Monday, March 9, 2009

Thank You Mr. Brown

Finally, after three years of fits and starts, I have finished my Science Fiction epic, Xenobiology.

I started Xenobiology because I was inspired by the wonderful blognovel Simon of Space. Back when SoS started, it was an episodic story posted to blogger every couple of days, so that's the example I followed. I intended my story to be purely episodic, like the old star trek shows, where every few episodes the Professor would visit a new planet and describe the life forms there, all against a backdrop of a technologically stifled galactic civilization.
I wrote a post a day for the first 30 days. Then I let myself have a break, which I probably never should have done. I never recovered that momentum.
But I received enough compliments to make me think I could actually write, and over the course of getting the Professor to where I wanted him I had laid the foundation for an actual plot. Like with an ending and everything.

So I joined a local writer's group, failed at NaNoWriMo a few times, and ever so slowly developed my story and missed my self imposed deadlines.
And now, with several months of increased discipline, It is done. Every future post is loaded into blogger, and I'm scheduling them for a post a day as I do final corrections.

Of course, there is more to the story, but for now I just wanted to thank the author that really got me started in writing.


Cheeseburger Brown said...

Rock on, Mr. Andrix!

I'll be diving in presently.

Cheeseburger Brown

Mark said...

Congratulations on finishing!

I actually copied, pasted, and printed several of your posts back in the day, and gobbled them up in my car while I gobbled my lunch. Then someone suggested a novel and I wanted to be in on that discussion, so I got sidetracked from your story.

I was inspired by CBB, too, but it was to get *back* into writing. I didn't do anything as ambitious as a post a day for 30 days, but finished several stories thanks to posting them as I wrote them. Some are 30,000-words plus, some less.

I wish sometimes I had done as you did, and written it first, then had time to do some cleanup before posting. Oh well. Like I said, at least they have a start, middle, and end (it's the middle that needs work most of the time).

If you want, check out "Falcon," and then "Off Planet." My other stories on the site are more thriller/drama than sci-fi.

James Andrix said...


In the early days quick posting made me write myself into some corners, which made me have to slow down, which contributed to not posting for months at a time.

When I finally got fed up with how far behind I was I outlined my whole story and forced myself to fill in the outline with posts.

Your stories (I'm starting with off planet) reminded me of the sosfic blog I set up to promote a few other people also inspired by CBB.