It’s been over a year since my last post here. Things have been crazy in my personal life, with lots of ups and downs. Right now I’m coming off a few major downs, trying to keep a few more colossal downs from happening.
I am the type where I can’t write a new sentence unless the one before it is perfect, and so my progress on The Wolves of Eridu has been slow and steady. I’m moving the story forward and have the whole thing outlined, mas o menos. The characters are enduring some difficult obstacles right now and so am I. It’s been difficult putting our ordeals into the right words.
But it’s happening.
Expect to see more from me this summer, and maybe even a completed work or two at some point.
Oh, that pic is there because it’s amazing and it can muster joy from the darkest heart.
for whom the bell tooooooooolls
Subastral Sounds is being re-branded Subastral Studios in anticipation of various upcoming multimedia entertainment projects. Collaboration with a friend may lead to something more concrete in the legal sense (perhaps even another re-branding) as soon as we get our rubber on the road, so to speak.
Expect to see sneak peeks of sketches, songs and scripts in the coming year! It’s gonna be a nonstop thrill ride of grueling work, occasional disenchantment and unprecedented professional satisfaction.
Let’s do it!
I took down the flash fiction stories, as they have become part of a more cohesive project. Dead Ringer is still available, however, and has been added to the Prose category.
To make up for this, I present one more 300 word story, a preview of what’s to come.
Please enjoy “They Must Not Ride.”
At last, I’ve cracked 50k words on The Wolves of Eridu! Progress has been slow, often glacial, as I’m doing some serious research in order to make as many aspects of the book historically accurate as possible or appropriate. Like any project of this size, I’ve hit walls. I’ve had major strides in a single sitting, like what happened today with over 1700 new words. I’ve spent money on books and ebooks to gather all the information I could need to build a story in this world. There have been weeks at a time where I haven’t added a single character to this Word file. But I would say I’m approximately halfway done.
Part II will be the bulk of the book as it involves the military campaigns Shulgi waged against the notorious Gutians, who may not be as united a threat as they appear. Kurzu, Aldu, and Nirah have been an unbeatable team, but soon find themselves on very different paths. Qesma continues her perilous quest to free herself and her sister from slavery. Enshanesha and Ruut deal with a complicated injury. Shulgi finds his footing as king, and Siduri attempts to shape the future of Sumer with her own two hands.
Just for fun, and with no way to know it, I predict the final manuscript will have 108,224 words.
When all the writing and editing is done, this beast is gonna get published, one way or another.
picture: Uruk/Unug, artist unknown
I’m gonna keep writing them, but for now I’ll put them aside for later use… maybe to throw them all at you at once in a collection. Some fine day you might be wandering a book store, and in a shadowy corner you’ll spot a copy of “50 Creepy Short Stories,” or maybe “Vincent Gorham’s Spooky Shorts.”
… It’s a working title, okay?
Two more very short stories for you. These are 300 words each. Enjoy The Altar of Giving and Camouflage at your leisure. More to come. Thanks for reading!
I’ve added two brand new micro-stories, How To Get Rich and Not Even Death. Both are only a few hundred words each, and if I may say so, both are quite creepy.
I plan to add a new story to the Flash Fiction category as often as possible, maybe even daily. Keep checking back here for new content!
These are small parts of works in progress, some of which may never see the light of day. Enjoy.
I’m gonna be collaborating on a new project with my favorite person in the world. More information to come, but suffice to say it’s gonna be out of this world…
AND, I’m continuing work on two new songs. It’s happening!