Space Academy (an abandoned novel)

For the first time in several months I was able to make it to my writer’s group tonight, and was thus inspired to dust off an old project.

I began writing Space Academy almost four years ago — taking some of my experiences with high school students and superimposing them on a backdrop of future-high-school-in-space. The idea was far from original, but the characters, treatment, and some of the themes were fresh, and I enjoyed writing it…until I ran into a dead end, deleted a good-sized chunk of it, and never quite got the story back on track.

I’ve posted the prologue and chapter one over at my writing blog. As I re-read it in the next few weeks — and maybe even get some fresh input from those who have not read it — hopefully this little story will find its footing once again.

Of course, if you’re looking for some more “grown-up” sci-fi, check out my short story, Twelve. It’s lengthy, but definitely the completed work of which I am most proud. All my fiction, poetry, and songs are published under Creative Commons license — so feel free to share.


Space Academy (an abandoned novel) — 2 Comments

  1. Hi Neal,
    Sorry it has taken me so long to find your blog! I hope to read your stuff soon – and when I say “soon”, I mean give me until the winter break at least… Stupid responsibilities!
    Why can’t we all sit around in coffee houses (or bars) and write and read and share and be..without financial responsibilities? I like my job, but I give too much to it. You know what I mean. Anyway, I’ll be around.

  2. I read “Twelve” and LOVED it! I was so enthiusiastic about it that I shared it with my good friend and fellow English teacher (and creativie writing guru), Christine, who is pretty much a genius. She dug it too, and said that the story “really drew her in”. That is high praise, my friend, from two very snobbish fiction readers!
    I look forward to the novel!

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