Thursday, October 25, 2012

Next Big Thing Chain

Currently, I have novel ideas but need to get them rolling past their rough outlines.  (maybe I should do that NaNoWriMo thing next month to get some traction.)

I do have a story that has a deadline, though, so that is probably my next project.  We'll go with that.  It will be novelette length.

What is the working title of your story/book?

"The Bronze Sultana"

What genre does it fall under?


Where did the idea come from?  Who or what inspired you to write the story?

Two-fold.  The first concept was a left-over from the Strange Worlds project.  Jeff had extra slots to fill and I started on a second story based on another painting.  I never quite got it firing.

A little later, a group of writer folks were "chatting" on Facebook, and the next thing we knew, we were mapping out a very loosely related group of sword-&-planet stories.  After kicking around a few new ideas, I realized I could easily retool my already-partially-done story for the anthology.

Which actors would you use to portray the characters in a movie rendition?

No idea, really - I don't keep up on actors much.  Heck, if someone even wanted to animate it, I'd be happy.  Though, I'm not much better on my knowledge of voice actors!

One-sentence synopsis?

Forced into exile by palace intrigue, princess Chaara seeks revenge - and the crown!


Only if the planned anthology falls through.  If so, I'd either hold onto the story in case a similar project came along, or maybe expand it to a novella for self-publishing.  I'd want buyers to get their money's worth.

How long did it take to write the first draft?

A few weeks.

What other stories in the genre would you compare it to?

Any of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom/Mars tales, I suppose.  Also, I am hoping for a touch of "lost technology" feel.  Something like Fred Saberhagen's Empire of the East, too.  We'll see if I pull it off.

What else about your story might pique a reader's interest?

The setting.  I am still not widely read in the realm of sword-&-planet, but what I have read has arid planets or jungle worlds (or sea worlds.)  I don't know if anyone has done it, but I'm going for a Pluto-like planet and let my characters freeze their butts off!

Chain it!

I'll add Charles R. Rutledge to the  mix.  I believe most of the rest of my (small set of) readers who are writers have already been tagged.


  1. I like that title Paul. Hope that collection works out.

  2. The piece I worked on for that anthology could be expanded too. I'm thinking of it.

  3. Being a sword and planet fan, I hope this project works out. And I like the frozen planet angle.