This morning, it occurs to me that stories are like children. As authors, we give birth to these things and slowly groom them for adulthood (well, in this case, we publish them for the world to see). Once they’re ready, we publish our children into a world of readers and hope that they can stand on their own two feet. After all, that’s what determines success or failure in this industry, not necessarily sales.
Since I’ve produced a good amount of these “children”, I’d like to list my Top-5. Yep, as parents we don’t actually have favorites (I don’t. Both of my kiddos rock.), but as authors we do get to pick our favorites. Here are mine:
5. Hollow Earth. This is one of my least popular stories, but man was it fun to write! Sometimes writing can feel like a chore. Other times, it’s a blitz of euphoria. This baby was a blast from start to finish, and looking back I believe it’s a good story.
4. Nocturne. I’ve considered giving this puppy a new name and a rewrite somewhere along the way. Sure, it’s a strange story, but all I did was sit down and peck the keyboard. The inspiration for this story came to me all at once and I had no choice but to publish it. I think Nocturne stands the test of time.
3. Gunship: Bone Harvest. This one has underwent all sorts of changes before finally finding a home within the Gunship umbrella. Still, this particular story consumed about two months of my life, and I doubt the smile ever left my face during that time. A fun read. A fun project.
2. Atlantis. I can still remember spending the better part of a summer mapping out the city of Atlantis in a notebook and then whacking away at it on a laptop. It is impossible not to love this story. Sadly, this is likely to be my least popular story. I had planned this as the first book of many – hopefully one day.
Finally, 1. Wicked. This is some of my best work. I can still remember finishing the final edit on this baby, saving it, and instantly realizing that it was special. I can remember laughing out loud while writing the Top Gun scene. This is a roller coaster of zombie wickedness, hence the name.
Who knows, maybe I’ll get around to Top-5 list of stories that I didn’t enjoy writing/publishing. Trust me, I have those as well. I suppose we’ll call them the “problem children”, eh?