October is one exciting month! The final edits are going into The Holtur Curse and I’m getting pumped up for NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month). The idea of Nano is to write a complete first draft entirely within the month of November. Challenge accepted!
I’ve definitely boosted my writing speed this year, but can I pound out 50,000 words in a single month? I’m definitely excited to give it a crack.
Nano will be taken as a break from Holtur and I will be writing a complete standalone story. Browsing over my ‘Story Ideas’ document—that has grown considerably over the years—was good fun, but narrowing myself down to a single story idea was a challenge I need a little help with. This is where you come in. I want you to vote on which story you’d be most excited to read about, and I’ll write the story that secures the most votes. Here are the stories:
1. The Earth Experiment – dystopian sci-fi on modern Earth
The world is in turmoil, and creatures of myth and legend have risen in the modern world. Humanity is on its back foot and falling fast. Zed Zapper, a gruff ex-marine, feels as though something is forcing current events to unfold. Forcing the end of out humanity. Too bad for whatever it is, Zapper is ready to obliterate everything they throw at his home.
Zapper fends off the invading enemy with varying success, until the rise of the zombies that is. Flesh eating corpses swiftly wipe out what is left of humanity, leaving Zapper as the final survivor.
Loneliness destroys him, and Zepper braces himself for his demise. Despite staring death in the face, a group of aliens, known as Krethians, rescue Zapper. They don’t want much in return, only for Zapper to use his knowledge, skill, and blood to help save the Krethian home planet.
2. Black Island – set in the same world as Necrosanguin and Holtur
Hidden deep within the Tropical Current is the small island of Sunshine. The beaches are covered in pure silica sand, the fish in the surrounding waters are plump and plentiful, and the lush inland forests bear plenty of fruit. Safe drinking water constantly trickles down from the mountain, and the climate is sublime. In almost every aspect, Sunshine is the setting of the average person’s dreams.
The residents of Sunshine all live on the floating town of Dreamglass Bay. But when a tropical storm destroys their home, the people of Sunshine watch the sun rise with terror-filled tears. For when the sun rises over Sunshine, so too do the Verdantuans.
3. Glaring Chaos – set in a generic high fantasy world
Earning the rank of dark overlord was never an easy task, but it was well worth the grueling life-time of effort. The Hero of Justice, chosen by the Grand Wizard, given the Sword of Integrity, and joined by an elf, dwarf, and a half orc, thought he could destroy the dark overlord because of some prophecy. Needless to say, the undertrained do-gooders didn’t last long in their final battle. Surely no one could truly expect an alternative result; that kind of rubbish exists only in fairy tales!
After discarding the corpses of another vanquished collection of heroes, the dark overlord grasps a hold of Sword of Integrity. Suddenly, he is overcome with the urge to do good. Along with his army from underworld, the dark overlord sets out to right his wrongs. He quickly realises that doing so isn’t so easy, apparently people hold a grudge when you destroy and enslave their countries.
Thanks for voting!
Whichever story idea has the most votes by the 23rd will be the story I shall bring to life.
Back to Holtur for a moment, The Holtur Curse will be available on the 30th. Pre-orders are now live and worth checking out for the promo offer. The third Holtur story will be written next year. If you just can’t wait that long, the entire collection of short stories set in Holtur will be released in a single book for Christmas.