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Nova Dancer is a space adventure set so far into the future that Earth is nothing more than a myth. We follow an intrepid crew of a small free trader as they ply the spaceways in search of passengers of freight to transport.
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Astrid and her father gathered their dishes and took them to the kitchen, placing them in the dishwasher. Then they walked into the family room. Dr. Maxxim started to sit down, but Astrid waved for him to follow and led the way into the living room beyond.
“Now would be the time to talk,” she said.
They stood in the center of the formal living room that was almost never used. Astrid pointed to the doorway that led from the room, down a long hallway. That hallway was lined with small rooms that had once been servants’ quarters.
“So, what’s the deal?”
“Have you ever noticed how strange this house is?” asked her father, seemingly taking them onto a different subject.
“Um, sure. Especially since there are big parts of it we don’t even use.”
“This house was old when my grandfather bought it,” explained Dr. Maxxim. “I don’t know what it was exactly, but he liked it and bought it. It was all the way back in New York State then. When he moved out west, he brought it with him. He had it taken apart and reassembled right here. Then over the years, he began modifying it, changing it around. My father made a few changes. Both of them were happy to have a house full of servants taking care of them. I never felt comfortable with all these people living among us, and us acting like they were invisible.”
“Mom’s right, Dad. People don’t act that way anymore.”
“Maybe not,” he said. “You’ve looked in those rooms before?”
“Sure. They’re mostly empty, but a few of them have some furniture in them. They’re not too bad. Aren’t they about the same size as my bedroom?”
“No. Your bedroom is about fifty percent larger. And these rooms are only as large as they are, because they were intended to hold eight household staff in each one. They had their own dining room and common room at one time. They were right here, as a matter of fact. Your mother and I turned it into the living room. When we first got married, we went on a building spree, you might say.”
“You created my bedroom by dividing up a larger room, right?”
“Yes. We did the same thing with our bedroom. We added bathrooms. We put in the pool. We had the kitchen remodeled and created the breakfast room. Then we sort of ran out of gas. At least I did. We just closed off the rest of the house that we didn’t use.”
“Have you thought about doing anything else?”
“I guess I just figured that I would leave it for you when you grow up,” he said.
“Well, I have a lot of ideas,” said Astrid. “Some of them, I think we need to start on right now.”
It’s a funny thing. I had started and stopped writing Astrid Maxxim and the Antarctic Expedition several times, but by the time I was done, I was just hitting my stride. I immediately started working on Astrid Maxxim and her Hypersonic Space Plane. The previous books had hinted quite a bit about what would be in this book and I just continued on.
This was without a doubt the quickest I had ever finished a book. I started the rough draft August 24, 2014 and finished it September 13th. Twenty-one days inclusive. The very next day, I started on His Robot Girlfriend: Charity, It took forty-two days, exactly twice as long, but still pretty quick. A big part of this is probably because I just finished a second twelve credit graduate program at SUU, and I hadn’t been able to write much during those months.
The cover for the book went through half a dozen drafts as we got just the right spacecraft and image of Astrid. Though not created at the same time, this cover and the one for the upcoming Astrid Maxxim and her Outpost in Space fit really well together.
I am still hopeful that I can publish three books this year. This might seem ambitious, an it is, but I think I can do this because all three are near completion. This is because I have been working on all three. I’ll write one for a month and then switch to another, only to switch back, or even move on to a third. If I can do it, the schedule might look something like this:
May= Nova Dancer
This might even be sooner, because the draft is done. It depends on how much time I have to write over Spring Break.
September=His Robot Wife: Patience Under Fire
Yes, I know this was supposed to be last September, but it’s going to need the most revision time.
December= For King and Country
This will be the final Senta and the Steel Dragon book, and it’s going to be something like 150,000 words, in other words, about 50% larger than other books in the series. This is one deadline I really don’t expect to make, though I would like to.
This is not an April Fool’s joke. I’ve completed the draft for Nova Dancer, a sci-fi space story. If you are wondering why this book is done and the others that I’ve supposedly been working day and night on aren’t, well, it’s like this. Nova Dancer has been sitting around almost complete for a couple of years. I reached a point where I needed a break from writing His Robot Wife, which is very dark, and I realized I only needed a couple of chapters to finish Nova Dancer. Of course the mood I was in, made it a little dark too.
Nova Dancer takes place in the far future (some 28,000 years from now) in an interstellar society that no longer remembers Earth as anything more than a myth. There’re aliens, starships, and lots of good old sci-fi goodies. I’m going back to writing my other books for a few weeks before I start editing. Look for Nova Dancer to appear within a few months though.