The Ever War

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Fourth Wall Falls

Today I finished up the 4th short story in the second anthology. Ostensibly it was Julienna's tale, but more importantly it dealt with a detail I had wanted to reveal for some time. I'm not sure if finally finishing this story produces the fulfillment of an author's contract from the series, as I'm not entirely sure I ever made a promise on this conclusion, but I think it certainly captures a moment I wanted revealed.

Hopefully when people read this story they'll see it slides in a piece of the story that they hadn't even realized was missing until they read it. 114 pages in and I'm still feeling pretty good about how these stories are shaping up. I wonder which I'll tackle next?

Friday, October 7, 2011

>33% Done

The 5th book (another short story anothology) has reached a critcal point, it's more than one third completed. Oddly enough the story I finished was the first short story I started from the series. It was originally going to be handled as a flashback in the third book but I felt like the storyline didn't further the overall story and was simply a unique adventure. It helps explain some of the details that appear in the third book without having to actually slow down that book with a tangent.

From the standpoint that you question when these anthologies end up in your grasping, clawing hands the answer is... I'm not yet sure. At first I was expecting I'd put out both books individually, but the more I work on them the more I see them as a complimentary pair so there is a strong chance they'll simplly end up getting released at the same time.

We'll see where my whimsy carries me as I continue to work on these stories and filling in some of the background that was previously removed to keep the pace up and keep the focus strong.