The Death and Rebirth of The Points Between

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Once upon a time I was happily writing a serial called The Points Between. It was a story I was incredibly passionate about telling -- a story that was viscerally important to me, even though it was way out of my comfort zone and far, far above my level of expertise -- and I'd actually finished an entire arc, and had started on the second arc, when a bunch of inconvenient things happened. The result of these inconvenient things was that the story has remained dormant for years: not dead, because it's never a story I've given up on, but dormant. I needed to make some decisions, and I didn't know what decisions I wanted to make.

I've made those decisions, and am in the process of moving forward. This is the story of that interminable process, and what came out of it.

The Points Between is, in my head, a story with three arcs. The first arc, where Matthew discovered he was a magician, was finished. The second arc, where he had to discover what that meant, was getting started. The third arc, where he had to choose how to use what he knew, was being set up. I was generally pleased with most of what I'd written, but there were a few things I'd done that had bothered me:

NaNoWriMo Update

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In the past I've been better about these, but this has been an uncomfortably hectic November so far.

At this point in the game I am about 8,000 words behind. I've been 8,000 words behind for the last few days. It's frustrating, but I can still catch up. I just need a few good writing days and I'll be back on track.

What about those of you poor, brave souls who are also NaNoing this year? Where are you at? Discuss!

Now Available: Curveball Year One: Death of a Hero

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Curveball Issue 13 isn't quite out on sale yet, but I'm pleased to announce that Curveball Year One: Death of a Hero is now available in both eBook and Trade Paperback form.

What is this, you ask? Well, for those of you who have been following the serial since its inception, there's not much new. It's issues 1-12, collected into a single volume. The trade paperback even includes the covers for each issue (in grayscale--color interiors are expensive).

The trade paperback weighs in at 363 pages, and is available for $13.50 on CreateSpace and Amazon.com (less if you have an Amazon Prime account), and will be available on other sites like Barnes & Noble shortly.

The eBook is currently available for $4.99 on Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, the Google Play Store, Kobo, and Smashwords (though I seem to be having formatting issues with the Smashwords edition), with iTunes and others to come.

The First 12 Chapters to A Rake by Starlight

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Sometime in mid-July -- a particularly dark month for me, for various reasons -- I was skimming through my manuscript for A Rake by Starlight, the as-yet unfinished sequel to Pay Me, Bug!. I found myself really enjoying the story, which is something I rarely do when I'm still working on it, and was extremely happy with the way the it was turning out.

I also noticed something interesting: while the story isn't finished, the first twelve chapters are solid. As I looked through my work I saw gaps that needed to be filled, pieces that needed to be added, things that needed to be fleshed out... but none of that occurred in Chapters 1-12. I don't feel like there's much I have to do to them at this point. Edit for grammar. Massage a few words, maybe. But my general feeling is that Act I of A Rake by Starlight is finished.

Since Act I is finished, I'm going to post it for you. Starting today.

How Science Fiction and Fantasy Helped Me Conquer My Inner Demons By Being A Total Horse's Ass

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Update 16 February 2014: This is, sadly, still relevant.

Note: This was originally posted on my Google Plus account here. I'm re-posting it to my website because it's relevant, and also because so there. Slightly edited.

My name is Christopher Brennan Wright. I’m a writer. More specifically, and this is important, at the moment I am an unsuccessful writer. I’m trying to struggle on, and get noticed, and “gain traction” just like every other writer in my position. There are no guarantees.

When you deal with something like that, it’s important that you don't dwell on trivialities, but I think the truth is that everyone does. There are goals and achievements you want that have nothing to do with actually succeeding, and they can haunt you more than the real goals can. I could wake up tomorrow and discover that I sold a hundred eBooks overnight and I’d still find a way to get discouraged. If you're reading this, and you have a level of success where a hundred sales in a night is no big deal, keep in mind that I'm an unsuccessful writer—a hundred books in 24 hours would be a pretty big win for me, and I wouldn’t be able to take the good news at face value. I’d be finding a way to undermine it somehow. I’m my own worst enemy. That’s just the way it is.

One of the ways I undermined myself was by feeling like an impostor.

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