I trust this Good Friday finds you well and reflecting on a week of good effort, regardless of your chosen faith. Also, I hope that my Friday updates bring a bit of ease to the stress of your life, providing a bit of reward for making through another week. Let's face it, even those of us who are lucky enough to enjoy what we do still need that singular relief that Friday brings us.
"Revenge of the Squid Queen, Part Fourth" is ready for you. You might notice that I've been posting the story in smaller chunks than before. There's a couple reasons for that. I thought it might be easier for you to read each week if I kept it in smaller pieces. Part of it is that I've had limited time and energy to keyboard, so I've kept the pieces short just due to the pragmatics of things. Finally, it seems that this story itself organically seems to be divided into shorter pieces. I'm not sure how that happened, but it works out.
You may have noticed a new tab titled "The Good Deeds of the Snow Lion Society". Yes, I'm nuts, I'm in the process of dreaming up an entirely new series. This one's going to be quite different and quite fun. I'm not sharing more than that other to say that I'm having a lot of fun with the story I'm developing right now and when I'm having fun, I usually produce a product that you'll enjoy.
Finally, fans of "The Assassin's Table", I'm not sure what the hell to tell you. The book is on semi-permanent hiatus, and I can't promise a return date or even give you a timeline. I recently skimmed my notes and looked over the chapters and...I'm not too happy with it. There's good stuff there, but... the overall narrative seems rushed and undeveloped. There's cool characters and situations in there, but... I don't think it's a novel.
But take heart. I don't think it's dead. I think it needs a reworking. The story, and the structure. I'm not trying to be self-effacing here, but I really don't think I'm a novelist right now. I don't have the time, the energy or really the attention span to be a novelist. I've got too many ideas rattling around and I'm not patient enough to hold onto them before sharing them. Also, I think the 10,000-20,000 word short story seems to be my purview. It's the right length for what I like to do, and I seem to be strongest when I stick to this. It's the right length for satisfying effort. The narratives can remain focused and rewarding. I think it's what I'm going to do moving forward.
So the world of "The Assassin's Table" is not dead. But I do envision taking the pieces of it and doing what I do with my other adventure series'. A series of stories with a common narrative thread will keep things fresh, and also give me an excuse to explore more of the characters and give them a more independent life.
Or I might say the hell with it and write the book. We'll see.
Until then, my main mission remains the same. I'm bringing you fanciful over the top adventure with great fight scenes for the foreseeable future.
There's lots of fun to be had. Enjoy!