It’s with a sense of disappointment that I have to announce that The Fable of Wren will be delayed until mid October.
When I undertook the quarterly release challenge, it was under the belief that each story would be 15k or less. Instead, the Fable of Wren is on it’s second draft and over 30k and climbing. This story has become a novel, and while there is some good in that, it also means I can’t deliver on the release in April.
The decision to push it back was made with the integrity of the story in mind. To do this novel justice, I need to dedicate the time it will take to make it sing.
Thank you for all your understanding,
The newest issue of the quarterly Sparks zine is underway. The new issue will feature the short novella, The Fable of Wren.
Here is the sketch for the cover. I needed a break from writing, so I leaned on my drawing skills. I’m halfway through writing, with the whole story plotted out already. I’m averaging about a scene a day for now. The story will most likely be finished mid-February, giving me time to send it out to be polished.
This particular story is longer than my usual works by nearly double, but the story has been a godsend for me as far as working through some of my own trauma. The quirky cast of characters is a strange juxtaposition to the heavy issues handled in the story, but it works.
And oh yeah, did I mention it’s a mystery, featuring two amateur sleuths pursuing a murderer?
This will be one hell of a ride.
Daylight Chasers: Sparks Issue 1, has officially been released on Amazon.
The idea for the story originated from a single line in the song Daylight by Young Guns: “I know you don’t believe me, but all we need is daylight.”
This made me wonder about two things.
First, what would it mean if we had a day that dragged on, that nearly never ended? How would that be accomplished? I came upon the idea of moving west to jump time zones, to gain as much out of technically being in the same day as possible. But it wasn’t enough to simply exist in those time zones, what could happen if they could spend time around the world enjoying that moment of their lives?
The second question revolved around what daylight means when it comes to the events in our lives. It represents hope, excitement, love, joy. The night is mystery, but it’s also dark, the unknown.
In Daylight Chasers, I explore these two themes on the backdrop of the tragedy Isabella is experiencing. I also draw upon my own recent experience of loss to guide my path. In fact, this story became therapy for me, a way to tell myself the things I needed to hear.
I hope you all enjoy the story as much as I did writing it.
And remember- even if it opens to a hurricane, daylight will come.
Change will always come.