Grav. Attraction Launch Party – Process, Outtakes and Typos

July 21, 2014


I’m sort of a hybrid writer. You’ll hear writers on occasion talk about whether they’re “plotters” or “pantsers”. I’m both. I’ll have the skeletal structure of a story in mind, but the details unfold as I go.

Before I go any farther, I have to give credit to my son (my one and only who is now 23 – no, no, I’m OK *reaches for tissues*) GA would never have even been a germ of a story without him. The GEM drive, much of it’s history and the theory behind it, were ideas he was toying with for a new RPG. In obsessing over the details of tech that relied on yet-undiscovered scientific theory, he came to me to bounce ideas, brainstorm and talk over the resolution of practical issues (like how a ship could travel through an ever-expanding gravity well without being crushed.)

During these odd, lively discussions, the seeds of a story took root. I asked, “Can I use the GEM drive?” He said (with a small sigh) “Is it a romance?” To which I replied stoutly, “It’s SF with a romance in it.” Permission given, off I raced.

Not everything was in place right from the start, often the case in my work. My notes include such things as “Corzin: Mercenary nomads.” Obviously I changed my mind on that.

They needed to be genetically unique (or why would the ESTO scientists experiment on him and not one of their own?) They needed to be culturally removed from Earth-based societies. They needed…an alien culture to have taken them in.

Oh, joy! Now we have an alien race to create! (My notes have Drak’tar with four feet and two arms originally, but I didn’t like the look when I sketched them out mentally, so that changed…) They were avian…no reptilian…no…Saurian. A matriarchal, matrilineal society where the premium is placed on intelligence rather than aggression.

And the Corzin…the Corzin…why would they agree to the life they lead? Why are they this way? Somewhere in chapter 2, I had to stop and scramble for backstory, create a planet, a history, a language, and a culture. Turk now had a father, brother, cousins…

In the end, what all this illustrates is that while I write in linear fashion – beginning to end, without writing scenes out of order – the thought processes and the actual creation are an odd stop and start jigsaw for me. I’m constantly plagued by “Wait! I have a better idea!”

(Incidentally, Nidar was originally Nadir, until two pages into his first scene, I recalled that this is an actual word and not one with great connotations. This is what happens when you start speaking alien languages in your head…)

Best typo of the story? (Since we’re talking about outtakes) “The Corzin dreadnoughts arrowed in a deadly phalanx toward the heart of the ESTO fleet, their trajectory on a direct line to intercept the monstrous fagship.” *face palm*

5 Responses to “Grav. Attraction Launch Party – Process, Outtakes and Typos”

  1. Susan says:


  2. Andrea M says:

    I love this!

  3. H.B. says:

    Lol. I think I can image that moment with your son, lol.

  4. LOL, I think he’s forgiven me the romance parts by now, but he still insists that he skips the “mushy” parts

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