For the past few weeks, I’ve been working on a story that was originally intended to be short. You know, a short story. A story that was short in my mind, but that turned out to be much longer as time wore on.
I’m not done with it by any means. I’m probably about half way through, but every time I say that, a few more pages magically appear. Pages that weren’t critical to the telling of the story when it first began, but that have ended up to be quite interesting, if I don’t say so myself. Critical or not, these additional pages are making the story somewhat verbose, but not in a bad way, if that’s possible. When you read the story, you’ll have your chance to comment.
Anyway, as I said above, I’m about half way finished telling the story I’d like to tell, although I don’t have confidence that it will enjoy a very good reception.
You see, it’s fiction. A fiction story in which many people I know are characters. You might reply, “Why not simply disguise their names?” Not so simple would be my answer. Not so simple at all, because while the character names wouldn’t be difficult to disguise, the story would be quite. It’s half true and half not. It would be a mess. And besides, it’s kind of a deep story and I wouldn’t want to do that to them.
So I’m going to post it. I’m going to post it as a sacrifice. Go ahead, ask me what that means. Well, I’ll tell you – this story is going to be a sacrifice because it’s the first of its kind coming from my self. I’ve never written anything like it before and I’ve certainly never written anything as long as it before either. And it’s a good story. One that deserves to be read. But to get things rolling here and to get it out there the way I’d like, I am going to publish it in pieces.
And my goal for the story is to, first and foremost, finish it. Second, have it critiqued and third, have it enjoyed. Even if not a person I know ever reads it. When I’m through posting its pieces, I’ll most likely merge it into a .pdf file or something like that, so it can be read like it should have been in the first place.
So keep your eyes peeled and your pencils sharpened. I’ll want any feedback you are willing to give. But please keep in mind that while offering feedback, you won’t have what’s going to happen to work off of (obviously), so you’ll have to trust me that it’ll eventually make sense. I enjoy writing with much foreshadowing (too much). You’ll have to rely merely on what you’ve been given and try to keep your critique to grammar, sentence structure and continuity.
You can read what I have already written here…