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. 🙂

Red Angel 42 – Proof Ordered

The “proof” is ordered 🙂
The proof of the paperback version of the Red Angel 42 is on the way to my address and when everything looks good I shall press the “publish” button and the book will be available in a week or ten days or so 🙂
It’s been quite a journey as always. I wrote the first draft of the Red Angel 42 two years ago. The Dome of Souls novel series is running now since 2011 when I published its first volume Dome Child. The whole idea is around since a whopping 22 years now. As mentioned in earlier blog entries, the Dome of Souls story started as TV series scripts with Jeronimo – which I published in 2017, 20 years after its initial version. Looking at my old records, the Red Angel 42 is some 13 years old now. I wrote its TV series version in 2006. OMG! Time flies 😉
Of course much has changed since 2006, but the main characters Sumari, Nimo, Lavalle and the brothers Jurley and Jero already existed back then. What they do on the planet and how they interact with the locals has changed a lot though from the TV script to the novel version.
I’m very pleased to see the Red Angel’s crew and the inhabitants of Nirvana so changed and improved.
The Red Angel 42 is the one Dome of Souls novel that does not have a Dome Revelation by the way! And yet, the Dome plays (of course) an essential part in the characters’ lives.
If you look back at the Dome Child and the first Dome Revelation of good old Jove Hendricks – yes, “Nirvana” is the red planet he sees.
Then he sees another planet, a dark and sinister one, that has a ring around it. That’s Bahrein! Actually I have already written the first draft of the 5th Dome of Souls novel, which will take us to Bahrein, as hinted at in the epilogue of the Red Angel 42. Writing the Bahrein novel has been a very pleasant experience, because it was/is the one Dome of Souls novel which was/is most vividly in my head with lots of details ready. I’ll of course brood a while over rewrites and edits, but I’m rather certain that I can publish it in 2020.
But for now it’s the time of the Red Angel 42 and I’m very thrilled to be able to push the “publish” button soon 🙂

Out Soon – Red Angel 42

My fourth “Dome of Souls” novel – “Red Angel 42” will see the light of day soon.
Here’s its “blurb” 🙂

Earth’s controlled environment is failing, and humanity’s last hope lies with New Earth, the planet the Keepers of Jeronimo and their followers fled to a thousand years ago. One ship of the 80 that were sent, the Red Angel 42, finds New Earth and sends the happy message home once reaching orbit. Humanity’s survival is ensured, or so they think. Captain Sumari’s crew will have two years to prepare what they can for the arrival of colonists.
Once planetside, Captain Sumari and his crew make contact with the descendants of the Jeronimo loyals only to discover they have no machines, no metal, and no memory of their ancestors… or Earth.
The only one not surprised to see them is a young woman named Nimo. She sees millions of people in the Dome of Souls – an entity bestowing revelations both personal and powerful to a chosen few – and so is quite open to the strangers’ arrival. Nimo quickly finds herself torn between her people and the Earthlings, and becomes entangled in the fight for survival Sumari and his crew face against the hazards of the new planet and Nimo’s superstitious people.

As usual, the cover was painted by the great Naoyuki Katoh. 🙂

The previous Dome of Souls series novels are:
Dome Child
The Anatomy of Anarchy
Jeronimo