Writing a “Star Trek” parody is harder than it looks

In my post of September 15th, I told you the sales blurb for my upcoming soft-core porn novel The Bimborg.

Now, I didn’t come out and say it was a “Star Trek” parody, but between the art and the sales blurb, Trekkies will figure this out.

Well, I’ve since come to figure out that if my novel is a “Star Trek” parody, then it has to be just like “Star Trek” in one respect: It has to have epic battles.

I’ve published two previous novels as Doctor MC. The climax in both Names Have Power and Three More Wishes involved the good guy fighting the bad guy in a one-against-one confrontation. But with Bimborg, I’m not revealing any big spoilers to tell you that at least once in the novel, Charlie-Bob Owens and the bimborg have to fight off a whole lot of evil Cybes.

You’ll have fun when you read the chapter(s). But writing Cybes-v.-bimborg chapters is hard.

The first reason is that I’ve never been a general or admiral, so it’s a challenge for me to make what happens when imaginary armies collide, be believable.

The second reason is that an army has more options than an individual has. So when I have an evil army fighting a good army, I have to consider many more plot options of how the battle could go.

The third reason is that the action during a big-battle chapter is supposed to be exciting, so I need to do more plotting per page. In the beginning of the novel, I can spread out my plot points to one per page or one per several pages; but in the big battle scenes, a plot point might only take up two paragraphs before another plot point hits.

But am I complaining, saying “The life of a novelist is oppressive”? Not at all.

Follow me a moment—

I as a reader don’t like literature or “Chick Lit” where the entire story is a bunch of people talking and crying. When I pick up a novel, I want things to happen!

When events happen in a novel, it’s because the novelist plotted those events to happen.

Well, I give a lot of thought to my plotting, and the result is that in my stories, exciting things just seem to happen. I take great pride in that.

I don’t neglect the emotional parts, though I make them secondary. In both Names Have Power and Three More Wishes, the hero doesn’t change much, but someone near to the hero changes for the better during the novel. In Names Have Power, that person is Susan Cooper; and in Three More Wishes, both Fatima the genie and Virgilia the stripper have personal-growth character arcs.

So shall it continue in The Bimborg. Wait till you see what happens to the high-school girl who is originally known as Nightshade the witch.

But to get back to my original point: Writing The Bimborg has turned out to be the biggest writing challenge I’ve ever taken. But IMNSHO, you “Star Trek” fans will be blown away by the results.

Want to see the front cover and read the back-cover blurb?

Want to read the first three chapters?

EDIT: Added 2013.05.03—
Buy my books now! You know you want to.

The Bimborg

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EDIT: Added 2013.12.22—
Apple iTunes Bookstore

EDIT: Added 2014.06.27—
Page Foundry/Inktera EPUB

Three More Wishes: Be Kind To Your Genie

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NOOK EPUB

EDIT: Added 2013.12.22—
Apple iTunes Bookstore

EDIT: Added 2014.06.27—
Page Foundry/Inktera EPUB

Names Have Power

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Kindle
Kobo EPUB
NOOK EPUB

EDIT: Added 2013.12.22—
Apple iTunes Bookstore

EDIT: Added 2014.06.27—
Page Foundry/Inktera EPUB

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