With all the COVID lockdowns, I’ve had a lot of time to work on my writing. I’m thankful that this story, Laws of Nature, Book 2 of the Dawn of Humanity trilogy and part of the first trilogy in Man vs. Nature, inspired me because I fear I would be pretty bored otherwise.
Tagline and summary
The tagline for Laws of Nature is:
A boy blinded by fire. A woman raised by wolves. An avowed enemy offers help. Can they save Lucy’s tribe?
…and a quick summary:
Set 1.8 million years ago in Africa, Lucy and her band of early humans struggle against the harsh reality of a world ruled by nature, where predators stalk them and a violent new species of man threatens to destroy their world. Only by changing can they prevail.
If you ever wondered how earliest man survived but couldn’t get through the academic discussions, this book is for you. Prepare to see this violent and beautiful world in a way you never imagined.
Here’s what I did the past month:
- The first three weeks of this month were spent reading through the rough draft of Laws of Nature. I rewrote the first five paragraphs over and over and still didn’t like it so moved on, hoping for inspiration later. I checked for continuity, flow, timeline issues, character development. This added about sixty pages and deleted about fifteen. It came out a good length.
- Next, I started wordsmithing. First, I searched for ‘was’, ‘there’ and about fifty other lazy sort of words. In each case, I evaluated first their purpose and then whether it was the right word. This will probably take a few months to finish.
- I got tired of paying for so many features I didn’t use in MailChimp so switched my newsletter to AWeber (I have a link in the sidebar). That’s a lot harder than it sounds. If you don’t get a newsletter, let me know and I’ll re-add you.
- I think I found epochal music for the trailer. We’ll see if I feel that way in a month.
- I ordered the book cover from Damonza. Editing is going better than expected so I want to be prepared. They ask for a lot of information so it forced me to organize my summative thoughts on the book.
- I started researching the next trilogy in this saga. It will take place 75,000 years ago, a time when the super-volcano Toba erupted, throwing the planet into a volcanic winter and driving the world-wide population of human beings down to roughly a thousand reproductive adults. One study says we hit as low as 40. That sounds interesting, doesn’t it?
- I am moving my Amazon Advantage nonfiction print books over to KDP print. I started with twelve and have two left to move. Selling print books is much simpler on KDP than Advantage. I don’t have to pay to ship my print books to Amazon (and have them sent back if they don’t sell–at my expense). Through KDP, I am able to drop my price by 20% to customers. I do worry that my local printer can’t compete with Amazon’s POD service but I’m not sure what to do about that.
How are you doing on your latest WIP? I’d love to hear!
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Summer 2021.