Friday, October 01, 2021

Seriously Serialized

Back when Amazon announced Vella, it occurred to me that something like this might be a better way to publish my Blackridge stories. I had originally planned on a series of short novels or novellas. After I started that, I became aware of Radish and decided I could do the Komar book that way.

So... yeah. Now I'm writing two serials. It's been killing my progress on The Nameless Way, which is really frustrating. I kind of dove into this without really thinking about what I was doing. I'm not even sure anybody is reading the darn things. 

I think I'm starting to get a handle on it, though. Earlier this month, I finally settled on a job. Well, a gig anyway. I've been doing one of those phone app food delivery things and I actually really like it. The fact that I'm not job-hunting anymore and that the work I'm doing has a flexible schedule is helping me get serious about writing.

So anyway, let's talk a little bit about the two serial projects. Eventually I guess they should have their own pages here, but I don't much feel like setting that up now. I've talked a lot less about the Komar one, so I'll start with that.

Forgotten Cities of the Komaran Sea -- https://radishfiction.com/stories/14126
Waking up in a confused post-dream state, a traveler remembers a dizzying panoply of experiences, but only in jumbled, fading fragments. He finds his way through a misty otherworld to an abandoned underground temple, where he meets a group of ruthless treasure-hunters and learns that he is in a desert in a completely unfamiliar land. Seeing little other chance to survive, he joins the strangers and helps them search for the relics of the lost civilization. This one is actually a sequel to Losing Lanterns, but it stands alone so I've been afraid to mention the connection for fear of scaring people off. That link is just a summary. You need the Radish app to read stories there. The first three episodes and the app itself are free.

An inhuman spirit preys on students in a fictional late-80s college town in the Arkansas River Valley. No one knows where it came from or who to trust. Or maybe some of them do. There's another newcomer to Blackridge, someone with plans to put the demon to use for his own schemes. I used the town where I went to college and some of the people I knew to build the template, but of course I changed a lot. I don't want to be thinking of these characters as my friends when I start tormenting and killing them, after all. As with the other one, the first three episodes are free.

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