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Re-Issue of “Morningstar” in e!

October 1, 2010

The Craft of Writing post that usually appears on Fridays is postponed until Saturday.

Instead, I want to talk about an unexpected release. 🙂 Back in 2005 or so, I wrote a short story (just below 19,000 words in length) called Morningstar. I published it through Lulu and was desperately disappointed with the outcome (I will NEVER recommend Lulu to anyone who has no experience in self-publishing). I let it languish for a couple years, and then pulled it out of print. The other night, though, K. mentioned that it was on Goodreads with people listed as wanting to buy/read it, and I thought… well… it is edited (thoroughly, as it went through about six revisions), it is mostly formatted, why the hell not make it available again?

This time, it will only be available as an e-book. It will be listed at $0.99, as it is a short story (Storm Moon Press’ price structure is simple: short stories are $0.99, novellas are $2.99, and novels are $4.99-$5.99 e-book and $9.99-$12.99 print). We’re using the original cover art that was purchased, as the purchase price included all rights to the artwork becoming mine, so all I did was alter the cover text and font type. It looks great, I think, and the story should be available Monday (right now, the formatting guru of Storm Moon Press is finishing up the various e-book formats).

Book description: Morningstar retells the Biblical mythos of the Creation and the Fall from the perspective of the Fallen – that is, the angel Morningstar. It is the story of an angel, not of pride and envy, but of confusion and frustration. He is forced to watch as the place of the angels as the Creator’s favored is slowly taken over by the rise of Man, whom Morningstar sees as flawed and unworthy. He tells of how the very structure of Heaven is changed by the introduction of these mortal beings, and with it, the angels themselves.

Morningstar seeks solace with Radueriel, another angel in the Heavenly Host. Radueriel has a fanatical devotion to the Creator and repeatedly urges Morningstar to surrender to the Creator’s will. Morningstar finds himself unable to do so, eventually revolting against the Creator and His ineffable Divine Plan. As expected, the revolution fails, and the angels are expelled from Heaven. Not to Hell, which Morningstar explains does not exist, but to Earth.

I’ll have a buy link by the end of the weekend, and I’m so excited about offering this title again. It was a wonderful story, and the first time I broke all my own personal rules – it’s written in First Person POV in past tense with two small shifts to present. XD But it works, and it’s beautiful and raw, in my opinion, and I hope people now can enjoy it more than they did when I offered its flawed counterpart on Lulu.

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