I just typed “The End” on the last page of Bad Dreams & Broken Hearts.
It’s just shy of 67,000 words. I have profoundly mixed feelings about this novel. On the one hand some of it is the best work I have over done, and it’s certainly the most ambitious project I’ve ever attempted. On the other hand, it’s disturbingly uneven in tone. I expect I’ll need to let it sit for a while and then go back over it.
It’s kind of a funny story how I ended it picking it back up again. I joined a website called Steemit that uses cryptocurrency to promote short fiction. I’m still not entirely sure how it works.
Anyway, I thought I’d start posting chapters from BD&BH because I had it lying around and I felt like I should do something with it. I’ve been putting a chapter up every two to three days.
Here’s the link to my Steemit blog so you can check it out if you want. Be advised, it’s not the easiest site to navigate. As I was posting the chapters and reading them over for formatting I realized that I like this story, and these characters, and I really should finish it.
So I did.
I’ve got sixteen chapters up as of this writing, of twenty-three total. I’ll be putting the rest up over the next couple of weeks, I guess. I like making people wait between chapters.
I feel… relief at having gotten it out. My relationship with that novel has been ambiguous from the start. I’m not sure why, but I’ve never felt entirely comfortable with the universe that I created for it.
In any event, it’s done, or it’s done for now, and I can go on to other projects.