News and Announcements
- Call for Beta Readers New Years 2019
- Celebration Announcement Coming Soon.
- Projected 2nd draft completion in Winter of 2018.
- Beta Reader review complete on first draft.
- First edit of Supplicant finished as of October 2016.
It is the 21st century. We may not have flying cars, self-lacing shoes, or hover boards, but we have technology capable of editing genetic flaws as easily as a writing editor. That’s an editor who works for a publishing house, not the grammar and spelling error correction on your computer. If autocorrect has proven anything to me it’s that if AI were responsible for editing genetic sequences then we all might wind up looking like something out of Fallout 3.
Nanotechnology is poised to revolutionize the medical industry as we know it—that is if they can keep them from being too toxic for human use. What are carbon nano-machines? They are miniature carbon-based robots capable of going inside the human body to perform a whole host of procedures unlike anything seen in medicine before. Unlike the highly stylized rendition above, nanos are more cylindrical and tube-like. Once injected into the bloodstream, surgeons and other providers can guide the nano-machines inside of viruses, repair cellular damage, remove plaque from inside of veins, kill cancer cells, and many other tasks.
One thing we value, more than nearly anything else, is our privacy. Or rather, our perception of privacy. Whether it is online, at the grocery store, at the hospital, or in our own backyards—there are completely legal aspects of our lives we would rather other people didn’t know. Privacy is synonymous with freedom, and so, the less you have of it, the less free you tend to feel.
I came to the recent realization that updating my blog only when I made considerable headway in writing was one of the greatest contributors to sparse posting on this site. I will be updating my blog once a week, but not always dealing with my writing. Going forward, I will be writing articles on real-world concepts and science that will appear in Supplicant. This way I can continue to update you on Supplicant’s progress without you wondering where I went.
Within the first few pages of Supplicant, readers will be introduced to a world filled with science and medical advances based on research going on today. One of those pieces is the corneal screen. Like the bionic lenses, which are currently undergoing human clinical trials with a release date of 2017, corneal screens cover the natural lenses of the eye with inert bio-compatible polymeric materials which allow up to three times better vision than 20/20.
I apologize for the lack of updates. Its been a number of months since my last one. I say that like you've been waiting with bated breath for my next post. How egotistical, right?
So, what has happened since June? Well, actually, a lot. Those of you who have read my other posts know that I completed a medical coding class in April and received my CPC certification in the same month. That was no small hurdle to jump over, and it was a relief to have that behind me.
However, that led naturally into searching for a medical coding job. While I did so, I went to AAPC sponsored chapter meetings, reviewed my class notes, networked, interviewed, studied, and--relevant to this website--I returned to editing the first draft of Supplicant.
Next week, I start my new job. Thankfully, I am still working for the same company, and with people I know and respect. This position will be largely dealing with E/M coding and HCC risk management, which is a growing model in healthcare right now. So, there will be much I will be studying in the future as I get acclimated to this new job. Further, it looks like I will be an officer for our local AAPC chapter.
Fall is here, and Halloween is right around the corner. I am excited, and there is much to look forward to. Alongside my studies on coding, I have studied writing, and have learned ways to improve what I have already written. While editing the first draft, I have applied what I have learned, and it is looking far more polished than it was last year.
That being said, editing has been slow-going, as I have juggled all of this at once. That, and my desire to make Supplicant the highest quality novel I can, means that it is going to take a longer than I expected. As much as I hate to get all Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland on you, there are going to be delays to my original projected completion of the second draft.
I have been working with beta readers, and taking their comments and suggestions into consideration while I make alterations. They have been an enormous help in being another set of eyes and perspectives for me to view my story through. Working at this level of detail, I have edited the first four chapters. That might not mean much, but it accounts for about 102 pages of a 388 page novel. That's just a little over 25% editing completed since May. If I continue at that rate, then I should be completed with the second draft in twelve more months.
Sounds bleak, doesn't it? Not really. I plan to cut down the length considerably in the second half of the novel where it is needed. I hope to whittle it down to about 350 pages. And, its not like I haven't spent the time fleshing out the other novels in the series. Part of editing Supplicant is ensuring that the overall story arcs for the protagonists are outlined and congruent with each other.
What is absolutely amazing is every time that I feel like I am losing steam, there is someone there to be supportive, and refresh my zeal for the work. I can't ever thank them enough. As a matter of fact, today I was treated to a surprise going-away party by my coworkers. While the food was awesome, the card and gift touching, and their expression of affection endearing--I was caught completely by surprise with a question that gave me renewed vigor to continue editing.
My coworker had noticed for the last several years that when I had completed my work that I would sit with a word document open, gazing at it, and occasionally pecking at the keys. He wanted to know, since I was leaving, what I was working on. He thought it might be a script. Others joked that I was detailing the goings-on at work.
I decided to open up and tell them. There really was no harm in it at this point. And, they were not only receptive to it, they were supportive. They seemed enthused by what I had to tell them. That was a real true gift. To see my friends and coworkers excited about Supplicant warmed me, and became the impetus for updating my blog.
Being a writer is lonely for numerous reasons. Sometimes, we do it to ourselves. We are humble, and don't tell others around us what we are doing. We tell our friends, and we get mixed responses from mild interest to apathy. Same from family. So, we learn to keep it to ourselves, knowing that others won't be as enthused as we are about our work. However, I decided to share with my friends at work, and they were delighted to hear about it. I had expected laughter and jokes, but instead, I got support--and I appreciate that more than I can say.
It is sad that I will be leaving such a wonderful team. I don't know what to expect from the team I will be going to, but these guys set the bar high. I am excited about the future, and what is to come, and I hope that the friends I have made here will continue to stay in contact with me.