After reading the first book in Will Hahn’s series Judgment’s Tale, suddenly I have the desire to pick up and rewrite my Tales From The Renge serial into a series of novellas or novels. Tales actually emerged as a short story in 1993 when I was still in college. It languished in obscurity until 2004, when I submitted it to keepitcoming.net as one of two serials for review.
Though it was never very popular as a serial, it was still my most favorite serial to write. I was 40+ episodes into the serial when the e-zine and print mag went under. Let me tell you, writing two serials is not as easy as one would think. It isn’t like writing a new chapter every day. It is coming up with a continuous story, keeping it seamless, and keeping it interesting enough to engage your readers. It is three pages, or less, of a story at a time-often less-to fill a small slot in an e-zine. I was a pioneer of the flash fiction industry and am proud of that accomplishment.
Now, a little over ten years later, it seems that the time has come to dust off the old story (as I did with Breed’s Command when I reintroduced the characters in Going Down in a Blaze of Glory, Lay Your Money Down, and Headed for Destruction.) and reintroduce new readers to the amazing story by turning it into something greater than what it now is. Even stranger is the fact that I am actually looking at this as a welcome change of pace! Odd.
Still, when I began writing, it was fantasy stories…not dystopian, not vampire, not historical fiction, and not science fiction. Those all came later. Well, maybe not sci-fi since The Rocktails Want War was a pseudo science fiction piece, even if I hadn’t realized it when I wrote it for a fourth grade assignment (the very moment I fell in love with writing and books in general). Oh, don’t go looking for the Rocktails Want War because I have one of the few existing copies of the “book” (the collection of stories and poems written by my fourth grade class about the same little statues) that contain it. Eventually, I may release it, but for now it remains safely within my possession, unpublished…along with the little “menu” I made to go along with the story.
Which brings me back to Tales From The Renge. I had originally paused on the story in an attempt to start the backstory. Unfortunately, I didn’t get very far before writer’s block hit. Now, I can begin the story I had begun easily enough. I have the creative wherewithal to start the story. After I Finish posting the current chapters of Price, I will begin on the first Tales From The Renge book. A nice change of pace from what I have been writing. Sound good?