Writing Robot Dawn seems to go on forever. I now have 1,352 pages (465,118 words). As of now, it appears to be a 5-book series concerning an odyssey about the Solar System. I completed the first rough draft last year and launched immediately into the second draft. Although much longer than I initially intended, it is now bounded, and all I have to do is work out the details of how things happen. Should take another two years. More updates to come if and when warranted.
It’s been a little over three years since my first post on this website, and I thought it was long past time for an update. So here’s where this project stands as of October 2019.
I am well over 700 pages into Robot Dawn with the end nowhere in sight. Authorship can be an iterative process, and in the case of this novel, the story continues to build laterally as well as longitudinally. As you know if you have read my Novelsmithing and/or Story Alchemy, I always work from a basic plot outline that defines, if vaguely, all plot points up to and including the end of the story. The novel balloon may swell, but the basic shape remains the same.
Novels are in many ways a discovery for the author as well as the reader, and that has been particularly true with Robot Dawn. These authorial discoveries frequently necessitate returning to the beginning to update the narrative and the waterfall effect of the change as it propagates downstream. The discovery of the Argus at the Shackleton colony on the Moon is an example. The Argus was simply the result of another discovery, that of an astrology-like nature of the Helionet. I realize that this is ambiguous but necessarily so, and it has been an exciting revelation for me. Rarely does a discovery of this magnitude present itself this late in the writing of a novel. I’m still uncovering ramifications.
So there you have it. An ambiguous update for sure but a long overdue one. Hopefully the next will be not so long in coming and will have more to say about light at the end of the tunnel.
Hang loose. Be assured I’m making good progress.
Robot Dawn is the title of a new novel by me, David Sheppard. I’m not that sure of the full plot as of yet, but I hope to pin that down in the coming days, weeks and months. However, I’ll not be giving away plot details here. I’ll keep them secret until Robot Dawn is published. If you are interested in my methods of plotting and world building, checkout two of my non-fiction books on craft: Novelsmithing and Story Alchemy.
On this blog, I do expect to get into some of the more interesting philosophical issues concerning robot intelligence and consciousness as I encounter them in my research.
Who is Mazzy Nova? You’ll have to read the novel to get the full picture, but you can also drop by her website (http://MazzyNova.com) although she doesn’t have much there yet.
When I post here, I’ll announce it on twitter. Follow me there if you wish to keep up to date: @SheppardDavid