I’ve been working on my Ever Present Novel on and off for over a decade now – hence the name. It’s on hold, I suppose, until I’m confident that I’m good enough to write it.
Part of what makes it so tricky is that the fantasy world where it’s set is just so big, so expansive, that it’s difficult to get in all the necessary information, to convey exactly where it is my characters live, how it fits into the wider multiverse, and what it all means.
It’s a pretty mammoth project, as I’m sure you can imagine – and so, naturally, it’s produced a lot of side stories over the years. I started writing short stories set in the same world around about 2006, and a couple of years ago I decided I might as well try and put together a formal collection.
The collection’s been slow going, seeing as it tends to take a backseat to whatever my main project is, but I have an idea in my head of its general shape. I realised pretty early on that a short story collection is just a more effective way of showing off the breadth of this world I’ve created.
Stories so far include:
- A story about a teenage runaway who can talk to plants who moves in with a pyrokinetic street performer and experiments with magical ‘drugs’.
- A story about a group of young aliens living in another dimension coming of age and grappling with the consequences of their world being settled by humans.
- A story about a teenage genius whose planet is destroyed in an interdimensional war.
- A story about a young woman from our world (or one very like it) who abandons her life to live in another universe, and gets her fortune told.
- A story about a young and very talented Wizard deciding whether or not to stay part of his conservative and isolated community.
Those are the ones I’ve written or am currently writing – I have another whole folder full of old stories that need a substantial re-working.
I don’t know if it’ll ever go anywhere, but it’s an enjoyable enough project to be getting on with while I figure out where I’m going next with novel-writing.
In the mean time, here’s one of the better, um, artistic works associated with the collection!