Delays and WiP

Apologies for the delay in posting.  We had a rough weekend and I’ve been focusing more on my non-blog writing, so I kinda fell behind.

Anyway.

I’m working on two major projects now.

The first is several short stories, most of which are linked in some way, in The Between urban fantasy setting.  Most are Earth-set, but a few will occur in parts of the Between and Beyond.  The first, that I’m working on now, takes place seven or eight years before the rest.  The others will all take place at the same time, most involving the first’s main character, or places and minor characters from the first.

The second project was kind of an “oops”.  It’s The Codex Arcanum.  This is intended to be a short book, or field guide, or quick reference work for an Earth-based urban fantasy setting.  In world, it will be a work of non-fiction.  The closest similar examples I can immediately think of are Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  Basically, it’s a fictional work of non-fiction, if that makes sense.  So, I’m approaching it from a similar perspective to writing a piece of academic non-fiction, taking on the role of a writer-editor working for an in-world organization to revise their field guide/quick reference for people new to their culture and history.  Even to the point of including in-text citations and editor footnotes.  I’m debating whether to create a References section (probably making up my own citation system).

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2 comments on “Delays and WiP

  1. Calmgrove says:

    Sounds a great project. Just off the top of my head I can only think of two similar efforts (though I’m sure there are others): ‘Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell’ had all those wonderful footnotes and spurious references, didn’t it, as did ‘Beedle the Bard’. And there’s also Jose Philip Farmer’s ‘Tarzan Alive!’ which assumed Burrough’s books were based on the apeman’s own recollections and created a fantastic critical apparatus to support his thesis: not so much Creative Nonfiction as Nonfictional Creation, maybe. (Just thought that up. But you may use it!)

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    • Rowling had the first two that came to mind. Along with the Necronomicon. But, those are more “supplemental materials” as a librarian friend put it.

      Regardless, for me it’s an experiment (I like experimenting). And it’s been fun so far.

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