For some, this is going to be a recap of material I've shared before.
For you, I both apologize for repeating myself, and hope that this
will allow you to re-read something you've read before. For those
that haven't read this stuff yet, I've tried to arrange it in a more
friendly order. It was originally written in a Livejournal shared
fiction group. And since LJ is a blogging platform, entries are
displayed newest first. This makes it fairly hard to go back and read
stories, or sections of stories, from the beginning.
Todd's story was set in Dr. Celestine's Carnival of Souls, but was not
intended to be -about- the Carnival. It was intended to be about
those that passed into its orbit and out again, and how they were
changed by it. At the time, the Carnival had suffered a slew of
stories that were about the Carnies. About their histories, their
lives before and during, and about how they tied into the Carnival.
This fell under the mistake of "telling instead of showing," which is
something writers are often warned about.
The carnies should be interesting, yes. They represent all sorts of
things that are frightening and exhilarating. But we should be shown
these things through their interactions with the rubes, we should not
belabor the point by writing endless genesis stories. Okay, okay, I'm
getting down off of my soap box. I was moderately successful in my
goal, and hopefully wrote a piece of serial fiction that's enjoyable
to read. Please enjoy by clicking the links below.
- Todd's great-
- Todd gets a
- Todd steels
- Todd enters the
- Todd meets
- Todd goes
- Todd eats
- Todd gets an
- Todd creeps
- Todd plays
- Todd is
- Todd puts it
- Todd explains.
- Todd finds the
- Todd sketches.
- Todd drives.
- Todd watches.
- Todd kills.
- Todd meets the
- Todd loses
- Todd returns
If you've made it this far, I should let you know that Todd's story
didn't end here. A little while later, the other writers picked up
the story and ran with it like a cheetah chased by.. um.. another
cheetah that's bigger and wants to kill the first cheetah. Yeah,
that's the ticket.