31 Things About Gates to Asphodel and Raven

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 

  1. This story was born from my love of Greek mythology.
  2. The story of Hades and Persephone is my favorite, but this isn’t a retelling of any kind.
  3. My villian isn’t clear, and wasn’t meant to be.
  4. Some scenes turned out more gruesome than I intended.
  5. There is magic, but not until halfway through.
  6. I have no idea how to do a police procedural story and this reflects it.
  7. It was written well before my son was born, when I had time for NaNoWriMo.
  8. I always envisioned a golden gate on the cover.
  9. The characters have not entirely subtle nods to the names of the Greek gods they are meant to be.
  10. I hope I haven’t angered Hera with what I’ve done with Zeus.
  11. Persephone starts out as a four-year-old and I tried to make her simultaneously childlike and unchildlike.
  12. 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.
  13. You’ll see I have some POV problems, but that’s how I wanted the story told.
  14. It’s sort of half edited…
  15. There are some things in this story that I just can’t explain.


  1. 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.
  2. I have a hand drawn map of the city.
  3. Every street has a name.
  4. The map was originally for another story.
  5. I didn’t know Raven had a lover until he was killed.
  6. There’s a Romeo and Juliet kind of story, but with two best friends instead of lovers.
  7. A kind of religion plays a part.
  8. Where the writings on the wall that start each chapter is is revealed at the very end (I should actually write the end…)
  9. I’ve been trying to think of a new title for this one.
  10. You get Raven’s backstory in the writings on the wall.
  11. Literally no clue where this story came from…
  12. I like to think this one is more edited than Gates to Asphodel, but probably isn’t.
  13. I discovered too late my subplot needed more space and found I had none! Bad planning.
  14. I actually kind of worked from an outline.
  15. The ending bothers me because I envision this as a single story, but the end begs for a sequel.
  16. There is no magic in this one.

So…look for the first chapter of Gates to Asphodel next week!

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