It’s starting to come in for the first draft of Upgrade.
By and large, it’s all very positive — not that people think it’s flawless by any means, but because the feedback is stuff I can work with. I know what it means, and have an idea of how I can use it to improve the story.
I thought I’d share one of those pieces with you today. Some of the characters in the story come from another planet — no huge spoiler there. The trick here is that doing world building for two planets, not just one, can be a bit hard on your reader — yet my beta humans are interested in more of the motivations behind some of the characters from that other world, and want to hear more about the other world. Thus: an idea I’m playing with is to stretch out a couple scenes from that other world, just a few paragraphs or so, to provide some of both of those things. It’ll let you know more about what’s going on in their heads if you see it through their eyes, and it’ll show you more of what that world feels like. Even just walking down a street can tell you a lot.
August is going to be a busy month — I’m locking myself away in my sanctum sanctorum and going hard on putting all this together.