With a sudden surge of participation of Facebook pages, Blogs, and Forums I realized I had not posted to my own blog. Nuts.
So… Progress update lest I lead you fair reader astray. In short, no progress. And I am doing a regrettably poor job of taking time off to get caught up on my steampunk reading. I have literally stacks of books begging to be read and blogged about.
What am I doing instead? I started a horror short story set in the world of “The West Wind.” It involves Rachel and her half brother Clarence but is told from the perspective of the sheriff of a small town into which they wander following a truly loathsome crime committed upon their persons nearby. This is a scene from “The West Wind” with all the same characters, action, and conflict– just told from a different perspective. The fun in it has been having to stick to the core of the storyline but given the opportunity to embellish and take the story in truly a different direction. It is over 10k words right now but I do plan on chopping it down in length to fit submission guidelines of a couple of markets where it may fit.
So, you may ask, what are your plans dear writer for “The West Wind?” Well… I want to get a first revision done before November so I can get copies out to a few close friends who have graciously agreed to be alpha readers. Why November? Another good question, but I would propose that the more perceptive among you know that November is National Novel Writing Month and, of course, I am already kicking around ideas for a sequel. I know there is a lot of territory out there to be covered and I am burning daylight.