Jaye Milius's latest update for Terminus

Aug 10, 2017

Greetings, y’all!

Just a quick update to let you know that things are moving behind the scenes on Terminus. After some great conversations with the Inkshares staff, a lot of reading about craft, and digging in on story beats and character profiles, I’ve turned in my treatment for the rewrite. Without getting too deep into any spoilery details, we’re focusing in on the origin of the technology that allows the living to communicate with the dead. In the initial manuscript, the Terminus was already up and running, but the new take will follow the team that created it and the interpersonal drama as they come face-to-face with the literal ghosts of their past. I’ve been able to explore many of the same themes and questions, only within the microcosm of a smaller group of individuals, which makes it feel like a much more personal (and hopefully relatable) story.

My editor, the wonderful Matt Harry, has been sending me feedback that has my brain all a’tingle. We’re currently focusing in on the science and on ratcheting up the stakes. It really does feel like tuning an instrument. Too flat… tighten a bit more… just so. You can’t play until you have your foundation solidly in place.

This does mean that it’ll be a little longer before the book is in your hands. Those of you who’ve already preordered made enough noise to give me the opportunity – not just to put out a book -  but to do so with the help of the pros and get this story in a position to be even better than I could have dreamed. There’s a lot of work ahead and I can’t wait to be fully unleashed on the rewrites!

But first… adventure! I have an unique opportunity to relocate to the West Coast and continue my job remotely while focusing on editorial for Terminus. You all have given me this shot and I’m ready to give it everything I’ve got! The move has also been a long time coming. My mother and sister live on the West Coast, along with some of my best friends, and it’s been years since I’ve seen them. We’ll finally be able to do holidays together! Plus, gorgeous Oregon scenery, freedom from Cubicle World and the chance to chase my dreams! Holy crap.

If a week of cross-country driving with three confused dogs sounds like fun, I’ll be blogging the experience over on my website. Plus, that’s 55 hours to immerse myself in Cosmos and podcasts. Researching and power-driving! I do love to multi-task.

I just wanted to say thanks one more time before embarking on this crazy voyage. “To infinity and beyond!”