Choosing the Next Writing Project

So this weekend, I finally re-read my novel that I started years ago and had planned to jump into finishing for my first completed novel, adding a B-plot from the point of view of the other nation involved. And the bones of the six and half chapters I have written are very good. The world I’ve created is rich in detail, and when I incorporate the mythos that I introduced in The Cephalopod Maid, it will be even more full.

Then last night, I had a dream that sparked an amazing story idea, one that is exciting and timely with metaphors to our modern education system and the progression of our society, one that is maybe more marketable due to the protagonist being a teenager. And now I’m wondering if I should follow the new idea and see where it leads or stick with my original plan and file the new one away with the many, many other novel ideas I have. I don’t know. Somehow this one feels more timely, a more urgent story begging for my attention, but my first novel is looking askance at me and asking why I’m going to shove it aside once again.

It is a tough decision to make, but one I need to make soon because I have to write SOMETHING soon. There are words in me waiting to come out. After spending time polishing and editing the last draft of my graphic novel, it feels like it has been way too long.

The Cephalopod Maid is released!

My short story The Cephalopod Maid is now available!

The Cephalopod MaidDescription: Born half human and half alien, K’mana watches humanity from deep in her underwater home while her father slumbers. Time passes, and K’mana grows bored with being no more than a distant observer. Emerging from her isolated aquatic life, K’mana transforms herself to be able to explore. She once lived in fear of her human blood, but after spending a day on land, K’mana discovers humanity’s greatest attribute.

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So again, this is one of those stories that, like Penumbradoesn’t fit neatly into a category. It’s somewhat of a fantasy romance with a basis of science fiction, but if I ever follow up and do the novels that would come after, it would push fully into the scifi genre. I can’t ever do things the easy way, can I?

Also, it contains the first sex scene I’ve ever written, so it’s worth picking up just for that! The scene is rather PG in writing (I don’t go in for “throbbing members” et al), but still quite steamy, in my opinion.

If you read it, let me know what you think! And if you review short stories and want a reviewer copy, drop me a line for that, too.