June 29th, 2012
Finally Finished Researching–Phantom Warriors: Riot

You would think that a free story wouldn’t take so much research, but it did. I’m still not exactly sure what’s going to happen in the story, but I have a pretty good idea. I figure I’ll start writing and see where it goes. The good thing about it being so short is that I can’t wander around in the world for very long. There are a lot of writers out there who don’t like writing shorter stories. I really enjoy it, but I won’t write them unless they’re complete. What I mean by that is even if a story is tied to a series, I still want the actual story itself to have a true beginning, middle, and end. I don’t like the ones where you have to read the novel to get the answers to your questions.

That said, I also enjoy writing longer books. It’s just thus far the longer books don’t seem to be making any difference in the Indie publishing game. I know they do for other people, but that hasn’t been my experience. My shorter books sell far better than my longer ones. Weird, I know.

Finished reading a pretty cool urban fantasy called ‘Child of Fire’ by Harry Connolly. After I finish Jeaniene Frost’s new book, Once Burned, I’ll pick up the next one in Harry’s series. I always love finding new urban fantasy series, especially since Simon Green wrapped up his Nightside series. I’m hoarding the last two books (i.e. reading them slowly) in that series because I’m not ready for it to end.

It’s hot here, like it is in the rest of the country, so I’ll probably head to the movies at some point. No big plans for the fourth, since again, it’s hot. Maybe I’ll take next week to write and finish Phantom Warriors: Riot. Yeah, that sounds like a plan. 🙂

2 comments to “Finally Finished Researching–Phantom Warriors: Riot”

  1. I’m with you. I really like writing short stories, but even if they are tied to characters in one of my books, I want the story to be a stand alone, finished product.

  2. Bernard, I think it’s unfair to the readers, when the story isn’t complete. I think using the same characters is fine. Readers who’ve been following the series will get more out of the shorts than new to the series readers, but the latter deserves a standalone story that they can at least follow and enjoy.