by J.R.R.R. Hardison
About 31 years later, I was writing a dark and dreary horror story, and it was making me depressed, so I distracted myself by going through some old papers. And there was that first draft, typed up on an actual typewriter, the pages literally yellowing with age. So, just to amuse myself, I started noodling around with it. And the more I wandered around in the weeds of the idea, the more interesting the characters got. Then one day, I found myself sitting with a mountain of pages, covered with all kinds of notes and I realized there was an actual story there rather than just a joke. And it was clear that story was an epically silly epic fantasy trilogy.
That’s when I first buckled down and started really writing. Even though it was still a lighthearted and silly story that I was finding tremendously amusing to write, the process became much more serious. I started writing much more often and with more intensity. There was a lot of staying up all night writing and using up entire weekends without leaving the house. And, after only about six months, I thought, “This is it! I’m DONE!” Of course, I was delusional, which I realized when I shared the book with a few trusted beta readers. Their wise council opened my eyes to all kinds of issues with the plot and tone. So, I tightened my belt and set out again, eliminating some of the things that were funny, but didn’t really serve the story.
Then, I almost fell into a major plot hole that had to do with the extended story across the whole trilogy. At first, I actually thought it was an uncrossable plot chasm and I almost gave up. But, after much exploration, I realized it was only a pit, and I figured out how to get around it. So now, the first draft was really done. Which, as I discovered, was just the beginning of slogging through an endless wasteland of revisions and tightening of the story to get it to the point where everything actually worked and it felt like a true epic fantasy that just happened to be epically silly, rather than a big joke disguised as an epic fantasy.
And so, more than a year ago, and almost 35 years since I wrote the opening line of Fish Wielder, the book was DONE! Which, as it turns out, was just the beginning of the real quest—to find an agent who could get me a publisher who could get the book out into the world. But that’s a story probably best left to be told in Book Wielder Two: The Journey to Print!
About J.R.R.R. (Jim)
Jim has appeared on NBC's The Apprentice as an expert advisor on brand characters, developed characters and wrote the pilot episode for the PBS children's television series SeeMore's Playhouse and authored the previously mentioned graphic novel, The Helm, named one of 2010's top ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens by YALSA, a branch of the American Library Association. These days, Jim is the creative director and co-owner of Character LLC, a company that does story-analysis for brands and entertainment properties. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his lovely wife, two amazing kids, one smart dog and one stupid dog.
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J.R.R.R.'s Epically Epic New Release: Fish Wielder
In ancient times, the Dark Lord Mauron cooked the most powerful magic chocolate dessert ever made, the Pudding of Power.
One thousand and two years later, the evil leader of the Bad Religion, the Heartless One, is trying to recover the lost pudding in order to enslave the peoples of Grome. Only the depressed barbarian warrior Thoral Might Fist and his best friend, Brad the talking Koi fish, have a chance to save the world of Grome from destruction, but that's going to take a ridiculous amount of magic and mayhem.
Thus begins the epically silly epic fantasy of epic proportions, Fish Wielder—book one of the Fish Wielder Trilogy.
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