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How I’m Doing on Natural Selection–4


Natural Selection is Book 3 of my trilogy, Dawn of Humanity:

A historical thriller in the spirit of Jean Auel, Dawn of Humanity follows a band of early humans as they struggle to survive in a world where Nature is King, where they are prey not predators. 

New tribe members, intimidating changes, and an unexpected end

In this final book of the trilogy, Lucy and her tribe leave their good home to rescue captured former-tribemembers who are in grave danger. Unlike most  tribes, Lucy’s includes a mix of species–a Canis, a Homotherium, and different iterations of early man. More will join and some will die but that is the nature of prehistoric life, when survival depends on a combination of man’s developing intellect and inexhaustible will to live. Each species brings unique skills to the task they must complete. Based on true events.

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Here’s what I did the past month:

  • I spent most of the month editing tiny bits of the story, little by little. I might finish that this month, but I’m not sure.
  • I started thinking of the book launch though that’ll still be a few months away. I need a bunch of articles to share with hosts, a book trailer… I know there’s more…
  • I’ve also started researching the next trilogy. Working title: Savage Land. It deals with a time in prehistory when our species almost became extinct. When Nature almost beat us…

I almost skipped this update because it seems like I got so little done. I struggled to make any progress for a few months, but finally, broke through (yay!) and am back to being productive. I’m looking at a publication date of February, a bit delayed from my projections (I’ve already adjusted the sidebar on my blog).

How are you doing?

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Man vs. Nature saga, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the acclaimed Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. 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, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Winter 2022


73 thoughts on “How I’m Doing on Natural Selection–4

  1. Thank you for sharing!!… wish you all the best with your adventures, as the saying goes “nothing good comes easy”… when I find myself in the middle of a challenging task, the words of Rose Milligan come to mind.. 🙂

    Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better
    to paint a picture, or write a letter,
    bake a cake, or plant a seed.
    Ponder the difference between want and need.

    Dust if you must, but there is not much time,
    with rivers to swim and mountains to climb!
    Music to hear, and books to read,
    friends to cherish and life to lead.

    Dust if you must, but the world’s out there
    with the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair,
    a flutter of snow, a shower of rain,
    this day will not come round again.

    Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
    old age will come and it’s not kind.
    And when you go, and go you must,
    you, yourself, will make more dust!
    (Rose Milligan)

    Have a wonderful holiday and until we meet again..
    May your spirit only know peace
    May your heart only know love
    May all your dreams come true
    May your life’s journey be filled with happiness
    And life is all that you wish for it to be….
    (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

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  2. Hi Jacqui – well done on being able to move on – and I’m sure there’s always the heart-happy sensation of knowing you’ve achieved a ‘great’ change … something that makes your heart jump (could be minor, but oh so important).

    I thought you might be interested in this site on throat singing … : Can’t remember how I came across her – possibly the radio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanya_Tagaq

    Good luck as you carry on to the finish … cheers Hilary

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  3. Sounds like you’ve accomplished a great deal to me, Jacqui. Congratulations! I’m struggling to make time to write these days, but that’s typical for this time of the year. As soon as Christmas is over, I’m spending a glorious week writing and editing. In other words, catching up.

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  4. It’s always good to share, Jacqui. It’s demonstrates how much work a book takes,that writing happens in fits and starts, as well as how it has to fit into the bigger picture of life. It was great hearing about the next trilogy too!

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  5. Hi Jacqui, we all get distracted by life some of the time. I’ve been working so much lately, I’ve only been able to write during weekends. This means that Saturday’s time is spent largely getting back into the zone and realigning my mind with my story. Most of my actual writing is happening on Sundays.

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    • Dear Jacqui and Cathleen,

      Jacqui, I congratulate you on your getting much done lately after certain setbacks or stumbling blocks. After all, writing a good and exciting trilogy requires substantial stamina and dedication.

      By the way, I would like to thank Cathleen for commenting on my extensive and analytical book-length post entitled “💬 Misquotation Pandemic and Disinformation Polemic: 🧠 Mind Pollution by Viral Falsity 🦠“, which has twelve major sections (plus a detailed annotated gallery) instantly accessible from a navigational menu. Though the post is very long and encyclopaedic, the navigational menu there can help you to jump to any section of the post instantly so that you can resume reading at any point of the post over multiple sessions in your own time. Please enjoy and feel free to submit further comments to the post. I shall endeavour to give you a bespoke reply as soon as I can.

      Jacqui, your book cover is very striking indeed. Judging by the proximity of the human and wolf, the scene must be no more than 20,000 years old, considering when the (self-)domestication of the wolf started. I mentioned self-domestication because increasing number of scientists and researchers have lately come to the conclusion that dogs, like cats, domesticated themselves through natural selection as they came into closer contact with humans.

      Wishing both of you a productive weekend doing or enjoying whatever that satisfies you the most!

      Yours sincerely,

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      • Thanks for visiting, SoundEagle. The era for this book is actually 1.8 mya–well before our accepted timeline for wolf domestication. This isn’t a wolf but a predecessor I simply call Canis. There were many wolf prequels in Africa–Wild Dogs, Eucyon, Dire Wolf–but mine (whose name is Ump) is a bigger, more muscular iteration than anything you’d think of. Canis is the root genus for wolves throughout most of their evolution. Book 1 gives a lot of the background for how this feral early wolf ended up in a early human’s pack.

        I’m glad you like the cover!

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  6. The holidays is not a good time to expect big productivity. The energy shifts and focus draws in. However, it sounds like you’ve made good headway. Congrats! When you get ready to launch, my blog is open to you!

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  7. Thank you for the update on your progress. It sounds like you’ve been quite productive! Editing, thinking, and researching all count! I did a chunk of research on Newspapers.com still week for my current work in progress–and actually answered the research question I set out to answer, in addition to many little nuggets gathered along the way.

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    • Amazon will arrange that. I’ll upload this to Kindle as part of the trilogy. Eventually (maybe a month?), Amazon groups the three books as a purchase. Thank you! And that’s a good idea. Lucy changed a lot between Book 1 and 3.

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