Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by today. I know weekends have become a down time for blog reading as the weather gets nicer, so I appreciate the time you have taken to visit me today.
I’d like to talk about my plans for the blog, my writing, and future publishing plans. This information most likely is of interest only to me, but it’s good to organize your thoughts and I hope that the outline of this plan may inspire you to create your own. As regular readers will know, Sinistral Scribblings underwent a face lift a few weeks ago to what I hope is a more streamlined and easier-on-the-eyes look. I chose to use one of WordPress’ default themes for restaurants, which seems strange, but I think it works rather well for a fiction blog.
At the same time that I re-themed the blog, I also adjusted my focus on my writing plan and it has undergone numerous tweaks since then. If you take a look at the navigation menu over to the left, you can see that the majority of the navigation items I used to have are gone. I have narrowed my focus to three projects: Easy Money, Harper’s Grove and Wyld Hunt. I have also made the decision to no longer work with writing prompts (this decision was made yesterday, so it may change) so that I can focus on these stories. Ultimately, these stories will result in enough material for me to assemble novels, which I hope to then attempt publication through the traditional route of a big publishing house.
Easy Money was born back in the mid ’90′s. The first few paragraphs of it were written in a class I was taking on Ancient Mesoamerica. Those paragraphs eventually became a rather extensive action sequence which was cut from the original short story on the advice of my long-time friend, Kevin Wilson. Kev’s advice was sound, as most people have enjoyed the end result. About 10-12 years ago, Easy Money underwent a revision to make it more family friendly- profanity and sex were removed and some the characters got name changes. I also refined some of the language and streamlined a few scenes so that they read easier. At some point around 1999-2000, I sent the story out to two magazines for publication. It was rejected on both counts.
Easy Money was pushed into the junk bin, but last year, new life was breathed into it when my brother suggested to a friend of his that the story would translate well into graphic novel form. After spending time translating some of the story into a script and expanding on the world and story, that project abruptly ended.
The characters and story were fresh in my mind once again. The asteroid colony of Yndi had become Yndi City here in North America, and what was once to take place in the far future, is now taking place a mere 70 years from now. The relationships between Gris, Reggie and Jefferies have become more complex as their history was explored. The man behind the counter of the Zephyr, once only known as “the bartender” with only one line, is now Raz, a friendly guy whose speech incorporates a few Spanish words and acts as an informant to those with enough credit to spend. The gangs – Tiburons, Raptors, Jolly Rogers – are more than just street thugs. They have goals and ideals (no matter how low).
In short: This world grew rather quickly in a short amount of time. I want to tell these stories and I think you will enjoy them. As of this day, there are three stories published to the blog, a fourth mostly written, and a fifth planned. The stories are meant to be read one after the other in the order listed on the Easy Money page I created specifically to keep things easy to find. This is, essentially, a novel that is being posted roughly 1,000 words at a time as I write the parts. As it stands today, it looks as if the first five posts will cover the time period of the first fifth of the short story.
Much like Easy Money, Wyld Hunt is a novel being posted roughly 1,000 words at a time. Also like Easy Money, the reading order can be found on the Wyld Hunt page.
Wyld Hunt came about as a response to a writing prompt. It was so well liked, that readers demanded more – and so I wrote more. The original posts have been removed, but I believe there were three of them. From those three, I felt I had the germ of a good fantasy book, so I set about ordering the posts, figuring out what transpired in between them and began to re-write and add material accordingly.
What happened is that I found I did have a novel on my hands and decided to work on it. Chapters and scenes were written (out of order, which is how I do things as long as I have a clear outline to keep things organized) and planned out. I currently have 14 posts either written, at various stages of completion or outlined. As of this day, only two posts have been published to the blog.
This project is a bit harder to deal with. It has become a “catch-all” for any of the modern urban fantasy stories I have written – Hannah Anne (the witch at 11 posts), Mr Lux (the mortician who can speak to the dead at 4 posts), Mrs Jones and Clarence Brown (the library ghosts at 1 post) and others I haven’t introduced yet, for a grand total of 16 posts! All of these posts have been categorized and placed in reading order on the Harper’s Grove page. In addition, the actual beginning of Hannah’s novel has been disguised as the post, Welcome to Harper’s Grove! so I suppose you could say 17 posts.
The Hannah Anne stories will become a book someday, though very different from the stories you can find here. Many of the posts (in particular the ones which mention magical items from other published works) will not find their way into the final story. Stories that have been written within the last week are more in line with what you can expect from the book. It may be that at some point in the near future, I may scrap all the Hannah stories that are currently posted and start fresh as I did with Easy Money and Wyld Hunt. That decision has not yet been made.
What I can say for certain is that Mr Lux will not have his own book, but I am writing a short story about him that I intend to send to Shimmer Magazine first above any others. I feel that his story will be a perfect match for what they publish over there. The library ghosts will pop in with their own stories now and then, and all of these characters will make brief appearances in Hannah’s book (if it’s necessary – there won’t be any gratuitous cameos just because I think it’ll be cool).
Last week, I published 6 posts to the blog – 2 from each project. The total number of words I wrote was almost 7,000 (according to Scrivener – other word processors may calculate differently). In total, the word count on all three projects so far is around 27,300.
I am going to work exclusively on these projects. I have become invested in this – sucked into the worlds and stories of these characters. And I’ve gotten pretty grumpy when I have to be pulled away from them (sorry, Honey! Please, bear with me!). I can’t say that there will be a post a day or that anything will be posted in any order, but I will keep writing and keep sharing.
As always, please leave a comment if you visit and read. Leave some criticism. I have a thick skin and am always looking to improve my writing so that it will be the best it can be. If you have questions about something going on in a story because you think you don’t have enough information, check to be sure you have read all of the previous installments and if you still have questions because of that, chances are you aren’t supposed to know yet. Remember, these are novels in progress, not stand alone stories.
Again, thanks for reading and supporting me. You guys have been a big help to me, especially my lovely wife (who is supporting me in this endeavor despite the financial difficulties), the wonderful folks of the Fab Four Writers: Shannon, Steph and David (I’m the fourth. Go check out their fiction, it’s some of the best you’ll find online.), my brother (whose actions with Easy Money allowed me to rediscover a great story) and everyone else who has taken time away from their families and work (however brief) to read and comment on my stories with your wonderful words.