Oh yes, autumn. Cooler air invades, the leaves turn, drizzle glistens on the pavement, and I burn with inspiration. No wonder I’m not a summer drafter. You want to talk about plans? I have plans for this autumn that are ambitious and even if I fell short I’d still have a lot to show for my efforts.
I don’t intend to fall short.
I’m a fantasy writer, in case anyone is wondering (if you’ve read this far you must be wondering about something). As I alluded to last week, my focus coming back from my hiatus is my fiction, meaning my unique brand of fantasy.
The one project that remains on hold until the dead of winter is world building for the Pannulus novels, though there are a healthy number of Pannulus short stories.
So, the upcoming projects that will happen…
September: Rewrite the periphery novel Essence Stone (started a few days ago). In this case, periphery means the same country and timeline, but different characters. It was written in July 2017, but the separate plot lines didn’t work together (not to mention chemistry between the two lead characters was absent). The offending parts are already removed. The reason I decided to tackle this is there are events in it that influence Riparia’s Bk3. Speaking of which…
October: Finish the narrative outline for Bk3. I’ve written notes as far as the story’s midpoint and know much of what comes after. Already my work on the Essence Stone rewrite is bringing Bk3 increasingly into focus.
November: Draft Bk3 during NaNo (my fifth NaNo). I haven’t yet settled on the title.
Okay, back to the present moment…
My brand of fantasy is a bit different. I’ve read similar, though I’ll save comparisons for another time. I write otherworld fantasy that has plenty of magic and adventure, but I fear that’s all that comes across on the blog. After all, I talk a lot about the magic system and maps and the like. Why? Because it’s easy. It’s more difficult to talk about characters and societal issues in the novels without revealing the stories.
I need to try harder.
On the website at present there are three tales under the Short Stories heading:
Gryphon Gray is a 4.6K historical Ontyre short story that’s the closest I’ve come to High Fantasy, though it captures much about my writing style.
Stepping Stones is flash fiction and a contemporary Earth tale (yes, I write those on occasion, as well as sci-fi) that tackles a social issue, but with a twist.
The Bridge in Distant Farthing is a fantasy flash fiction and takes place in Pannulus. Given its length it doesn’t have the opportunity to reveal much world building outside a glimpse at witches so, rather than an Ontyre meal it’s more of a taste and, of course, with a twist.
The short stories I share online are, in a way, a resumé and should reflect my writing from varied angles. This summer I concluded there was a gap, or missing aspects, to my writing I wanted to show. Truly, I’m explaining this badly because the best way I explain isn’t by telling in a blog, but by showing via fiction.
Well, I’m going to take care of that.
Next week I’m going to post a 5K short story. It takes place in Pannulus (there aren’t any Carrdia short stories, as it happens). It’s about a successful young woman who’s weighed down by the past people won’t let her forget—and then a piece of that past boards an airship flight with her. There’s a fair amount of humor and airship technology is glimpsed, along with an LGBTIQ issue as seen through the eyes of Ontyre.
Yes, to celebrate the blog’s return, next week I’ll post Taking Flight.
See you then.