Workshop shutdown.

Another week, another update. So, let’s get this party rolling.

1) The workshop editing for A Debt of Lead will be coming to a close tonight. While it was a slightly bit of a slow start, the feedback came in heavy and hard. Everything from the story, pacing, exposition, and grammatical construction of the story has been picked apart and been commented on.

That said, it’s mighty difficult to edit and revise a story while other readers are also making new comments. It’s very distracting as well, might I add. I can literally see the effect, as well, judging by the amount of typos I made in the revisions thus far.

That said, I’ll be closing off the commenting portion of the article tonight so that I can enact the previously posted changes and add in some newly revised scenes.  These scenes will – hopefully – add more of an insight into Jacob Wilkens; something that I had aimed to do with this story, yet seemed to fall short of after consulting the feedback.

After I get the revisions and edits done, I’ll open it back up for a final sweep for a couple of days. After that, and any following corrections, I’ll get it compiled together and set for release.  Anyone and everyone that’s contributed to the editing process, at the end of it, will received workshop credit as well.

I’ve been attempting to keep track of everyone to credit as well, since I’m not that much of a glory-hog.

2) The Veil … is on indefinite hold. I’ll give you a moment to gasp in shock, call me nothing more than a lazy novice, whatever you will.

Done now? Okay, good.

I’ve got multiple reasons for sticking it in hold, so let me break them down for you in some sub-articles.

A) I started The Veil, thinking it’d be a novel, back in August of 2011. Needless to say, it’s been almost an entire year since the story’s prologue saw the light of day. Adding to that, I think we can all agree that this has been one very productive year in terms of how far my technique has come (and has left to go). In that time, I’ve also come up with a plethora of other ideas for stories.

Except ALL of them have some level of SciFi in them, where as The Veil stands as the only one to be in the “Urban Paranormal” genre. As you might imagine, I am slightly beginning to think of what potential readers would want from me as content, and The Veil just isn’t quite fitting in as it is.

B) When I started The Veil, it was a fun story for me to tell. The problem is, as I’ve gone along with it, I’ve begun to understand the craft of writing and storytelling in such a way that writing this story has become nearly painful. The story has tremendous pacing problems, and the only way to shed them is for radical reform, even from the WIP version that it is now. I’m honestly spending far more time trying to think of logical ways that any of it could work, rather then enjoying the story in and of itself.

C) I’m shelving it, NOT deleting it. I once shelved a story for three years, and now it has an upcoming place in the Dark Stars universe. I am just gonna take the concept and some of the ideas, stick them in a proverbial shoebox, and stuff it in a closet. If a day comes that I find a way to tell The Veil‘s story and make it work with some changes, I’ll gladly come back to it. Until then, I’ll continue to write what I enjoy writing and hope it comes out all the better for it.

So … yeah, I think that’s all I needed to say and get out of the way. Back to work!

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