Friday, November 6, 2015

NETHERBOUND Chapter 3 "Transmission From Hell" Complete

That's right! Another chapter is finished! In this chapter we come back to reality, whatever that means when you're trapped inside of a place where the laws physics mean nothing, and we learn even more new things.

Back in the seventies a signal was discovered in a pocket of dark space, no planets, no stars, nothing. This signal came to be named the "Wow!" signal and is a real thing you can listen to on youtube, here.

As Jennfier, the ships A.I. intercepts a strange signal that is assumed to have slipped over the event horizon, she discovers that this signal was being broadcast at 1420 megahertz, and that not only is it a distress signal, but likely the same signal that was discovered in the seventies, way back on Earth before everything died.


You tell me.

Come check out the new NETHERBOUND index page here on Tumblr where you can easily select chapters to read, including the newly released and finished chapter, "Transmission From Hell."

Thursday, November 5, 2015

NETHERBOUND Chapter 2 "There But For The Grace of God" Completed

That's right! I spent most of the day pounding out the second chapter of NETHERBOUND. It's a little shorter but it explains a lot. We start from the point at which Escape Velocity (the previous novel) ended and we skew it, we warp it and we connect it in fragmented shards that tell little significant details about what exactly happened.

He's awoken 223 years into the future, but this fact is not mentioned, yet.

He's incarcerated and blamed for wiping out most of humanity

He escapes prison, regardless and reunites with a mysterious and unexplained version of Meryl SinGarda, and then we find out that he is no longer he, or Dante.

This chapter is where I tie the two books together, provide some closure for the extremely anticlimactic end to Escape Velocity and provide the framework for the rest of NETHERBOUD. So if you've read Escape Velocity and you're dying to know just what the hell happens next, you can now not only find out where we are in the story, but how (sort of) we got there.

Stay tuned for chapter 3, "Transmission From Hell."

Click here to start at the beginning of chapter 2, or here to start from chapter 1.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

NETHERBOUND Chapter One Completed!

As of today, the rough draft for chapter one in the explosive, dark and moody sequel to Escape Velocity is complete! As I've mentioned before, I'm doing what I'm calling a "live rough drafting" of the story over on Tumblr for all to read as it happens.

If you haven't seen any of it yet, or aren't sure how to get to the beginning of the story, click this link to start from the beginning. Each section of chapter one has links at the top and the bottom for chapter navigation, should you get lost, or need to go backward. I'm sure Morgan wishes she could!

So far, as the story goes, we've met a brand new character in #thepaxseries (or so you think), trapped on a ship named the Tredecim (latin for the number thirteen). As she learns that the situation is less than beneficial to her survival, she sets out to not only figure out what happened, why everyone is dead, but to find the passcode that she needs in order to force the ship out of hyperspace.

Hyperspace, which she discovers to be the depths of a black hole.

Stay tuned for more!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Diversity In Fiction

As a transgender woman who started writing her series (#thepaxseries) in 2005, well before I even knew that there was a word for myself, I can't say that my first piece of work, PaxCorpus, is totally clear of problematic social issues that I may have injected into the beginning of the series. This is something that is totally due to my lack of social awareness at the time, and the many, many ingrained and problematic things that the people around me had me believing.

Now, it's no MRA manifesto or anything (god no, holy shit), but there is, unfortunately, a little bit of passive misogyny that I wish I could have avoided at the time. But what's done is done, and it's part of the series. Overall, a really big accomplishment in my life.

With my second book, Escape Velocity, I was just barely started with my transition, and not very up-to-date on my social awareness, or what most would call "social justice" or intersectional feminism, so although I did reveal one of the characters to be transgender, I was later not very happy with the way I had originally handled things. Especially with the fact that I killed that character off. But then, things happen in my stories that sometimes just happen, they're out of my control and the characters take on a life of their own.

I am changing that with the re-imagining of my third novel, NETHERBOUND. I've already decided that the main character, Morgan Karga, is pansexual, a woman and I haven't yet decided how I would make her transgender if I should choose to, or how I would do it in a way that would make sense 223 years after the fall of humanity (in 2013). Although I'm sure lots of you can think of ways that it'd be easily possible, there are circumstances revolving around
this character that kind of restrict her and her existence to solely happening on the described space vessel (and nowhere else).

Strange predicaments that I've written myself into aside, there are many other characters who will crop up throughout the next few chapters that I write, all from diverse backgrounds. With my fiction I am trying to move as far as I can from entertainment standards, even if the plot mechanism is something that's been used before. Even if my previous books (of which span the last nine years of my life) were not totally perfect and well-versed in social justice standards and feminism.

And that's just one more reason that Dante needs to change, for good.

On Dante, And His Legacy

From the beginning of #thepaxseries we've known the constant story of a tortured man, driven through hell and back, and then back again. Someone who has witnessed the murder of everyone he knows and cares about, and yet he still survives.

If you're following the brand new write-up of NETHERBOUND in the rough drafting serial I'm working on (free for all to read as its written), you'll notice that Dante is no longer in the driver seat and, so far, there is only mention of his name as the commanding officer of a ship.

This is due to my own real-life issues that I've been experiencing the past few years since the end of Escape Velocity. Having been in transition for three years, and becoming completely disconnected from the person I used to be; so different that I can look back and I don't recognize who that was anymore. And that's how it feels when I try to write from Dante's perspective anymore. It's one of the many reasons that NETHERBOUND was on hiatus for so long.

The biggest thing I regret though, is deleting most of the blogging and marketing efforts I made over the course of the first and second book. So I really feel like I'm back to square one, even though I'm currently writing the third book.

On the side of Dante, no, the character and the idea of him are not dead and gone just yet. There is something coming, but I cannot say exactly what that something is without spoiling a major plot point! This means that, if you've been following this storyline since the beginning of PaxCorpus and you're wondering whether or not you'll get closure or even just answers as to what happened at the end of Escape Velocity, who or what that voice in Dante's head is/was and what happened to Julianna Moretti.

Monday, November 2, 2015

#thepaxseries returns!

Hello everybody! It's Meryl S. Kavanagh, author of PaxCorpus and Escape Velocity! I have returned from the darkness to bring to you the most concrete evidence that I am still alive! I know some of you may have read Escape Velocity and are probably going nuts wondering what in the hell happens next, right? So instead of making people wait even longer (since I've had so many hiccups and issues over 2015) I'm writing the sequel to Escape Velocity live on Tumblr.

I'm callling it a live serial drafting, so basically you can read the rough draft as I write it, in small "bite" sized pieces that are easier to digest than having a full novel chapter shoved at you.

You can find the NETHERBOUND serial project here on its Tumblr blog (if you're uncertain how to find the installments, click the NB Serial link at the top of the page), where you can read character profiles, look over my previous books and read each chapter as they're written! Currently there is a small piece of the first chapter on display and ready to read. "The End of Everything" chapter 1.2 is coming soon as a continuation to the beginning of the novel that will redefine #thepaxseries in every possible way.

Leave comments, tell me what you think and most importantly, enjoy!