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"Singularity", my newest story, posts for the first time to the "Series Update" page, which is where most of my finds typically find my stories.
For those who haven't read the first chapter yet, it's another sci-fi tale featuring people struggling to discover how they've changed. The Singularity of the title doesn't refer to a physics Singularity (what happens at the bottom of a black hole), but rather the point of singularity when the physical merges with the physical. It's a study of spirtuality without the typical discussions of religion, established beliefs and societal expectations.
This chapter (#2) reveals what Josh experiences in the depth of space with no way to communicate when things go wrong. It essentially sets up the story, as the actual story essentially begins in chapter 3 (to be released next week) when Josh returns to wrestle with his experiences.
It's also a twist on my previous story, "The Catalyst", except instead of Alex running from everyone, Josh confronts them by testifying before a Congressional Committee, providing another example of how to lead a movement.
As always, I only post completed, edited stories. For those who grow impatient, you can visit my site
rel="nofollow">www.crumblywriter.net. You can also view a fancier version of the story a couple days early, as I often post the latest chapter to my site
rel="nofollow">Singularity at the beginning of the week (Monday) as I organize my files for the week.
The chapter is 19 chapters, including the final epilogue. The book is available on Amazon for $4.99 or createspace for $9.99.
Please let me know what you think of it, as this is both very different and similar to my other works and I'm anxious to know how it's received (print readers never provide feedback).
A new story, Singularity. For those who care, the title does not refer to a Physics Singularity, but to a Singularity between the Physical and Spiritual worlds, and since it's a science-fiction story, it takes an unusual approach in exploring where the two overlap.
It's a short story (18 chapters) featuring very short chapters (only 1,000 to 4,000 words each). It's posting a single chapter every Wednesday.
Well, "The Lad Who Poked the Devil in the Eye" is complete. I hope you enjoyed it, but I'm curious.
As you may have noticed, I've changed my writing style, cutting way back on the verbiage and the length of each chapter. Since many of you read "Stranded" again before reading the sequel, it presents a unique opportunity, since you'll be able to directly compare my earlier style with my later one.
This is important for me, because the style change is so dramatic, and because my next few books are even shorter than this one. If the shorter stories aren't appreciated, or if you prefer more depth and additional subplots in your stories, I really need to know now, before I write several more.
In other news, after this I'll be posting "Poking the Devil" to SOL. I've got another book, "Singularity", but it'll have to wait for another couple months because I entered it into the KDP Select 90-day exclusive period. Hopefully, by the time "Poking the Devil" finishes on SOL, I can begin posting "Singularity" here.
With the posting of chapter 4 of "The Lad Who Poked the Devil in the Eye", I've restructured the first five chapters (1 - 4) of the story, as well as removing a couple sections (in the Prologue and the new chapter 1) and revised a bit of the first chapter.
The reason for this is that, because of its slow start, readers never realized the essential story conflicts until chapter 4. Now, everyone understands what Otis is facing upfront, even if they don't know the details, so the story flashes back to the beginning.
If you're curious, feel free to reread chapter 1, but otherwise, I wouldn't bother with the other chapters, as essentially nothing has changes other than the presentation.
If you haven't started the story yet, then don't worry about it. The story is now stronger than it was before.
Vincent (aka. Crumbly)
btw, if you want to see the chapters in their more natural format (and a day earlier), visit www.crumblywriter.net.
Given reader's responses, and the scores for each chapters, I've decided to make some changes to "The Lad Who Poked the Devil in the Eye". Previously, I'd been unable to reorganize the story because I was trying to shift the action scenes--which led to confusion. Instead, I've decided to move a chapter where Otis, the main character, deals with the dilemma he finds himself in (chapter 4). By moving that chapter to the start of the story, and deleting several segments from a few chapters, I think I've got a stronger story.
I was also hoping to make Otis less obnoxious, but realized I'd already done that just before I published it. I'd removed the scenes with him arguing with himself, and there was only one of those left--where I established it as a personal trait. I also removed his various "we", "us" and "you" comments when referring to himself.
Thanks for your help in perfecting the story!
In a related note, I've just published my next book, "Singularity" on both Amazon and Createspace. I've decided to try using Amazon's KDP Select program, which means I won't be able to post it to the site for another three months. Hopefully, the current story will take up a couple months of that time. I'll add the links to my website www.vincentberg.com in the morning, as well as some sample chapters.
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