For the last few years, I’ve been writing a web serial called The Smell Collector, and I recently finished it. So now I have a completed serial under my belt. I could even call it a novella. It’s about 27k words. Overall, I’m pleased with it. It’s the most original idea I’ve ever had, and I feel that I pulled it off successfully.
When I finished it, I just kind of thought it would fade away forever. People enjoy the anticipation of a weekly update. However, people are still reading it. More often than not, people read it in one sitting, which pleases me. So now what? Do I continue to promote it? Maybe this is just the beginning for this story. Only time will tell.
I have other projects to consider as well. I have 10 episodes of a series called Bay City Runaway, which I feel really good about, but I’ve run into plot issues. I haven’t figured out how to make what I want to happen…happen. Plus, to write this well, I have to be depressed…and that’s not good. I also have 50k of a novel, Fly By Night. I also feel really good about this writing, BUT could not figure out how to get to the desired ending! And I’m just not in the same place I was when I started it. And then there’s a new web series, The Belly of the Church, a mystery. I took the time to flesh out the entire story and all of the characters from start to finish, twenty-nine chapters…but I don’t have time to write it.
It’s also worth mentioning that I wrote a first draft for a novel version of The Smell Collector with the help of an editor, but I couldn’t get enough words into it…and when I recently read through it I found that although I think the writing is good and the story is better than the serial, I just didn’t think it captured the same kind of tone that made the series so good. Perhaps I’m just not ready to write a novel. And perhaps I’m not ready to write anything at all.
So, until I find the time and the inspiration, I will be trying to get the word out about The Smell Collector. It’s no Worm, but it’s something. It something that should have an audience. It’s not like what others are writing. No sci-fi, fantasy, super hero, One Direction fanfic, or the other usual categories of web fiction. And that’s part of the problem. What is it? It’s funny, but I’m not sure that it’s really a comedy. It’s dramatic, but it’s quirky. It’s a romance, but it’s creepy. So I’m not really sure who my audience is. It’s people who like the unusual. People who prefer enigmatic protagonists to a Jack Ryan sort of guy. It’s the kind of thing I like to read.
So for now, I’ll stick with software development, directing choir, teaching voice, playing in an orchestra, playing in a band, musical theatre, family, and church. Busy enough? I love what I do. Writing will have to wait.