What’s been going on

I’ve been working on the serial I’m putting on to Jukepop. I have a lot of it planned out, and I’m getting some artwork done for it. Should be ready soon.

I’m also looking to other Jukepop authors to see who has been the most successful. The idea is to get some interviews here with folks who’ve done what I’m doing.

Successful serial authors and self-published authors in general are my next targets for interviews after that – yeah, I really do have to get the interviews going here.

Reviews too. I like doing those. Let me know if you’ve got a story online you want me to look at. I can’t just pick them at random or browse aimlessly for them …

 

Weird post today, I know. I feel weird. Been waiting for the artwork, trying to plan out the serial science-fiction I’m writing. Can’t wait any longer – got to get this started.

Yeah. That’s what’s going on. Also, work & kids. Gotta pay the bills, gotta make sure the kids actually learn something.

 

Okay, I’ll try some meditation, self-reflection, and see if I can’t get that finished artwork – gotta have a good cover image when I post Chapter 1 of the serial.

This rambling post brought to you by fatigue and burnout. Next one brought by me doing something positive about that …

Friday Review – Chapter 1 & 2 of Quetzalcoatl by Joan Albright (Jukepop)

Back to Jukepop again! I’m conducting research into the serials that are popular, making sure that what I submit will fit in well.

This weeks story is a promising sci-fi serial called Quetzalcoatl.

The Good

From the start, it’s clear that this story is familiar yet different. We’ve got a cruise ship in space, like a lot of old-school sci-fi, yet it’s clearly not dominated by American culture and ideals. As multicultural as Star Trek always was, it could never quite shake its distinctly American roots – and nor could so much of the other sci-fi it inspired. Quetzalcoatl avoids the problem right off by making it crystal clear where this ship and crew is from – the name Quetzalcoatl is a Meso-American deity, and the ship in the story is named Peru.

Another factor I really like is the gradual buildup – the story takes its time to establish a setting, yet it doesn’t take too long to reach the first crisis. On the way to that crisis, the details of the cruise ship and the lives of those on it gradually come out in slow, natural ways. I already appreciate the characters and the setting, and the slow attention to detail had me hooked by the end of the second chapter.

The Could-be-Better

I understand that this story, unlike the last one I reviewed, is not yet published, and is still undergoing editing. I agree with one criticism on the Jukepop page about this paragraph:

It was often difficult for first-time passengers to orient themselves to the outward push of the ship’s artificial gravity, especially on the outermost decks of the flattened sphere, where observation windows made up much of the flooring. More confusing was the way the force became weaker the further one went from the core, as opposed to the centrifuge-based gravity employed by less advanced spacecraft. Eva had been on board so long that she no longer thought of it as strange.

Around this paragraph, the reader is seeing the character Eva and her thoughts, but here, a bit of an external point-of-view seeps into the narrative. A consistent POV that focuses on what Eva sees and thinks would improve it greatly.

My Takeaway

After only 2 short chapters, the story is already intriguing and has interesting characters. The slow buildup and natural pacing really shine, ensuring that readers will want more.


The serial-in-progress Quetzalcoatl can be found at jukepop.com/home/read/8806.

Joan Albright can be found at www.joanalbright.net.