My friend Stephanie Cain (who has a shiny brand new author page on Facebook to like) invited me to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo with her this year. I’d never done Camp NaNo, which is a somewhat less-intense April version of the November 50,000-word spew, so I signed up.
I chose to work on an idea I’ve been kicking around for nearly a year, a high fantasy adventure with some comedy potential and a good candidate for a serial. I’ve always thought of this story as a serial, and it’s largely the reason I’ve been testing the waters over at Wattpad with Smoke and Peers. (In case you’ve missed it, that’s my in-progress sequel to Smoke and Fears, and I’d really appreciate it if you clicked the little star on each episode as you read so it gets some visibility, thanks! Comments are of course always welcome too.) Right now I see the serial running about 5 self-contained episodes to form a complete story, but that could change.
Very roughly, it starts with a red-headed farm kid whose family once stole a powerful artifact from a local temple. They keep it secret, but they fight among themselves for it, and he learns that the amulet cost the life of his father. When he sees his family ready to kill among themselves again, he does the only thing he can to keep them all safe — he steals it and runs away.
The story’s coming out with less comedy than I’d anticipated, but it’s not all deadly serious. I don’t have a title yet, at least not for the whole series, but I do know that it’s going to have some really cool cover art, something a bit out of the ordinary. I’m excited to share that when it’s ready. But it’s a long way from publishing yet.