Time for a new weekly writer’s roundup of my works-in-progress and those ready to read!
Although there were a number of disruptions Friday – Monday (including a family reunion and five hour car rides), I was pleased to have added four-thousand words to Vivian’s Last Cigarette with the three open days I had this week. It’s at eighty-four-hundred words and three chapters as of this morning. In addition, my short story Tears of the Joyous Mare went up on Aethereal Engines Saturday, and folks seem to be enjoying it.
I am really happy with Vivian’s Last Cigarette so far! I think that it will end-up as a nice novelette, and it breaks-up to fit a serial format as well. The play of the dialogue between the two main characters has been my favorite aspect of writing this story. I had a wonderful time crafting a scene with them involving underage drinking, fluffernutters, and how Tab soda tastes like piss…
(Warning: NSFW language and first draft snippets ahead!)
Viv is constantly foul-mouthed. However, although extreme, her language isn’t too far off from the vernacular I grew-up hearing from my peers in the 80s… when adults weren’t around. ;-) And it illustrates and contrasts her outlook and character so well against Gronk’s! Particularly in the above snippets, I love the mix I hit with the symbolism and juxtaposition of childhood favorites and adult preoccupations… That meeting of the waters that is our teenage years.
This also isn’t a story for intended for children, even with adult guidance. It’s about the awkwardness and pain of change, about experiencing adult emotions for the first time and how we grow with them. It’s a story for teens, and the adults that have been there.
And it’s particularly for those of us who enjoy a fantasy twist with orcs in it. ;-)
Alright, time for me to stop blogging and get back to writing some more fiction! Take care!