Wow, I’ve been a terrible blogger. Well lately, I’ve been a terrible writer too. Do you know those days when you have no motivation? Those days when sitting on the couch, binge watching the latest Marvel/Netflix mashup, seems like the best plan in the world? Those days when a half-gallon of ice-cream and a spoon are your best friend? Well, I had one of those months. Some part of it, I am sure, has to do with feeling like writing had become a chore instead of a joy. Yes, I’ve heard the adages about writing being hard work, and real writers just write, but seriously when it all becomes tedium it is hard to motivate oneself to start, let alone finish.
Despite my words above, I certainly have not given up on writing, on the contrary, I have been preparing. However, I have also been examining. I have talked a great deal about The Last Bladesinger and the Legends of Vandor series. I thought I wanted to be the next Tolkien, Sanderson, Jordan, but I am coming to realize. I really like the short fiction model. I love writing short stories and novellas. With Amazon’s platform I have a unique opportunity to publish short fiction that I can make available to the public. So, from this day forward, DJ Morand will only publish short fiction.
What about novels though? NaNoWriMo, JuNoWriMo, Camp NanNo? Yeah, what about those? I still have the spark in me to write full length novels, and I love the challenge of writing a full novel in a month, then taking months to edit and perfect it. So, I will continue to write full length novels, but I don’t think any of them will be fantasy. I have a plan for what I am writing this November a Science Fiction/Horror/Thriller along the lines of Alien, Prometheus, and some Man vs Nature, I am calling this book Pursuance.
Pursuance: The act of pursuing; the carrying out of duty
The idea behind the book is one I am excited about, you can read the book description below:
The year is 2681. Earth’s atmosphere is becoming too toxic. The Arcological Venture Society is formed. The AVS enacts a program that sees convicted felons sent to the far reaches of space in search of a new home for humanity. Bennett Knowles has been convicted of murder. Already in the eye of the public from a separate trial, Bennett is one of the first convicts sent into space.
Arriving on a planet, alone save for his AI handler, Bennett must learn to survive and find a way out of his predicament. However, what he finds on this planet chills him to the bone. In a battle against nature and against his own desperation, Bennett discovers that not all planets are welcoming to visitors.
The description is a work in progress, but I’m still pretty excited about the book as a whole. So, here comes my second predicament. I am torn as to what name I should publish this under. I’ve spent a great deal of time advertising DJ Morand as a Fantasy author, and I feel like introducing Science Fiction is a bad idea. On the same note, I started this author journey with a Science Fiction/Space Opera novel. If I do decide to go with a penname, I’ll publish under James David Howlett. If I decide to go with my name it’ll be David James Morand or I might keep it under DJ Morand.
So, I am asking for your help here folks. I put a poll below and I’d like your feedback on what you think is the best idea going forward.
edit: I will continue to use DJ Morand for all my Fantasy short fiction regardless, this is only for the new Science Fiction novels.
Until next time folks.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Author,