You may recall a post about a year ago saying this story was complete.
Or perhaps you’ll recall another post a few months later, saying I’ve submitted it to Writers of the Future.
Or if you read my main blog or either of my deviantArt accounts, you might see a very new post, journal, or cover art describing this story, telling you how it came to be, and telling you where you can go to buy it.
But just in case you don’t visit any of these sites, please allow me to say it again.
Rite of Passage, and its parent story The Graft, began life as a Sonic the Hedgehog fanfiction, the prologue to which can be found both on my main deviantArt page and on fanfiction.net, under the title Forgotten War.
It began as a Sonic fic because the dream that prompted it featured Sonic the Hedgehog characters, but the timing of the story, a tale of pirates and their contribution to the aforementioned Forgotten War, set it so far apart from the main series that I figured I only needed a little bit of editing to make it an original work.
NaNoWriMo 2011 came around and I had nothing planned for the event, so I set aside the fanfiction, cutting it off at the end of the prologue, and began work on the “original” version during November.
In the process, one of the pirates, a former desert nomad (and desert cat in the Sonic fic) told the main character of a certain incident in his own childhood… in a flashback that took me over 5,000 words to write, and which I eventually revised into the short story called Rite of Passage.
Now, a year and a half, multiple revisions, one custom cover art and two CreateSpace versions later, the story can be bought as an ebook.
It can be found, thanks to Smashword’s Premium Catalog, on too many sites to list, else this page would be one big wall of links. 😉 Please check out the (migrated) entry on this very site to find out where this story can be bought.
- That NaNoWriMo thingy (spunkywayfarer.wordpress.com)
- New Short Story Prey (alexanderballard.wordpress.com)
- FFillustrated: a FanFiction/DeviantArt crossover (inimbi.wordpress.com)
- Day 2 of Camp NaNoWriMo April 2013 (thelissachronicles.wordpress.com)
- Binge-Writing (miriamjoywrites.com)
- CampNaNoWriMoProcrastinato (donotgetsickinthesinkplease.wordpress.com)
- C U Next Tuesday Camp NaNoWriMo Confessions! (pebblesreviews.wordpress.com)
- Camp NaNoWriMo! (leajurock.wordpress.com)