I posted the first chapter!
It’s not betaread yet, so if you see any problems–whether they’re grammar, spelling, or possible canon errors–let me know. I’m really, really excited about it! I’m sure I won’t get any responses at my site, but I might at Tumblr or Facebook. Also, if anyone is interested in betareading (that’s proofreading/editing for those outside the fanfiction community) I’d be incredibly grateful. I haven’t sent this to my usual beta because I’m not sure how well-versed she is in DC Comics or the Arrowverse Flash.
I plan to let this sit here for a few days to see what response I get. Then I’ll post it at fanfiction.net and AO3.
With great ado, I now present “The interview”, the first chapter of Not All Dead.
Roughly 600 words to get to 30k, which is right on schedule. I had a bit of an epiphany about the characters in my story: this is not only a fictional world that my main character is visiting, it’s the mirror-verse of that world. So, the person she thinks is on the side of the angels–because that’s the way he’s portrayed in books–really isn’t. I’ve got to figure out why the Door gets stuck in this universe: I guess the overthrow of the bad guy is the reason.
Right now, I’m using a well-known character (Sherlock Holmes, if you want to know) as the locus for this mirror-universe. I just don’t know if I should continue with him or not. I’m kind of uncomfortable making this good guy so bad. Thinking it over makes me wonder if I should make up a character along those lines and leave Holmes in Baker Street. I mean, he is in the public domain, though I’m not sure what the Conan Doyle estate would think of my idea (especially knowing how badly I want to corrupt Watson in this mirror universe!).
If any of my readers have ideas, my comments do take Disqus. Or you could poke me on Tumblr or Facebook, as this will cross-post to both of those social media services. I’d like to know what you think!
In other news, I need to see my doctor about the possible recurrence of my neuropathic arthropathy. If it’s true, I’ll be seeing a lot of orthopedists and will spend some serious time in air casts and braces. It will give me plenty of time to write.
Adding this to my word count!