A Peek at My Upcoming Web Serial
My first novel, The Nephilim Project, is still kinda my baby. I wrote it when I was sixteen, mostly in longhand, back when my writing routine involved getting up at 5:30 AM and listening to Enya playlists on my iPod classic. (Yes I wrote a dystopian thriller to Enya. It’s weird to me now, too.)
Those were also the days when I could get up at 5:30 AM and initiate a thought process that was lucid and intelligent and largely free of DUUUURRR.
It was the first time I ever completed a manuscript. It was the first time I ever developed a crush on one of my own characters (please tell me other people do this). I learned so much from this book.
I’ve always wanted to dust it off and resurrect it into something more publishable, but the amount of work it would take has always daunted me a little. However I recently found a way to make this resurrection happen, and I’ve been really excited to tell you guys about it.
Some of you know about my upcoming web serial, The Firewall Saga. What you probably don’t know is that parts of it are The Nephilim Project reincarnated. I’m using several of the same characters, and adapting some of the scenarios. Instead of genetically modified human-animal chimeras, I have killer cyborgs infected by a sentient hive-mind computer virus named Weedly.
I’ll be launching this thing in early January, and I’m pretty stoked. Also a little nervous, because this is a pretty huge undertaking. I’m hoping this will really stretch me as a writer and storytelling, and be a lot of fun in the process. Stay tuned!
This will be a rather dark story, so here’s a little content advisory regarding what you will and won’t find in The Firewall Saga:
What There WON’T Be:
Sexual content or nudity. These have no place in my stories. Not to say there won’t be references to themes that are more mature in nature (again, there are some very bad people in my stories who tend to do bad things) but I will try to handle it tastefully, without giving explicit details.
Gratuitous language. Some characters might occasionally use minor expletives in certain situations, but you won’t see major profanity. I don’t necessarily have a problem with stories that utilize language with good reason, but it’s just something I don’t really care to write into my own stories.
What There WILL Be:
Violence. Quite a bit of it. People will get shot, stabbed, bitten, exploded, whacked in the face with heavy things, and stuff like that. You guys know that I’m really serious about making death and violence matter in my stories, so it won’t be gratuitous violence for the sake of violence. But this story world is a pretty nasty place to live, and some pretty bad things happen to people. If you’re squeamish about violence, read with caution.
Hope, humor, and joy. There will always be a spoonful of good stuff to balance out the bad stuff, a reminder that the bad can’t last forever.
Another thing: Things are probably going to slow down on this blog for a while, since my main focus will be getting out regular installments of Firewall and finishing the current draft of Weatherman’s Apprentice. I’ll still be posting here every once in a while, but not as consistently as I have up to now. I’ve had a lot of fun with this blog in the last couple of years, I’ve learned a ton, and I’ve met a lot of great people in the process. Big thanks to all of you guys for sticking around, and all the comments and emails. Appreciate all of ya. 🙂
And that being said, I’d like to give you guys a sneak peek at the first chapter of this story. I’m using Hackpad, a cool alternative to Google Docs, so feel free to leave comments within the document if you have any feedback or critiques. Click the link below:
Hope you enjoy the read! Stay tuned for the official launch of The Firewall Saga, and enjoy these last few weeks of 2015.