As many of you know A New Destiny is a story I’ve been working on for four years now. It’s a love/hate relationship. I love the idea for the story and where I can see it going. I hate the circuitous route I’m having to take to get there. But, as they say, the destination is far less important than the journey. And what a journey it has been! So here’s a progress report to keep you up to date.
Progress Report on The Rise of Atlan Khan
The Rise of Atlan Khan is the back story to the world of A New Destiny and the origination story for the antagonist in A New Destiny.
At first I did not want to do a prequel short story, but as I was working on revising A New Destiny, I realized that my antagonist, Atlan Khan, was taking on a much more complicated life than I had expected. As I was writing his dialogue in the book, I realized I needed to know him more. I needed to make him even more real in my mind than he was. For me, the best way to do that is to write his story. So, The Rise of Atlan Khan began.
I was planning on it only being a few thousand words just to show how he became the leader of a worldwide terrorist organization and such a sociopath. To date, seven parts of six to seven hundred words each, are completed for the story. I believe it will go to at least ten or twelve parts. Isn’t that always the way?
Here’s a small taste:
The trucks were seconds away. Joseph strapped Jeremiah into the seat in the back and got in the drivers seat. He put the car in gear and stepped on the accelerator. Nothing… they weren’t moving. The engine died. The trucks pulled up alongside them and surrounded them. Several of the men opened the doors to their car and dragged him, Maria, and Jeremiah out of the car. Jeremiah screamed in pain and terror. They threw them on the ground and stood over them – guns pointed at their heads.
The leader stepped forward, “Kill the woman and boy first, then kill him.”
Maria screamed, “No!” Her voice challenging the man’s order.
Joseph looked at the man. No, not just a man. My neighbor. A friend. Mr. Harden. He and Virginia would babysit Jeremiah from time to time. Joseph had mowed his lawn for him many times. They had gone to dinner before all the chaos started. Maria took them food last month.
A shot rang out. Jeremiah was no longer crying. Maria was screaming. Another shot. The silence screamed in his ears.
A tear ran down Joseph’s eye. “Why?”
A muffled sound. His vision went red. Silence.
Progress Report on A New Destiny
As I’ve spent much of the past months working on writing Atlan Khan’s story, I have not spent much time on A New Destiny. While I have written a thousand new words and rearranged and rewrote chapters, I still have much work to do.
My lack of attention to A New Destiny is do to the fact that I am reading many books on writing; specifically writing science fiction, characters and dialogue, plot creation, etc. I want to be a better writer and am endeavoring to learn my new craft. The Rise of Atlan Khan is my guinea pig, so to speak.
That’s it for now. I’ll try to keep you updated more often. Thanks for reading!