So far, the Mad Scientist story is amusing me tremendously, so it’s successful at that, at least. I’ll finish it up tonight, I think and then I’ll send it off for the Anthology I’m writing it for. What the heck, if it doesn’t sell there, I’ll send it elsewhere. It is fun to write and to be honest, I needed to write something, finish it and send it out.
Speaking of, yeah, more accountability.=: I didn’t write or submit a story last week. So I’m two weeks behind now. But the good news is, I have some time to catch up now that my interview cycle is done.
I’ve also been giving more thought to my first Epic (huge) fantasy novel. I started outlining it a few years ago and realized that the scope I had in mind was way too big for the level of skill I had then. So I tried to write a few ‘simple’ novels (one of which still managed to sprawl to 140k words). But reading Shelby Foote and Michael Sharra has made me start thinking about it again.
The challenge is to write a secondary world novel that feels as real as the historical fiction and narrative fiction of Sharra and Foote. I don’t want to write a pastiche of an existing war, now covering up WW 2 or the Civil War in fantasy or sci-fi clothing. I want to do something original, utterly fictional but detailed enough that it feels like history, not fantasy.
To do all that, I’ll need to invent a whole lot of characters and history. Luckily I like doing that. I’m leaning towards fantasy, setting this in my Angel Odyssey universe. That means gods and magic, which should also be cool. But I don’t want it to feel too contemporary. The last thing I want is 21st century sensibilities in a 5th century BC sort of world. I’ve read a few historical novels lately that did that and it irritated.
Anyway, very much enjoying having my brain turned on again. I can’t wait to see what boils over.