From February to September with ups and downs and tight spots The Dorley Cycle is over.
At least this much of it. I don’t know, it feels weird. It’s like letting something go, but still having it and not being sure if it’s a cry or a cheer sort of thing. Anyways…
I didn’t want to write a new story in the beginning of the year, I wanted to work on what I thought would be my longest project thus far, planned to run up to 30-40k words. Instead somewhere around 11k words, Dorley, at that point untitled came up as an idea so persistent that I took it aside and wrote what would in one sitting what would stand later on as the first 3 chapters. And I liked it. But I wanted to leave it there, with those 2 to 3 parts, telling the story of a nameless human purist who hates his childhood stories so much he dismisses abnormal reality and kills the mermaid Animal Planet made a fortune on (no actual connection or inspiration there).
And I went back to my other project and stayed there for about a day, until there was another Friday coming and I itched to write some more about Dorley. So I did and it suddenly took speed and expanded and invited more and more events into it that I just had to write. It was fun and calming and kept me busy and very excited. I’m gushing but I think it’s the coolest thing I’ve done so far, this series. Truth be told I never thought it would grow so much. I wanted to end it somewhere in June and I remember telling John Wiswell it will be done pretty quick, but wow from the intention of running a three-part story to actually developing a twenty-nine chapter webseries. See, it’s September now.
Without any edits on it, Dorley runs up to just a little over 30,000 words. I kind of hope with the edit it might go higher. To be seen!
I know how hard it is to follow a webseries this long. I’ve tried it before and dropped all attempts because I get distracted and my time gets eaten up by university stuff and the story is left hanging without an end. But Dorley was different. I stayed with it and it stayed with me nd whenever it didn’t feel good enough or strong enough or squeamish enough I delayed it. For that I’m sorry. I just wanted it to be right and worthy.
Now that the cycle is complete I want to polish it, add some details I wanted to add before and have it formated for Kindle, do it for epub/mobi/pdf whatever and put it up for free download. I hope I can make that happen soon even though I’m a newby at this.
As for the future of Jackson, I’m not quite done with him, so his misfortunes will return. I don’t know if that sequel will appear on the blog or I’ll straight write it and put it together, but I have big plans for him and the future setting. I’ll post the Epilogue on Monday – there’s a hint or two there about what’s to happen.
I honestly don’t have enough thanks in my bag to thank all of you who stayed with this series from start to finish and read and commented and gave advice and good will on it. Everyone who clicked the “Like” button on the chapters – you’re awesome! I’m immensely happy I could share it with you all and have you pay me a visit week after week in an awful place such as Dorley. Guys and gals you are magicians and a blessing to know. Dorley wouldn’t be here without you. Salute!
Thank you all.
Roslyn Fain aka Deanna Schrayer