I have decided to try my hand at a little bit of fiction.
Many, many years ago, I took both playwriting and creative writing courses, and as I explained once before, I also managed to teach a writing class at an Arts Center when I lived in North Carolina. I have now been “publishing” this little blog of mine for more than a year, and although I do wish I could get around to putting my thoughts on this electronic paper more often, in general I have been pleased with what I have produced.
SIDE NOTE: For those who have been waiting for the next instalment of our Ireland adventure, I promise it is coming soon.
So I have been bouncing a number of ideas around in my head, and they always seem to get lost before I can really get them down, so I decided the best way to write a story for me was the same way I write here. So that is exactly what I have decided to do. For lack of a better word, I am calling it an online novel. In reality, I guess you would call it a collection of short vignettes that I will be calling chapters, strung together to form a complete story. I hope.
Basically, all I have done is created another blog that will serve as my pen and paper. But unlike this blog, the entire “novel” will be a work in progress. Outside of the main four characters, I have not really put much thought into where the story is going. I have a few basic ideas, but I plan to just let the story develop however it may. Also, unlike this blog, I may go back and make changes or edit previous chapters as the whole story developes. Honestly, I just don’t know where this thing is going to go.
I have named the novel Mind Shadows, which I give a brief explanation about in the first chapter. It has already been posted and can be found at brothertomsmindshadows.wordpress.com. Although what I am putting together is indeed a work of fiction, as with most stories, this one was inspired by a true event, and some people I know will recognise the basic premises. I do not intend for my story to in any way reflect on the real people who were the inspiration for this tale. I have taken a specific incident that happened to someone else, and tried to develop a story based on how I feel my characters would react to that situation. If it sounds like I am being overly cautious with this explanation, I guess that is because I am. I don’t know at this point how this story will play it’s self out or end, so I want to make it clear that this is my story, not someone else. It is a work of fiction.
So, all that being said, please visit my new blog if you get a chance. I have added a link to the side of this blog to make it easy to find. I have also included a way to subscribe to Mind Shadows at the bottom of that blog. That way you can be informed by email when a new chapter is posted. And as alway, please post any comments or criticism either here or there.
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