Completing something is a hell of a feeling. Especially when it’s a story. For the past several weeks I’ve been working on a short story I plan on it being part of a series where certain characters make appearances. A couple of characters mentioned or in “Frank Winston” are in this tale. It’s kind of a nod to other writers who do this, as well as one of my favorite directors, Kevin Smith. Kevin started off with nothing and has made grown (figuratively, I’m not making any fat jokes here) through telling stories he wanted to tell, with the people he wanted to use. Movies like “Clerks,” “Mallrats,” “Chasing Amy,” “Dogma,” and “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.” Of course there are other movies I could list, some of his more recent stuff has been enjoyable because I can see how he’s branching out. That aside, he had characters he weaved into his plots making the majority of his collection part of a fictional universe. This is great for fans as well as a newcomer who enjoy his movies. If you like one you might like the other, and, hey, there’s that guy again. This is what I’m trying to do. It also serves as a means of making my novel (yet to be picked up by an agent) more marketable. Here are so called addendums to the novel since, hey, that guy is in that story and that story, and this guy was over here in this story, and so on. Think of the bonus content gamers go after once they finish the game, or demos to see if they want to get the whole product.
So I’ve gone through all of that to get to this announcement. I’ve finished the rough draft of my second short story to the collection. It’s a hell of a feeling. I feel like I’ve accomplished something, while I’m sad its done. I know I still have to let it sit and go over it again, and again, and just when I think I’ve got it down will most likely need to go over a few more times. The only thing I’m missing is a title, and a name for one of the minor characters. The minor character I’m not worried about, but the title has me worried. I know it will come to me. It did take longer than I expected to finish this tale, but progress was made. Now, I’m getting ready to dive back in and write something else. Something not related to anything, and see where that takes me.