NaNoWriMo Update

Submitted by C B Wright on

In the past I've been better about these, but this has been an uncomfortably hectic November so far.

At this point in the game I am about 8,000 words behind. I've been 8,000 words behind for the last few days. It's frustrating, but I can still catch up. I just need a few good writing days and I'll be back on track.

What about those of you poor, brave souls who are also NaNoing this year? Where are you at? Discuss!

A Rake by Starlight - Chapter 05

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WHEREIN Motive is both Rigorously Examined and Studiously Ignored

“…so there’s enough power to copy the ship manifest and some of her logs, but not all of them. We’re making our best guess as to what you’ll find useful, but we can’t make any promises. We’ve got most of the captain’s logs that we can find, but they’re encrypted and may only be partial files. We can’t tell.” Mac sounds slightly defensive over the comm channel. “We’re going to wrap up in another ten minutes. I don’t want to be here when the debris hits.”

“Understood,” Grif said. “Get what you can in the time you have, then get out. Drinks are on me.”

The channel lapsed into silence.

“End communication,” Faldyth announced.

“That went well.” Grif leaned back in his chair and gazed out from the pilot’s nest into the magnificent view. He couldn’t see the damaged ships—they were turned away from them at the moment, with the rear screens up to block any stray debris that might be floating their way—but he had a good view of Uru, the gas giant. It was on the small side as far as gas giants went, but it was still impressive, even at this distance.

Now Available: Curveball Year One: Death of a Hero

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Curveball Issue 13 isn't quite out on sale yet, but I'm pleased to announce that Curveball Year One: Death of a Hero is now available in both eBook and Trade Paperback form.

What is this, you ask? Well, for those of you who have been following the serial since its inception, there's not much new. It's issues 1-12, collected into a single volume. The trade paperback even includes the covers for each issue (in grayscale--color interiors are expensive).

The trade paperback weighs in at 363 pages, and is available for $13.50 on CreateSpace and (less if you have an Amazon Prime account), and will be available on other sites like Barnes & Noble shortly.

The eBook is currently available for $4.99 on, Barnes&, the Google Play Store, Kobo, and Smashwords (though I seem to be having formatting issues with the Smashwords edition), with iTunes and others to come.

A Rake by Starlight - Chapter 04

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WHEREIN A Search For Hidden Treasure Produces Uneven Results

Mac Wallen was a short, stocky man. It wasn’t a build most people associated with zero gravity work, but his heft was deceptive. Mac had been an asteroid miner before embarking on a life of crime, and he and his crew were old hands at working in zero gravity environments.

That was what convinced Captain Vindh to bring them on. It hadn’t been an easy decision, from his perspective: he didn’t know anything about them, Mac and his crew had a history, and ship mutinies were on the rise. Vindh decided to take the risk—after taking great pains to describe what had happened to the other hires who’d tried to mutiny on his boat—and after a few months Mac thought the rest of the crew was starting to warm up to them. Cyrus more than the others, Amys significantly less.