Although I took some advice, and laid off the writing a little this weekend, I still managed to get stuck into ‘Hell Night’, my latest short story for upcoming anthology Legends of the Space Marines.
I’m about 7,000 words in (done over a few nights and weekends) and loving it so far. This tale features the Salamander characters from ‘Fires of War’ and Salamander, but is based around a mystery, rather than an all-guns blazing assault or rescue. As a kid, I always liked mystery stories. I suppose I have that kind of mind set which likes unravelling the hidden and exposing the truth. As an adult, it’s probably why I’m a crime and thriller fan, a genre replete with mystery.
Regarding the Salamander chronology I’ve established with both the initial short and the novel (this one will be released after the novel), ‘Hell Night’ takes place before ‘Fires of War’ but is much more a stand-alone tale. I won’t say any more, save that my inspiration for the short was derived from a neat little book (I say ‘little’, it’s actually fairly massive) called The Lore of the Land, which is full of historical little tidbits concerning mysteries and fables etc. Funny how the cogs can be set in motion.
I actually had the idea for the story (in essence, the Salamanders weren’t my initial protagonists – I didn’t really have any at first, just a concept) a while back, so it’s nice to find an outlet for it. Tends to happen quite a lot with me; I have a bunch of short story/novel ideas that I put on the back-burner as they’re not right for a given project, only to find use for them later in an unexpected forum.
Not wishing to go into detail as it’ll spoil it, I’m very happy with progress on the short so far. I’ve left things mid-flow so I can come back to them tomorrow evening. It feels like I’m starting to get a second wind, so I want to capitalise on that and get the words in while the getting is good, so to speak.
Hopefully, I’ll be finished by the end of the bank holiday weekend, so I can look forward to a short break and then the next project.