Originally, this was going to be a promo post that went live when the story in question actually comes out. But I’m jumping the gun a little, because, why not? Don’t worry; I’ll tell you when it’s available. To be perfectly honest, I’ll be shouting it from the rooftops, because I’m so happy to have a new story for you guys after so long without.
So, how does one forget about a story? Publish almost twenty other books, get married, move twice in three years, et cetera. That’s how I did it, anyway. I suspect this sort of thing happens more often than people realize; insert your own backstory here.
As for remembering it, four years later? It’s my dad’s fault. He recently read one of my older, published shorts, and mentioned that he liked it. On a whim, I found and reread that short, and lo and behold!- lurking in the same folder on my desktop, was the forgotten story. Somehow, it survived the crash and replacement of at least two computers, along with a host of other silliness, only to show up when I was feeling very down about my publishing schedule, or lack thereof. I also went on a deep dive, looking for a related vignette that had been really lost- I eventually found it in the bowels of a defunct writer’s group on the Book of Faces.
I’ve been writing a lot lately, if you count only words. Last year, my word count was about 380k, and this year looks to be about the same. Not bad. But I’ve had a hell of a time publishing anything; my last publication was a short Pride & Prejudice sequel that came out last summer. So it’s been a while. The forgotten story came to light not a moment too soon.
It’s also the type of story I think everyone needs right now- cute and un-cynical, with a happy ending. We live in crazy times, and an occasional escape to fantasy-land, where all the knights are handsome and honorable, the princesses are beautiful and intelligent, and all the villains are summarily dispatched by the end of the story, is necessary for anyone who wants to keep their sanity intact. It was also fun to write, and I smiled the whole time I was rereading it.
I’ll post a link once it’s up, but in the meantime, allow me to pique your interest:
Sir Garamond- Gerry, to his friends- has been knighted for less than a month, and he’s already found his first great quest: saving the beautiful and helpless Princess Alyssia of Ollandra from the dragon that is holding her in dreadful captivity. Or so he thinks…
A lighthearted short story.