Virus scare . . . an opportunity to re-read SV-1

The world seems to be — perhaps prematurely — shitting its collective pants at another virus making the news (HERE and HERE)

While I cannot say there’s nothing to worry about (getting wiped out by viruses is not that far-fetched of an idea), I can say that people lose track of the fact that the US averages about 30,000 deaths from the flu . . . each year. We take that in stride and it doesn’t even make the news.

All this talk about viruses and stuff brought to mind the first novel (still unfinished) I began sometime in the 1990s and wrote in earnest in 2005 and 2006 until I went back to work. After 2013, when I retired again, I wrote lots of other stuff and have yet to go back and finish this effort.

This is what I said about it when I first posted it here in October of 2013:

It was never intended for publication; I just wanted to write characters I could believe in. It’s something I would want to read, about people who act like I think people should act in those circumstances.  As such, it might not be for everyone . . . but maybe someone will find it to their taste.

Despite not being finished, it stops at a convenient point (there are additional chapters but I’m unhappy with them). I still occasionally re-read it and enjoy doing so.

If anyone wants to read my first serious writing effort, these are the links to the posts that comprise the story so far.

Chapters 1-4 can be found HERE.
Chapters 5-8 can be found HERE.
Chapters 9-12 can be found HERE.
Chapters 13-16 can be found HERE.
Chapters 17-19 can be found HERE.
Chapter 20 can be found HERE.
Chapter 21 can be found HERE.
Chapter 22 can be found HERE.
Chapter 23 can be found HERE.
Chapter 24 can be found HERE.
Chapter 25 can be found HERE.
Chapter 26 can be found HERE.
Chapter 27 can be found HERE.

Note that chapters 20-27 are presented as single posts because I was asked to do so. Apparently, reading three chapters at a time was too much for some.

Understandable since reading on a computer is different from reading a book.

Let me say this: if there is a demand for a conclusion to this book, I’ll be more than happy to put some effort to that end.

All I need is at least 20 people leaving comments on this post saying what they like about the book so far, which characters they’re interested in, and tell me the name of the kid Lindsey likes to babysit and the color of Clay’s eyes.

Sorry to be specific but I just want to make sure people have read the book and not just setting me up. I’m suspicious about  certain things; lots of people hit “like” without reading word one of what I write.

Given that the readership for the original was dismal, I’m confident I can let this rest for a bit longer, but you never know.

Here’s a photo just because . . .

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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6 Responses to Virus scare . . . an opportunity to re-read SV-1

  1. Just started reading. Will come back to this.


    • disperser says:

      Thank you, but don’t feel obligated. Read it only if interested; no sense reading something that’s not your preferred fare.

      If you do read it, and if so inclined, you’re encouraged to critique it.

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  2. oneowner says:

    It seems to me that books today are written to have sequels. They may be able to stand alone but are written to have the characters or story continued on in other books yet to be written. Have you considered this approach to the novel?


    • disperser says:

      Well, the first thing is to finish it. It’s difficult writing a sequel for books that aren’t finished.

      However, I’m not big on stories spanning multiple books. I prefer books that are self-contained (standalone, as you say). There are series that have a longer arc, but each book is self-contained. Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files) does this well.

      Trilogies like LotR are fine as long as they are presented all at once.

      I got burned a few times (Thomas Covenant, The Wheel of Time, and a few others) when books keep being added and you have to wait years (sometimes decades) before you find out how it all ends. Worse, each book ends in a cliffhanger. Some people like that, but that’s not me. Not as a reader nor as a writer.

      As you suggest, if I write a sequel, it will be a new plot in the same constructed world, and that’s OK . . . except that after a while, you really have to stretch the reader’s credulity. Having the same hero face constant challenges — and prevailing — gets old and repetitive. Writers then introduce losses (main characters dying) or even bigger and more convoluted challenges to keep things interesting. I seldom see it executed well, and I’m not sure I have the skill — or willingness — to do it.

      Besides, this was never meant for publication. I share it only as an example of a book written specifically for me.


  3. Wow. I’d say with that much time and “blood sweat and tears” you invested in your characters and story…you should finish it.

    But, then, oopy…as I type this I just realized I have two books I’ve written volumes on and never typed out the endings into my computer. Hmm…I should get on that.

    Maybe 2020 is the year for both of us to complete some writing. ???
    PS…I’m gonna’ start reading your book you linked here…but with my life as it is right now, it might take me awhile to read it all. Just saying, don’t hold your breath while I’m reading. :-)


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