New Path Going Forward

It’s been a while. I’ve dropped the ball a bit, but I feel like I can now get started doing something even grander than I have before. I want to continue doing writing prompts, but that is only scratching the surface of what I have planned.

Over the past few months, I’ve been busy writing a new short story (technically it’s a novelette being over 10,000 words, but whatever). What this showed me is that, if I really put my mind to it, I can write something with some actual meat to it. So, my new plan is to write three more 10,000-word stories through the rest of the year. I’m looking to create my own anthology collection and try selling it to a publisher. I have five more story ideas on the back burner. All of which have plans for further development should any of them be picked up.

So, what is this new secret project I’ve been working on? Can’t tell. I might let some people read, but I am not going to release it publicly just yet. I will, however, share with you a picture of the main character.

DraigMondzahn

This is Draig Mondzahn, a Draconic Lycanthrope. He wields a powerful weapon called the Lunar Ignis, a magical flame sword that, like himself, draws power from the moon. The story I wrote delves into his origin story: a slave learning of his heritage and learning to give in to the Night. The artwork you see is done by the amazingly talented Thea Ozaeta. Check out her Home Page or her Tumblr to see her awesome other works. Perhaps even commission a piece of art from her. You won’t be disappointed.

All my stories will be a part of this fantasy world. I look forward to expanding on this world and sharing with you my dream. I will also be reworking my superhero “Amp” story. I feel I can do better, now that I know what I want to do with her. Yes, I made Amp female. I hated the ambiguous nature of the character in the first draft. So, join me as I start this journey. Send me encouragement, as I’ll be fighting to stay motivated with my job being the way it is.

It’s time to #Dream2018!

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Codename: Amp

A few months ago, I submitted a short story to Meerkat Press for an upcoming superhero anthology. Needless to say, I didn’t make the cut. There were over 700 submissions, so the likelihood of me being accepted, on my first try, was pretty astronomical. Unfortunately, this also caused me to become depressed. I felt like I failed as a writer. Then I had to remind myself that, this was my first ever submission. The story I wrote was rushed and not completely planned out.

Then work set in, and I found myself working 50+ hours a week. Then sickness. Then a general sense of “Blech”. I hadn’t looked at my story since I submitted it back in September. I didn’t want to look at my failure again. Finally, I had enough. I want to be a writer. I can’t let the denial of one publisher get me down. So I went out, bought a new Chromebook with my Christmas money dedicated to just writing, found a spot at my local library and started writing again. (I am currently at said Library. It’s nice to not be distracted.) My first mission, polishing my first short story, Codename: Amp.

It’s been a while since I opened up this file. As I reread it, I found certain things that needed more details. Reasons why, I think, might have kept me from being picked. Certainly, there were probably more reasons, but these were reasons I found unacceptable. Perhaps if I had started earlier and had more time to polish the story, it would have faired better. Regardless, I have finished the story and I will now release it freely.

A couple of notes before reading, though. I intentionally left out some details, namely main character, Alex. The entire story is written in a first person narrative, so I wanted to let the readers put themselves into the story, so I never give the main character a true gender. The location of the story is also vague, again to allow the reader to fill in the gaps with their own imagination. It might not have been a smart move on my part, but I feel that if I can let the reader be a part of the story, then they’ll take more from it.

But, let’s not waste any more time. This is hard for me because I don’t want to get burned again, but life is not without risk. You can download/view the PDF of my story down below. So, without further adieu, here is “Codename: Amp”.

Download the PDF here

Going for it!

Well, I’m finally going for it… I wrote and submitted a short story for a Superhero anthology book. It’s with Meerkat Press for their upcoming book, Behind the Mask. 

Behind the Mask: A Superhero Anthology

I’ve spent the past couple of weeks getting this project off the ground and I’m really excited/nervous about what will happen. I will know by November 15 whether or not my story will be published. Stay turned, as I will know more in the upcoming weeks.

What is my story about? I guess you’ll just have to wait and see!