May 5, 2010 Frank Gattis for Banks Media Productions, Los Angeles
Living in America means taking things for granted. We assume there will always be water to drink, food to eat, and electricity to keep the lights burning. We expect roads to be in good repair, buildings to remain standing, and VNet to keep humming along. But what happens when the foundation upon which we build our lives is shattered by an act of terrorism? What happens when we look to the sky and see planes diving for the ground?
Did you know that the Guardian Angels short story is a “bridge story” between Xronixle and Perion Synthetics? It stars Rick Diaz, but is ultimately a story about Kaili Zabora, who has become the common thread in the Vinestead Universe besides Vinestead itself. I really like the idea of a short 20,000 word story bridging the gap between the larger novels.
That got me thinking: why not write bridge stories for all the gaps?
So I’m doing that. That’s the big news. You’re the first to know, mom.
I Hate Waiting
Anticipation kills me. And by that I mean, I don’t like to plan too far ahead. If I plan too far ahead, I start anticipating and it kills my day, week, etc. For example, if you tell me I have to go to Houston on Monday for business, I’m going to spend the weekend thinking about it and not enjoy a damn thing.
You see, the thing is, we have a baby on the way. Due May 13, 2017, if you must know. And with that on the horizon (coupled with the million things we have to do to prepare), I just can’t sit down and write something new. So I’m working on rewriting, editing, and revising something I’ve already written, which is this:
Yeah, I know, but the cheesiness matches the stories. I actually wrote this first draft soon after Perion Synthetics, as a kind of extended epilogue for Kaili Zabora. It sustained itself for a while, but fell apart after about 20,000 words.
Fell apart because it ran smack into the middle of a different, unwritten novel, one involving Cyn from Perion Synthetics, G from Xronixle, as well as Danny Guns Montreal and Johnny San Vito.
Wouldn’t it be cool to read that and have a clear picture of what happened between Perion Synthetics and Novel 5? It’s an extended epilogue and extended prologue.
Anyway, this is about all the work I can do, besides making shitty covers on Canva. To truly make this into a series, I’d have to redo the title and cover for Guardian Angels, into something like this maybe:
And then this new bridge story would be:
And if there ends up being a bridge story after Por Vida, it could look like this:
Of course, a professional would end up doing the actual covers, but I think the concept would work.
I’d like to get Aftermath Astoria on the shelves before our little bundle of joy gets here, but who knows? It’s hard to concentrate these days. Between prepping for the baby and begging for reviews, who has that kind of time to polish a short story?
Me. That’s who.
I’ll let you know when the story is available to read on your Kindle, but if you’d like to read it early, send me a link to the review you wrote for Por Vida, and I’ll shoot you over the latest draft in reply. nudge nudge wink wink