Upturn is a story that I started to write in 2007. It was originally intended to be a group of 500-word points of view, but ended up being too big. Most of the entries are introductions to a new character’s story as part of a larger, incomplete epic.
I started writing Upturn in 2007. This is around the time that I realized there are two things that I’m really good at: planning, and starting stories. I had hundreds of pages of planning for this story, and virtually everything I wrote is an introduction. What I realized I needed a lot of practice on, on the other hand, was moving forward. I’m still not as good at writing Act Two as I am Act One, but considering that I’m a hell of a lot better at writing Act One than a lot of amateurs are, I won’t consider that too harsh of a measurement of my progress.
“Why does it always have to be a routine duty?” Those were Jim Tantic’s last words, before the taste of steel in his mouth was replaced by that of iron, the feeling of pain in the back of his throat was replaced by one of numbness, and his difficulty breathing was replaced by a blissful emptiness. Read Part 3.