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Yes, I’m Still Writing!

Posted in About the Author with tags , , , , , , on September 1, 2018 by Dawn Ross

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Wow, it has been a really long time since I’ve posted anything worthwhile. I bet you all thought I was abducted by aliens or something. I assure you that I’m still here and I’m still writing.

Some Changes I’ve Been Making

As you may have learned from earlier posts, I have been trying to create more tension between the various characters, especially for the two main characters, Jori and Hapker. I’ve been trying to deepen the plot and to add more suspense to each of the chapters. Lately, I’ve also been making a lot of name changes in an attempt to have the character names relate better the various Earth cultures. I’ve also realized how much some of my characters are too close to the Star Trek: The Next Generation characters. So I’ve been trying to change some of their characteristics and histories. Because of this parallel and because one of my editors insisted I make the crew members more militaristic, I’ve changed the dynamics of how the Alliance works. It is now called the Cooperative, by the way. And instead of one aspect of the Cooperative that was similar to the Federation of Star Trek, I’ve created two distinct aspects of the Cooperative: One that is more diplomatic and service-oriented in the form of the Prontaean Colonial Cooperative (PCC) and one that is more militaristic in the form of the Prontaean Galactic Force (PG-Force), both operating under the Prontaean Cooperative for Galactic Synergy & Security, aka PCGSS or PCgus. Since I don’t want a militaristic crew, Hapker is part of the PCC.

Why It’s Taking So Long

Can you believe this story was started four years ago in July, 2014? Each time I think it’s done, I realize it needs more work. Then there was the complete and utter bashing by a content editor in 2017 that disheartened me for many months. Now there is a better reason as to why it has been taking me so long to get this book published – family. When I started writing this book in 2014, it was just me, my husband, and my two dogs. Then in 2016, we became foster parents. We started out only fostering one child and for only short-term periods (called respite care). But in April of 2016, we agreed to foster two teenage kids and for a longer-term period. That period was only supposed to be a month, but then it turned into two, then four, then six. And the day before Christmas 2017, they asked us to adopt them. We said “Yes!”, of course. This was also the date we brought home a two-year-old boy we adopted from China. Even though we had the two teens for a while, our status from a two-person family to a five-person family officially changed on December 24th, 2017. And I couldn’t be happier!

As you can probably surmise, our lives have changed dramatically and I have very little time to work on my book. But never fear. I still find the occasional time. My teens are back in school and my two-year-old, who just turned three, still has nap times. So please subscribe and look for new posts. One way or another, I will continue to write and finish this book!

 

Introduction to the Kavakian Empire

Posted in The Kavakian Empire with tags , , , , , , , on August 2, 2014 by Dawn Ross

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This is a space opera. If you’re not familiar with the term space opera, it is basically just a story with a setting in space but with little regard to the technicalities of living and traveling in space. As such, my story is set in a universe where humanoids have populated several planets throughout the galaxy.

Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica is a space opera. There are some scientific elements, but it is mostly about a story set in space, not about what is or isn’t scientifically plausible.

I say humanoids, but they are all humans. They all have similar DNA. Most can intermingle, despite a few thousand years of isolation, while a few others cannot. Most humanoids are comparable in human qualities while others have distinct differences. There are cultural differences as well. Physical differences can be just as diverse as cultural differences, but one thing remains the same – they are all human in nature.

How is it possible that all these humanoids with similar DNA have populated the galaxy on numerous worlds, which are all amazingly similar to Earth? Perhaps the Earth man spread out to space generations ago out of necessity. They settled new worlds and lost their Earthian history in the process.

It seems scientifically unlikely for so many worlds in the galaxy to have the same gravity pull, atmosphere, rotation, density, orbit, etc. that make human habitation possible. Did their ancestors terraform these planets or was there a divine creator who set them up? The characters in my story may have different beliefs and theories on this, so forget the science of this story. Don’t get caught up on whether such worlds could exist. And don’t analyze the logistics of certain activities such as space travel, transporting, deflector shields, or other things. I’m not a physicist, astronomer, or a space engineer. I’m just a storyteller.

Lego Firefly Serenity

Firefly is another example of a space opera. After all, it would hardly be possible for multiple habitable planets to circle the same sun. The central planets might be habitable but the further planets would be ice cold.

In my make-believe universe, space travel is not only possible, it is relatively easy. It can take years to get from one portion of the galaxy to the other, but core of the inhabitants are merely months or even weeks apart. The centralized part is the Core Alliance. There are other alliances but the Core Alliance is the largest and, of course, central.

Star Trek Enterprise Ship

Although Star Trek might try to imcorporate more plausible scientific elements than other space operas, it is still a space opera. Some of their episodes are way out there.

Despite the advances in science, these humanoids suffer from what us humans have always suffered from – human nature – namely greed, malice, violence, hate, ego, etc. Sure, some races of humanoids are more enlightened than others. But they still have their own human flaws.

Ships from Star Wars

Star Wars got a lot of flack from the scientific community about what was and what wasn’t possible. Who cares? It is a great movie, space opera or not.

In our own history, figures have risen far enough above the ability of the average man in order to earn the title of “great”. They overcame adversity, did things that made positive and lasting changes for mankind, or stood above the rest in their righteous morality. It takes a rare individual to do such a thing.

Greatness of character is what this story is all about. In this story, or series of stories, I will introduce you to a character and take you through his life up to (and perhaps beyond) his moment of greatness.

Keep in mind, there may not always be a single definable plot. This is just a story. Call it rambling if you want. It doesn’t matter because I’m not writing this for the mainstream sci-fi geeks. I’m writing this for me, a sci-fi geek with her own space tale to tell. So stop by again next week for the first chapter in the Kavakian Empire.