No, my Wicked Luvs, this is not the eleventh installment of The Haunting: a Webserial of Pre-Chaos, but a short break before the final episode. I thought the webserial was going to be thirteen episodes long, but after I finished writing what was supposed to be the part eleven, I noticed that the cliffhanger was infuriating, and NOT in that oh-my-gods-how-I-love-this-suspense! kind of way.
I decided to just wait until next week, and give you the conclusion of this bit of Luna and Leo’s story. It will be fairly long, for there are several ends that must be tied up—and few things are more unsatisfying than a rushed climax. The end of the webserial will take us to the front door (or would that be the front page?) of Blood Grudge, Luna and Leo’s first novel.
Go ahead, my Luvs, ask the question, I know you are thinking it. Fine, I’ll ask it for you, “Um… what does this post have to do with quitting friends or giving them bullet-facials, Wicked Witch Writer?”
I’m sooo glad you asked. I wanted to tell you this, ages ago. First, I’m not really mad at my friends, and second, I refuse to pay for facials so I guess they get to keep their faces all pretty and stuff. But I was really pissed off a week ago. You see, I began publishing the rough draft of The Haunting: a Webserial of Pre-Chaos as a project, which was meant to encourage a few writer friends who couldn’t let go of some of their fears to share their work with anyone out of their immediate circle.
Creating isn’t easy. Sharing one’s creation with the whole-wide-(and extremely unknown)-world is even harder. For me, the most difficult thing is to show my work while it is only half-formed. But you know what? Doing so helps me build confidence as a writer, and it gives me an idea of what my intended audience wants to read.
I voiced these thoughts to my writer friends and they said that if I shared the writing process of one of my stories from beginning to end, they would do it, too. I wasn’t too crazy about the idea; not at first. I like writing at my own pace, but if a bit of teamwork would help a few friends, then… well, I agreed to do what they asked. Together, we decided to share the rough draft of one of our stories, and then discuss the editing, rewriting, submission/publication process on a writing forum.
I’ve been looking forward to the end of the month, for our first discussion was supposed to take place on September 3rd. Last week, I emailed the group, just to check on things, you know? Then the dubious replies began trickling in: “I don’t know, Magaly,” and “Maybe this wasn’t a good idea,” and “I didn’t think it would take this much work,” and “I don’t think I want to do this. It’s too public…”
Public? Of course it’s freaking public, that’s the reason it’s called publishing! I didn’t get mad because they changed their minds. I was pissed off because they took three months to do it. I could have used my time more efficiently (i.e. plotting my story and publishing it as a finished work). But what’s done is done. I had fun sharing the tale bit by bit, and it seems that many of you felt the same way.
The final installment will be published next Friday, August 24th. And because I like to finish what I start, I will probably share some of the editing and rewriting process, anyway. I think some of you might be amused when I point out some of the mistakes I made, how I went about solving them, and the times when I just gave up and rolled with the story.
Hm… I wonder, wonder, wonder what “Preternatural Chaos,” the last installment of Luna and Leo’s tale, will bring… What do you think, my Wicked Luvs? Better yet, what would you like?
|So… I was searching for a picture to add to this post. I typed the phrase “angry friends” and, of course, the above image came up. I stared at it for a long, long, long time, and I would tell you exactly what came to mind, but I’m sure that anything discussing angry penises wearing costumes would have to be moved to my Naughty Bits blog.|