March 12, 2020

The time has finally come, I'm going to start writing again. I've finished catching up my journal finally, I've done readings I needed to, but now I'm ready to write again. It was part talking to my uncle about his writing and being reminded how much it saddens me that I don't write anymore. It was also part my best friend's girlfriend publishing her book, and being quite sad the other night that I didn't really write anymore. She said but it's in your soul right? I said yeah, but my soul is dead. Well maybe not.

But it's also been this thing that's been bugging me for a while. I just want to keep bulding out my New Horizons universe, but it is still saddled with launch being the required entry point. Every time I think about it now let alone read it I cringe. Having written so much more afterwards, and now at a point in my life where I feel much less self indulgent, I see it as a fatally flawed text.

Perhaps mor importantly, I'm ready to take and accept real criticism about my work now in a way I wasn't before. This won't be 'my' story like Launch was, it will just be a good story. Criticism will still hurt because it always doesn, but it won't hurt so personally with this one, this time around.

That's not to say I don't cherish them for what they are, and I certainly want the original Launch to always be around for those who are interested, who want to read my diversions into this and that which I was excited about at the time.

But now having written a couple good stories, I really want to reshape Launch into something which is just a really good story, you know? I want to provide an easier on ramp for people to get into my universe. I will have to make changes to Midway for the same reason, but also to align continuity with what I wrote in the new version of Launch. I imagine I'll have to change little about Arrival though.

Bottom line is, I wrote the version of Launch that was for me, now I'm going to write the version of Launch that is for everyone else

I want to get back into this universe. I can do this and the looking for coding work at the same time. This is an important part of my life. I want to do this rewrite of launch and the subsequent changes to Midway, polish to production quality, and publish physical and digital. I want to polish Reunion to production quality and publish physical and digital. I want to write an ending for Contact and do the rest for it as well, and then I want to write the sixth book and finish the second trilogy!

I will do these things, because I enjoy it, because I enjoy my worlds. Because I live, then I have to write. Tonight I wrote the plot outline for the revised Launch. When I start writing I will post here and solicit comments after I code a comments section, cuz I can do that kind of thing now :P

The first chapter of the rewrite can be seen here. I invite you to check it out and let me know what you think!