WIP Thursday 8-16-18

Sorry, I know I haven’t been very reliable lately on WIP Thursday posts. That said, I’m happy to share this one, and report that “Space Rogues 3: I Should Come up With 20 Books Worth of Names in Advance” (Definitely a working title) is coming along. As of my typing this post, I’m at 40,869 words!

So I’m sitting here in Denver, enjoying a homemade pickle (The garden is going gangbuster!) and writing as fast as I can to get Space Rogues 3 out before the end of 2018. 

In the meantime, enjoy this little bit, that I just finished. I really enjoyed writing it.

Deep Thoughts at Weird Times

“Where’s the Berserker?” Wil asks, bringing the Ghost around on an attack run on one of the larger captured vessels.

“Well out of weapons range still, however.” Zephyr starts.

“This can’t be good.”

“The Butcher is accelerating.” She looks over to Wil, “Towards us.”

“Max, new focus, destroy the Butcher. We’ll deal with Xarrix and Jurrella after that.”

“Excellent!” The big Palorian says, focusing on his console.

“Cyn, hail Follux Sul.” Wil orders, moving the Ghost around one of the armed behemoths. “Zee can you get a read on how many and which behemoths are armed?”

“Here he is.” Cynthia says.

“On it.” Zephyr answers, just as the beep of the comms opening sounds.

“Ready to die Captain nobility?” The diminutive space pirate asks.

“I mean overall, no, but I’m still relatively young. I do think about my own mortality more and more though, you know. I guess that’s just a part of getting older and stuff.” Wil says, “Maybe it’s because I’m the only Human out here, fighting space scum like you, saving the GC from war and stuff. I dunno, I definitely think about death more now than I did before I left Earth”


“Oh, you meant, like today? Am I ready to die today? No, no I’m not, but I hope you are!” He makes a slashing motion over his head and Cynthia closes the channel. Pushing the controls forward, he brings the Ghost into a dive that takes the ship out of the battle briefly, luring the Butcher to follow.

Throughout the ship, several clank sounds resonate, “Surprises away.” Maxim reports.

A lot of fun in this one.

I’ve been having a lot of fun with the crew on this latest adventure. I’ve also opened a few doors for ideas of short stories to tell about the crew and their pasts. I like the idea of telling stories about the crew that don’t warrant a full novel or a part of one. We’ll see.

By John Wilker

I'm a science fiction writer and conference organizer. In 2017 I published my first book, 'Space Rogues', a fun Sci-Fi adventure with a fun cast of characters. I'm also the co-founder of 360|Conferences, a conference and event logistics consulting company.

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