I wanted you to be the first to know that I’ve decided to write my first novella. Its working title is “Mongoose and Black Snake.” I believe it is a suspenseful thriller with a lot of action.
Although I’ve written about a dozen books, they have been compilations of shorter fiction or non-fiction stories, or children’s books.
I’ve been afraid to tackle novella-length or longer stories. Afraid I might get bored of the project and not complete it. I don’t like long projects and easily get distracted.
Afraid I’ll run out of ideas before I reach the end of the story. I’m often far into a story, with the protagonist so far over his or her head that it would take a miracle to get them out, and at that point I still have no clue how to save them, or how, when, or even if, the story will end.
Afraid the story may not be worthy of my time and effort.
And afraid the story won’t be worthy of those who read it. This last admission is the most painful of all. I resisted mentioning it, but it is my truth, and I believe the most important thing I can and must do if I want to connect with readers is to speak from my heart and speak my truth.
It’s primarily because of those fears that I’ve decided to write “Mongoose and Black Snake.” It’s the only way I’ll ever know the answers to such fears.
If you’d like to follow me on this adventure, please check out the book’s first two chapters titled “Nightmare” and “12:34” at my blog for my fiction short stories Imaginings of a Grateful Man at http://imaginingsofagratefulman.com/
Caution: They contain violence.