In the time I have had since losing my job I have gotten a chance to write a lot. I completed and put together my novel ROAD KILL, I wrote a script for a short film I am going to make this year, I have written some short articles for a website, and finally I made a decision to pursue two books I wanted to write.
Well, three and a half months into 2019 and I have completed writing the first of those books, a novella/novelette (I still need to revise it so who knows what could happen with it) I am calling ROOTS OF FIRE.
For about the last fifteen years I have been writing about a mythology and its central characters from time to time. The stories center around the Sisters Six, six ancient witches who appear as trees and can ‘grant wishes’ if you pledge yourself to them. They reside in the O’Leary Woods, which stand between three small Michigan towns. The stories caught the eye of a film maker friend who adapted one of them into a short film –
I have been writing these stories for a while now and even added another element to the stories, an opposition to the sisters called the Woodsman. I have been writing these stories, and about these witches (they MAY be mentioned in ROAD KILL, ahem) but was ready to close that cycle. I had had in mind that I needed to write an ending for the Sisters and to their story. I dragged my feet a lot on doing it but with as much time as I have had recently I felt that I needed to take the opportunity to do it now.
The story itself is about two women, strangers, who find themselves caught up in the machinations of a war they don’t even know exists and they become central figures in that war’s outcome.
The story was just finished today so it’s about as fresh as can be but I feel good about it. I love how it ends. I love that. I think it is authentic and works and is satisfying. I will hope that’s genuinely the case. I definitely have work to do on it and need to smooth out the rough edges but I am happy to have that done. As to the other book I want to write, well, I’ll wait on that a bit but I feel like it’s going to be a much easier book to write. It’s another book that was started once upon a time and which demands resolution.
That’s a tale for another time though.