Free short story [2]

Halloween’s over, I know. But it took me a little longer to write this short story for my favorite holiday. Now, it’s finished and I want you all – if willing – to read it. For free!

What’s it about?

Dean Sutter is a hunter on the way to the small town Courage. A school bus full of couragehigh school students is on its way to Courage as well. Therein lies the problem for Dean, because Courage is a werewolf town.

While Dean is set on rescuing the teens from the wild beasts that come out at full moon, things are not quite as they seem. Confused, Dean turns toward the very creatures they’ve been fighting for seven years.

You might be confused by the ‘they’ve’ in that last sentence, at least at first sight. Yes, Dean is transgender and their preferred pronoun is the singular they. I guess it’s a little different from what you might have read so far, or maybe it’s just different from what you’ve read by me so far. It was a first for me, but Dean made their gender and pronoun quite clear to me early on. I couldn’t have written it any other way.

This said, I hope you’ll enjoy my little Halloween story. I put it up on wattpad and tablo.

Happy (belated) Halloween!

NaNoWriMo Update [1]

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So, how is everybody’s NaNo going? I’d really like to know and would be thrilled if you told me in the comments.

My own NaNo endeavor is going great so far. I’ve written every day, though I haven’t reached my daily requirements the last few days. I had a little bit of family time to do – doing it gladly, of course. But I’m still on track, ’cause I worked a little more intensively the first five days.

I finished project 2 – Courage – on Tuesday. I’m really glad how it turned out. It’s a Halloween story, so I’m late, but I guess it’s also good reading for any kind of November night when it’s raining and shadows look like critters you’d rather not have lurking in your apartment.

I’m especially proud of Courage, because it’s something I haven’t done before. I’m not talking about the supernatural part of it, I have done something like that before, though not with werewolves. My protagonist is transgender, and I used the singular they pronoun. It was a little confusing at first, but by the end I had gotten used to it and it went really well.

I haven’t gotten to editing it yet, but I hope I can do that next week, so you should be able to read Courage by the next weekend – hopefully.

Today, I finished project 3 – Halway Home. While I’m feeling good about Courage, I feel like dancing for having finished Halfway Home. It was a holiday project for last year, but it turned longer and now it’s a novel of almost 75k words. I’m really, really proud and happy. There’s still a lot of work to do, because it’s the first draft, but I’m looking forward to reading the whole thing for the first time – though there’ll be mistakes galore.

I hope to get it published, but that’s still far away.

So, two of five projects down. I’m thinking about starting another novel, actually, but haven’t decided for sure yet. I mean, it’s a great feeling when it’s finished, I just don’t want to fill too much onto my plate. Everything is so fragile, inspiration, time, motivation. But NaNo is certainly working for me this year.

I’m at 16k words, and I still have some words to write today. I hope you’re all doing great, but if not: Writing is hard. Any writing you do is magic. You’re awesome.

Okay, tell me how it’s going in the comments. And write, write, write!