The first draft of The Seasoning is done

Finished today! However, don’t get too excited – to quote Ernest Hemingway: “The first draft of anything is shit.”

I’ll be doing a light edit now, then putting it away for at least two weeks so I can get a fresh look at it. Then another edit by me, then off to my editor for a second opinion. I’m still shooting for a May release date – it’ll take a while to get through the final draft and beta reading.

During the two-week cooling-off period, I’ll be working on the cover design, and dreaming about book three.

SpaceX CRS-5 launch perfect

Exciting to watch a SpaceX Falcon 9 lift off yesterday – a picture-perfect night launch. Photo below is a shot of the solar panels on the Dragon capsule unfurling with the sun rising in the background.

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Launch video

Landing of the first stage a partial success – stage made it back to the barge but landed hard – that’s still a fantastic achievement though, and the next step on the way to success!

SpaceX attempts to land a rocket tomorrow

Exciting news if you’re a rocket fan – SpaceX are tomorrow launching their CRS-5 mission to the ISS. What’s special about this mission is that the first stage of their Falcon-9 rocket is fitted with landing legs, and will attempt to fly back and land on this ocean-going barge:

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Liftoff is at January 6 11:20 UTC / 6:20 EST, and can be viewed live at http://www.spacex.com/webcast/. They get a one-second (!) launch window, so it will either go, or get scrubbed. Here’s hoping they go. I don’t think there’ll be live coverage of the landing – we’ll probably find out how that went a day or so later.

Oh, and in other news, I’m now 80K words into the first draft of The Seasoning. Unfortunately I’m back at my day job today after 2 weeks holiday, so the pace will slow some.