Sep 30, 2017
Greetings, Patient Readers!
I’ve gone and done it. Packed all my worldly belongs, piled all three dogs into the car, and made the six day cross-country drive from Virginia to Oregon. Moving and settling in have been a bit of a whirlwind, but I finally feel settled enough for the real work to begin in earnest.
During this whole blur, I’ve been in contact with my editor, Matt Harry, and we’ve put together a version of the book that is better than I could have imagined. We’ve gone through treatments and character profiles and outlines, and stripped the story down to its thematic essence. As someone who tends to meander after pretty butterflies while writing, this developmental edit was a chance to buckle down and put in the work. I’m not a scientist of any sort, but I’m enough of a nerd to be stoked just having books about quantum mechanics around the house.
That’s the core of it, walking the line between fringe science and the next horizon, building a system that both alludes to historical belief and leaves room for interpretation. No pressure, right?
The story that I had told in my initial manuscript was more of a second or third entry in what I hope to be a series of novels. First, we needed an origin story. If this is a story about a miraculous breakthrough, let us be there to witness it. How did it happen? What was the cost? Who decided to commercialize the technology and make it available to the public? Was there disagreement amongst those who made the discovery? Oh, you bet there was.
Rather than vague allusions to a creator who died to bring the machine online, we get to see his story unfold, witnessing first contact with the dead through the eyes of his estranged daughter. And that’s what this is for me – a story of family. It’s a story of fathers and daughters, of past and present, of legacy and identity. It’s a story of the strangers that we’re drawn to, of the unexplained resonance that we feel in the presence of others.
We’re hammering out the last few details and then I’ll have more news – new teasers, character profiles, and samples. I still can’t believe that I actually ran off to the woods to write. Hah! I’ll bite the bullet and be the madwoman on the mountain, ranting about the afterlife - so you don’t have to!
If you’d like to read more about the cross-country adventure, I’ve been writing it up in my blog. I’m also working on pulling together my portfolio, so I’ll also be posting new shorts and samples over on my website. (jayemilius.com, since my html doesn’t seem to be working.)
Hope things are good with you, lovely reader, and thanks again for your patience. Cheers!