Ok, beta readers, alpha readers, and those who just can’t wait for a finished product, here’s your chance to get in on the action early. Stories on these pages are definitely unfinished, often first drafts, and may be edited for (hopefully) improvement at any time. Also, you may well find serial works here, delivered chapter by chapter, or even scene by scene. Some of these may be planned in advance, and some might be developed, “pantser”-style, as I write them. No promises!
This is definitely your chance to help me improve my writing and my stories, if you are so inclined. Please do comment on these pieces and let me know what you think.
First up, my current work-in-progress, which started as a short story idea that came to me as I was drifting off to sleep. I’m not sure how many scenes will ultimately make up this story, and it is already turning out longer than simply “short” (at almost
12,000 words as of this writing, it’s well on its way toward becoming novel-length)*. Time (and perhaps you, dear reader) will tell. And yes, I have a vague idea of where this is going to go, but it could well go off the rails and in another direction entirely.
* Update: This formerly “short” story is now at
67,000 80,000 words and counting, and not done yet, so we’re definitely approaching novel length. But, I continue to deliver it to you in easy-to-consume chunks, averaging about 1500 words per scene, so do not be afraid to jump in and read just one scene at a time! Or, if you’re inclined to spend a couple hours on it, start at the beginning and read through in order. Each scene includes a link to the next to make it easy to navigate.
47 48 scenes from 8 9 chapters published so far!)
Jump directly to the latest scene at An Open Door.
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