Trading in Danger Ch5

Something was going to have to give somewhere.

Here we get into the meat of the story. I’ve been talking about transitioning from exposition to complication for the last couple chapters, and here we have it! The first thing Ky does here, is confront her crew about her plotting to not follow the letter of the mission – to go scrap the ship – but to find other ways to make ends meet, based on her plan to get Ag equipment for the local system. You can feel the awkward tension that Ky has when she approaches her crew, not knowing them well enough to make a determination on how they’ll react. It’s a marvelous piece of work in emotion, and then the payoff where the crew laughs and admits they had a betting pool on how long it would take her to do it was fabulous. Very human, very engaging. Continue reading

Trading in Danger – Ch4

“A matter of trade and profit.”

This marks the 4th chapter of exposition. We were introduced to Ky’s military life in Ch1 . Introduced to family life in ch2. Introduced to shipbound life in ch3, and then in an interesting turn of events, Ky goes through customs at the planet Beltina. Ky spends some time with a customs officer there and learns of a grievance that the planet has with a rival shipping entity, and at this point, Ky sniffs a profit, seeing if she might be able to make more of this mission than simply scrapping her ship. Continue reading

Trading In Danger Ch3

Ten days later, when Glennys wallowed uneasily into endim translation, Ky watched the strain gauges and wondered how the ship had passed its last inspection.

Chapter 3 starts a lot slower than the first two did. The first two we had heavy emotional moments and disorientation for the character. I hoped that we’d immediately take off into a space adventure that was set up in the last chapter, which we do to some degree later, but the chapter still opens with another scene of Ky worrying about her Aunt Gracie. Continue reading

Trading In Danger Ch2

“Disgrace doesn’t last forever.”

In this chapter we meet a friendly face, Ky’s former flight instructor Gaspard. He lets her co-pilot despite her uncle’s wishes, establishing Ky as a competent pilot as well as someone who is pretty patient and follows orders well. We’re into regret in Ky’s head at this point, further drawing us into the emotion of the character that helps us to relate to her further. It’s a great tactic in Ms. Moon’s writing that displays her mastery of character and evoking emotion in the reader. Continue reading

Thoughts on Rogue One (Trying Not To Spoiler)

I’ve had a few hours to think about Rogue One. I went in skeptical, because Force Awakens was such a Hollywood soft reboot it was insulting to our collective intelligences, as well made as it was, and I was expecting this movie to be a member berries-filled ride as obnoxious as that. Starting as a prequel where we know exactly where the plot goes (spoiler: someone steals the death star plans and they find a weakness in its construction!), it’s very easy to have low expectations on the film, with the assumption that it would be filled with the same member berries that made Force Awakens so disappointing after time to process it.

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The Final Countdown

This is it! Star Realms: Rescue Run hits tomorrow. Kindle preorders are still up at http://bit.ly/starrealmsnovel and I have word that ordering for the physical book will also be available tomorrow for those waiting for that. So excited! If you haven’t heard much about it yet…. well then you haven’t read this blog. But if you’re new to the blog then here’s some info and links. Reviews and interviews will soon follow:  Continue reading

ANNOUNCEMENT: It’s Here! Star Realms: Rescue Run!!!

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I’ve been getting messages daily asking for when more information would be out on my novel, and it’s finally here! At least for the announcement. You’ll still have to wait til Nov 15th for delivery. I’ll have a pre order link coming soon. For now, here’s the cover and the announcement from Evil Girlfriend Media, my publisher:   Continue reading