Attached to this message is a link for one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. It’s a short story of mine come to life via an amazing sequential artist Chris Ancarrow. He asked me for some words that he could use to build a senior project around and I wrote a humorous six page short story. I’d like to say the story was fiction, but sadly every bit of it actually happened to me.
I wouldn’t have had the skills to do this myself and I can’t believe how much his illustrations enriched the story. I almost dropped the novel idea altogether to start working on scripting for comics. That was when I realized there is a very strict format for comic script writing and I had no clue how to do it properly. So I guess I’ll stick with the novel writing thing for now but I thought this would still be a fun thing to share.
I was listening to a random podcast today and came across an interesting topic. It was about the first recorded murder in American history. The murderer was John Billington and the man he shot was John Newcomen. They were both of Plymouth colonists who came over on the Mayflower.
Apparently John Billington and his entire family were troublemakers, at least that is the way recorded history colors them. Unlike the other passengers, Billington wasn’t seeking escape from religious oppression, but rather escape from creditors. According to wikipedia one of his sons also set fire to a powder keg aboard the Mayflower but luckily nothing was damaged.
Before the murder charge, Billington was also charged with other minor crimes. He was convicted of “contempt” for insulting Captain Myles Standish in 1621 and was nearly convicted of being an “accomplice” to Reverend John Lynford who was banished for being a danger to the community. From what I’ve read it seems that Reverend Lynford, Billington and some others were unhappy with current leadership at Plymouth Colony and held secret meetings where they discussed their discontent. That’s worth a banishing I guess!
At any rate, on Sept 1630 Billington got into an argument with a long time rival of his John Newcomen and shot the other man in the shoulder. The man later died from his wound and Billington was hanged on the orders of Governor William Bradford.
A little more than a week ago, my world changed for the better. “The 9th Dimension” became available for sale on Amazon on 12/10 as an ebook, and is also now available in print. I don’t know if I will ever tire of the thrill I get when I look up my own name on the site and see my published work there. I couldn’t have received a better Christmas present this year than to see a year and a half of work come to fruition. When I held the finished product in my hand for the first time, I cried. And then when I went home for Christmas and showed it to my mother she cried and then I cried again because I thought I had finally done something that justified her faith in me.
As the end of the year approaches my resolution will be to continue to follow my dream of becoming an accomplished writer. I now feel that my lifelong dream may not be just a dream anymore. I’m looking forward to a long enjoyable writing career. I want to say thank you to everyone who has helped me make this monumental accomplishment possible. First of all thank you to my publisher Icasm Press for having faith in an unpublished unknown author. Also, thank you to the members of my former critique group who helped point out my strengths and weaknesses. To Suza Kates, my friend and colleague, I’d like to say thank you for your advice, and basically helping me to finally complete something I started. Thank you to Tadd Trueb for designing an amazing cover that I’m sure will get the attention of people who don’t know me. Last but not least a BIG thank you to anyone who has purchased the ebook or print copy of “The 9th Dimension.” Tell your friends!