I still can’t believe how lucky I’ve been to be part of the Uncollected Anthology.
We’re a collection of urban fantasy writers, and we come out with new short stories four times a year (roughly quarterly), each of us writing to the same theme.…
YAYAYAYAYAY!! New fiction! This is actually a novella. Had really planned on it being a short story, but the story had its own ideas. AND it’s the sequel to Dancing with Tong Yi.
Tong Yi carries the mysterious message of Zhang Gua Loa back to his boss.
The immortal had said there would be war. But between whom? And why?
Huli Transport takes advantage of the situation to become the messenger service of choice in the war zone. They promise to remain neutral, and to deliver messages to all sides.
In the meantime, Tong Yi has battles of his own to fight, both with his older brother and his own growing understanding of magic.
But in the middle of a war, is it possible for him to remain neutral? Or has his side already been chosen for him?
This novella is ALSO part of the Uncollected Anthology series! Issue #4: Portals and Passageways.
Go check out the other fabulous writers and their stories!
To date, 2015 appears to be the year of the sequel for me. This is a good thing. I’ve never been able to write sequels, or series. And yet, every bit of marketing advice out there says you must. I’m not sure I agree with that — I think it’s more important to write things that you love.
However, last fall, I asked the brilliant Kristine Kathryn Rusch about this. The advice she gave me was priceless: If I want to engage my butterfly brain, each book must be unique. You can’t just write the same story over and over again, or even really continue the story from one book to the next.
Since I started following that advice, I’ve been able to write more series characters. Each book is unique. I actually enjoy the challenge of that, while keeping the characters and their voices true.
So what exactly does that mean? Let me explain.
Warning – lots of pictures under the cut.