Archives for February 2015

Memories

Yes, I have a working title for the heretofore untitled short. And it’s Memories.

To say I’m ecstatic about it would be a gross exaggeration. As mentioned in the past here, it’s the last four days before NoName City fell and Charlie Welles went into Internment Camp Delta 5 (January 8th) and the last four days of his time in the internment camp, ending 1014 days later on October 17th. And it’s told from his perspective, as always, so in effect it’s his “memories” of the events.

So Memories works, but it’s not great. But it gives me something to put on the title page when I start writing it (instead of Untitled Short), and with any luck, during the writing process something better will come to me.

I do have a first sentence for the short, though, and I like it.

Vampires.

I think that lights the fuse nicely.

I’ve also been giving some thought to the distribution timing of Memories. Like I’ve said, it will be available to subscribers of the blog for free, a download in multiple formats (Kindle, epub, pdf). I’m now thinking that they’ll see it first, and exclusively until Blood for Blood is finished and released –  which will probably be a couple of months, at least.

When Blood for Blood is ready for release, I plan to put out the first three Night and Day books and Memories as a collection, and at a price cheaper than buying them individually, at the same time. Both ebook and paperback. This will give me a lot of ways to go with the promotion.

For those who’ve bought the Night and Day books in paperback, I might put out Memories as a standalone paperback as well, and it looks like I can sell it for $6.99 or so, depending on how many pages it comes out to. Is that a bargain for roughly 40,000 words? I guess it’s in the eye of the beholder.

So that’s the plan at this point. Next week, I intend to start going through the series, one by one, looking for all the “facts” that I’ve already shared about those eight days. Because I don’t want to mess up the continuity.

And as a plus, Memories will be the kind of novella that you can read before you read the series, or after. There will be some overlap of events mentioned in the series, but not so much to become tedious when you read about it in the various books.

Now it’s time to get irradiated – two weeks from today, I finish up the radiation treatments and the following Monday, I get to writing….

Whatchamacallit

So I’m halfway through the radiation treatments, 20 more fifteen minute sessions,  laying on the table while the machine rotates around me and bombards my midsection with the burning love of Madame Curie… Which means I’m a month away from starting work on the short, getting that done, and going back to Blood for Blood.

I still don’t have a title for for the short. And it does need a title.

Titles are generally not a big problem for me. Let’s go back in history, shall we?

Night and Day. When I shoved Poison Blood to the side, perhaps permanently, perhaps not, and decided to focus my introduction to the world of the series from broad to narrow, the title of that narrow focus was easy. The name of the private investigation office that Charlie Welles is a part of is Night and Day, a play on the idea that they work all the time, with Charlie working the day side and Joshua, a vampire, working the night side. It works as a title for both the book and the series. Easy.

Bleeding Sky. Looking back at the beginning entries of the blog, I seem to have started it after I came up with the title for the second book. I know the title came from a line of dialogue in a Japanese movie, a samurai movie, though I don’t know which one. It was spoken by a woman…I remember that much. It struck a chord with me. So I packed it away and when it was time to come up with a title for the second book, there it was.

Bandit’s Moon. It was about the Resistance, which the vampires refer to (as the Nazi’s did in WWII) ‘bandits’. And I saw a photo of a giant moon rising over San Diego, and it just all came together. I recreated the photo (sort of) in iClone for the cover, and there ya go. It worked. Is it the best possible title for the book? Who knows, but it worked, and sometimes that’s more than enough.

Blood for Blood. A line said by both Charlie Welles early in Bandit’s Moon, and Don Alfredo later in the book. It might have actually made a good title for that book, but it already had a title. So I kept it (probably coming up with it as a title for the fourth book even as I was writing the third…) and it does tie in with the plot of Blood for Blood.

Crimson Star. Still not 100% happy with that as the title for the next Night and Day book, and I may well go with something else by the time I start writing it, but it, again, ties in with the plot of the upcoming book, so I might just keep it. I see no reason to obsess over these things.

And then there’s this upcoming short….

As mentioned in the past, it will encompass the last four days before Charlie went into the detention camp (early January) and the last four days before the camps were shut down (mid-October, two years later). Eight chapters, more or less –  maybe 40,000 words or so. And I don’t have a clue what I’m going to call it.

I accept that it needs a title. I have come up with a few ideas, which I won’t share because, frankly, they suck. I think because it’s not a straight, narrative story –  beginning, middle, end –  that’s part of the problem. It’s like two short stories –  one following the other after a two year gap, neither with a title of it’s own. Do I do it that way? Title each part, and combine them? Or do I approach it as an “anthology” of two, and come up with a title for the anthology? The latter is probably the way to go, but again, I need a good title for two very different “stories”.

A title will come to me, probably when I least expect it, when I’m not actually thinking about it. Until then, I guess I’ll just let it simmer in my subconscious while I start going back through all the “past” events discussed in the series so far. There’s some of it in every book (probably the most about the final day before detention in Night and Day, and the most about the days leading up to detention in Bandit’s Moon.) There’s also some stuff about the last days of detention in Bleeding Sky. So that will be a starting place as I work out the timeline, events, and characters of the short.

You know, whatchamacallit….