As you know I've been rewriting Michael's Folly. It has been fun, exciting and a huge challenge. Let me tell you about the challenges that I have faced in the last couple of days.
First off taking a story that has a clear set of heroes, if you will, and changing it so that there are no clear heroes is very challenging. It is my goal that when I am finished my readers will have the opportunity to choose who they like to follow and who they like to consider a hero and who will be the villains. This draft will not be as clear with those intents as I am aiming for. (Wow that was a bad sentence). Basically this is just the beginning.
I think that right now I have given too much away concerning Lena and I might have to pull back a bit on her. But to be honest she is one of my favorite characters and she was one of those people that I really wanted to develope more anyway. But if I put too much of my own prejudices into the writing will you the readers pick up on it? Now we're back to are you reading what I wrote or are you getting something else out of it? Also if I dont pull up on Lena it might ruin an entire thread of story in the third book.
I had been inserting chapters of new material. One to three chapters at best drawing an alternate, new or expanded story line. It had been fairly simple. I just read the book and fill in chapters as I go along that expand the story. But last night I came upon the chapter in my book that I had dreaded. It was originally written to help move the story along. It made short paragraph or two explanations of all that was going on and how things simply happened. It did its job and moved the story along. But last night I saw the potential for my characters to really show their colors and stripes if I simply told the story instead of reducing the end result to a paragraph or two. It was a bit more involved than I had thought. The first three paragraphs became three chapters and it isnt showing any signs of slowing down any.
So far, I have expanded the roughly 55,000 word book into 80 + and I am no where near the end. It is safe to say that my original thought that this book and probably the other three can easily be expanded into 150,000 word novels by simply telling the stories of all the main characters instead of relegating them to ephemeral status around a central core of chosen heroes. But the real question is of course am I improving the original story or simply running around the mullberry bush? Only time will tell.
In other news, there has been some intrest in my Xena stories here on the website. I do not own the Xena franchise or any rights to her name and therefore I cannot sell my stories. But I so loved the characters of Xena and Gabriel and felt that the owners left the great heroes in a state of limbo so I finished their story. For the enjoyment of other Xena fans I wanted to offer them here on the website for free but I never fully edited them to put them here. Other projects like the one I'm on now and of course Calisto has kept me from properly editing the stories. All of that being said I am going to put them on the website anyway in their rough edit condition. I hope that you all will forgive me this slight and just enjoy the stories.
Be good to each other.