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Sunday, June 27, 2010

"The Serenity Solution" Project, Part 2

Now that you've had a brief look at what The Serenity Solution is about, I'd like to give you a glimpse of the main characters in the book. These are the major players that will be driving the plot forward; there are other, more minor characters, but they don't figure as much into the grand scheme of things. They are listed in order of most important to the plot to least important.

Captain Zakariah Atheeda - Known as "Zak" to his friends, Captain Atheeda is a highly professional, highly dedicated Serenity Police Officer who believes in being prepared for the worst-case scenario. Even if it means breaking a few rules, his goal is to ensure his team will survive any challenge they may face on the streets. He takes his mission to protect and defend the citizens of Serenity very seriously.

Sergeant Avery Halberd - Called "Hal" by his teammates, Sergeant Halberd is Zak's second in command for the team; like Zak, he's a veteran of the SPD. He's easy-going and good-natured, but his Captain's word is law on the job. He's a little cynical about life as an Officer, but when it comes to protecting Serenity and her citizens, no sacrifice is too great.

Officer Amber Kynterle - Still considered a rookie in the Department, Kynterle's "new kid" mentality hasn't worn off. She's generally cheerful, lighthearted, and full of energy, which keeps her older male companions on their toes. Still a little naive, she starts every day looking forward to high speed chases and gun battles, without really understanding the kind of danger she's getting into every time she puts on her uniform.

Officer Chrissa Maxwell - As a brand new member on Zak's team, Maxwell is something of an unknown to the rest of her teammates. She has a cool, aristocratic manner, and remains aloof and impersonal with others around her. Although she seems exceptionally capable for a brand new Officer, she carefully guards her shadowy past and won't open up to those who would befriend her.

These are about half of the "main characters." In the interest of keeping posts to an easily readable length, I'll put up the second half in another post later on. Let me know what you think!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

"The Serenity Solution" Project, Part 1

The posts of The Serenity Solution Project will explore the various aspects of my book, everything from the world in which it takes place, to the main characters, to discussions about the plot and where I hope to see the work go in the future. I'll be posting this in several parts, and I invite and questions, comments, and discussions on the topics.

For now, I thought I'd start out by providing a bit of a teaser, something similar to what you might see on the back cover of the book once it's published. Keep in mind, this is just my imagination at work. I'm not a marketing major, so I'm not sure exactly what a publisher would put on the back. Enjoy.

"God punishes the wicked and Nature destroys the unwary, but Mankind's greatest enemy has always been itself. A century and a half after an apocalyptic nuclear war, Humanity is struggling to build a utopian society in the form of seven city-states. But even as peace and order reach new heights, there are those who seek to incorporate the city-states into their own sinister plans.

Even while struggling to keep the peace, a team of Police Officers with the Serenity Police Department finds itself in the middle of a growing war which threatens to consume the city-state of Serenity. Undermined by his own chain of command and confronted by betrayal, Captain Zakariah Atheeda realizes he has to take his team outside the law if he wants to save his city and, somehow, get everyone home alive. Meanwhile, a mysterious woman known only as Harmony holds the lives of countless thousands in her hands as she navigates the political minefields of future Earth in an attempt to subjugate Serenity for 'the greater good.'

As plots with global consequences unfold, these opposing forces collide in a battle in which the weak are pawns and only the prepared have any chance of survival. Sacrifices will be required, loyalties will be tested, and alliances will be found in the most unlikely of places. Strap in, lock and load, because this is the dangerous reality of the future. This is the reality of The Serenity Solution."

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The First Post

The purpose of this blog will be to relay news about my writing. Here, I'll discuss the various issues that I'm dealing with in regards to publishing my first full-length novel, The Serenity Solution. Once it's published and I move on to other works, I'll be posting news and updates about those as well.

It's been some time since I've used a blog of any sort, so I apologize if things look a little cluttered and unprofessional right now. I'm learning as I go along, and hopefully things will get cleaned up. Hopefully, if I'm successful at all, I can get a site of my own. But that's all in the future; this is what I have right now, and I intend to make the best of it.

This blog will be open to comments, and hopefully I can find a way to get some sort of discussions going on here. I love writing and I love the various challenges and problems that it can present, anything from the purely grammatical to the ideological and moral issues that come up. This, too, will take time, as I begin to better understand how this blogging thing works.

For now, my main topic of discussion on this site will be The Serenity Solution and the various aspects of it. Obviously, I can't share the whole work here, and not just for copyright reasons - the manuscript is 291 pages long, before being double-spaced in the appropriate format. It's also about 179,000 words long, which I understand is a bit lengthy for a novel. But, I would like to at least familiarize people with the basic concepts behind the work, including the world in which the plot takes place, and the more specific setting as it pertains to the novel itself. I also want to give a brief overview of the plot (without spoiling the ending, of course), and briefly introduce the main characters. The various inspirations for the book might also work themselves in. And of course, I'll be keeping everyone updated on the progress of getting the book published as well.

So please, make yourselves and home, and feel free to look around. Comments, as long as they are serious and civil, are welcome on any of the posts. My work schedule keeps me away from the internet for most of each week, so please have patience with me. I will reply to any questions or comments that warrant it, and I'll update the site as I'm able.

Welcome to my blog!

- Bryan R. Durkin