Gray Haze Update #17 – Bonus

I just finished the *new* Chapter 14! That means I only have three bonus chapters left in Part 1! Current word count: 75,868. It has been eleven weeks since I started the second draft, so I’ve written an average of 985 words a day (almost 1,000). It doesn’t sound like much, but as you can see, it adds up rather quickly.

I’m feeling pretty good about this additional POV. I think it adds a lot to the story and fills in some gaps that other characters couldn’t have filled. I hope I can pull this off.

Gray Haze is now officially longer than my first novel, Liquid Death, and I’m not even finished with Part 1. 🙂


Gray Haze will be an adult sci-fi/fantasy/horror novel with deep, existential themes, including love and loss, power and oppression, doubt and faith, and, of course, good and evil. I’m guessing I’ll be able to finish it in a year (by April 2020) and publish it in two years (by April 2021).

Revised synopsis:

APRIL 2041: THE BEGINNING OF THE END – Forced to raise her four younger siblings alone after a tragic accident, AMORA, a 21-year-old waitress in a small-town diner, wants to get out of Fog Creek and move to a big city with public transportation, where nobody knows her name…

MALIK, a senior at Fog Creek High School, has all the talent in the world. He excels in every sport and subject in school, and his peers either love or hate him for it. Despite his agreeable, lovable personality, he has racked up many enemies – far more than he realizes.

OSRIC, a software engineer with an unparalleled intellect, is burdened with the impossible task of fighting a mysterious virus that threatens to infect the world’s power grid, dooming the planet to eternal darkness.

And VALERIE, the only child of the wealthiest man in town, faces a crucial decision that could change her life, and the lives of billions of people, forever. The question is, for the better or worse?

Amora, Malik, and Osric will soon be forced to unite, as Valerie and two rival gangs rise against them to achieve their shared goal: summoning their Master and usurping authority over all living creatures. But their Master isn’t the only powerful player in town. Other Masters are returning after millennia to prepare for the Great War.

Whom will you serve?

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