34180 / 80000 (42.73%)
I reached page 90 today. It's take stock time and, although I can see myself making progress, I am simultaneously discouraged. My writing will never be brilliantly scientific and philosophical in the way that Douglas Adams' novels are.
Instead of getting blocked, I spent a few hours on Mars research, which helped the flow of ideas. Reading Princess of Mars at the same time as researching Martian Rover missions and theories of terraforming yields strange combinations of ideas...
Progress Update 7/26/2012
32000 / 80000 (40.00%)
Progress Update 7/24/2012
29000 / 80000 (36.25%)
This progress bar represents 75 pages of my new manuscript-in-progress "Ark of the Convenient."
Yesterday I also took the current draft of "Marmalade Cat Detective," and created a new outline for rewriting it using cards. I'm taking it in a slightly different direction, closer to my original vision for this piece which was always intended to be satirical and written for adults. It's an experiment...
Progress Update 7/18/2012
18408 / 80000 (23.01%)
Progress Update 7/16/2012
I took some time to put my outline onto cards and I've written a little more.
15162 / 80000 (18.95%)
Progress Update 7/12/2012
11229 / 80000 (14.04%)
One reason I'm dropping everything else to write "Ark of the Convenient" is I miss Douglas Adams. I miss reading new things from the author of Last Chance to See, The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul and, of course, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books. It's such a shame that Douglas Adams is no longer with us. I yearn for the zany fun of his humour, as well as his satirical views on environmental issues.
Inspired by my love of Douglas Adams, Monty Python, Red Dwarf and Doctor Who, my story is about a failed grant writer, embroiled in civil war between humans, cyborgs and Martian Rovers 'gone wild.'
Rob Nohap is shanghaied aboard a colony ship where he is expected to promote Mars via social marketing campaigns. This Science Fiction romp involves a pet psychologist with fossil Martian DNA, a ship's computer who thinks she is Pipi Longstocking and the Wyms, an ancient dragon-like race who control wormholes through space. Can Rob can save an Ark of kidnapped humans and survive to impress the woman who was his high school obsession? I'm writing to find out...
Follow me for updates on my newest project. I still intend to podcast "Marmalade Cat Detective," but not until I have this hot new idea down as a first draft.