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Busy Week

Posted 23rd June 2009 at 06:01 PM by C Michael MacAlister (C. Michael MacAlister)

Since I last posted, I've written a few thousand words of Sinterglass Road, which is going very nicely; for those of your who have commented on the forum thread, thanks so much for your feedback, and, yes, I have now introduced my Protagonist.

And it got weird(er). But that's OK.

We acquired a new dog; a young bloodhound who turned up at our fence last Monday morning. After a quick check, we determined that she had been on the road for about a month, was infested with...
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Sinterglass Road...

Posted 12th June 2009 at 06:45 PM by C Michael MacAlister (C. Michael MacAlister)
Updated 12th June 2009 at 09:29 PM by C Michael MacAlister

Well, the first page of The Quintessence Machine garnered no comment, but I shall forge on and post the first page of Sinterglass Road anyway.

So there

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In the darkness between the steam pipes and cables strung along the crawlspace beneath the Deck, cocooned in the distant rumble-roar of people and lifters and larger machines, Bomb dreamed.

Its dreams were not complex fantasies, merely shadings of light and dark, stranger senses tugging at Bomb’s awareness
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And The Grind Grinds On...

Posted 8th June 2009 at 03:50 PM by C Michael MacAlister (C. Michael MacAlister)
Updated 23rd June 2009 at 06:04 PM by C Michael MacAlister

Don't get me wrong; I love writing. There's something about letting your mind sort of slip away and tap those keys for an hour or two, before coming back to yourself and seeing something come to life before you. Sometimes I go back and re-read what I just wrote and think Wow, did I write that?

Sometimes I even mean it in a good way...

Other times it's... well, it's not like writer's block. Everyone knows what that feels like; it's just that sometimes the writing is...
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Updates...

Posted 2nd June 2009 at 03:20 PM by C Michael MacAlister (C. Michael MacAlister)
Updated 23rd June 2009 at 06:05 PM by C Michael MacAlister

After mucho heavy editing, I now have The Quintessence Machine down to... drumroll... 280K words.

Yay.

Now, I know that this is considered waaaaayyyy too long for a first novel (having abandoned Though The Brightest Fell for the time being) but I remain hopeful. I've had several agents bite, but I'm still waiting for replies from those with the full manuscript. For the record, I am completely happy to see this beauty broken into 2 or 3 parts if that's what it'll take to...
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The Quintessence Machine

Posted 1st June 2009 at 04:55 PM by C Michael MacAlister (C. Michael MacAlister)
Updated 2nd June 2009 at 05:33 PM by C Michael MacAlister

First page of The Quintessence Machine, for anyone who's interested.

Feedback welcome!

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PROLOGUE


January 8th 1583

The last rotare fitted into its socket with a satisfying click. Matteo Galdini sighed and leaned back on the tall stool, removing the magnifying lenses from his eyes and stretching his knotted muscles.

“It is done?” asked the dark-clad man behind him, and Galdini nodded, turning slightly
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