Hello July, Hello NaNoWriMo …

So it is July 1st, today in fact. That means a few things to me:

1. I have birthdays to remember.
2. My daughter is coming to stay for a couple of weeks.
3. It is time for Camp NaNoWriMo again!

These three things will likely be consuming the majority of my time this month, so if I disappear, fear not, I shall return. I have decided this NaNoWriMo to go in a different direction. Instead of writing another novel, although I still intend to write and complete the Abel Cain series in Kodiak, Atlas, and Infinity; I have a broader goal in mind for this July. Part of this has to do with the limited time to write while my daughter is in town, but also in part that I have an amazing idea for a new space setting. This new setting, in all honesty, I think will blow the Abel Cain series out of the water.

Let me back up for a moment here. When I began writing Kodiak, I had never written a novel before. According to feedback, I did a pretty decent job of it. I will always herald Kodiak as my first completed novel, and one that is really character driven. With that in mind, I realized some of its flaws and things that are not easily reconcilable. For one, the world itself is not nearly as robust as I would prefer it. As a novel and for how it is written, it works and it does not detract from the story, but once I finish Abel Cain’s story I do not see a future for the universe I created specifically for Kodiak.

So for this July, I am focusing on World Building or, more accurately, Universe Building. I have a new novel I want to write, which I am tentatively calling Centauri One, in which I need a politically, socially, and wholly defined universe. The premise of this new novel is based in a universe where humanity rules and has subjugated most of the alien races they’ve encountered.

In this future, mankind has become the tyrannical empire that controls the majority of the outer rim worlds of the Milky Way. Employing nano-technology to install kill switches they maintain authority over criminals and mercenary groups, utilizing them to control the systems. When one of those mercenary groups vanishes, and their kill switches disabled, the Earth Empire is forced to come to terms that their control may not be absolute.

I don’t want to give anything else away as it may be some time before I even get to writing this piece, I have a ton of research and ‘Universe’ Building to do, but rest assured this is going to be a more serious novel and one that is on a much grander scale than the personal story of Abel Cain. So, wish me luck in getting that building done this July, because come August I’d like to start writing. Until next time.


Your friendly neighborhood author,


DJ Morand