Category Archives: Novel

Over 40,000 words

Progress: 25k

I’ve made it to 25,000 words on this thing I’m writing. My goal for the first draft is at least 50,000 but somewhere between that and 75,000 would be best. I’ve told my editor I’d be done with the first draft25k by the beginning of the year. I hope I can keep my word on that, but it’s not easy! On a good day I can sit down when I get home and spit out a thousand words in two hours, but too often it turns out to be more like three to five hundred instead.

After the writing is done the editing has to be done. I can’t let my editor do all the editing, it would be too much work and the first draft is so rough that the editing can actually change a lot of the story. Entire paragraphs are rewritten during that first edit and sometimes more! For example, when I finished my first chapter I sent it to my editor just to test it out and she seemed to be interested in learning more about my world, so I ended up making my first chapter my second chapter, then I wrote an entirely new first chapter.

If you think ninja badgers sounds interesting then you might like it, and you might be the only one besides me, but I have a day job so that’s okay.

Review: Hollow World

Hollow World

Michael J. Sullivan

Date Published:
April 15, 2014 by Tachyon Publications

Amazon Link and ISBN:
ISBN 161696183X (ISBN13: 978-1616961831)

Goodreads Page:

Point of View and tense:
Third person past tense

Science Fiction

Subject matter / Setting:
Ellis Rogers is an ordinary man who is about to embark on an extraordinary journey. All his life he has played it safe and done the right thing, but when faced with a terminal illness, he’s willing to take an insane gamble. He’s built a time machine in his garage, and if it works, he’ll face a world that challenges his understanding of what it means to be human, what it takes to love, and the cost of paradise. He could find more than a cure for his illness; he might find what everyone has been searching for since time began…but only if he can survive Hollow World. 

Time travel, Survival, Love, Violence, Governmental Power, Illness

Intended audience:
If you liked THE TIME MACHINE by H.G. Wells this book is of similar ilk. The biggest difference I noticed was (excuse me if I’m wrong, it’s been a long time since I read THE TIME MACHINE) that HOLLOW WORLD focuses more on the characters and the emotion behind the characters and not so much on the technology or environment of the future. That’s not to say that it doesn’t display a great vision of the future, though.

Author’s style:
Character building is surely Sullivan’s expertise. He paints a wonderful vision of the scene but doesn’t go overboard. You won’t get lost in metaphors, but you will know what he intends to show you.

The pacing was excellent. I never felt bored, wanted to skip sections, or desired to take a break and come back later.

How did the book affect me?
It did affect me, especially toward the end. Some really interesting questions are raised, and I felt like I needed to think while I was reading. There are particular parts that I won’t forget.

I say, “read it”. Maybe not as your first Sullivan book, but put it on your list. Even if Science Fiction is not your thing I think this book is a good read. The story is good and the characters are lovable, and identifiable. Also, pick up his other books. You won’t be disappointed.