You might think I mean here, but instead I'm talking about the long set of stories that I haven't finished and have never published. I counted up the words the other day and I actually have enough for almost two novels, with a third one by the time I fill in all the gaps, finish the current storyline, etc. There's a lot that's happened with the character (I've been writing these since I was 13 or so) and a lot that needs to be cleaned up and rewritten (again with the 13-year-old) I almost don't want to go back and change all the old stuff even though it's pretty embarrassing how immature the writing was. It's almost cute - I'll never be that naive again, at least on the topics I write about. I worry that my work won't really have an audience - it's almost like a written-out comic book, and about that level of sophistication...well, Frank Miller level of sophistication maybe, with aspirations towards Alan Moore. It's got sex that's not whitewashed or described in such appalling terms as "manhood" and "honey pot" and a lot of violence. A lot of violence. There is a quote by Oscar Wilde that says "in every first novel the hero is the author as Christ or Faust" and I think I've managed to make my hero into both. I've also got another set of stories in the works that I'm up to 8 parts on, another 2 stories that are in development and an idea for 2 more that never have gelled at this point but sometime in the future will turn into stories.
Wow, if I keep this up, I might actually be an author one day. Although I must relate a tidbit that I find amusing. Fuzzy and I were sitting around on the couch and I was grousing about a parking ticket that I got and how I needed to make more money.
Me - "I need to find a way to make money that doesn't take up anymore time."
Fuzzy - "You could sell a couple of stories."
Me - "..."
Sometimes the obvious is the hardest to grasp on your own. That's why you need good friends. Thanks to all my good friends who have supported me on this. Maybe one day I'll be more than just a hobbyist with a penchant for dialogue.