Back when I joined deviantART, I also posted some of my stories there. They weren’t good stories, to be honest. Most of them were small snippets I didn’t know what to do with, and worldbuilding stuff, like the creation story for my world. I also wrote little stories/snippets in the description box for many of my paintings, since nearly all were characters for my stories. Or ended up being so by the time I had finished with them, anyway. However, it did not last very long, and currently I have not posted anything online for quite a few years. Not that I haven’t written – I write more and more every year – but all of it has been novel-length and unedited.
NOW, however, I have finished my first short story! It started largely as a cool idea and an experiment, but it was really fun to write! So now my woefully empty Wattpad profile has gotten its first story, too. You can find it here. It still has almost no views yet, but I haven’t gotten around to reading and commenting much, so that’s to be expected.
After uploading The Trick, I kind of wanted to do more of it. There’s something awesome about being able to write a story in just a few days, and then just put it online. With a novel you invest so much time in it that the quality really matters, but I think there’s less pressure with a short one. If you write a bad one, well, you haven’t wasted a lot of time, and your reader hasn’t either. You can always write another one.
This entire day has been a steady flow of ideas. Not only did I realise that all those ideas and beginnings that sit unused on my hard drive perhaps fit better as short stories or something of the sort, but I also have a new project. Of course Rogue Sorcery takes priority, as does my current Wattpad project, but I think this is awesome.
The project is a collection of related short stories and excerpts/snippets. They take place in the general region where Rogue Sorcery takes place, only not in the same city and quite a few years later. Initially I wanted them to take place right before instead, but it would either mess with my timeline OR I would have to cut the one character I have wanted to write about for what seems like forever.
The setting is two places that got their names almost without thinking about it. One is the city of Whitebridge, half of the so-called twin cities of Whitebridge and Wirun, or more specifically the Whitebridge university. The stories here will focus on seven/eight characters (one of them is a messenger whose route goes between the two places) who all have some connection to the university – student, teacher, staff or just someone who is there a lot.
The other is a village that I called Trade Road Crossing in my notes, and now, two hours later, the name has stuck and I cannot get rid of it. It’s located right by one of the largest border fortresses in the empire (it’s right by the northern border) and also by the place where the main trade road from outside the empire (through the mountain pass) crosses another trade road that runs along said mountains, as well as the river from which goods are transported further south into the empire. Sort of like a fantasy version of Border Control. Most of the characters here are either soldiers (patrolling the smuggler routes or checking who and what comes into the empire) or connected to the inn where most traders and merchants stay when they’re in town.
I don’t know if this sounds interesting or super-boring, but I like the idea and I love the characters. There will be action and mystery, and most of them focuses on the common people, not those high up in the system. There is one who is the son of a lord, but that’s about it, and he won’t inherit anything whatsoever anyway.
I also have no idea how many stories there will be – if there will be only one or two before I lose interest, or if it will be an ongoing project, but I would rather like it if it was the latter. Besides, think of all the possibilities, all the plots! It would be a great chance to explore different types of plots, stories and characters.
Besides, there will be at least one novel set in this world that will be set in Whitebridge, possibly at the university, so it could actually do double duty as research/worldbuilding too 😉