Time for a new weekly writer’s roundup of my works-in-progress and those ready to read!
An irritatingly short-staffed workplace, paired with a long holiday weekend with lots of interruptions, combined to frustrate my progress on PRINCE OF STARS. It wasn’t a bad weekend; it just kept me from my goal of finishing the story. I did have fun Saturday night playing Cards Against Humanity with good friends, both drunk and sober.
On Sunday I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens and that was great fun! I’d give the film an “A” grade / five of five. I won’t drop any spoilers, although if you haven’t seen it yet at three weeks out you might want to stop using the internet until you do… Spoilers seem to be making their way into more and more of the feeds now. I will say that I really enjoyed The Force Awakens. Watching it also confirmed that my current work of space fantasy, although Star Wars inspired, definitely isn’t a rip-off of that franchise. I’m doing some different things with my themes and tropes, and the story has a different feel even if it is similar.
Although it was a busy weekend, I did manage to get some work done on PRINCE OF STARS. I’m within a thousand to fifteen-hundred words of finishing Chapter XII, and trying to reach the end of it before pausing work on that story for a few weeks.
I’ll be taking a break because before I pen the remaining two or three chapters of PRINCE, I want to finish my tale about the hunt for notorious pirate Hakbutt Bryne in The Brynesmark. I’ve been working off-and-on with that story since August, and I’m resolved to finishing the novelette by January’s end. It’s probably two-thirds of the way to a completed first draft already.
Both PRINCE OF STARS and The Brynesmark have open endings and enough background material so that I could keep adding to the stories and turn them into full novels. It’s an option I’ll keep open for both: PRINCE in particular was created to be like walking into the middle of an action serial. I envision writing the opening chapters leading up to “Chapter X” where it currently starts, then adding what comes after the current material. I think it could turn out pretty good!
The Brynesmark is even easier, because it ends at a great place to start a wider adventure and could keep its current opening without added material to the begining.
That said, I’m going to hold off on expanding those particular stories beyond novella status until I return to, and complete, other ongoing projects. My novella Oo-De-Lally needs to be finished. And Allied Section Alpha: Raid on the Château de la Malartrie is at five chapters and over fifteen thousand words as it waits to be made into a full-blown novel. Then there are the five short stories I need to write to complete the compilation book I’m planning…
I want to make 2016 a year of completed projects. Time to get started! :-) Take care!