Access Denied or Transference?

“…but you are plastic – so are your brains”  (MM)


Having working through all the so-called promotional actions in the last couple of months, it was time yesterday to start thinking of a new set of orders for myself to follow.  Commences remains a complex one:  I don’t want it to continue languishing in misunderstood hell forever and have been considering its fate.  If I publish it straight to Kindle, then I want to have a website set up first and also a promotional video for it.  The latter is a thrilling notion though I have no idea how I would put something like that together, not being any kind of filmmaker.

While that sits on a back burner, there is also the question of Ultra, which remains the most publishable novel of anything I’ve written i.e. the least weird.  Have to buckle down and find another agent to submit it to, something I’m lagging on because of the been-there-done-that feeling.

Next on the agenda is editing Transference.  This is the next Fleet novel after Commences, the second Fleet novel in the quintet.  I have tried to get it published before, thinking that the three middle novels of the quintet could exist easily as a trilogy.  I think it’s time to give Transference another go.  It needs some editing though as some plot details have changed.  All that happens in Commences has been set in stone, which forms the template for the subsequent novels.

I was itching to get going today.  It’s years since I’ve read Transference and I was wondering what it would be like.  As good as I remember?  Utterly crap?  Derivative teenage nonsense?  All of the above, actually.  But here’s the thing:  it’s funny.  I laughed out loud several times.  Aaargh, what kind of person laughs at their own jokes.  But I’d forgotten these jokes.  I wrote them years ago and yet they’re still funny.  Gives me a bit of hope….

Also, I’m considering changing the title back to the original:  Access Denied.  There are other books with this title but I’m not sure if I think I’m going to let this stop me….


About susannahjbell

I am a writer of science fiction and other strange and surreal works. I mostly write novels and the occasional novelette. My published works include A Doorway into Ultra, the Fleet Quintet and the Exodus Sequence. I live in London in an attic flat but really want to live in a tree. I wanted to be an astrophysicist but would settle for an alien abduction. I write because I don’t know what to read.
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One Response to Access Denied or Transference?

  1. Roy says:

    Hm… tough one. I come from IT and when I see “Access Denied” I can’t help but thinking about ugly Windows notifications, that stand for work and trouble…. But it is definitely more aggressive and attention grabbing than Transference, which has to me a bit of a mystical touch…

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