Comet Jack 2 draft is complete!

I finished writing the first draft of Comet Jack 2 this week. What a great feeling to type END on something you've been working on for... a while.

There was a point where I was struggling to write four or five hundred words a day, sometimes not even that. It was a real grind. Sometime last weekend I turned a corner though. The words just started flowing, racing toward the finish. On Monday, believe it or not, I cranked out 5,400 words. (These will likely need some edits...)

The draft checks in at over 97,000 words, which makes it almost 45% bigger than the first Comet Jack. It will likely slim down a bit in edits, but it will definitely be a longer book than the first. Even so, it feels leaner. There's a lot going on, both on Earth and on a different world. I don't want to say too much, but let me just say that Earth troubles are getting more complicated in at least two very important ways: first, things are traveling this way through the window, to Earth; and second, there's this girl...

Part of the reason it took so long to write was that I realized I needed to plan out the third book in the trilogy at the same time. While CJ2 is a complete story on its own, there are important reveals that set up the third book in the set.

Will there be other books beyond the initial trilogy? I'm sure, but I do see the first three as a set. Like the first three Star Wars movies. Will this will be my Empire Strikes Back (which is the best of the original movies)? I better get editing and find out.

Comet Jack 2 is coming! Stay tuned.

Putting Time in Perspective

Want to have your mind blown? Take several minutes and check out the graphs here:

Putting Time in Perspective

Each one shows a period of time, then "zooms out" to look at another period. It goes from one day all the way up to the birth and death of the universe (as it's commonly understood now).

All those very important events, inventions, ideas are just the most recent moments in our very long history. So, you know, you might want to allow for the possibility you might be wrong about something. It wasn't that long ago our ancestors thought they knew what was going on--even though they couldn't speak or make fire. (And not too far before that their ancestors were first poisoning the atmosphere with oxygen through photosynthesis).