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 conclusion to Lucy’s journey, she and her tribe leave their good home to rescue former-tribemembers captured by the enemy. Lucy’s tribe includes a mix of species–a Canis, a Homotherium, and different iterations of early man. In this book, more join and some die, but that is the nature of prehistoric life, where survival depends on a combination of our developing intellect and our inexhaustible will to live. Each species brings unique skills to this task. Based on true events.
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Here’s what I did the past month:
I am struggling this month with writing. It’s not because I’m not working hard–I am, putting the time in–the pieces just aren’t coming together the way they usually do. There is so much disruption and confusion around, in the news, on the faces of friends. I worry… get distracted… find it hard to focus on fiction when the world I know seems to be imploding. Maybe I don’t know it. Maybe I never did. I still feel independent and fierce, but often as tired as a slow turtle (as one of my blogging buddies puts it). In the end, and what is getting me through, I’ll say again that old Navy wisdom:
Embrace the suck.
Like the world, a novel doesn’t always reveal its secrets quickly. Gone With The Wind took Margaret Mitchell 10 years to write, and Sphere took Michael Crichton 20 years. I won’t be that slow (though Book 1 in this trilogy, Born in a Treacherous Time, did take over 20 years), but I am way off my timeline. If you check the Milestone in my sidebar, you’ll see I keep pushing it back! And my bio at the bottom of each post now shows expected publication date of Spring, 2022.
Despite everything, I did get a few tasks completed:
- Took care of edits from beta readers. Yikes! A lot but a relief that there were no ‘plot doesn’t work’ moments. The book is better for their work. Thank you to all of you!
- I started thinking of the book launch a few months away:
- write a series of articles to share with hosts during the official launch
- create the book trailer, and one for the entire trilogy
- create a map for the trilogy of Lucy’s travels
- find bloggers who will host me to share my good news
- update my social media
- update other books in the trilogy to reflect the completion of this one
- I’ve 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…
On the business side of writing (and maybe a big contributor to the stress and my low productivity), my disappeared bookkeeper continues to be a nightmare. We have a great guy who’s trying to fix things (for $60 an hour!). I’ll know more in a few weeks.
How are you doing?
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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, Spring 2022