I’m a few hundred words away from completing the last chapter of Gift of the Ancien. And I haven’t added a single word today. But I did write the first 1,000 words of a short story, and I blame it on Dean Wesley Smith. He’s set himself the challenge of writing more than 100 stories over the next year (in between novels, I presume), which I think is a ridiculous goal for any writer who isn’t turning out product. I made notes for a future post on product, so I won’t beat on it right now. What DWS did was remind me of my own intention to get serious about writing short stories. I have a long list of titles and slightly developed ideas, so there’s really no excuse not to get into it.
But I have a novel to finish. And then a novella. And then another novel. Yes, but this story started acting like a magnet, at least for the moment, and I just couldn’t help it. The good part, or maybe not so good, depending on how you look at it, is that starting the story gave me another idea. It’s about a wealthy but foolish guy who insists on living in a beach house that, in his mind, needs an English country garden. And climate change, which he doesn’t believe in, is shifting things around behind his back. No sooner did I get that 1,000 words down, than the mental gears started grinding away. Why not a collection of shorts about climate change? And what about the possibly next story, about a family fleeing the coast, and landing in the town where the first half of Gift of the Ancien takes place? They arrive just as the hurricane is about to strike (yes, there’s a hurricane in Gift), and take refuge in an abandoned house.
So right now I’m not liking DWS very much because I already had enough writing lined up to keep me busy until about 2022.
And then there’s Gift, itself. Ages of Blood is a collection of shorts that were originally interludes in Gift. For some reason, I decided the novel would be better off without them. But Ages of Blood is a misfit as an adjunct to the novel. It works as a prequel, but it also gives away a little too much of the plot. I’ve been unhappy about it ever since I published it, so it’s now unpublished and I’m thinking about adding it back to the novel, possibly with some revisions.
And then there’s . . .