Somewhere in the first half of the adventure
I’m really enjoying this new series. It started as a “I gotta get this story bit out of my head” but already I’m thinking of the next adventure for Jackson and the others in this universe with a freshly minted Empire.
When Jax came up the stairs, he found mister Ichiko and Lori sitting at the small table near the kitchenette looking over a tablet while Steve was watching what looked like an episode of Star Trek: The New Adventures. Not one of the better episodes Jax noticed. “Oh good, you’re all here.” He made a come-on motion, “This is uh, my, er, girlfriend. Naomi.”
“Your—“ Lori started.
“Girlfriend?” Naomi finished, then coughed, “Girlfriend, yeah, hi. We met a few weeks ago, one of those hookup apps.” She looked around the room, “Couldn’t get enough of him after that.” Jax pointed toward the forward bulkhead and the hatch leading to the head while studiously examining something on the ceiling.
When the hatch closed behind Naomi, Steve paused the vid, “Girlfriend? Couple weeks? Wouldn’t that be around when…” His face had a red hue, but Jax wasn’t sure if it was an angry or embarrassed blush.
Jax ran a hand through his hair, “Uh yeah. Anyway, she’ll make herself useful and won’t get in the way.” He made sure to not make eye contact with Steve.
New Series Fun
I’m normally ‘a finish the first draft then revise’ person. But I got towards what I thought was the end of this story and realized it wasn’t the end. I’d recently introduced a character that was going to be a throwaway, and a few pages in was like, “No, she’s a keeper.”
So I stopped where I was and went back to the start to re-engineer the entire beginning of the story to include this new character and to delve a bit deeper into the backstory of this universe. I’m far and away happier with where things are now.
Also, I’ve decided to try to work on my character descriptions more, so this book is my go at it. I’m really excited about this new series! You can join (if you’re on my list you won’t be 2 emails, but I want people to opt-into this sub-list specifically) my Grand Human Empire mailing list to stay up to date on this new series.