So my writing efforts continue unchecked at least for the moment. I have some stuff making the rounds with various editors, and was trying to decide what to do next. So I decided upon a little experiment.
I’ve written a few longer stories from outlines with lots and lots of plotting, but I’ve never attempted a short novel without having an outline or really much more than a couple of characters and some initial ideas. So I thought I’d give it a try on Wattpad. I’m going to publish one or two chapters a week (500 – 1000 words or so) until I write myself into a corner and blow up my creation or manage to write said short novel.
My working title is Gabby the Bug Eyed Monster. I put up the first chapter up on Wattpad and plan on posting chapter two no later than August 25, 2019. For anyone who might want to check this out, be warned this is not a complete story. It is the first chapter of a work-in-progress. I’m sure that the 40K-oriented readers on here will notice some passing similarities to a certain favored xenos race….
I made a quick and easy cover for the story. If I manage to make decent traction with writing the thing, and it gets a half-way decent reception from the reading-free-stuff-online crowd, I might commission a nicer cover for it down the road.
Otherwise, I joined the Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge and pledged to read at least 50 books this year. So far I’m up to 34, which the site tells me puts me three books ahead of schedule. So that’s keen.
My reading for July 2019 was:
- The Wanderer by Fritz Leiber
- The Howling Asteroid by Murray Leinster
- Forever Free by Joe Haldeman
- Mulgara: The Necromancer’s Will by David Rose
- Appreciate Your Life: The Essence of Zen Practice by Taizan Maezumi
I’ll be back again
(hopefully) with Chapter Two of Gabby next Sunday, and if my sacrifices to the Elder Gods have been particularly propitious maybe I’ll even make some progress on another poxwalker as well!