Anyone who has stopped by one of our booths at the various conventions and events we go to in the past few years knows I write fiction in addition to soaping, blogging, and vlogging. I have a novel and a collection of short works out now, and I'm well into the process of producing another novel. But, what you might not know is I've also been working on a series of flash fictions for a year now.
Each week since early February 2016, I've written a flash fiction story of 500 words of less based on first line prompts I either pulled from online sources or gotten from reader suggestions. At the end of March, I began making audio versions of the flash fictions and posting them each Friday over on Eng Family Vlogs. Then over time, the flash fictions began to intertwine and connect until I began to realize I'd created several new fictional "universes" in addition to adding to the three "universes" I've been writing in for years.
Today I want to tell you a bit about the largest and most fleshed out of these new fictional universes, the Myth and Science Universe. It was born with the very first flash fiction I wrote, "Don't Go Near the Well," and I added to it just the other week.
This universe is one of my favorites because it combines two of my major interests in a way I never would have imagined before beginning this series. You might have guessed from the universe's name as well as the genres I write in, it combines mythological creatures and elements of science fiction in a series of stories spanning a bit over a thousand years.
There are a couple of different ways to enjoy this series right now, and there's more to come. You can go read the stories over at my other blog if you want to see how the stories began to come together to form the universe. If you would rather experience them in chronological order, go check out the Myth & Science Universe Playlist, which has all of the audio stories. If you enjoy them, make sure you subscribe while you're there because I add new flash fictions every week, and this universe tends to get a new one ever three to five weeks.
You might have noticed I have a work que over to the right of my author's blog. It shows the progress I've made on the project receiving attention at any given time as well as the other projects in the works and where they stand. You'll notice an interesting "working title" under The Icarus Project's rough draft progress tracker.
I plan to release a series of short works between each novel release going forward. Now that I have these new "universes" to play in, new ideas keep cropping up for each of them, and the best ones need a bit more leg room than a limit of 500 words allows. Because Myth and Science is so much more complex than either the Supers or AI universes and isn't slated for its own trilogy or novel series like the Yekara, Icarus, and Stones universes, it's getting the first collection.
There are no firm dates for the release of either The Icarus Project or this Myth and Science collection yet. I've tried setting dates in advance before, and I invariably have to eat my words. So I don't do that anymore, at least not until a project is in the proofing phase. I do put the word out a day or two in advance of the books hitting Amazon and the shelves here on social media. Make sure you're following me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for the most up-to-date information on what's coming out because I update those much more frequently than I do the blogs, and that's where I get to interact with you lovely readers the most.