Coming Along

Everything seems to be coming along nicely with my edits to Caught Somewhere in Time. In the previous incarnation of the story, I had it broken down to follow one character through a few chapters, and then switching to follow a different character for a few chapters. I have decided in my edit to combine, split, and/or rearrange some chapters so that it follows the timeline of the overall story, rather than the timelines of each character. As a result of these changes, some pieces of the overall story have become less confusing and, I think, more exciting. The idea behind making these sorts of changes was to reduce the amount of plot convolution, while simultaneously increasing the build-up toward the stories climax. I have also added a few bits and pieces to delve deeper into the relationships between the characters, something I think was lacking in the original draft that was posted online. If you’ve never read the original draft from last year, then none of this will matter to you.

I have also finally started writing the sequel to my first story. It is called The Center of Eternity, and picks up where Caught Somewhere in Time left off. I have gotten through the first draft of the prologue, and will begin posting it online on June 1st, the same day Caught Somewhere in Time goes live again. I am really excited to delve into this story, which will follow Adam and Audrey further along their journey together. Some characters will continue to have roles in this story, while others have played their parts already and no longer will have as much impact of unfolding events as they did in the first book. There are also some additions to the main plot, and people who played smaller roles previously who will have a bigger impact on coming events. I don’t want to say too much now, but couldn’t hold back everything…

I have been tossing around ideas for a few more flash fiction stories, and will post them once I have them finished. I will also try to start updating this blog more frequently as things get underway with my two biggest fictional contributions so far. June 1st is coming…

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First Post

Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m David Schick and I’m an author. Well, at least I try to be. I’m not published anywhere except on my own personal corner of cyberspace, but that may change some day. If you know anyone, please leave your comments in the little box below.

Moon DialMy first full novel, Caught Somewhere in Time, is mostly complete and I am about to begin writing its sequel. Since I am not a full-time author, it takes me a little more time to complete these projects, but I’m not in any real hurry either. I would much rather take my time and do it right than to spit a bunch of crap onto a page and call it my best work. There’s already a lot of crap out there, so no one really needs me to add to that pile (pun intended).

Back to the point, Caught Somewhere in Time was written online, with my first draft being published online every two weeks as I was able to finish the chapters. This allowed instant feedback from anyone who happened to be reading, which benefits me as a writer in that I know when things are not clear enough and need better explanation, or when I’ve made an obvious error. I don’t pretend to be an expert at any of this, and so I leave it for my readers to let me know what they need in my writing.

There are a few key points I would like to make about that particular story, because they seem like they would be obvious questions. First, yes the title was taken from a song title, as will be the sequel’s title. The stories themselves have nothing to do with the songs they are named for however. In fact, I rolled ideas around in my head and actually wrote a rough plot outline for the first book before I ever had a title for it. I was listening to Iron Maiden in my car one day, a bit of teenage nostalgia, and the song struck a chord with me right at that moment. Following that idea, I thought of other bands I listened to during that part of my life as possible contributors to any future novels. The second book, The Center of Eternity, is named for an Ozzy Osbourne song but similarly one has nothing else to do with the other.

Cole Sidney

Next, I name most of my characters very thoughtfully. Cole Sydney was named after my cat, well one of them anyway. We have a habit of rescuing cats at my home, and it happened that my wife and I picked out an all black cat from a shelter. I initially wanted a different one, but after she bit me, we selected her brother. If I remember the naming discussion accurately, it had me saying that we should name him Cole because he’s as black as coal. After that, Cole received a myriad of different middle names. At last count he had about ten names between his first and my last. The first middle name he was bequeathed was Sidney, after Sid Vicious from the Sex Pistols. Other cats have been (and will be) included in these novels, and famous people from history as well.

Lastly, many of the scientific ideas in this story are my own. There is always a possibility that someone else came up with them before I did, in which case I would gladly acknowledge their dibs on credit for said discovery if only I knew their names. I don’t seek credit for theories on the universe, because in my mind there is probably an alien species out there that figured all this stuff out long before we did. I just approach things with a certain level of knowledge and extrapolate from there using logic. A prime example is the method of time travel used. If a body truly moved beyond the normal flow of time using time dilation (Einstein I believe), then it seems to me that it would need to move faster than would be possible in an atmosphere and thus be relegated to outer space. Not that there is anything wrong with what Doc Brown, the Terminator, or James Cole have going on, their methods just don’t fit my model.

In conclusion, I would just like to say thank you for reading my writing. I appreciate what you do (reading), because it makes it worthwhile for me to continue doing what I like to do. If you want to contact me for anything, feel free to comment anywhere on this blog site that you think is appropriate. Caught Somewhere in Time will begin posting a newly updated and edited version on June 1st, and The Center of Eternity will begin its first draft that day as well. Other shorts and blog posts will appear here as I write them.

Thanks for reading!