CRASHED

Great title, that!  I have to stretch myself to come up with new titles for my Exodus Sequence shorts – that they all have to past tense verbs makes it quite interesting.  They also need to have multiple definitions and apply to the story in many different ways.  I’ve now published six short stories in this sequence, two complete trilogies.  Three trilogies, I think, will make a good collection;  the stories are quite substantial, after all.  This one has the most obvious sci-fi flavoured:  a shuttle heads off to Mars from a moon city and docks with a space station – it’s  time for a personnel change.  But for me sci-fi has always just been a huge canvas for the things I really want to write about:  weirdness.  This story ends with enough weirdness to puzzle even me:  I’ve been quite transfixed by the possible outcomes.  At some point, these connected short stories will begin to gel – the dots will begin to join.  The Crashed dot is still winging free and wild, though….not sure where that one is going!

I’m rather miffed by KDP’s clamp-down on odd-sized book covers.  I don’t have Photoshop and have no way of making a book cover except by using PowerPoint.  This gives a lovely, clear cover, slightly too wide and slightly too short, but it’s close enough to book size to look convincing.  KDP no longer allowed anything that isn’t exact so I was left with the only solution available:  using their create-a-cover utility.  The dull layouts available and selection of very boring fonts made it really hard to come up with anything that was interesting.  I also had to republish all the earlier Exodus stories with new covers as they’re meant to match.  I think they’ve rather lost their uniqueness but hey, what does it matter.  No one is reading them.

 

Which one is better?

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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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