Writer. Adventurer. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a series of steampunk novels and short stories.
So I know it’s been a few days since I’ve mentioned anything about our collaborative short story project. Please rest assured that I am still working furiously on it…
Actually, that’s not 100% true. I’ve had some real life stuff that has been invading my head space, and the last few days have been a bit tough. I’ve sorted through that now, so we are full speed ahead for another installment by the end of the week. Huzzah!!
We have worked through the Inciting Action. Contrary to what I had previously planned, I don’t think I can lump it together with the Point of No Return because Tesla is not going to be the one making the choice at this time. She will be making her choice at the end of the next section, which will be the point where her life won’t be able to return to normal.
Also, I want to mention this will probably end up being a longer short story than I had planned. I had estimated 3500 words total. The first section alone ran 2000 words. So, um, yeah, sorry that this may be a bit long for a “short” story, but it is still an awesome project, and I really can’t wait to see how it turns out!
I want to mention a special thanks to a few people:
Przemek Kucia for posting first
Rastelly for sharing her experiences with writing steampunk
SDB Mania for talking about a similar forum project he had
Farez for video game recommendations
Sounds and Strings for the awesome name Geiger (which I am saving for another time)
Camryn Forrest for finding the artist for two of the pictures!!
Eric J Baker for reminding me to not wander, but keep the story going
Some of their suggestions are going to play into the next section for sure. I can’t wait to see what everyone thinks of it. (Unless you guys don’t like it, in which case I can wait for a really long time.)
For anyone who is new to our collaborative short story project, let me explain. Ideally, each week I will provide a section of the story, then there will be a series of options to vote for where the story goes next. Any great comments and suggestions also get added to the poll. I let everyone have 48-72 hours to vote, then I see what the winner(s) are. I spend a few days writing the next installment of the short story based on the polling data. After some feverish editing, I post it for everyone to read and vote again. Rinse, repeat.
Let me also provide some links for our posts so far:
This Story Needs Your Help – first round of voting (also was Freshly Pressed, which was super cool)
Life of a Foundry Moth – Short Story (Vote for Part Two)