What’s going on here, anyway?
Having read the first installment, you are no doubt saying to yourself, “I am simply beside myself with anticipation for the next steaming chunk of awesome prose. When, oh dear God when will the next bit appear and briefly, all too briefly, assuage my thirst for ripping adventure.”
Well, here’s the deal. I’m planning on posting approximately 2000 words or so, every Thursday. So you can come back every week and expect to find more Veil War. What you’re reading now is one storyline of a larger novel. If you imagine the typical 20 pound Tom Clancy novel, one of the good ones before he started having his trained monkeys write them, this would be like going through with scissors and cutting out all the bits with John Clark and reading them in order while ignoring all the dull bits with Jack Ryan. Thanks to the wonders of technology, I can do that for you, and if my book ends up being called Bear and Dragon, you can be assured that there will by God be a real dragon in it. Bears, too.
I’ll occasionally be posting short discussion pieces on the background and perhaps some of my thinking about how the story got to how It is. There may also be the occasional link to stuff that has some relevance, however tenuous, to the matter at hand.
That’s my side of the deal.
But don’t think you get off easy. Here we are, less than a day into the public existence of this story, and there is already discussion in some of the more obscure corners of teh internets. That’s great. But obviously, being the greedy sort that I am, I want more. And that’s where you will come in. If you like what you’re reading, tell your friends. And there will be marketing. Oh yes, there will be marketing.
But only the good kind, mind you.
I have in mind that there will be contests, the prizes for which may include such diverse treasures as redshirt opportunities, actual physical devices, cash money, and my undying gratitude. Or whatever else we can come up with in case I run out of undying gratitude. The broader the audience, the better. And you, dear reader, will be able to say to your grandchildren, “I was there first, and am almost entirely responsible for his success.”