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Until Ken Pick is done with the recent chapter (episode?) I sent him, I am taking time in two personal projects:

1. Grave Gate is a sword and sorcery fantasy introducing the Free Academy, a four-member adventurer's guild where the client needs something a little more subtle then just hack-and-slash. Here I introduce Brant, the leader; Melek, the swordsman with an unusual past, and the brother-and-sister team of North and Rime, martial arts experts. For Rime, I have given her a martial art called the Dancing Knives which in the story she uses to good advantage. We will certainly see more of these characters in future stories.

At this time, I will almost be certainly releasing Grave Gate under a Creative Commons license. For reasons I will explain later, I want to keep this novella to 22,240 words.

2. I have just finished reading William Hope Hodgeson's excellent anthology of Carnacki the Ghost Finder, a collection of six adventures of Thomas Carnacki, a type of supernatural detective.

By the bye, follow the links if you like good classic ghost stories.

Anyway, it got me thinking about my own version of Carnacki, an Anglican minister who basically does his own supernatural sleuthing. The challenge is to keep the novella to 55,378 words and six chapters in homage to Hodgeson, but--and here's the tough part--I want to keep it true to the doctrines of evangelical Christianity without resorting to the obvious cheap shot of labeling everything demonic and yet, I also don't want to give weight to any belief systems that are not orthodox.

The working name of my priest is John Schnell, a name I just picked out of the air.

Father Schnell, Father Bramwell, Father Schnell, Father Bramwell. I will think on this until I get a restraining order.

Anyway, this will be fun. I expect to self-publish this one either using Lulu or CreateSpace (I lean toward the latter).

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eric_hinkle
Apr. 22nd, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
Anyway, it got me thinking about my own version of Carnacki, an Anglican minister who basically does his own supernatural sleuthing. The challenge is to keep the novella to 55,378 words and six chapters in homage to Hodgeson, but--and here's the tough part--I want to keep it true to the doctrines of evangelical Christianity without resorting to the obvious cheap shot of labeling everything demonic and yet, I also don't want to give weight to any belief systems that are not orthodox.

The working name of my priest is John Schnell, a name I just picked out of the air.

Father Schnell, Father Bramwell, Father Schnell, Father Bramwell. I will think on this until I get a restraining order.


Just remember, he sleeps in a coffin and keeps pet bats.

What? It just came to me.
whitechocchip
Apr. 22nd, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)
Schnell means fast in German. So if that fits with your story, play off it :D

I think of you every time I see a LoewenBrau truck :)
stokerbramwell
Apr. 22nd, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
John Schnell?? Ahahahahaha, you have no idea how much that amuses me. XD I'm honored.

...oh yeah, you sent me a copy of that story, didn't you? o.o I need to read it!
(Anonymous)
Apr. 22nd, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
Ken still hasn't started on the rewrite. The marginal notes are starting to resemble a Dake's Annotated Bible.

The challenge is to keep the novella to 55,378 words and six chapters in homage to Hodgeson, but...

55k is a novella now? Back in the Seventies, 55k was the lower limit for "novel"; most genre novels of that era were 55-65k; you only saw 100+k on literary "murder weapon" bricks and classics.

...and here's the tough part--I want to keep it true to the doctrines of evangelical Christianity without resorting to the obvious cheap shot of labeling everything demonic and yet, I also don't want to give weight to any belief systems that are not orthodox.

Then be prepared to get very familiar very fast with the concept of Friendly Fire -- you'll be taking it from both sides. Both Dawkins fanboys and Witchfinders-General will be after you with torches and pitchforks.
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