Birchthorn is a folktale, and I'll be telling the tale right here. Since it has been years since I last visited it I will be rereading and rewriting the earlier parts and posting them first. After that every week a new section of the story will be posted here—yours to enjoy, comment on, and share with friends. The plan is to keep posting it until I am down to the last few chapters. At that point I will finish it in private and once it is done start a crowdfunding project to get it turned into a printed book, my first published work of fiction! After talking with Tara and Tyler of Going Slowing about their adventures in self-publishing, it seems like an affordable and profitable way to tell a story. People who contribute to the Birchthorn Project at the lowest level (come funding time) that will get a signed copy of the book before it is available anywhere else. When the books are all printed and mailed I'll maybe offer an ebook as well? I'm not sure, as this is all new to me, but it does excite me and that's half the battle!
I like this as a creative challenge as well, because the only way I'll be successful with this is if I can create a story compelling enough to get people hungry for more. And even if the story is just okay in the end, well, at least I put my energy into something as wild as a work of folklore! Stories are a nice place to live in my free time. And taking this on reminds me of a panel discussion I watched with the folks from Geek & Sundry (one of my favorite channels). Someone is asking advice on how to deal with Youtube trolls and what starts as phscology ends up as a discussion about being creative and the need to be vulnerable. Felicia Day, creator of Geek & Sundry says something like this: If we all took the time to write a paragraph about a cat, every paragraph would be different and that's beautiful. What's important is to create at all, and not stop. I stopped writing Birchthorn because I felt I wasn't good enough of a fiction writer to make something people would enjoy, or critics would praise. But writing Birchthorn for me isn't about literature - it's about adventure. If I can get the same pictures in your head as I see in mine, that AMAZES me. And if we all start to know characters in the book like people in our lives, that is just as wonderful. So I'm writing my paragraph about a cat. Anyway, watch the video and see why I have a crush on Wil Wheaton.
So expect Birchthorn Chapter 1 today And more of it every week or so! And I can not wait to hear your feedback, ideas, and guesses about what is really going on in the story.