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How I’m Doing on Natural Selection–6


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

Lucy’s tribe 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 almost skipped this monthly update because I got so little done. I try to edit five pages a day–ten would be nice. Too often, quitting time ended with many less, maybe better counted in paragraphs.
  • Happily, I did complete a full book read-through (not the final one) and am beginning spot-editing, a step that always inspires my creativity.

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


93 thoughts on “How I’m Doing on Natural Selection–6

  1. What is spot editing?

    I considered all info. I got from beta readers. Made changes where I agreed. Ignored the rest. This week I’ll be starting another read-through, making comments along the way. I have no idea how long this will take. I’m thinking 6 weeks, so I don’t get tempted to just throw it in a drawer.

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  2. Hi Jacqui – the main thing is you are progressing – while I can imagine spot checking holds your interest – it would me … as I eclectically jump around! Take care and all will be well – as you yourself say – cheers Hilary

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  3. I’m doing pretty well…as you know, I found a title for my next Casey Holland mystery, and made changes to the book based on beta readers’ suggestions. It’s about to go to my editor in a couple of days. This means that editing has really slowed for me on the urban fantasy. I’m still getting pages to my critique group on a weekly basis, but jumping ahead to stay on top of things hasn’t been happening. Still, I’m reasonably happy with what I have done.

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      • I was watching Ellie for 5 days last week and this week, but am back to a 3-day week for the rest of March, I think. Her parents’ schedules are grueling right now, so they might need me more often, which is fine with me! It slows down the editing process for sure, but that’s okay too. Did I mention that my daughter’s expecting a second baby in August? She’ll find out the gender after her appointment on March. 25th. 🙂

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  4. It looks like you’re making good progress, Jacqui! You seem to have a good working system – read through your work, spot check, then do the editing. Hope you’re on schedule for your next new release. 😊😊

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  5. Thank you for sharing!!.. I play it by ear for everytime I try to establish a schedule 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)

    Until we meet again….
    May your day be touched
    by a bit of Irish luck,
    Brightened by a song
    in your heart,
    And warmed by the smiles
    of people you love.
    (Irish Saying)

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  6. Much like when I exercise, I use the same analogy. Any progress is progress, even if it doesn’t match what I’d hoped to do for the day. Even though I lack your experience and talent, I suspect we are wired the same. I’m the turtle in The Turtle and the Hare. I’d much rather take my time and produce something I’m proud of—quality over quantity. One novel nearly ready for submission and just finishing the first draft of another. Any day I learn something new is a good day.

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  7. I love your write-up of the book1 This: “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.” is so good!

    Am I subscribed to your newsletter list? I think I am, aren’t I? I’m confused. I wound up subscribing to Jill’s twice. Trying to avoid that mistake again. 😛

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  8. It sounds as if you made progress to me! Every little bit helps!! I’m making steady progress on my WIP and resisting the urge to research and fact check as I go along. That will come with revision so I don’t do a lot of research for a scene or chapter I end up cutting.

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  9. There is something about February! I didn´t get much done either. Spring is coming and that always inspires me. Keep at it, my friend. Off to do a virtual school visit in Birmingham, UK.

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