Since I’m considering my self-pub options now that Loose Id is closing its doors, I decided I should reread some of them. After all, in the case of Dark Elves 1, I wrote that about 13 years ago (2005). So, yeah, I may have written it but I don’t remember all the details because I haven’t actually read it for years.
It’s not that bad. To be honest, I expected much worse. Because, y’know, my writing has improved since then, yeah? I’ve gotten better, learned more, had experience. I’m better at this.
But you know what? I think I might have been better back then. Why? Because I didn’t know any better. I wrote what felt right. I wasn’t thinking outside the box, which sounds bad but I think in this case it wasn’t. I was totally and absolutely into that world and it made it rich and colorful. The characters are raw but they feel real. Diana may get on some readers’ nerves with her fight everything hard attitude, but I think her actions and reactions are pretty understandable. And the craft of the story, in my humble opinion, is pretty spot on. I cringed a bit at some of the world details because I remember my naive mention of some things painted me into a seemingly impossible box in later books, but the story and the dialogue still work. I didn’t know exactly where it was all going back then, but I gave it all a sound basis.
So what now? I plan to read all 6 before going forward. I think I might tweak some of the stories before putting them up on Amazon. You know, fix some of the things that’ve been bugging me for ages. And I think — don’t hold me to this, although I’m writing it on the web so there is a record of my thought — that I might have come up with a new story.
As for the images… Doubt I’ll put those in the new version. They were a neat kink at the time, the only illustrated books that I think Loose Id ever released(?), but they show wear and tear more than the story. I might put the book images up on the website for all to see. Haven’t decided yet.
Anyway, that’s the current thought on the Elves. If I can just get real life to leave me alone, I’d made better progress in writing.