Wednesday, October 7, 2009

WIP Wednesday

My WIP this week is a story called The Anubis Appropriation. The title is recycled and has a strange history to it. It started off as an unnamed Tweet story for thaumatrope. They rejected it, so I decided to expand it beyond 140 characters to a full blown 100 words for the now defunct Micro 100. At this point I came up with the title, to help describe the story of two buffoonish con men/adventurers who raise a mummy from the dead in hopes of tricking it into revealing the hiding place of its treasure. It got rejected again. I think I posted a different 100 word version on this blog as part of that 100 days/100 Micros thing that I gave up on. Then along came The Scroll of Anubis anthology. I expanded the idea into a 3000 word story, but since the anthology already had the name Anubis in the title, I changed the story's name to The Legacy of Seshat. This time the story was accepted and it tells the tale of Arthur Davis and Miles Kirkpatrick, two unscrupulous Indiana Jones wannabes that get in over their heads when raising the mummy of Prince Ibus from the dead. Davis and Miles survived the story, which brings us to my WIP.

Since I never used the name The Anubis Appropriation, I decided to haul it out again for a new story, again featuring Davis and Miles ( I hope to use them in several future stories, each one detailing a new scheme of theirs or further inept attempts at getting rich while dealing with the supernatural). This time they're trying to procure (steal) an ancient Egyptian artifact from a Las Vegas pawn shop that legend says was cursed by the god Anubis and which gave rise to Jackal-men, which in turn eventually lead to modern werewolves centuries later. Maybe this time the title will stick.

My flash piece The Sea Hath No King is now up at AlienSkin magazine. Check it out and let me know what you think. It was one of those stories that I wrote on the spot, having been inspired by the old monster films, The Horror of Party Beach and The Monster of Piedras Blancas. In fact, I paused one movie halfway through and came to the computer to write the story before continuing with the film. Dutiful members of the Aaron Polson fan club should note that the new issue of AlienSkin also features his story, Melons.

11 comments:

Natalie L. Sin said...

If your fellows enjoy fucking with the supernatural, then perhaps one day they will run into Ruby Tam ; )

And now I'm off to look at your Sea and Aaron's Melons!

Natalie L. Sin said...

PS: Loved it! I grew up near the ocean, so the terror in the flash came with a splash of childhood nostalgia : )

Josh Reynolds said...

Great story. Very impressive.

Sophie B said...

I really enjoyed the story! It very much reminded me of an HP Lovecraft :). Your ongoing productivity is fast become a source of inspiration! Looking forward to reading about your Indiana Jones wannabes.

Barry Napier said...

1 - Great post. I always love to hear the back story to how stories came to be.

2 - I love the story. Great job.

Cate Gardner said...

I have a title that I've recycled three times and still haven't got a decent story attached to.

Congrats on your acceptance and I'll check out your story later.

Jamie Eyberg said...

The last line in Sea was the kicker that it needed to finish it off. I can't imagine it ending any other way, successfully.

Aaron Polson said...

Ah, the smell of rotting fish. Lovely little ditty, Mr. Caine.

Cate Gardner said...

Excellent fishy tale :D

Danielle Ferries said...

I loved it, devious little revenge story that it was.

K.C. Shaw said...

I loved your story and Aaron's both! I swear I thought I'd already commented here to tell you you're full of win, but obviously I didn't.

You're full of win! And the Anubis Appropriation sounds like a fun story.