Before I go on, I want to say that I may remove the prologue and place it into a story that will precede this one…as I am suddenly tempted to do just that. The story itself takes place several millennia after the prologue and it seems to be a sort of literary sore thumb just waiting to be whacked by some unseen hammer for not quite meshing with the rest of the story. Besides. I have a whole ‘nother story zipping through my brain that includes the current prologue.
I wrote the beginning because I felt I needed a quick explanation for where the story has ended up. I am beginning to believe I was a bit premature with my inclusion (comes from starting a story under one title and ending up skipping through my list of titles to find a more apt one..) and now find myself facing a second storm brewing in my very creative mind.
I may even write a second “prequel” short that helps the reader a bit more with the ‘how’ of the story I am currently writing. (how all ended on earth, how humanity evolved into what they are in the current short, etc.) The reality being that this is meant as an ongoing series of short stories, not just one or two. Sort of a series of episodes.
In many ways, I am returning to my original craft…episodic fiction…though in longer stories. Thus, I prove once more that we always return home. Both in life and in our writing.
You may have noticed that I used both dialectic phonetics as well as French this round. my purpose is to give a feel of life growing up Cajun, just as I will be writing dialogue in Creole and Romani (Roma) as well for the same reason. As my character is being raised to be multilingual, it is necessary. At a later date, I may add footnote translations, but for the time being….none will be added.
I was sitting, writing the other day and came up with a really awesome idea. What if I came up with a character to play in live segments who was otherworldly and read books? So I set out to design a persona I could portray on youtube,Instagram, and Facebook. Well, it took three of us to come up with the right character type.
The day before yesterday, I was talking to Sunny, my cover artist, and he suggested an Incubus/Reaper…sort of a Soul Reaver. Thus, Souljourner was born. The projected “show” is entitled Souljourner’s Dark Story Time. I will be reading stories, recommending books, and whatever else I can think of as Souljourner.
I am not sure exactly how long the little vignettes will be, but I do know that there will be a lot of mischief and mayhem, trying recipes, introducing new books, and talking to Headley.
Who knows? I may even share really great music…
So we finished with Ohio early this morning. I posted the last two chapters around midnight and had time enough to re-edit and send into review. This will be the last book published in 2016, so it rounds out the year nicely. I have been very busy getting more projects ready but will not release anything more until after the New Year begins.
On the docket for January is another installment of Tales from the Renge as well as a continuance of Angel followed by either a book from Voodoo or The Sisterhood. All three series are part of the larger Vampire Wars (originally Saints & Sinners) and bring a little more to the backstory on Cris’s part in the saga.
I will also be returning to Faces in the Crowd. I have a great storyline going on there and want to continue it. I will also get around to writing another Daniel Hargis story before this coming July. it will probably be the last one with war…or I might try to get the whole series done. Who knows?
I also plan on writing another horror novel/novella around Halloween, so I hope y’all are looking forward to a wild ride. I want to finish at least two parts to The Morrow Family Saga, finishing up two decades…maybe three. I want to get as much writing done as I can so I can move on, at some point, from the Morrows and from Cris. Don’t get me wrong, I love both sets of characters. But I want to go on to something different. I want to focus on the Breeds and rework the old serial Breed’s Command. Even though I am missing one episode, I can still rewrite the story because I have the majority of it. Plus, I have written more stories with the Breeds and Legends in them than I had originally intended, but my fascination with them has been an almost lifelong one. The original “story” was written for Creative Writing class in high school and was used as the submitted “first episode” for the serial.
I want to return to Mack Rand as well. I had such an amazing adventure laid out for him when I left him and forgot to finish it. Of course, his series was short stories, not novellas. And finally, I want to do more on Rivers of Blood and Fall of the Giant. Yes, I ha ve plans for this coming year. I ust don’t know how much I am going to actually get done.
Before we go on, I need to explain a little something. Many will look at the events in this story, especially the music-related ones, and think that it is unrealistic. It isn’t.
Johan Sebastian Bach was playing the harpsichord proficiently at the age of four. Beethoven also was playing proficiently, and had gained audience with the emperor, at the age of four or five. Mozart wowed Vienna at the age of five. Almost all the major masters were young prodigies who were performing at extremely young ages.
I have witnessed at least three such prodigies. One was a guitarist, one played the fiddle, another a violin, and at least two were pianists…not to mention a couple drummers.