Author's Commentary: "Dark Swarm"
What to do when you’re totally exhausted from last week’s action-packed quasi-novella? Write another one, obviously, Rowe. Duh! But this one was a piece of cake, because the computer didn’t eat half the story and force me to rewrite it. Honestly, I didn’t have much of a choice than to write the second part to last week’s story. The topics, the characters, the storylines, they were all conspiring to demand a conclusion—or at least the next step in the saga. Really, though, I gotta stop writing ten-thousand-word stories on the weekly, or I’ll keel over by June. Hopefully next week’s story will be bite sized.
I’m not quite sure what to say about this one beyond the story itself. I suppose the challenge of bringing together characters that seem too young to paint into a corner (like death or destruction of the galaxy) is how you get them out of the story without changing them so irreparably that you still have somewhere to go with them. I feel like I did that, and I hope I did it in a way they’ve grown a bit more complex for the reader/listener in a satisfying way. I certainly feel that way about them myself. I like that Aballi can still be incredibly devious, dangerous, and deceptive and still somehow not be a simple caricature of evil. Similarly, Transom, I think showed that he does have it in him to have another side. It’s hard to imagine him as anything but a badass warfighter, but if he lives through the war, he’ll have to figure something out other than that in life.
I feel like there’s a lot more here for the Misfits and so many more of these characters surrounding their stories. I have another Misfits story concept ready to go. I just need the opportunity/topic to line up correctly. Next week I’ll be exploring “Colonizing Giant Moons,” which as of this morning is going to take us to the birth of Dreeson’s system and Hellenia. It’s another big story (I think). Hopefully I can keep it under 10,000 words!
Thanks so much for reading!