My latest story post to Curious Fictions, Stranger and Sojourner, was my attempt at writing in a Victorian-era style, since it was set in 19th century London and from the point of view of a rather sanctimonious male doctor who comes into contact with the beliefs of Haitian voodoo, and with the loa themselves. It was originally published in 2007, in Sarah Endacott’s magazine Orb, noted for its beautiful covers and layout as well as, dare I say, the quality of its fiction. Cat Sparks is in this issue (#7) and so is Paul Haines.
The unexplained phenomena of the “wanderers,” mostly young men, who experienced an amnesiac fugue and would wake to find themselves often huge distances from their homes, was an actual occurrence of the times. Maybe it was due to taking too much laudanum? Maybe it was something more.
I’ve been trying to think of what I could do especially for my subscribers to express my appreciation. Creative Fictions is a new way of being published, at least for me. The Internet has created new difficulties for authors as well as freedoms. So I need to experiment to find out what works and what does not work, in this digital and quite harsh environment, because there are so many writers and would-be writers out there wanting a slice. I’m thinking of putting up some works in progress, primarily in my Nightsiders world, in the hopes of a bit of a feedback and perhaps to entertain you further.
This system is what is used in the fanworks site A03, where writers put up works chapter by chapter, often as they’re actually writing them, and where readers can comment. This has to influence the writer – I know it does me – but it’s often quite helpful and can attract your attention to points you may not have noticed or make you realise that people are getting things from your story that you weren’t consciously aware of. I don’t see why this shouldn’t work for original works as well.
If the works in progress are put up with a filter, i.e. only readable by subscribers, then they aren’t out in public and haven’t been published to the public yet, so shouldn’t create a problem with copyright. In a way, I’d be using subscribers as beta readers, except that they only comment if they feel like it.
Let’s see what happens . . .