Curse of Korvalas

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?

I have an idea for two more "novels", making it a trilogy, titled "Return of Korvalas" and "Death of Korvalas". I haven't even outlined them yet.

Robin Hood in Space

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.

Men in Pink Stories

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:

Barney Meets the Men in Pink

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'.

An Unexpected Journey to the Castle Unknown

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.

DeBra and the Coven of Eternal Youth

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.

A Weekend at the Stansons

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.

I now have four more stories I want to add to this collection, none of which are more than ideas.

Alexander Explores a New World

In "A Weekend at the Stansons", Abigail's brother, Alexander, mentions he will be part of an upcoming expedition. Naturally I am compelled to actually follow up on that!

Bard Battles

If you cross the "Amp VS Amp" scene from Scott Pilgrim vs the World and any of several anime series (Ones like Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, etc), you get what I have in mind here. I touch on the possibilities in a scene of what was supposed to be the third book of a trilogy starting with "An Unexpected Journey to the Castle Unknown", but I want to make something much greater with it.

I considered making it completely separate, maybe even Science Fiction instead of Fantasy, but decided to save world-building time by sticking to something already partially defined.

Fantasy Fulfillment Incorporated

Last year for NaNoWriMo (November) I wanted to write a sort of Fantasy Island type novel. I had the idea of asking help fleshing out the plot and characters by asking the internet for suggestions.

Quick explanation of the proposed scenario: A resort exists where people pay to live out their fantasies over a weekend stay. It may even be located on an island. Plot twists of the "be careful what you wish for" variety occur. Guests survive and leave a better/ happier person.

So here's what the box below is for: Anonymously submitting fantasies. From scenarios you wished would happen in your day-to-day life to your wildest dream adventure. Include a description of yourself, or don't, it's up to you.

In the (unlikely) event that this makes it to publication and you were brave enough to include contact information with your submission, I'll mention you specifically in a thank-you.

What is your fantasy?

High Seas High School of High Sorcery

This wasn't entirely my idea. A former co-worker I am following on Instagram has been reading Harry Potter for the first time and So I've actually been paying attention to her "stories" as she talks about her thoughts in the little video clips. She mentioned she had a strange dream, crossing Harry Potter with Titanic, later describing it as Hogwarts on the Titanic.

Having grown up in the 80's and 90's, I watched a show called Breaker High. I don't know if I would have admitted it at the time, but I actually enjoyed it. I probably complained whenever my sister put it on. I don't remember. Take Breaker High, set it in more of a Harry Potter world (Like that of the Men in Pink Stories), and you get the idea I have here.

As Yet Untitled Investigative Fiction

This idea is a little different for me. It's neither Science Fiction or Fantasy. It's more of a Mystery, I think, but I'm not good with genres.

A journalist has heard about a cult, and the rumours are weird. She is very curious, so she sets out to infiltrate it. Her intent is to expose everything, but what she finds is unexpected.