Last week I was very excited because I had gotten some wonderful feedback on my Shock Totem challenge piece. Unless I get all of the rest of the votes, it is very unlikely that I will win. For me winning was not the point. It was the exploration of a prompt and how far I could go with it. In this case, I feel that I can go quite far.
But first, I have to decide how this story is going to go. I want to keep with the feel of the short, but I know that will be a push to keep that intensity. I have danced on the edge of purple prose, almost drowning my story in rich description. It fits the short but I do not know if it will fit the longer piece.
Its a piece about coming home, about an unlikely soldier in a war that can not be won out-right. Its a story of small battles and how in the scheme of things, those small victories make a bigger difference than larger ones. It’s a big story in a small setting. A glimpse into a world familiar to our own yet vastly different.
I will be working steadily towards this project. Outlining it first then writing. Then edits and asking others to read it.