My second and final "short" story for 2013 is now complete and available for free on the A Single Sentence page of this site. Entitled 'The Tenth Crusade', it is just under 11,000 words in length. (For comparison sake, Apocrypha is 14k words and FYSM is 7.5k)
This story gave me hell. As I already posted in detail last month, I hated the original version of this story. After rewriting it, I realized I now hated the new ending. So that was 4-5 pages that went in the trash before I came up with a new ending. Not to mention there were parts of the new story that I then rewrote two or three times before being happy with them. I'm relatively certain when I say that this has been the most I've struggled with any story I've ever written.
After this, there will be a bit of time before I write another story. Not an infinite amount or anything, but some. Basically, both the plot elements for The Tenth Crusade and for Apocrypha started bumping around in my head before I even finished writing A Kind of Drug. So, without a doubt, they were the next two stories I would write. Now, however, my brain is clear of ideas for the first time since I can remember. Not that I don't have any more ideas for stories, mind you, just that I don't have any that are nagging at me day and night. So until that happens again (which usually takes anywhere between 1 day and 4 months) I just don't have anything to write.
Which, in some ways, is fine. I need to start getting serious about sending A Kind of Drug to prospective publishers as well as try to get some of my current short stories either (a) published in magazines or/and (b) published digitally on Amazon, iTunes, etc. It's something I need to really start concentrating on and it's literally impossible to write and work on the back end of getting published at the same time.
So, I do hope you enjoy the tale that is The Tenth Crusade. Till next time, party people.
So, a few years ago now, I wrote one of these entries about what happens when you write something and later realize it's crap. The entry in question was about Chapter 3 of A Kind of Drug and how I wrote quite a volume of pages before I realized I hated it and had to start from scratch.
Well, hoorah. Cause I've done it again.
Before I even finished my newest short story - A Single Sentence: Tyrants, Heathens, and Other Men of Grace - I realized there were elements about the story that were rubbing me the wrong way. But that's not infrequent and they're usually issues that I can polish up in the editing process. Unfortunately, this was not one of those times.
About a week or so ago, I realized that I pretty much hated the story. It wasn't awful, per say, but I didn't like half the characters, the pace, and even the overall plot was something I had not only used before, but in another A Single Sentence story to boot. So, after a lot of thought, I decided I'd be throwing the whole thing away.
Now, a lot of the base plot elements I was still happy with. Even one or two of the characters I still liked. The general world as it existed I was happy with, I just was unhappy with the direction that I decided to take it in. So, I thought about it over for a few days and, on Monday, took the idea from scratch and decided to come up with an entirely new plot.
The good news is, I did it. The bad news is, I still have to write it.
This means there is a negative 5,000% chance I will have a new story done in a week. I plan on begin writing again tomorrow night and at this point I have no idea how long it'll take for me to finish the story. I usually don't. It's one of those things where I just sit down and write and eventually find out if it's a 10-page story I'm writing or a 400-page story. (I thought Apocrypha would be about 15-20 pages before I started writing. It was 40. A Kind of Drug was originally a 6-page short story. Now it's 600 pages.)
The title of the story will also be changing. To what, I'm not sure yet. I'm throwing a couple of ideas around. But with the plot changing so violently, the original title doesn't make any sense. I might call it The Oracle of Babylon. I might call it The Third American Civil War. I might call it The Seven Gods of Parliament. I might call it none of those things.
But overall, my deepest apologies for building this story up for months and then dropping the ball at the last possible minute. I'm a dickhole. I know.
So, there's a lot of things going on. Let's start at the top.
First, the full version of A Kind of Drug. As far the re-edit and all that goes, it's about 90% finished. It's an incredibly slow and tedious thing that have to find every punctuation, spelling, and continuity error in a 150,000 word manuscript. I think I've now gotten them all and am just making the finishing touches to the last chapter and a half (which had the most continuity errors due to the time it took to write the whole book and my brain being an imperfect place).
Second, the book cover. That's coming a little more slowly. Mostly because I haven't been able to meet up with my friend who's working on it for a number of reasons. The current reason is the hurricane that's left half of Manhattan in the stone age (I have friends who have had no power, heating, or hot water for 5 days now). Hopefully we'll have power back in the city tomorrow and I can meet up with him soon. If not, I'll be creating a place-holder cover because......
My goal was to have the completed AKOD live by November 1st. That obviously didn't happen. So, now I'm gonna shoot for the Friday, the 16th. When that happens, YOU WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO READ ALL OF AKOD FOR FREE ON THIS WEBSITE. That's right, once the completed version of A Kind of Drug goes live on iTues, Amazon, etc, I will delete the last half of it from my website. So if you or any of your friends have ever wanted to read it for free, now's your chance. The price for the full book will be $4.99.
With that said, however, I would strongly suggest people to wait for the re-edited version. All in all, I've probably corrected around +500 mistakes throughout the manuscript. So, there definitely will be a good reason to read this new version as opposed to the old.
Oh, and when A Kind of Drug goes live, so will my short story, "Fuck You, Stephenie Meyer". It will be available for FREE still and the idea is to make it pop up in people's iTunes when they search for anything Stephenie Meyer related (since the last Twilight movie comes out in a couple of weeks). I figure people will either like it and then purchase AKOD or they'll hate it and make a big stink about me and then other people will purchase AKOD. Not a bad plan, eh?
And again, this will all go on in roughly 2 weeks from now on Friday, November 16th.
LASTLY, I am still at work trying to figure out what to write next. At this point in time, I have very little interest in starting another novel. I currently have the skeleton structure for 3 short stories bouncing around in my head and really just need to sit down and see which one is gonna grow meat first. Two of the stories are part of the "A Single Sentence" series while the third is actually sort of a science fiction story. I was hoping to get something else written by the end of the year, but that's looking unlikely at this point in time. By the time I get AKOD really finished and out there, Thanksgiving will be around the corner and I won't really be able to get anything solid and scripted. So maybe by mid-late January. Seems more reasonable.
I guess that's all for now. Thanks again for reading and sticking around.
Oh, and um, poop, or something.
Buddha, the Destroyer is live on the site. It clocks in at 30 pages and is the second story in the A Single Sentence series. Please to enjoy.
Also - an official update involving the serialization of A Kind of Drug will come in about two weeks.
Ta for now.
Earlier this evening I laid down the foundation for the first chapter of A Kind of Drug. A thousand words really isn't much, but it's easily the most difficult part of any massive undertaking. It's also the fourth or fifth time I've written the beginning to the book, but now that I've figured out how I plan on telling the story, this new version feels so much more secure than any of the previous ones.
I still need to write Buddha the Destroyer for the Single Sentence series, but the first bits of A Kind of Drug have been poking at my head for weeks now and really needed to get out. Maybe once I get done with a couple dozen pages, I'll go back and knock Buddha out before returning to the world of AKOD.
Heh heh. Knock Buddha out. That's a good one.