Next Leg of the Journey

The last chapter of the reissued version of THE ARCHIVES posted a few days ago. I had fun tweaking it. Not much changed from the original version I posted on FictionPress in 2011, except I had to completely rewrite 15 chapters because I felt like they were unrealistic. (Hey, 15 chapters out of 365 counts as “not much.”) Because I’m a perfectionist, I may take a look at it again at some point in the future because one can never eradicate all the typos and inconsistencies the first (or even second) time around. But for now, that’s it. Hope you liked it!

I keep vacillating on the next story I’m going to post here, so it may be awhile before I get to that. I also have been thinking about just plain blogging and musing like I used to. It’s not that I have nothing to write about. On the contrary, I can’t keep the ideas out of my head. I question the worth of what I have to say more often, though, because others say the same thing much more clearly than I ever could.

Book reviews would be the easiest thing to post about, but I am still stuck on my book about the Kennedy men (Laurence Leamer). The last piece of fiction I read was Darling Rose Gold (Stephanie Wrobel), which was based on the real-life story of Gypsy Rose. (Google it if you don’t know what it is and want to be horrified.)

What I really want to write about is God, but every time I consider writing something “profound,” I think that perhaps I should meditate and listen to God instead of writing about him or talking to him. I’m also afraid of accidentally falling into heresy or leading someone astray. Basically, I feel like I need to learn more before I can say much of anything. In the meantime, I recommend Henri Nouwen’s The Return of the Prodigal Son, which is beautifully written and succinctly summarizes the garbled mess in my brain (and saves me time trying to get it written out).

That’s enough for now. I hope you all are doing well. (This post is also a public service announcement: Step away from the news and/or Internet if it’s making you depressed.)

Reissue of THE ARCHIVES

I’ve been doing more thinking about writing than actually writing, and I’ve been looking back at several things I’ve written. There isn’t much incentive to start something completely new, mostly because I have zero new ideas, but also because my mind keeps cycling the old stories and characters through my head. They still fascinate me.

So I figure that if I can revisit one (or more?) of them, it might give me more incentive to continue to write (or at least make my existing writing better), and it will make my characters shut up because they will finally get much-needed attention.

THE ARCHIVES seems to be the best candidate for revisiting. It’s a tiny story (only about 36,000 words) that I posted on FictionPress circa 2010–2011 (though it takes place in 2002–2004). In the vein of Ellen Hopkins and Sonya Sones, I wrote in verse, but I limited myself to one 100-word chapter per day for a year. I never wrote anything like THE ARCHIVES before; it was super short, almost entirely based on real life (many of the events are true or close to it, but the characters are composites or entirely invented), and in first-person point of view. To be honest, it didn’t even have much of a plot until midway through because it wasn’t planned, and I had no clue where I was going with it. THE ARCHIVES was more of an experiment than anything else. If I had to summarize it, it’d be something like “High school girl, dubbed ‘The Archivist’ by her peers, comes out from behind the scenes to solve a mystery.”

Somehow THE ARCHIVES became fairly popular. The readers related to the crazy high school shenanigans, and it got a lot of comments. People followed it, and someone actually remembered it several years after I’d taken it off FictionPress. To this day, I really don’t know why it was the most “successful” out of all the stuff I posted on FictionPress, especially when I put so little effort into it compared to the other things I was working on. Probably a “right place at the right time” kind of thing.

Because it’s so low maintenance and supposedly one of the “better” things I’ve written, I’ve decided to reissue it here, at the agonizingly slow pace of one chapter per day,* starting tomorrow (and I doubt I post every day, but I’ll try to). I’m not planning to change anything major, just fix typos and anything else that makes me go “WTF” when I read it. As always, comments are welcome.

*So this means that sometimes there will be two posts a day. I apologize in advance if this will annoy you.

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