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Stats Post: Fiction Worlds and Names Beginning with K

The Peninsula

• "Crossing the Barrier" is on submission. I haven't heard back about the art yet, so everything's still pending.

Summerlight, "Prelude to Dance," just got an edit and an update. On the PDF. I've decided when making major updates that unless I think the original needs serious help, I won't be editing the blog posts, simply because it's harder and there are more of them. In short, I moved the second part to the front to simplify.

I have not posted a new update on Summerlight yet because it's a structural book and I just saw the big picture last week, which means I've been spending this week sketching out the ending and some key points throughout. I do hope to settle back soon into a chronological groove with the writing, but I won't be posting anything until the next part is written and betaed.

• I have a few other shorts on the back burner and a couple of I'm-not-sure-how-longs. I'm not focusing on drafting them at this time. I figure the novel is quite suffiicient to keep me.


The Mirror

So this universe has given me its overall arc a whole lot better than any other storyworld to date. It has a pretty complex history and power system, with the powers themselves being rooted in another dimension and with a rather different set of possiblities being accepted and/or used at different times in history.

What makes this storyworld so particularly interesting to me is that it's the first time where I have a clearly fantasy premise rooted in an intensely "Christian" worldview. By "Christian," I mean that this is a rather secular empire that uses the Bible and its carefully manufactured interpretation thereof to control a worldwide populace, as well as several outlying space colonies.

• Several shorts are in progress, though I'm not completely happy with any of them yet, thus the slow work. Getting the voice right is tricky. We have "Eye of the Mirror," "The Silver," and Sacred Mirror, all of which are tentative titles.



• I'm certainly learning quite a bit about worldbuilding with this one. This is a world that did not arrive fully formed and refused to shape itself. Nope. It's making me do all the heavy lifting (which is kind of fun, if I'm being honest). I'm developing a Series Bible for it and counting this as writing time because I will be putting in a PDF format and keeping it for personal use.

• I have four stories completely drafted, on paper or on the computer: "Baker of Souls," "A Pretty Word," "Lost Heart," and "The Great Cat and His Soul." I'm planning on rewriting the first three with my updated worldbuilding information and better character building on the first and the third. The fourth will be heading over to my beta once it's typed.

• I have a fistful of stories I want to write in this universe: about the Fell, a girl who brought the destruction of the Old King's regime; about Shinet, the soulless, and her reluctant comrade, Covall; about the immortal empress; about the Mavren, the Collector and former enforcer; about the old doctor out in the hills with the water estate. We'll see.


The Alliance

This is a world from a long time ago and a different pen name, but an unplaceable drabble has inspired me to continue it. The drabble was "City of Glass," and the next piece will be entitled the same. It's a short series of drabbles set in the Alliance universe and can now be downloaded in PDF.


Unrelated Side Note

Apparently, I have an inordinate love for names beginning with the letter K.


Writing anything new? Any new world sparking your interest?

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Something Old, Something New

So I'm taking the month of November to scribble. Yes, scribble. Not nano, not expect, not create perfection and masterpieces, just remember why it was I always loved to scribble.

Something Old
A long time ago, I wrote a drabble entitled, "City of Glass." It's now on submission at The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. I loved this little story, but drabbles traditionally aren't very marketable, so I shelved it in the dusty electronic bins of someday stories. Today, I dusted it off and sent it. We hope.

Something New
I love short fiction, but finding whole magazines that publish the kind I'm interested in reading—and writing—was always difficult for me. I don't know how I missed this resource: Duotrope Digest. It's a search engine for writers to submit their material. I'm using it to discover new havens for both.

Something Special
So I've been reading Just a Whim, linked on the sidebar. A lovely little gem. It's the characters that make this story awesome. Thyme is the feistiest, most determined and creative girl. Her brother, Theo, is just funny. He tends to go with the flow, try and be opportunistic and greedy, but he's loyal and interesting and never quite succeeds at being taken seriously. Whim is still trying to figure out who he is, and he's the one who the story centers around.

Whim has finally walked away from his egotistical, gloating, and sadistic father, who has the power to grant a person's greatest wish or fear. Whim is the product of such a wish and has a similar power, but no social intelligence at all. Thankfully for him, he meets Thyme who undertakes to teach him the basics of being human, of living in this messy world that doesn't play by the rules that have undergirded his entire life, and of falling in love.

It's an enjoyable, generally light read with some serious moments as well. A nice reminder that life is always what we make of it.

[Note: I said I'd post this review at B&N, but the website has decided to do nothing if I click on the submit button, so I posted it over at Amazon instead.]

Something Blue
The illustration for "Crossing the Barrier" has been ordered and I should be able to show you something pretty soon. And it will have blue!

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