The last few months have been for writing AlmaMia’s novel, for revising and submitting short stories, and for expanding several Pagan Culture posts into longer creative narrative. Then five days or so ago, I started working on Pre-Chaos, a novel that is sprouting out of a webserial.
Those of you who have been with me for a while might remember that The Haunting, a Webserial of Pre-Chaos was published as a rough first draft: I sat down, wrote it, posted it. It was a fun creative exercise, even if the rewriting process is a lot more complicated than if I had made at least a loose outline. A lot of the first draft is pure caca. But like Kim Harrison put it when discussing brainstorming on paper, “from crap springs the best flowers, right?”
I will add that my unplanned storyline has birthed conflicts, subplots, and characters that were a complete surprise to me. The by-the-seat-of-my-pants approach has also chosen its own subgenre. My plan was to write thrilling urban fantasy, but my characters went ahead and fell in love, and in lust, and into nightmares… Now I have Dark Urban Fantasy Romance with at least three couples wanting to do each other (and not always nicely).
To answer the question of the dear Wicked Darling who asked, “So, how’s Pre-Chaos doing?” I’m currently hacking the city to pieces. I have a witch loving a ciguapa, two uncanny women lusting after each other, and a flesheater hungering for a sweet black-eyed Violet; everybody is thirsting for blood and answers.
If I’m lucky, I might have something sexy, dark and bloody for All Hallow’s Grim 2013. Don’t get too impatient, October is around the corner. In the meantime, here is a little visual taste:
“…flames shot out of his open hands and engulfed me.
My skin sizzled loudly over my wails. I was waning fast. My eyes burst under the extreme heat. In seconds, I was skinless, hairless and eyeless.” ~ The Haunting, a Webserial of Pre-Chaos
“The Haunting” by SunshineShelle