Death Is For Other People

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My work in progress is going well since I first wrote about it last week. It’s now sitting at a little over 11,000 words with still some more to go.

Interestingly, I’ve written the beginning and part of the middle, but last time I sat down to write I skipped ahead and wrote the end. That isn’t something I normally do, but I knew exactly how I wanted to write it, plus I wanted  a break from the part I was currently writing. Next thing I knew I’d finished it, so now I have to go back and fill in the missing bits.

I’m still unsure about a title for this one. I mentioned last week it started life as “25 Ways to Die When You’re Immortal” but now it doesn’t really suit (because apart from anything else the main character doesn’t die 25 times). As such, I’ve been tossing up a few others and so far I have:

  • Death Is For Other People
  • The Eternals
  • Nine Lives
  • Billy and the Cloneasaurus  – (Not really. That scene from The Simpsons popped into my head while I was writing this.)
billy
I call it “Billy and the Cloneasaurus!”

Getting back on track though I suspect the final story will come in around 15,000 words or so based on what I estimate I still have left to write. Here’s a little taste of the opening. As always, this is presented in its unedited form so may contain typos, grammatical issues, and is subject to change in the final release.

They say nobody remembers being born, and nobody remembers dying.

I do.

When I was born the first thing I remembered was dying.

Through every life I’ve led since I’ve been haunted by the words he said when he cursed me. The apology, whispered to me in such sorrow.

“I’m sorry. I’m so, so sorry…”

Those words, forever echoing in my mind as I move through the ages. Following me like a specter through time.

I’m thinking I should have the draft ready for review within the next two weeks if all things go to plan.

FTW

In FTW news, I’ve begun receiving notes back from my beta readers. I’m busy reviewing their feedback and making adjustments/corrections as necessary so a release date keeps getting closer and closer. If all goes to plan I’d like to release it within the next week or two, so be sure to keep an eye on my blog for the announcement.

Other Ideas

From an ideas point of view I’ve had a productive week. I’ve got the bones of two new stories roughed out, both set in worlds I’ve already written. The first is a sequel to Finsbury Park which came to me one evening after dinner, and the other is a sequel to Storm View which came to me while I was mowing the lawn on the weekend. They’re both in their infancy so I won’t say any more about them for now, but over the coming weeks and months they’ll pop up again in my blog.

So I’m happy about that. I’ve now got about half a dozen ideas in the backlog waiting for my attention, so I won’t be short of things to do for a long time yet.

Have Shovel – Will Bury

And finally a quick piece of good news about Have Shovel – Will Bury. It received its first review on Amazon in the last week. A short but sweet 4-star rating by a gentleman named Clint, who wrote:

“Good fun, short story read. Perfect on a long flight.”

Thanks Clint! It means a lot to me when people take the time to leave a review.

That’s all for this week!

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