30 May 2012 update: I thank my graduate education, for teaching me how to recycle/ reuse/ revise prior written material for new writing projects. While Island in the Moon is gone, she (for some reason, it’s a “she” in my head) lives through the two-novel series that I’m currently working on.
“It’s alive! ALIVE!!!!”
For that reason, I must remove the actual “Aborted Novel” material, but these updates will remain. Hooray for literary Frankensteining!
26 November 2011 update: I’ve managed to recycle some part of my aborted novel into a chapter of my current novel (specifically those two favorite parts mentioned in the previous note below). But the alternative world/ magical vs. non-magical on a Jovian moon concept is still dead as a dodo. May it rest in pieces.
22 May 2010 Note: This is my aborted novel. I’d been tinkering with it, off and on, since 1985, when I was in middle school. The stuff that I wrote back then I thankfully trashed a long time ago. But the idea of it held on, and in a roughly six-month stint eight years ago, I wrote what you see below. After that six months, my muse fell silent again, and I have moved on to other ideas. If anyone wants to pick up where I left off — or even do major surgery and make it his or her own — be my guest. Just give me credit for where you got the inspiration. I just hope, in more capable hands, that this story comes to life again and runs its course to a proper The End.
By the way, this was supposed to be an alternative human history, in which human beings didn’t evolve from Earth but from one of the more habitable moons of Jupiter. Of course, I had to give a different name for Jupiter (“Gebayu”), as well as a different creation-myth of how humans came to be. I did a bit of research to find an appropriate moon, but I have since thrown away all of my notes.
For what it’s worth, my two favorite scenes — the ones that amazes me that I was even capable of writing them — are 1) when my hero, Galin, is reunited with his foster mother, Queen Aneca, at his boarding school and 2) when Galin realizes that Aneca has died.
An Island in the Moon
By Rufel Ramos
Ch. 1: 5/30/2002 1:00 AM
Ch. 2: 5/30/2002 5:00 PM
Ch. 3: 6/15/2002 6:37 PM
Supplemental Ch. 1: 12/20/2001