From time to time — read: often — I’ve taken the opportunity to use this blog as a venue for my crazy writing schemes. Being the new year, I thought I’d continue the tradition and introduce you to my latest: The Weekly Fictoid. The plan is that each week I’ll be posting the results of an ongoing fiction project. And it’s really quite simple. It’s all based on an ongoing metaverse and story line I’ve been picking away at for quite some time, but haven’t posted much about.
The summary-slash-teaser-slash-introduction goes as follows:
Welcome to New Asgard, the city in the grass. It has been many years since its five unwitting founders built the first shelters in the rock barrens near the sea, and long too since the thousands who appeared in the camp-turned-walled city arrived from the towering grasses. They all sought shelter from the wilds of the grass and together built a new home, New Asgard. One man finds himself there now but the city has nearly fallen. He arrives in the days following a siege of New Asgard by the trickster who rules the plains beyond the city walls and the lumbering, insectoid creatures who’s very existence is both a blessing and a curse. But why? One man stumbles through the near ruins of the city and resident-by-resident, survivor-by-survivor the story of the siege and the events leading into it are recorded and revealed.
Details will be forthcoming as I work my way through this little project, but the gist is quite simple. Each week I’ll work on developing a new short piece — a fictoid — that fits inside the larger story. The main character-come-narrator will find, record, and share another piece of the narrative that will be revealed in the form of an anecdote, interview, explanation, or other description involving that week’s character. Each week, on Sunday, readers will get a new bit of the story, leading to the end of the year when fifty (give-or-take) short fictoids will reveal a larger work that encompasses the whole of the events hinted at above.
Still confused? It will make sense when the first few elements are revealed in the coming weeks. It’s another silly experiment so feel free to comment on stuff so far — or just completely ignore it. Your call.