The Flashback Episodes! (Writing)

Obviously, a lot of things happened before January 1, 2017. I didn’t just appear out of nowhere with a website and start writing. Over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to try to bring you up to speed. This is not going to be an autobiography, don’t worry I won’t bore you with all the details. There will just be some selected things that I think set me on this path.

All right, let’s start with a little secret. I published my first title on January 30, 2016. Then I published another on February 29, 2016, and then another on April 23, 2016. They were the first three parts of a series of short stories. My plan was to release a new story in the series each month, but I ended up moving city and having to find a new job so it got put on hold.

Valiant Original Covers

These were the original covers and I’ll freely admit, they are garbage. The stories were well received by the few readers that managed to find them. I had planned on continuing but when I moved cities, it took all of my focus and left me with no energy or time to get back into it.

Then, just before Christmas, I found a burst of energy and wrote a short story about a barbarian named Xanter. It is a parody origin story of Santa Claus. I released it on Christmas Eve and gave it away for free between Christmas and New Year.

Xanter Claw Small Cover

Having completed this mini project, I suddenly felt my enthusiasm return to me, demanding I get back to my series. I reread the first three stories and spent the entire time shaking my head. The story was good, I still liked it, but my writing had improved since then. A lot!

I thought long and hard about what to do. Ultimately, I wanted to write the story, but I knew I would need to update the first three. I made the difficult decision to unpublish all of them so that I could focus on making them better.

So that’s what I’m doing now. I have the first twenty-six stories loosely plotted. I’m giving myself a year to write and edit as much as I can. In 2018 I am going to start releasing them. This way I will have a significant reserve should life try to get in the way.

Anyhow, I had better get writing. Thanks for reading

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