I’ve started work on my first short story in quite a while. I’m mentioning it here because I’ve read that a good way to stop procrastinating is to tell a friend what you’re doing and when you intend to finish it–the motivation being avoidance of shame and humiliation when you fail to meet your goal.
The story is titled “Leoht Unfaeger,” and it features a paranormal investigator named Eron. Eron evolved from the “Jon Shade” concept I was developing last year (though Shade himself has now become a secondary character with a different name). The story draws heavily on my study of Beowulf during college.
In order to motivate myself further, I’m going to state publicly that I intend to complete the first draft of this story before the end of the weekend, and that the first draft should be at least 6,000 words.
I’m also considering starting a blog-exclusive serial story, perhaps featuring Eron & company. I was initially toying with continuing “Zombie!”, but decided that tale might be a bit too violent (though given “Johnny Sniper and the Cave of Fear”, I’m probably already beyond the pale). Of course, feel free to let me know if you have any particular preference as to what sort of stories you’d like to see in this space.