Chapter 9: Lit Major Shoots Zombies

A new chapter of my fanfiction for The Secret World went up last night!  In Chapter 9 Templar agent Chris Warden will have to team up with Kaiyo Yako and Dan MacFadden of the rival secret societies to help save the survivors of zombie-ridden Kingsmouth, Maine.  In the process, she’ll be forced to face her fear of heights, and a terrifying all-consuming enemy literally from her nightmares!

This was a fun chapter to write, but it took a lot longer than I anticipated.  I feel like if I wanted to, I probably could have split it into two chapters if I wanted to.  That’s something I’ll have to keep in mind on future chapters.  The good news is that since being posted at 2am last night, the chapter has already gained 28 views and 2 positive reviews.  It seems I made the right choice in deciding to write a sequel for this story first.

My only regret, and something my business savvy friends have pointed out, is that I’m not able to make any money off of this work.  Hopefully it will pay off in a larger fan-base that can translate to my other works.  We’ll see.

Regarding those, Sword of the Lady is currently behind schedule as I enter a new round of world-building with it, in hopes of fleshing out the Ilevan’s as a unique people rather than a stereotypical bad guy race.  I’ve found some good resources for this and believe I can do it quickly, or at least get it done enough to work the improvements seemlessly into the final draft, which is currently in progress through chapter 1.

The original sci-fi referenced in my “Astrea Alexandra” posts is still deep in world-building.  Placing it in real, known space has necessitated mapping its star systems using actual stars, and figuring out what’s around all those stars is turning out to be time consuming.  It’s on the back burner, but I’m determined that it will someday see the light of day.

Thanks for reading!

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Lit Major’s New Adventures (chapter 8 up)

So, I’m going to try to be using this site more to keep people up to date in what I’m doing writing-wise.  To that end, an update!

Lit Major Shoots Lighting was my original fan fiction story writen for The Secret World MMORPG and it was honestly something of an experiment.  The game itself is a unique blend of horror, action, myth, magic, and conspiracy theories in a modern day setting, and when writing the story I wanted to increase the immerse qualities of the game.  So I chose an unusual tense and point of view for the story: 1st person, present tense.  In many ways, it was a rewrite of my “The Secret Letters” short story.  I also honestly cut some corners in character development and by injecting myself and my reactions into the protagonist wherever something I hadn’t established wouldn’t conflict with them (the protagonist is female, so there are obviously some differences).  The story revolves around an ordinary English literature major, Christen “Chris” Warden, studying abroad in London who suddenly develops supernatural powers she cannot control and is contacted by the secret society of the modern-day Templars who offer to teach her to harness her powers if she joins their cause. Despite my cutting corners with the planning, strangely enough, the main character is one everyone seems to love and says is well developed.  Lit Major Shoots Lightning also been my most popular story so far, garnering nearly 3,000 views and enthusiastic fans eager for a sequel.

Well, those fans have been heard!  In September I started the sequel, Lit Major Shoots Zombies, wherein Chris makes good on her promise to help the Templars fight monsters and is deployed on her first mission, to the sleepy little town of Kingsmouth, Maine that’s been overtaken by a local zombie apocalypse.

It’s been a while since my last update, but chapter 8 just went up this Thursday, just in time for Halloween.  In it Chris strikes out on her own into the zombie-infested town, looking for supplies for the survivors holed up in the Sheriff’s Office at the edge of town.  It won’t be the first time she’s fought zombies in this story, but it will be her first time facing them down alone.

If it sounds interesting to you, give it a read and let me know what you think!  Reviews and comments are always appreciated.

Happy Halloween!