So, I guess I’m overdue for an update.
First things first — finished major edit of Gain of A Man Less (down to 41K). Tossed out a stupid amount of words, and I kind of feel like I took a step back from the story. On the other hand, at least I can now think of moving forward. Kind of.
Of Rats In Darkest Corners (71K): the soul searching continues. I think I’m back to a non-scientific explanation for the problem, but now I’m having a dilemma concerning the “source” of the problem. There’s a thought that stuck in my head, that would make it much, much tougher on the protagonists’ state of mind. So much so that I’m wondering if it’s not too much. I know the rule of thumb is, do the worst that can be done to your characters without going stupid, and this wouldn’t be going stupid, nor would it be doing drama for the sake of drama alone. But it will change the underlying theme of the story. Drastically. To the point I’m not sure I want to do it. On the other hand, it’s a twist that I feel is potent. Thought process to be continued…
Counter Central (19K): Yes, that one came to life. Got it past that 15K mark I was shooting for at the start of the year. Out for feedback. Happy noodles.
The Journeyman (51K): Got some feedback on it, and it’s got my usual 1st person POV problem. So I have to work in some more detail into the beginning of it and throw it in for a round two.
Sake of the Pack (13K): I’d considered shelving it, but I’m going back and forth on this one. From previous feedback, needs more world detail, but otherwise strong voice and interesting plot, blah blah blah, but I’m kind of feeling “out of the zone” on it. Because it’s a strong voice (my favorite type of character to write, so easy to get into his voice), I almost want to work in the missing details and throw it in for a round two. But I’m not sure that I want to work on this story. Either that, or I need to re-envision where it’s headed and hopefully get back into the zone on it.
Dancing with Demons (36K): Super-happy to report I actually fixed the beginning of this one (its original beginning sucked badly, it was literally a discarded excerpt from mid-chapter of Sake of the Pack). It’s out for feedback, so we’ll see how well this beginning works, if at all. But I did straighten out a ton of issues I had with it before, and I think it’s going good places.
Crossing Roads (56K): Out for feedback. My main issue with this one is length and how quickly it moves toward its plot; similar to The Journeyman, actually. I like each and every scene by itself, but I have the nagging suspicion that taken together, the scenes aren’t moving the plot along quickly enough.
Linking Rings (23K): Fixed the beginning. I still love this story and it’s totally the type of story I want to write. So I did send its beginning out for feedback. At the same time — look at that list of stories up there!! Crazy daisy.
Continuity of Shadows (13K): It’s out for feedback, but I had a glimpse into what to expect… and I’m getting a “main character bored = reader bored.” I’ve always known it’s a risky start (the protagonist isn’t supposed to be bored, he’s supposed to be convinced he’s meaningless, but that probably just shows I’m not a good enough writer to pull it off). But it’s the start that makes sense for this story, so I have to make it work. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve tried starting it later, long after the “inciting incident,” but that was just bleh. The meaningless bit is pretty much the heart of the theme of this story. But maybe I’ve front-loaded too much of the world in there and I’ve slowed it down too much. We’ll see. I’ll wait for the official feedback before I think about it further.
Castles of Sand and Stone (85K): Out for feedback. Kind of holding my breath on this one, as I have no idea, whatsoever, what to expect. On the other hand, as I’ve mentioned a ton of times before, I love this story to bits, so I hope it won’t go too horribly. =)
Trajectory (27K): Yup, the script has now been inserted into a word document, and I’m (slowly) starting to convert it into prose. It will be novella length and it will be 1st Person POV, so it will take a ton of work to get there… but it’s the right thing for this story. I feel like this could become a really good one. Then again — I first have to make it readable.
The Continent Series: Empty Spaces (4,5K) and The Turn of the Wilds: Bent Steel (53K): They’re both inactive right now, but I’ve been considering pulling them both forward as a first (only?) book in what I thought of as their respective series. Both The Continent Series: Moving Targets (7,6K) and The Turn of the Wilds: Tarnished Red (12K) are obviously stories I like. But … With Moving Targets, I feel the story is more style than plot (it’s supposed to be a cat and mouse chase between a newly minted criminal and an undercover soldier in a “stunted” pre-digital age type society, i.e. atompunk, but it’s a bit … thin, and I can’t think of a way to “fluff” it out without breaking Empty Spaces, which I think works quite well as is). With Tarnished Red, I have this idea of what it should be, I feel like the story is interesting… but I don’t feel interested in writing it. Maybe that will pass, too. Either way, both of these stories/series are on hiatus, but both may reemerge as single standalone stories. I guess that remains to be seen.
Oh, and I’ve submitted to Writers of the Future again. And I have a short story accepted into an anthology. More on this when the time is right…