On August 31, 2015 – one year ago today – I began this website in two parts, A Writing Life and Serial. Confusingly, the name of the overall site and one of the two blogs was the same. I wouldn’t make that mistake again, but there were many things I didn’t know about running a website when I started.
This half of the site, Serial, is technically a separate blog, but it isn’t treated like a blog. It was a way to let me publish short stories, articles, novels, and novel excerpts in serial form. I always intended to remove the results, as each was completed, to a separate section called Backfile. Blogs place entries last to first; that works for a serial, but for a completed piece it would mean reading from end to beginning. In Backfile you can read from beginning to end.
Here is a summary of the first year of Serial.
Blondel of Arden Blondel is a peaceful, small statured bard of small magics, but he is also more than he seems. Blondel of Arden and Prince of Exile are my only non-Menhir fantasies. Look for it in Backfile.
Koan Short and snarky. Look for it in Backfile.
Into the Storm A day’s recreation with strong undertones. Look for it in Backfile.
To Go Not Gently Ram David Singh, formerly of Ozarka, NorAm, now of India, the last, great scientific country on a post-apocalyptic Earth, is trying for immortality. Lots of luck. Novella, originally published in Galaxy, a modified excerpt from the novel A Fond Farewell to Dying. Look for it in Backfile.
The Best of Lies Selenchuk came to slay a dragon and stayed to live a quiet life. Now another would-be dragon slayer is about to mess that up. Set in the World of the Menhir. Look for it in Backfile.
How To Build a Culture Non-fiction. The is the text of a talk given at Westercon 34, held in Sacramento, CA in 1981. Look for it in Backfile.
Symphony Christmas This is as excerpt from the novel Symphony in a Minor Key. I still intend to publish the novel, so this will eventually be removed from Serial and not placed in Backfile.
Over the Christmas season I printed five favorite poems, written by others. They will eventually be removed from Serial and not placed in Backfile.
The Prince of Exile Nothing is what it seems, in service of the Prince. Prince of Exile and Blondel of Arden are my only non-Menhir fantasies. Not yet moved to Backfile.
Voices in the Walls This is as excerpt from an uncompleted novel, heavily annotated for the benefit of new or would-be writers. It will eventually be removed from Serial and placed in Backfile.
Jandrax The entirety of my 1978 first novel, annotated for the benefit of would-be writers. It will eventually be removed from Serial and placed in Backfile.
Starting tomorrow, Raven’s Run, another unpublished novel.