This week I'm releasing both Episode 3 (Ecstasy) of the Debt Collector serial and the first collection (Episodes 1-3), for those who prefer to read in novel-sized chunks (the first three episodes are about the size of a short novel). I have to say, the response to the series has been terrific - both to the story itself, and the concept of the serialized format.
A Word About Serials
The further I get into the serial, the more I realize how different serialized storytelling is! There's a freedom to dive into things that, perhaps, there wouldn't be room for in a novel. The pacing is fast in a serial, but ironically, you can dive deeper into one issue or another, since the episodes are compartmentalized. I'm finding I very much like this style. Not that I don't enjoy writing novels - I do! And have a many more in my future! - but I'm surprised how much this format is influencing how I write as well.
EXTRA BIG hugs to everyone who is reading, reviewing, and commenting along with me as we go!
Ecstasy (Debt Collector 3)
This is a snippet from Episode 3 - if you haven't read Delirium or Agony, don't worry! I picked a snippet that isn't too spoilery. :) Here Lirium, the titular Debt Collector, is visiting a payout, one of the high potential people who are assigned to receive the life energy he collects.
He’s shaking his head. “So young, and yet already doing this… work. It’s a shame.” He looks in my eyes. “This is an abomination, this thing we do, yes?"
I don’t know what to say to that.
“These three weeks that you have for me,” he says. “I do not deserve them. They belong to the poor soul you took them from.”
My eyelid starts to twitch.
“But I will not turn them down, because, you see…” He spreads his hands wide. “I need them. This project I am working on. It is of the utmost importance.”
“The one for… the girl.”
“My granddaughter, yes,” he says. “But not just for her. For all the young who are struck down, yet have so much life left in them. Life energy that is untapped. It is also for you, my young debt collector.”
My eyebrows raise.
“I am working on a device that will change everything.” He pauses, picking up a toe from the creepy table.
The creepy table... Ha! Ok, so I'll admit to having some fun leaving you hanging there. :)
Ecstasy will be out by Wednesday 4/3!
As always subscribers will be the first to know.
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