For a young man stuck in a rut, dying was just what he needed to bring
some excitement back into his life. Whether he wanted it or not.
The Afterlife Occurrence is an urban fantasy novel set in our world. It tells the story of Adrian, a young man content with living a normal, ordinary life. Then he got hit by a buss, and pretty much died. It was a mess. His life got kind of interesting after that though.
“You put me through a wood chipper. Twice!”
The sentence that started it all. I had no plot, no characters, no idea what this story was all about. I just had that sentence. From there, a whole new world emerged, and I got to meet some rather, let’s go with interesting, characters.
Working out the plot
I started plotting for this book at the beginning of 2012, and when November came along I decided to use NaNoWriMo as a way to get started on it. And it helped me score my third consecutive NaNo-victory. Woot!
I finished the first draft of this in November 2013, the third in November 2016, and the second sometime in between. I’ll be starting on the fourth draft once I receive feedback from my test reader. Then it’s off to even more test readers, this time complete strangers. Which is one of the scariest things I can think of!
The good things is, I have the plot of the first book down. I didn’t have to cut too much Nano padding – so crap – from the first draft, and where it stands right now I don’t think there are many gaping plot holes. Events occur in the order they are supposed to, which honestly isn’t always the case, so yay for that! And when I say that, I am talking about the sequel. Because yes, as it turns out, there will be a sequel. And right now, the plot of said sequel, is a mess.
Did someone say revolution?
The sequel in question – currently titled something that may or may not be a bit spoilerish, and therefore only referred to as TAO: The Sequel – is about halfway finished. Except, it’s on hold until I figure out what to do with the goddamned revolution that came out of nowhere. Cause my plot, the one in my head, does not involve a revolution. Or anything that resembles a revolution.
I guess that is the risk of writing first drafts during Nanowrimo. Sometimes, things happen to make words, well, happen. And sometimes, those things then refuse to go away once November is over. One of those things, is the revolution from hell. Which has no place in my story! And needs to die a very quick death. As soon as my brain agrees with me.
Edited in September 2017 to add: OK, so the revolution may be back on. Sometimes I hate my brain!
I’m working hard on this in hopes of one day getting it published. The traditional way that is. I’ve nothing against self-publishing (hey, I can now say been there, done that!), but right now I just don’t feel like that’s for me when it comes to TAO. Maybe it’s because I want to see if I’ve got what it takes. Or I’m a glutton for punishment. Or both. Probably both.
So I’ll continue working on revising the story. Once I feel the plot is down, the writing is on point, and the stars align in the sky, I’ll start sending out queries. Now that, is a scary thought!