Archive for February, 2011

Endtimers’ Legacy Short #5: The Value of a Name

Posted in Updates on February 27, 2011 by chemiclord

And with this, the short story bridge for The Endtimers’ Legacy is complete.  I’ll admit that Amanda is a bit of a fun character for me to write, because she intentionally goes out of her way to not fit my usual patterns.  I hope readers will look past her more “scandalous ways” to see the beginnings of a very deep and complex character.

I invite everyone to read it by following this link here.

Also, with this complete, I have now posted .html files for this second set of short stories, that can be found at this link.

And so now, I start serious work with The Endtimers’ Legacy in earnest.  I hope to have it ready by the end of this summer… but don’t hold me to that.  A more concrete release will become clearer the further along in the process I go.

Read and enjoy.  Hopefully you’ll all hear from me soon.

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Minor Housekeeping

Posted in Grumblings on February 19, 2011 by chemiclord

Nothing much of note, really… last night posted the latest short story, Special Assignments Force 3, and did some reformatting of the first five short stories to match the formatting of the last five.

But on other news, I have heard the cries of the reading public, and an working on making html forms of all the material on this site.  I’m not fond of how html tends to format text (one of the reasons I stuck with .pdf for as long as I have), but if you all are willing to accept it, then I will as well.  Stay tuned for those new links coming!

Special Assignments Force 3

Posted in Updates on February 19, 2011 by chemiclord

The fourth of five lead-in short stories to The Endtimers’ Legacy goes live.

Watch Jonathan put together his team for the SAF here.

There’s a lot of political games going on here… and a lot of it isn’t even focused on Jonathan.  And what is Celine up to?  Doesn’t it seem like she has her dainty fingers in everything?  This woman makes Xanatos look shortsighted, I swear.

On Trigger Warnings

Posted in Grumblings on February 13, 2011 by chemiclord

This is something I have wanted to stay as far away from as humanly possible, partly because I’m reaching the conclusion that there is no way to approach it that doesn’t have me come across as either a hateful bastard propagating a culture or a reactionary who flinches at the slightest hint of controversy or off-color behavior.

I have recently been asked to include a “trigger warning” to the Second Gate due to the events of the Sultry Siren within the novel, as the events that occur are demeaning and border on sexual assault.  I won’t deny this is true… it has the potential to be a degrading scene, and the “hero’s” response to it isn’t exactly the most thoughtful.

On one hand, I understand how it could be troubling to someone.  It’s not meant to be a kind scene… it is meant to be a bit troubling.  Timothy’s calculated response is also supposed to be a bit unsettling to the reader.  That’s the way I intended it to be.

It’s part of the growth of all the primary characters involved.  We don’t always make the “best” or “most noble” choice.  That’s just as true in life as it is in my fiction.

But as much as I feel for those who might be bothered, I’m not going to try and police myself by adding trigger warnings to my work.  I honestly believe if I were to do that, I would never stop.  In “Worlds Apart”, we see one of the main characters being a target of a violently racist group.  Should I add a trigger warning for those who have been on the receiving end of such prejudice?

Homosexuality is going to be a particularly strong theme in The Endtimers’ Legacy, and it’s not always going to be a positive experience.  Should I add that trigger warning to that?  What about the violence in most of the stories I’ve written so far?  Someone who has been abused by the church probably would be troubled to read the very strong religious themes.  Does that deserve a trigger warning as well?

I do apologize for anyone who is reading this and thinks I’m being heartless, because in all honesty, I think I’m being exactly the opposite.  If I were to start down this path, all I would do is worry about who might be traumatized by the particular passage I am writing.  That’s not somewhere I want (or can afford) to go.  I can’t make an exception for one person, and tell others “I’m sorry, but your bad experience isn’t as important as this other person’s bad experience.”

It’s either all or nothing; and I simply don’t have the time for all.

I feel that writing is our challenge to the world, and that goes for the warts and wrinkles as well as what we think is good.  Yes, I am going to show those rough parts of our lives.  I am going to describe (likely in detail) some very troubling events; because that is how a writer invokes a response… that’s part of how he gets readers to feel and care about the lives and actions of fictional characters.

So perhaps it would be simplest to say that there is a very high likelihood that something at some point in the works I have written or will write in the future will trouble you.  It may very well trouble you profoundly, and it will also be very likely that it was my intent to do so.  That is how I write, that is what I feel is part of the point of writing.  That’s not going to change.

Thank you for listening.

~Thomas Knapp

New Navigation Menu!

Posted in Updates on February 5, 2011 by chemiclord

I deed it!  I DEED IT!

And I didn’t break the Internet this time!

As I’m sure you can see, I’ve managed to put together a passable and more reader friendly navigation panel on the front page.  Each button will take you right where you are looking to go, and the Gate Series content is even sorted by chronological order; handy for the two new readers a month I get!

See ya all later, busy busy bee over here.