Guys, it’s here!
I am very excited to announce the release of FeverDreamLand: Chapter 1 here on the site! Yay!
FeverDreamLand is the Ongoing Story of Terrorwood, a short story collection that I introduced in my previous blog post. If you haven’t read that post yet go here and do that first!
Alrighty. Now that you have definitely, 100% read that post first, let’s get on with it.
I actually released the first story when I said I was going to! Honestly this is just as much a surprise to me as it is to anyone else, I never do things when I say I’m going to. I said I was going to read Les Misérable from beginning to end five years ago, and I still haven’t finished it. I’m only a chapter away from the end too, literally only one chapter. I don’t know what is wrong with me, I could do that right now and have the bragging rights for reading Les Misérable in it’s entirety. But I won’t because… reasons?
But I digress. Let me tell you a little bit about FeverDreamLand.
What is FeverDreamLand?
FeverDreamLand is the Ongoing Story aspect of Terrorwood, and the chewy middle bit in this literary Nerds Rope. If I keep plodding along at my current pace, this should be a four-Chapter story according to my outline.
Each Chapter will be a slightly different length, this first one clocking in at 2876 words (including the section titles). I anticipate that each new Chapter of FeverDreamLand will be longer than the previous, so the final word count for the entire story will be around 15000-ish words.
“FeverDreamLand tells the story of Sully, a sixteen-year-old high school student and reporter for Terrier Talk, Terrierwood High’s bimonthly newsletter. When a fellow student mysteriously collapses during school, their affliction is attributed to an allergic reaction. However, is this actually the case? Find out, as Sully investigates what’s really going on in this tale of mystery and horror.”
So FeverDreamLand is a weird title…
Yes! Yes it is. No, I won’t tell you why that’s the title. Next question, please.
Why are you starting with a Chapter instead of a Stand-Alone?
Every story in Terrorwood is going to be set either in or around Terrierwood High, if this were a sitcom then that location would be the main set. I wanted to introduce readers to this setting in a clear, easy-to-read format.
That statement needs some explaining via a numerical list:
1. My writing style varies depending on what I am trying to accomplish.
I do not always write using an accessible format, and I do that on purpose. Sometimes I write stories in the stream-of-consciousness fashion, sometimes I write stories sans traditional dialogue, sometimes I write stories from confusing perspectives, etc., etc.
FeverDreamLand is written in what I consider traditional YA format: One perspective, clear dialogue, and little flowery language. I don’t want it to be a slog to get through, I want the pace to be snappy. It’s the difference between eating a four-course meal and a fast food Combo #3; either way you get tasty food in your belly, but they are wholly different experiences.
2. FeverDreamLand is going to be the most “normal” of all the stories.
This is gonna get weird, y’all. Like, real weird.
I debated posting a Stand-Alone as the first installment of Terrorwood, I’ve even written one and it’s fairly polished. But it’s also weird. Weird enough that I think it could put some people off the entirety of this project.
I don’t want to put people off right from the get-go if they’re not into surrealist-style stuff, so we’re not going to start with the weird. We’re going to start with the comparatively normal.
Ooh, that’s a good band name, The Comparatively Normal. I call dibs.
When’s the next installment of Terrorwood going to be released?
March 26. Possibly sooner. Keep an eye on Mondays, those are my good writin’ days.
Anything else we need to know?
Figs technically aren’t fruit, they’re inverted flowers.
Delicious, delicious inverted flowers.
Besides that, as I said in the first Terrorwood blog post, I want your feedback! What you like, dislike, where my writing can improve, constructive criticism is welcome in this house. Either comment on the story directly, or send your feedback through my Contact page, here.
Just remember, being mean just for the sake of being mean does nothing but garner bad karma. The key word in constructive criticism is constructive.