Yesterday’s writing session happened in the morning after I got two hours of sleep from 1:30 to 3:30. After that, I worked until 7:30 polishing up the steampunk superhero short story I’ve been working on. I sent that out and it’s off my desk. Time to return to the urban fantasy pulp novella.
Now that the writing is finished, I can fill you in a bit more on the story:
The requirements: Steampunk. Superhero. Probably between 3,000 and 4,000 words.
The Anthology: Capes & Clockwork 2, edited by D. Alan Lewis (whose novel, Blood in Snowflake Garden, just got optioned by the producers of True Blood and published by Dark Oak Press and Media.
A Preview of my Story: This story is called, “The Stowaway.” It’s a story about a little boy who stows away (didn’t see that coming, did ya?) on a ship only to find out that he is caught up in a war between good and evil he knew nothing about. It takes place in Angelica Blackmore’s universe (from my short story, “The Survivor”), but she doesn’t make an appearance here.
Elements I Introduce:
–Steampunk-ish elements: Submarine and a missile. I also invented a new fun weapon that uses coal dust and a “unknown explosive” to burn it’s victims alive with one shot. It also converts them into evil minions of my supervillan, who also uses long metal ropes like tentacles.
–Action: the ship sinks and a few people are trapped
–Superhero & Supervillain: You will have to read the story for that. Hint: it takes place in the North Sea.
Anyway, I can now get more than 2 hours of sleep a night!!!