December Win-Win

What happened? I really should ask myself that question, but then again I already know the answer. My Short Story December with a laid-back goal of four short stories over the course of the month … well, it hasn’t quite gone the way it was supposed to.

Map: CA Hawthorne
Map: CA Hawthorne

I reported I was ahead last week and had written five short stories of nearly 5K each before the middle of the month. That’s all well and good, but then a curious thing happened…

My short stories are almost always set in Pannulus, each containing important insights into its culture. After finishing the fifth short story this month I went to reference information from the one novel I set there (it went wrong near the end because my world building was insufficient so it’s on hold) and remembered I’d begun a series of special stories tied to the Pannulus novel.

*The novel? Stealing Light. It’s about Vistanna Martavien and was to kick off a Pannulus series about gifted teens where she was a part of a unique group, each member possessing a different magic gift. In the Carrdia stories there are 5 kinds of Partials, gifted individuals with specialized magic. In Pannulus, 2 more have evolved (they’re called Zycons there).

Courtesy: Pixabay
Courtesy: Pixabay

Vistanna’s story was the novel, but the other six people in her group were to have their own short story of around 10K. Back in May I wrote the first one, but then broke away to work on Pannulus world building and then, one thing leading to another, ended up editing the Carrdia novels in preparation for writing another one, which I did last month.

Whew! Did you get all that?

Anyway, somewhere along the line I forgot I’d written the first of those stories. When I opened Stealing Light, there was the first one, Song Beyond the Darkness. It’s about Ryleen Alispha, a Siren (gift of song), who’s a member of a city gang. Basically, she’s a teen overwhelmed with anger and resentment whose life takes an unexpected turn…

It was a gift to rediscover the project the same month I was focusing on short stories so I immediately jumped into Blood Flow. It’s about Trianne Partain, a Seeker (gift of reading character) who lives in profound poverty in a city rife with the worst Pannulus has to offer…

Now I’m working on Dogma in a Vial. Whalton Kane, a Wane (gift of fire/magic suppression), is also a small town farm kid who has an moral awakening that leads him into a disturbing mystery…

I’ll finish it today, leaving three left to write.

The fun element is these all possess a loose link that’ll eventually assist with the group bonding—if they can get past their personality and regional differences.

So, my casual Short Story December has become a virtual Short Story NaNo. Whatever. It’s assisting my world building and helping shape the character backgrounds for the Pannulus series at the same time. That’s a win-win.

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