Based on a "novel" I started back in 1998 or 1999 when I was 15 or 16, originally titled "Micjimble", I have finished a first draft of this book. Unfortunately, that first draft is only 24280 words, so I'm not even sure it would count as a novella. I'm currently working on my second draft, hopefully looking for Beta readers after that is complete.
Third draft now complete, at 33440 words. Better than the second, but still lacking something. I could use some opinions from people, but I'm hardly ready for Beta readers or professional editors. Maybe critique partners?
I imagine you want a synopsis.
Apprentice Micjimble, an accident-prone student at the Academy of the Maw, nearly destroys the school twice in two days. His ability to survive is demonstrated, and the Council decides it would be safer for everyone if Mick (what most call Micjimble) were ... elsewhere for an undetermined length of time. He is sent on an exploratory mission that hasn't been attempted in the two thousand years since the Demon-Prince Korvalas brought about the destruction of the Empire. While Korvalas had been defeated long ago, his final curse still made travel difficult, especially in the wilder reaches of the continent. Mick ran afoul of the Curse of Korvalas once already, will he be lucky enough to complete his mission without doing so again?
For NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, aka November) 2016 I decided to take a public domain story and retell it. It was the first time I had ever actually participated in the challenge. I finished the book, though I only made it to 36781/50000 words. Actually, that was a second draft. I wrote two drafts of a novel(la) in one month, including research and outlining. I'm proud of finishing it, but nearly a year later I haven't sought out Beta readers for it.
It's just a generic Robin Hood story, using the classic Robin Hood characters, except set in space instead of Medeival England.
I had four incomplete stories that kept bouncing around in my head despite being all but abandoned, so when I realized they were pretty much set in the same universe, I changed that to they ARE set in a shared world. Then I realized they even intertwine to form a greater story-arc. Unfortunately I only outlined the first half of this greater story, so I haven't completed it yet.
I decided to do something a little odd and write the whole story, or the relevant bits of each story arc, from the perspective of each of my main characters. Which is working for me, or it was until I ran out of plans.
So here are the four original novels I was attempting to write:
This was actually meant to be a short film because I had recently graduated from a 3D Animation Production program when Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them was announced, and I wanted to make something to use in my demo reel so I could make an honest effort at getting hired by one of the studios that might be working on the aforementinoned movie.
Barney Spume inherits a beat up antique car from his grandparents. As he examines it, he discovers a secret letter addressed to him. In this letter from his grandmother, she apologizes and informs him he is also inheriting her brother's old house. Intrigued, Barney heads to this mysterious house, only to be attacked by a supernatural creature. Corrupt magical law enforcement agents, from a secret branch of the RCMP known as the Men in Pink, arrest Barney for 'harbouring a fugitive'.
Meant to be the first book in a trilogy, but upon reaching the end of the planned trilogy I only had 26554 words, which is not even half of one fantasy novel, let alone three.
Jonathan Thornburg is forced to cancel plans to go to Montreal with his best friend Sam for his 18th birthday and visit his grandmother instead. His grandmother drugs him, leads him to a secret cavern deep below her house, instructs him in performing a sacrificial rite, and pushes him in front of a moving train. Johnny finds himself on the train, unharmed, and learns he is on his way to somewhere called the Castle Unknown.
At the Castle Unknown, Johnny finds himself face to face with his supposedly deceased grandfather and is informed he is part of an ancient magical family and is there to learn to control his magic. He cannot leave until he completes an ominous Challenge.
Started as a Young Adult novel, possibly the first in a series, based on the self-imposed question of "What would Harry Potter be like if it were Canadian?" but quickly making changes to keep the similarities to a minimum and actually mocking the Harry Potter books a few times.
Gregory Higgins has an embarrassing incident involving getting caught in a bra thanks to his own subconcious use of magic, which he didn't even know existed. His family is advised that the best course of action is for him to go to Pagan Lake Academy, in Northwestern Ontario. They agree because he wants to go, and he finds himself in a whirlwind of events, most notably (to him) the abduction of the girl whose bra was involved in the trigger for such a drastic change in his life and the apparent lack of concern by the authorities.
So this one started as a Paranormal Romance bordering on Erotica meant for my girlfriend-at-the-time, but as it fell well outside my usual genre and knowledge base, her refusal to read it before it was finished caused me to lose interest in finishing it. The weakest part of the Men in Pink Stories, I nonetheless included it as parts of it were quite useful for where I wanted to go.
Abigail Sinclair is dragged off to one of her father's boss' famous parties, which she would rather never attend, and is shocked to discover she is being presented to their secret society as an eligible bride. She spends the weekend enduring cringe-worthy advances and fighting off rivals.