That's Nia's situation that opens my flash fiction, Target Practice, in the March 2013 issue of The Dentville Stories Newsletter. Nia is another major character in my coming novel, Dentville: The Ancient's Legacy and the second to be featured in my newsletter. I've just released the March issue and in addition to Nia's story, you'll find:
Ray's Space: I talk about the novel-building process as a function of creating scenes and binding them into a story with characters. That's how I'm building Dentville: The Ancient's Legacy on the groundwork of all the research and drafting I've done. This is the step-by-step process that takes my mound of clay and moulds it into a complex story.
The Ancients' Leftovers: Dentville is heavily based on the idea of industrial civilization's collapse. A result of that collapse, as I see it, is a vast reduction in human population and the level of complexity at which they live. In fact, they actually live at a level of simplicity--they just don't have the energy resources available to them to maintain or recreate the life their many-times-great grandparents lived. In such circumstances, the remains of our world will decay. I believe that decay will proceed along lines described in Alan Weisman's book, The World Without Us.
Novel Status and News: I've addes this section with this newsletter. It will be a little description of where I'm at in writing Dentville. I'll put announcements and "coming attractions" and anything of special note here.
Recommended Links: This is just a list of links to websites that are germane to Dentville and its themes, or that I think would be of interest to newsletter readers. In this issue, I've included a link to the World Without Us site.
It will take a lot of characters to tell the story of Dentville. Each have their own stories that will motivate their actions in the novel. I intend to tell many of those stories over the coming months. I hope you'll follow along.
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