In the Grip of the Dome of Souls

It is done! The first draft of my maybe last Dome of Souls novel (number 6) is finished. It is a mess yet of course, but to finish a first draft is always a tremendous relief and achievement. I started on 16th of August and finished it on 10th of November. Length around 103,000 words. For not knowing where this would be going when I started in August, that’s a pretty damn good pace. I wrote those 103,000 words while on a demanding full-time job, during a pandemic and its worries, during the US election and its daily anger caused by the Orange Fart Face. Therefore, I am allowing myself to be proud of this first draft achievement 😉
Number 6 was a hard book to write, since I didn’t know where it would be going at all.
Let’s look at the Dome revelation of the first Dome Child – good old Jove Hendricks.
In his Dome revelation he sees the future of humanity (without knowing what the heck it all means). He sees several planets – a green-brown planet with small oceans and a ring of rocks around it – that turned out to be Bahrein. The next planet has thick red clouds – that turned out to be New Earth. He sees a planet with huge oceans and no significant landmass – that turned out to be Fangust. And finally he sees a dusty, gray-brown, desert planet without surface water and a fleet of alien space ships in orbit that are: (quote from Dome Child) “…formed like capsules, spherical but not round, bulky in the middle but thinned out left and right. They were spiked with what looked like antennas and entirely black. They didn’t seem to be made of metal, but some other unidentifiable material.”
It was always the plan that book six is about that planet and the alien space ships in its orbit.
While I knew what to do with Bahrein, Fangust and New Earth, I never had a plot in my head for the last planet and those aliens. I had some vague ideas, but nothing concrete and I did not know how to end this story.
I had not expected to be able to finish that first draft within only three months when I started writing in the middle of August. It’s become a bit wild and unruly. LOL. The funny thing is also that the ending leaves room for more. I don’t know yet if I will pick up on this or let it be, but there is now a cry for continuation 😉 A part of me is dreading that openness and that I still might not be done with the Dome of Souls, but another part of me is like: Oh… it could go on, hm! Tempting!
Before deciding whether there will be a book 7 or not, there is a lot of other work to do: To finalize the third volume of the Rogue Star trilogy written under my pseudonym, and then to go back to the feral and crazy first draft of Dome of Souls book number 6 and to see whether I can grow it up into a decent evolved creature.
One way or the other, it feels good to now have that first draft of something I knew nothing much about when I started it. The beast surely developed a life of its own and that is the most fun part of writing actually, not knowing where the story and the characters will take you and discovering it together with them along the way. 🙂

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