Monday, 3 June 2013

The Loki Files

That’s the series I posted about below. The one the muse has made me write for weeks and weeks now. While I have no idea when I will have the time to properly edit the stories and publish them, I will at least present them here with a short description and the title. So let’s get going before the muse is back, shall we?

The Loki Files #1: Heart of Ice

Does the Trickster of Asgard have a heart? And if he does, can it be broken? And if it can be broken, what will happen to those who break it? A chance meeting on a rescue mission turns Loki’s world ‒ for the good and the bad. (Warning: it’s a dark story in parts.)

The Loki Files #2: Birth of Gods

People get wiser as they get older, they say. The Trickster of Asgard, however, never does things the way other people do them. And if one god can wreak havoc on earth, two can do it even better. For Loki it’s merely a question of keeping his brother’s glorious plans in check. For a group of gods long gone it’s a question of finally getting revenge.

The Loki Files #3: Agents of Asgard

Once upon a time, Asgard had field agents. These days it has the Trickster of Asgard, the right arm of the All-Father. However, even a god has limits. Loki needs help and he knows who can help. It’s a good thing, though, his personal dictionary doesn’t include the word ‘impossible,’ because that is how easy it will be to completely assemble his team.

The Loki Files #4: Blood of Rulers

The Trickster of Asgard has many jobs: right arm of the All-Father, agent, assassin, spy, scholar, sorcerer, hacker, council member… Now Loki can add two more at the same time: investigator and diplomat. Can he handle looking for a threat to all realms and negotiating a peace treaty at the same time?

That’s it, those are the stories I worked on. I hope the short descriptions sound interesting, since I, personally, think the stories are.

While the muse is not looking ...

Long time no see, I know. But this time it wasn’t a writer’s block, it was the opposite. The muse has been driving me for over a month now, I have just (two minutes or so ago) finished the fourth story in what could become a long series.

Since the middle of April, I have been writing over 100,000 words, spread over four novellas of 22,000 to 31,000 words each. What can I say? The muse was swinging her whip behind my back, keeping me at the keyboard. All stories share the main characters (and, boy, has the cast grown since I started the first one, Heart of Ice), but they are different in tone and, in a way, even in genre.
I think I might just have found the writing method that works for me ‒ thanks to Morgan Hawke for that. And I have found a character with enough possibilities to keep me thinking up new situations to put him in. (He can take it, he’s tough.) Not to mention all the support characters that have turned up already during the course of the four stories. I have a great cast now … and I think it will still grow quite a bit over time.
I have no idea how long this rush might keep or what I might do to the Trickster before it’s over, but he’s had more good than bad times so far … okay, the first story is hard on him, but the rest are far more fun.

I’ll do a separate post later (or tomorrow), presenting the four stories, probably with the text I will put up as description, if I (ever) get to edit them properly and put them on Feedbooks. Stay tuned for that.