Monthly Archives: May 2011

Post 2-Why is the story so long?

This the most common question…and for some reason, it sounds like a complaint.

Why should the length of a book need justification? If a reader derives satisfaction, not from the number of books read, but from the entertainment value of each story, a book’s length is not relevant. Thus, my answer is simple. It is as long as it needed to be.

The plot of “Field of Orbs” is a puzzle, which builds through combining eight original storylines. These independent stories introduce the key characters and show their interaction with their universe. Through a common disaster, the lives of these characters combine into a single thread.

The story examines the personal interrelationships of the characters under various conditions. New friendships form and old friendships are tested. Tragedy and terror test their resolve. Trust, love, hope, passion and betrayal manipulate their lives and the emotions of the entire world. Altruism rises from despair, only to suffer the challenges of survival.

As with any book, by the time the story plays out, that is the length it becomes.

Nevertheless, when I read a book, I sometimes reach the end and feel a bit cheated. I close the book, wishing I could still experience the story. Longer stories don’t have quite the same degree of that feeling, even when I didn’t want the story to end.

While writing “Field of Orbs”, I hadn’t read much of the story for several years. When I completed writing the final chapters, I read it from beginning to end with no breaks.

On finishing the story, I found I didn’t want it to end. It was fun and I noticed I missed the feel of being involved in the lives of the characters.

So, though it looks like a long story due to the total number of words, “Field of Orbs” is simply an anthology of several converging stories that become inseparable as the main plot grows to a fever pitched adventure.

If you have any thoughts on this topic, feel free to comment.


Post 1-Answers (Repeat of the Tabbed Page)

A number of readers asked me questions about “Field of Orbs”, relating to the characters and story. My hope for this blog is that I can answer those questions (when they don’t spoil the story) and provide insights to writing this novel.

The approach to developing “Field of Orbs” as a Science Fiction story was to keep the science low-key and a normal part of everyday life.

The technology in the story moves ahead of our technology (available in 2017) enough to enable some of the goals for the story. Many of the technologies were in their infancy, or follow a natural evolutionary next-step, from when I began researching the original story. Given that constraint, the adventure follows the lives of a number of characters as they experience exposure to multiple challenges.

My Posts to the right will answer questions I get about the story.

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