Let's cut to it, what's back? Well, for fans of my classic steampunk adventures such as "Ice Trolls of the Alps" or "The Iron Dog", yes the crew of the USAS Gloria Star (formerly the USAS Mullen) are back, along with the long-promised "Palace of the Monkey Goddess"!!!
What am I thankful for? Well, lots. But right now, I'm extremely thankful for this crazy brain of mine that makes up stories, as well as all of you who I know look forward to reading them.
I'm also thankful for the fact that creatively, I never know what's going to happen next. I mean, there I was, minding my own business, mulling over some more serious literary work that's part of my other life as a writer, feeling kind of stuck. Nonetheless, I was able to enjoy some great time with family this long weekend, I was feeling good.
My oldest was the recipient of a bunch of terrific comics for an early holiday gift. He finished one and handed it to me. I stayed up late to finish it, and I just loved it. It was an anthology of loosely connected stories, and it got me thinking of these adventures, how much my kids like them, how much several people have told me they enjoy them.
You see, I was tuck with these adventures too. I mean, what am I supposed to do with a bunch of not-quite-stand-alone pieces of unpublishable length (20,000 words on average)? Pieces that link but do not rely upon each other? Pieces that don't quite come to me in chronological order?
Then I read this comic that has a bunch of stories that are independent, but have threads of the narrative, and just spin some great yarns for the sake of, well, fun. And we all know that I'm all about the fun.
Then all of a sudden as I'm reading and thinking about these adventures, I started thinking of how I abandoned "Wolves of Edinburgh" and rightly so. But I still had a couple of stories in the notebooks and another one outlined and ready to go.
So I spent some time ruminating on "Palace of the Monkey Goddess". It all came down to the fact that I needed to move one character's biography around. This character needed to be different than who I made them for this story because, well, I put that character into The Assassin's Table. Three "what-ifs" later, and because the answers to those what-ifs were good ones that got me excited, which is what happens when a story comes together, I knew it was time to get to work.
Now, her'es the other fun part, which means a pay-off for you, True Believers. I had finished inking in the first draft of the story a couple of years ago, but was daunted by the amount of keyboarding I had to do. I mean, this story is long. Just long enough to be utterly unpublishable. But I figured, what the heck, why not just dig in?
So, I open up the computer, find the document and look and... I was already into the story and had forgotten it. I'd forgotten that I had already keyed in FIFTEEN FREAKIN' PAGES!!!!
And that's great, because that means I've got a head start on the process. Enough of a head star on the process where I can key in at a fairly leisurely pace while still sharing out chunks of the story and serializing it here at Steampunk a-GoGo! Seriously, why wait? Right?
So today, you get to enjoy the prologue to the tale (which you may have read a couple years ago). With more to come.
My committment here is to keep up a good clip on the posting. The posting process for "The Case of the Soggy Carpet" was ridiculous. You deserve better. So I'll be making the effort.
There are quite a few chapters. Possibly enough to carry us weekly into 2017. Maybe that's a good thing to do. So enjoy. I've got work to do...