E E Montgomery: What else is new?

May 17, 2014

Where to now? I’m working on a few things at the moment.

  1. I’m editing the fourth (and last) story in the Just Life series. It’s Jonathan’s story. He’s just come out of a domestic abuse situation and I’m having a lot of trouble getting it right. I’ve been there and, rather than delve into it the way Jonathan and the story deserves, I find I’m glossing over things, skipping the hard bits, either because I don’t want to go back there or because when I was there I spent a lot of time doing things in a fog, by rote, just to get through the day, and can’t remember all the angst that went with it. It’s hard, but I’m not giving up. I’ve put it aside for two weeks or so, then I’m going to be ruthless. I hope.
  2. I’m also working on two Science Fiction stories. Science Fiction is my first love but that doesn’t make getting the stories right any easier. One of the stories I’ve finished and am on edit number 11. Yes! Eleven edits and I’m still not happy with the dynamics of it. I’m very close, though. I have to ramp up the emotions of the main character (again) so he’s more sympathetic and has more depth than he’s showing. Nearly there. I haven’t decided where I’ll send it though. It isn’t right for Dreamspinner.
  3. The other story is at about 30000 words – about half-way through. It came about after I read some articles on global warming, evolution and the idea of terraforming planets. I think it’s going well. It’s more structured than I usually write – I’m actually planning the second half of this book before I write it. There’s also a lot more sex in this one than I usually write because the story calls for it. I can pretty much guarantee, though, that when I finish the story, I’ll read it through and realise it’s a good story but I’ve forgotten to put the emotion in—again. Sometimes I think I live in editing hell.

Why can’t they all fall into place the way Ordinary People did? Yes, it took a few edits, but the basic story flowed really easily in my head. Vinnie is so gorgeous, I’m thinking about visiting him again. Would you like to see more of Vinnie?


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6 Responses to “E E Montgomery: What else is new?”

  1. Debra E says:

    I always like to follow up with characters, so even though I haven’t read it yet I would say yes.

  2. eemontgomery says:

    I have half an idea of what Vinnie would do next. Perhaps it’ll end up as the next free short story on my website. I’ll see what happens.

  3. Susan says:

    Being half Italian myself, I love following other characters with the same background. (Although as a SF aficianado, I’ll be looking for the other two also!)

  4. eemontgomery says:

    I’ll see if I can get the SF ones edited and sold, Susan. There always seems to be something else that needs to be fixed. I hope I don’t ‘fix’ them too much.

  5. H.B. says:

    i love revisiting characters. It’s always fun to see how their doing and what new developments have arisen. It a bit like checking in on a friend you haven’t see in a while.

    I love sci-fi and I kind of want to steer you towards Storm Moon Press for it since they do a lot of sci-fi, paranomral and fantasy stories since you said it wasn’t right for DSP.

  6. eemontgomery says:

    Thanks for the tip, H.B. I’ll have a look at Storm Moon Press and see if No Evil Star would fit there.

    I agree about checking in with favourite characters. I love books that leave me wanting more. I always go searching for it.

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