Monday, 30 December 2013

Part 1 of The Deadlands: Episode 1 Released

I uploaded the first two scenes/segments of the serial story, The Deadlands: Episode 1, I'm working on to Wattpad earlier. It's not a complete episode, but what I uploaded are two scenes/segments I'm rather happy with currently. At least the first segment. I'll upload the rest of the episode by next Monday hopefully. Also, you should be aware that it's very much a work in progress and that I'm a pantster by nature with just the ending in mind. Plus it's being written as I upload parts.

The picture . . . don't be mislead by it. It's essentially a dark fantasy, post-apocalyptic story that's gritty and adult in nature with some heavy themes explored. Basically, a man finds a girl who's alone and she's been taken advantage of. He decides to try and get her home. When he reaches the settlement, he becomes embroiled in the settlement's conflicts. Things such as racism, crime and power struggles. The guns are simply on the cover to try and give the impression of a post-apocalyptic, lawless land. They possibly don't get the right impression across, but I honestly have no artistic skill when designing covers and I have no money to spend unfortunately, so I had to try and make the best of photos I could find where I was free to use them without attribution.

The Deadlands

That's the link to the story. If you read it, I hope you enjoy it and thanks. Also, if you enjoy it, can leave feedback, vote (provided it deserves the vote) and spread the word, I'd really appreciate it.

Feedback wise, I don't want to make major content changes to parts already uploaded unless it's really needed, because I don't want readers to read a part, read a later part and then find inconsistencies. They might have to read the whole thing again to understand things. So, any content feedback and thoughts along those lines will be used to shape future parts. Technical feedback, however, or just letting me know if you enjoyed/disliked the story? That's definitely more than welcome.

If you do like what you read, you can find my short stories for sale at Amazon UK and Amazon US. Personally, I'd recommend Gus, though it's short. I think I have a lot to say about people and society in general with that story. I keep thinking of the phrasing of the first sentence in that story, but everything else I'm more than happy with.

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