A few weeks ago, I got an idea. I got a wonderful, terrible idea…
Almost twenty years ago, when I was a sophomore in college, I started writing the adventures of my D&D character after the end of a campaign. It was bad. Really bad. But it was this 50K novel that made me seriously consider the possibility of becoming an author.
I read an excerpt of this story as part of a fundraiser in January of last year, and people told me it made them laugh — both the story itself, and my editorial asides. A few people even said they were interested in hearing what happened next…
…you’re probably starting to see where this is going.
I’m thinking about publishing an annotated version of that 20-year-old book. The prose itself would be unedited. That’s right, every paragraph of purple prose, every time a character takes a drawn-out infodump, every adjective and adverb stacked up like a linguistic Jenga tower, it would all be there for your amusement.
My thinking on this is threefold.
- Giving my own bad fiction the MST3000 treatment could be entertaining.
- For writers, this could be a helpful tool, both to show that even “successful” authors had to start somewhere, and by highlighting my various mistakes so others will learn what not to do.
- Truly completist fans might get a kick out of having my very first book. Plus you’ll see a few ideas that showed up in later, published books.
It would probably be a $3.99 ebook. I’m dubious about a print edition, but we’ll see. I’d probably do the formatting like so:
“Time, as we understand it, is an illusion. It is not a line, but an intricate web in which all events are interlaced. Creation and destruction—they are one and the same.”
—Taken from the Journal of Averlon Lan’thar
Every book should open with a pseudo-deep and utterly meaningless quote from a character we know nothing about. Also, gratuitous apostrophe abuse should be punishable by Taser.
I haven’t come up with an official title yet. A few ideas:
- Rise of the Spider Goddess
- Curse of a
Fallen GoddessDrunken Muse
- Godslayer and Prosekiller
What do you think? Does it sound like the kind of thing you’d be interested in checking out?