Sneak Peek Sunday 8/11

Sneak Peek Sunday is a weekly blog hop in which writers are challenged to post six paragraphs, no more and no less, from a published work or work in progress and then invite other writers, readers and random bloggers to read, critique and comment. Visit their site by clicking on the button below for a list of other participating writers and share the love! Today’s Sneak Peek, like all my snippet-producing posts for the immediate future, is from The Last Hour of Gann, picking up where yesterday’s WeWriWa left off and continuing with Wednesday’s Hump Day Hook. So read, enjoy, and don’t forget to let me know if you want to enter my Gann Giveaway!

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Amber could see this sweeping, silent argument hammering away at Nicci’s defenses. Ever since the Ebola attack at the UN summit, there had been a dramatic end to the prohibitions on biological warfare. These days, it was fight fire with fire, and now it seemed every country was bragging about the bugs they could grow. Super-polio, rabies-13, dengue, hanta, yellowpox and God only knew what else. They lived in the city. They were a target. It could happen any day.

“Well…” Nicci ran her wet eyes over the papers on the table without seeming to really see any of them. “Can’t we go on the next ship? When we know it’s safe?”

“No.”

“There’s going to be more!” She reached tentatively for the Manifestor’s pamphlet, but withdrew her hand without touching it. “We can take the next one, okay?”

“No, Nicci. They only pay people to be colonists for the first ship, because it’s the first and everyone wants to wait and see what happens. After it gets there safe and sound, the Manifestors stop paying and start charging.”

“You don’t know that!”

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8 responses to “Sneak Peek Sunday 8/11

  1. I know dengue, hanta and ebola are real diseases. Is yellowpox? Do you have to do much research for the situations/events/mentions incuded in your stories? Please allow me another entry.

    • No, yellowpox is not a real disease. Because the book is set in the not-too-distant future, I wanted a nice blend of real scary diseases and as-yet-unknown ones. And yes, I research almost constantly while I’m writing. Sometimes to the exclusion of actually writing. I have probably around 4000 research books in my personal library here at home and of course, the internet, but some research has to be hands-on. For this book, for example, I took a trip to Utah to hike through some of those stony plains that I imagined Amber and the others traveling across on the world of Gann. I ate offal, since they would definitely be eating nose-to-tail on whatever they hunted. I brushed up on a lot of the same research I did for the Lords of Arcadia books: how to start fires, tan hides, build shelters. My next book is set in an 1860s mining camp; I’ve toured a couple of caves (the kind you walk through in a group. I am not a spelunker) and made plans to visit some old camps and other ghost towns from that era. I’ve kind of forgotten what it’s like to take a vacation without taking notes.

      You are entered.

  2. Poor Nicci, she doesn’t seem like a very adaptable person. Looks like this is going to continue to be hard on her. Refusing to deal is generally a lousy coping strategy.

    May I have another entry please?

  3. Thanks for all your comments about how you pull everything together, it definitely adds to my appetite for the final book. Please may I have another entry?

  4. As soon as Nicci says ‘Well…Can’t we go on the next ship’ – Amber has her. And, if your sister sailed away with her alien love in Cottonwood, does that mean that she / Nicci has a different fate in Gann? May I have an entry please. Thank you.

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