PS (added the following day): I'm starting to get some unusual lower back pain. I hope that's not some ominous aftereffect that was late showing up.
However that may be, I have gotten interested now in possibly whipping it into publishable shape, so that's another reason I've lost enthusiasm for preparing The Storm-Wing for publication. I think I would call the book something like Of Fathers and Demons. I need to shorten it drastically -- I'd like to get it below 100,000 words at the maximum. Some characters who pertain to the larger novel but have no real function here need to be eliminated. One of the problems is that it's not really a novel -- a book with a coherent plot; developing, interacting characters; a climax or climaxes; and a true beginning, middle, and end. It certainly isn't science fiction (although it's future history) and it certainly isn't fantasy. Its style is really uneven. It has portions that are compelling renditions of character and it has one sequence where one character tells the life story of another (an absorbing novella in itself), but a lot of it is exposition -- an info dump, if you will, although I hate that term. The original purpose was to show what became of the Jewish people after the Second Dark Age and what is happening with them by the time of the 28th century. So there is a lot of one character sitting there and narrating that history to others who aren't familiar with it. There is much philosophical argument in another section. Will anybody want to read that sort of thing? I don't know. But some parts of it are really good, if I do say so myself, so I may persist. I think if I ever publish MWFB that section will have to be eliminated for the sake of that coherent novel business that I spoke of above. And I don't want what I wrote there to be left on the cutting room floor.
So what do you think? Would any of you find the story of Judaism in the 28th century interesting enough to read? Give me your views on this, too!
I'm going to post this now, and it was hastily put together, so forgive any typos.