Japan back to the US, so clearly I can't ask her! Working on my own isn't usually a problem, but ARCHANGEL is my baby. I love this novella (and its MC) to the nth degree and I really struggle to be objective about it.

Having said that, I have managed to finish chapter one. It's now shinier than a very shiny thing. Now for the rest of the story!

Oct. 9th, 2011

ROW80 Check In

ELEANOR'S HEART is out with betas, so I've only done basic edits so far. I have, however, made a rather nice cover.

I've copied scenes of THE QUICK AND THE UNDEAD into yWriter ready for working on, but I've been distracted from that by Entangled's Superhero Anthology . Because writing a novella in two weeks is perfectly doable, right? *rolls eyes at self*

The VENUS ASCENDANT anthology is really coming together - I've nine authors planning to enter stories, two of which I've seen the sypnoses for and am really excited about. I... don't have my own story organised yet, though. I should probably get on that, heh.

Oct. 4th, 2011

And now for something completely different

I've signed up for A Round of Words in 80 Days, a writing challenge that acknowledges that writers also have a life. It’s flexible, because it allows us to pick our own manageable goals, and there’s no penalty for having to switch goals up midway through.

At the moment, I'm still undecided about NaNo. 25-30K is a comfortable word count for me and it's interesting to note that none of my NaNo WIPs have been finished (or, you know, actually touched again since). I would rather spent November plodding out a quality 25K novella rather than a 50K+ mess of incomplete novel. Still, it's NaNo.

Goals for NOW80:

  1. Edit ELEANOR'S HEART for submission

  2. Carry on writing and posting PARADIGM SHIFT


  4. Organise VENUS ASCENDANT anthology

Final Word Tracking: Eleanor's Heart

And it's done! 15 chapters and 26.7K words, and the first draft of ELEANOR'S HEART is in the bag!

*happy dance of happy*

Today's count: 3,250
Overall count: 27,627

Oct. 3rd, 2011

Word Tracking: Eleanor's Heart

Part one = 17,045
Part two = 5,889 (inc separate scene)

Left to write:
  • E & J's arrival at Stonehenge and finding the temple DONE

  • J fighting the bad guys DONE

  • replacing the stone and winning the day DONE

  • sacrificing E DONE

  • E's rebirth DONE

  • sex scene

  • return to J's house and the beginning of a new life

Today's count: 3,670
Overall count: 24,366

Sep. 30th, 2011

Word Tracking: Eleanor's Heart

  • E & J's arrival at Stonehenge and finding the temple DONE

  • J fighting the bad guys

  • replacing the stone and winning the day

  • sacrificing E (half written)

  • E's rebirth, inc sex scene

  • return to J's house and the beginning of a new life

Today's total: 1,143
Overall count: 21,175

Sep. 27th, 2011

Word Tracking: Eleanor's Heart

I need to get H's computer mended - as a lack of anything better to do, he's been watching Cash in the Attic and other such brain-killing daytime television, which rather interfered with my ability to concentrate.

My ability to phase out background noise seems to have withered, as well. Even the tractor cutting the grass on the field was a distraction today, resulting in a poor show of words. Not as sure I'm going to finish Eleanor's Heart by weekend as I was *sigh*

Today's total: 1,110
Overall count: 19,810

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