During the original run of this blog, I had started posting these two stories. And never finished. They have continued to sit and languish and, even though I know exactly how it ends, Raven is still unfinished. Gates to Asphodel is, fortunately, a complete story.
Lately, I have been thinking about my journey as a writer and what I most want to see published. There’s one that I’ve been working on since I was 12 that I want more than anything to publish, but I don’t think my current writing skills can quite match my vision for that one.
But I have these two finished (mostly) stories. I toyed with self-publication, but have decided they are really just stepping stones on my journey. I have decided that they aren’t really what I want published, though I can’t say I love them any less. I hope they can find an audience here. I plan to post both, starting with Gates to Asphodel, chapter by chapter. They’ll be long reads, but I plan to keep updating Writing Wednesdays as each chapter is posted for whenever a reader has the time.
Gates to Asphodel
- This story was born from my love of Greek mythology.
- The story of Hades and Persephone is my favorite, but this isn’t a retelling of any kind.
- My villian isn’t clear, and wasn’t meant to be.
- Some scenes turned out more gruesome than I intended.
- There is magic, but not until halfway through.
- I have no idea how to do a police procedural story and this reflects it.
- It was written well before my son was born, when I had time for NaNoWriMo.
- I always envisioned a golden gate on the cover.
- The characters have not entirely subtle nods to the names of the Greek gods they are meant to be.
- I hope I haven’t angered Hera with what I’ve done with Zeus.
- Persephone starts out as a four-year-old and I tried to make her simultaneously childlike and unchildlike.
- I had no real plan for where this was going when I first started writing so the last fourth was kind of a half-planned surprise.
- You’ll see I have some POV problems, but that’s how I wanted the story told.
- It’s sort of half edited…
- There are some things in this story that I just can’t explain.
- This was a Camp NaNo story that exceeded 50000, and that’s probably why I never finished. I got to 50000 and then just…stopped.
- I have a hand drawn map of the city.
- Every street has a name.
- The map was originally for another story.
- I didn’t know Raven had a lover until he was killed.
- There’s a Romeo and Juliet kind of story, but with two best friends instead of lovers.
- A kind of religion plays a part.
- Where the writings on the wall that start each chapter is is revealed at the very end (I should actually write the end…)
- I’ve been trying to think of a new title for this one.
- You get Raven’s backstory in the writings on the wall.
- Literally no clue where this story came from…
- I like to think this one is more edited than Gates to Asphodel, but probably isn’t.
- I discovered too late my subplot needed more space and found I had none! Bad planning.
- I actually kind of worked from an outline.
- The ending bothers me because I envision this as a single story, but the end begs for a sequel.
- There is no magic in this one.
So…look for the first chapter of Gates to Asphodel next week!