Update: This project is concluded. Also, apparently there was a TV show with same name that has been bringing people here via searches. This is completely unrelated.
I’ve been writing again.
I know this doesn’t necessarily impress many people. Lots of people have some sort of novel on the go, and I’ve hardly been an exception for — well, frankly — most of my life. But having had some recent successes with both (a) writing novel length stories and (b) incremental projects (albeit photography projects) I’ve opted — as I wrote in a previous post — to kick off my latest epic project in the form of an incremental writing project.
So, I’ve been writing again. I’ve been plotting and writing and plotting some more.
Kicking off a new novel is a tough proposition. Some people will tell you that starting is easy, it’s finishing that is tough. But having chosen to serialize said novel on a blog, pushing it out to a public audience — even in a draft form — I’ve put myself under the added pressure of actually writing something interesting from word one and on the first try: I’m sprinting right out of the gate, here folks.
So, I’ve been writing again. And I’ve been dreaming up a long-arc plot that will hopefully drive an interesting story. And I’ve chosen to begin my story in media res to accommodate the serialized nature of the story.
Kicking off a new novel is a tough proposition.
Thus, when I tell you that after a couple days of scattered thinking and working and making notes — and then a final solid evening’s work on my (precious and rare) quiet Friday evening, I’ve got an introduction to share around, in essence the first installment in my new project, new novella, and new writing effort: Copper.
And it’s going to work like this: I’m going to put out a new installment every weekend: each new chunk will be at least 500 words long and published on this blog before I go to bed on Sunday evening. But they will not be regular posts. They will not show up on the front page, won’t get launched into the Twitterverse, and they will not appear in any feeds you subscribe to. They are built into a new “custom post” type that I’ve created here, and you’ll need to navigate (the link is in the side-bar) to most future chapters on your own because — simply — I’m not going to over-saturate you with something unless you really want to read it. Like my photo project, I’ll occasionally post rambling meta-updates, but that’s all…
This is one of those rambling updates: so, here I present the first installment of Copper. Enjoy. Be kind. And let me know if you’re reading along. (And just so you know… this isn’t exactly a kid’s story or anything.)