I'm looking for Beta readers for a monthly project.
Final draft by the 20th of the month.
Each will be first published in Imagine Magazine. GA to be one month behind Imagine.
Chapter lengths vary. Approximately
1 - 3300 - Final
2 - 2900 - Final
3 - 6900 - Draft
More already drafted, around a dozen planned.
As you might have guessed, the project is already moving. The March chapter is out now. (Early release for Valentine's Day)
Chapter 2 releases in April. Then Ch. 1 comes here. And so on.
Excited already? See my GA blog, linked at the bottom.
No? Let's keep going!
It's an urban/contemporary fantasy. Or science fiction, lines blur for me there.
It's a story from a similar vein (ha) as the epic romance saga Gone From Daylight by @Comicality. Although I'm planning a much smaller scale. XD ( the whole story takes place over the course of one Valentine's Day, sunset to sunrise.
Vampires, teenagers, angst, action, drama... sexual content. It's even in Chicago (long story about a short story) With the added bonus of shining some moonlight on how things were for the LGBT community in that murky bygone era, the 90's! (Hehe) And hopefully compare where we were to where we are.
Aiden Desmond (14) a boy intelligent beyond his peers, and made wiser beyond his years by bitter experiences visited on him and his family.
Peter Dane (ostensibly 16) likewise intelligent and well acquainted with the darkness of life on no matter which side of the solar terminator you spend your waking hours.
Fellow insomniacs and friends for the last three years. Their lives and lifestyles have been allowed to overlap under the roof of the Chicago Ravenwolfe House. An organization with principles, and an approach to social work almost as unusual as some of their clientele. With a payroll that includes some surprises and benefits that include stipends for a discrete laundry service that performs wonders with... stains.
For three years the friendship of this young heart and old soul has enjoyed the illusion of having two unspoken things in common.
* Being human
* *Liking* girls
Harsh as life may have been, Aiden was blindsided by the the idea that anything else was possible, on both counts.
6 weeks since that conversation, Aiden is still struggling with his expanded view of the world and all the questions raised.
For 6 weeks circumstances took Peter out of Chicago. Aiden has reasons for wanting a night out on 2-14-9X, and Valentine's Day isn't one of them.
But, for two handsome boys out together on a Valentine's Day at Navy Pier, the rest of the world may prove impossible to ignore. It certainly won't ignore them.
Aiden has questions, and he wants answers. He'll have some of them by dawn, to questions he hasn't even considered before.
Just as urgently, he's determined that they both have fun. Some days on the calendar, well are what friends are for. As long as Peter's home before curfew, it should be easy, right?
What time is sunrise, anyway?
From the world of "Predators" by @VampireMystic (XP): 2-14-9X
Link in the blog
By Lux Apollo
I'd been to many interments, each of them a different experience of loss and grief, but never before had I been asked to shovel dirt onto a friend's casket. They are all looking at me, expectantly, a shovel held out towards my hands. Can I do this? Can I really do this?
I pose a question for you guys. Something I've pondered with recent GA offerings, and upcoming birthday.
As I get older, and farther from my younger years... My reading has matured. Maturing writing as well.
I crave more adult stories like Changes, and Dissonance. Among other greats I've read. Often inundated with another teen offering.
Do you find yourselves wanting more mature stories. Are your characters and themes in writing maturing as you do?
There are two short stories I finished writing and I'm hoping to have someone read through one or both, and offer comments on what I can do to maybe improve my story. I'm also not the greatest at grammar, and it would be great to have someone help me edit my piece/s as well.
Story 1: The Night After (1400 words)
A story about a man who has a one night stand with a man he didn't know. Lesson: You never know who you're taking to bed with you. Themes: Shame, Race, Alcohol.
Snippet: "You hailed us a cab. You fondled me in the back seat and I couldn’t help but notice the driver glancing at us through the rearview mirror. I was self conscious. You nibbling on my neck gave me chills. I giggled, avoiding the driver’s eyes.
You took us to your place, paid the cab driver, and took us inside your home: a two story tan-colored home on the corner of 18th and Spruce. You took us to through the back door and I asked why not the front? You didn’t answer."
Note: Includes graphic sexual content
Story 2: The Conversation (2000 words)
Two friends get together for a college reunion, recalling their old college days. But when an earth shattering secret is revealed, their friendships will be tested in a way neither saw coming.
“Uh, I don’t think you met Jamal yet. Jamal’s cool though, he was president of the Black Student Union, if you remember him. But man, guess who I got to come through? Our old boy, Xavier!” Jordan felt his mouth go dry. He forced a cough and tried concentrating back to the road.
“Yeah, ain’t that crazy? We used to do some mad partying at Campbell U together. Remember Cory, Xavier, you and I used to hit up the bars and clubs? Xavier always found a dude to hook up with. Tim was telling me Xavier’s still the player, picking up dudes left and right. It’s gonna be good to see him again...He said he’ll be there.” Damien rested his head on his hand, relaxing and reminiscing of the old days. Jordan, however, felt a panic well up in him.
Note: Includes a description of sexual assault.
Hope to hear from one or some of you soon,
By Lux Apollo
Ah... I forgot I was supposed to start a topic for this story so people can ask questions or discuss things I'm writing. I try to inform my writing in this piece with canon from the comic books, even though it is set in the Movie-verse. Or, at least, one possible permutation of it. I guess it is somewhat AU now because of DoFP, but if we subscribe to an infinite universes cosmology, then perhaps this is just another future of the original timeline.