Old Stories Making New Stories

A long, long time ago in a galaxy… OK, about 6 or 7 years ago… I began publishing my fantasy short stories in my epic Freehold series, and did this huge Thieve’s World thing as a shared world, with great authors adding their stories, and we’d all sell tons of books, and… it became a mess, I owed (still owe) people lots of money, lots of broken promises, tons of unpublished shorts and novellas, and it led to the demise of my own Carnifex Press. A dark period for me and others…

A few months ago I quietly published a novella Freehold: Betrayal as well as a companion short story Freehold: Corpsepaint, and watched them both do absolutely nothing…

I gave up on my dreams of becoming a great fantasy writer like Tolkien, Martin, and Moorcock… I’ll just stick to horror and zombies and… steampunk…

As you know from reading this blog (and taking notes of my every move, I’m sure) I’ve been dabbling in steampunk lately, because I’ve always been a fan of it as a reader.

In my very first short story I needed a name of a government agent who was a bit on the bad side, a strong character who didn’t hold back. I ‘stole’ the name Kruk from my Freehold baddie Bliack Kruk… easy enough, as only a couple of his stories had ever actually seen print.

In recent weeks I’d also been in contact with names from my past Carnifex Press days, notably Boone Dryden (who is back onboard as an editor), and Cythnia Rodania, who penned some great pirate stories for Freehold that we never published (well, it turns out she did publish those great pirate stories in some way or another), and they are both also big fans of steampunk.

And then it hit me… those old fantasy stories had some good plots and characters (even though my writing has been much improved over the last 6 or 7 years, I’d like to think) and they’d sit trunked forever… until now.

I’m pondering whether or not to use some of them, which can be easily converted into steampunk Victorian ideas, and create an entirely new universe and new adventures with these ‘old friends’…

After all, mad kings, outpost towns, political plots and assassinations, jealousy, barbaric creatures, beggars and thieves, the search for knowledge, dragons… OK, the dragon part can go, but the rest?

Excellent… add this to my list of Works In Progress… as if I don’t have enough to do already…

16 Responses to “Old Stories Making New Stories”

  1. You could still have a dragon, just make it mechanical. 🙂


  2. Chris Pearson Says:

    Hey, good luck man! Writing’s the easy part, publishing’s hard. Some world huh?


  3. mysterycoach Says:

    I have so much content in various forms it’s not even remotely funny. Do it, why not? I forget what I was watching but someone said the best things written often come from a crazy idea… or something like that. Hey? Did I just call you crazy in some way? 🙂 lol… (no, I’m kidding)


    • Thanks for calling me crazy, lol… my goal is to finish everything I have started, but I keep adding new ideas, finding story ideas from the past, and everytime someone asks if I have a story for an anthology I say yes… and then go write the story.


      • mysterycoach Says:

        What is anthology? (insert inquisitive expression) You’re welcome … I can’t see what I wrote, but I’m sure it was meant in a good way. LOL


  4. Back in December I wrote a post on The Egg Chain. Every writer should have one. It seems like you have a good one growing, and some projects to add to yours. Best of luck.


  5. Aren’t some of the best writers a tad crazy? That’s why their stories are so good! 😀 Or am I confusing crazy with creative? 😉 Be thankful you keep getting ideas. It means your work will never be done!


  6. I’m sorry to hear your Thieves World idea did not work out. I would have loved the chance at an exposure to another such series. Which now reminds me I need to dig those books out and re read them, it’s been long enough.

    Don’t lose the dragon, recreate the dragon. I’m a big fan of Steampunk and firmly believe that it’s fantasy with a twist. There isn’t a single fantasy story I can think of that can’t be reworked into a Steampunk universe. Magic is just a form of tech that doesn’t show it’s gears and cogs. Good luck with continuing this, I think it’s a great idea.


    • Yes, Thieves World is still one of my favorite series of all time… but I’m looking forward to writing some steampunk tales with these characters… maybe a short or two this weekend to see what they can offer…Thanks!


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