With survival come challenges
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With survival come challenges
The Cortii are mercenaries, for hire to anyone who can afford their services. Every government uses them; no single government can destroy them.
A newly discovered world. An opportunity for the Cortiian rebels. And a mission for Wildcat Cortia…
The Federated Planets Alliance scouts have discovered a new human civilisation; a civilisation not suited to their usual contact protocol. They want a Cortiian to test the waters, and the rebel faction has a very specific commander in mind for the mission – Ilan of Wildcat.
To Ilan, the orders are a convenient pretext. To an ancient feudal culture about to join an intergalactic civilisation, the leaping wildcat and a rider all in black are symbols long foretold – heralding cataclysmic change.
When Corina’s rebel faction orders Khyria to take an assignment to reconnoitre a newly-discovered planet on the fringes of civilisation, she’s aware that it’s going to be a juggling act between the rebels’ demands and the mission parameters. With her command safely off Corina, Khyria is expecting the greatest challenge of the next few months to be the diplomacy – not a leap of faith.
Writing of Elemental Affinity:
Elemental Affinity was first drafted sometime in between exams, over a year in school I don’t really want to go into detail about, and then partially re-written while I was living in Munich right after I graduated university. Probably, to someone who read those early drafts (you know who you are, and I thank you for not screaming or laughing), some of this book would be recognisable.
When I came to do the final work on it for publication, this past ten months, I thought it was in pretty good shape – and then I realised that I have learnt something about writing since I was seventeen; that there were areas of the plot that made a pig stuck in a mud wallow look fast-paced; and that there were threads I wanted to pull into the light that weren’t clear in the draft I was looking at.
So I edited, couldn’t get my head on straight for it, edited some more, and hit the deadline to send the book to my long-suffering beta readers. I wasn’t really happy with the beta draft, but I figured that I’d have plenty more time to play with it once it came back – and the beta readers might help me put a finger on exactly why I wasn’t happy with the book.
Sure enough, the beta readers came back with some fantastic feedback, and I happily waded back in – surfaced long enough to tell the world I was going to publish 6th August, 2016 – and dived back under. I cut out about a third of the book, which may or may not surface somewhere else, or even as an add-on novella, since that seems to be a thing, added an entirely new third back in, and realised at 8:30 PM on 6th August that there wasn’t a prayer in hell that the book was going to be ready.
I hate missing deadlines. Even self-imposed ones.
I therefore wrote some more, edited some more, had a last-minute stroke of inspiration … and finally published a full month late, on 6th September.
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Beta reading Elemental Affinity The beta edit for Elemental Affinity has been eating my life, sending my down plotholes of epic proportions, and making me doubt that I should ever have laid pen to paper since last November (read: when Fighting Shadows published)....read more