My Manuscripts Archive

Giving New Life to Old Projects

Posted February 25, 2021 By kmarrs

As you may know, I wrote a memoir about 6 years ago. However, I’m far enough out from the project that I know I could have done better. Like better editing for one.

Anyway, I paid the editors that my friend Joy Demora works with (read her book!) to give it a read to see if I had, I don’t know, I guess solid bones. Did I have a book worth spending hundreds of dollars and hours to edit was the question?

Turns out I in fact do!

My initial book is too ambitious trying to be like 3 things at once and that is not working. But they like my voice and they suggested a focus that will potentially sell.

So I’m going to spend the next year or so in rewrites with that focus in mind and resubmit my book to them and get started on editing with my tax return that I’ll see next year.

I have a lot of work to do but I feel confident that I have a story worth telling and the voice needed to tell it. I feel really good about this.

In related news, I also have a children’s picture book I released around that time that is currently undergoing a major art overhaul featuring the art of my good friend @ain-individual. I have seen sketches and concept work and am really excited for this project! I’m not sure when that book will be re-released into the wild as art takes time and 2020 was shit so it’s only recently been kicked into gear but it’s cute and I’m excited to share it when it’s done!

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I’ve Been Writing

Posted July 27, 2020 By kmarrs

I’d never written fanfiction before. Hell, I only rarely even read it. But I got a story idea that just wouldn’t go away so I sat down eariler this past week and wrote my first and last fanfiction. It is a 1300 word one shot focused on a confession immediately taking place where the show leaves off. I’ve been told it’s sweet and wholesome.

A Thousand Kisses from You (1328 words) by madhattermax
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Good Omens – Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett, Good Omens (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Crowley (Good Omens), Aziraphale (Good Omens)
Additional Tags: Ineffable Husbands (Good Omens), Asexual Relationship, Asexual Aziraphale (Good Omens), Asexual Crowley (Good Omens), Soft Crowley (Good Omens), Soft Aziraphale (Good Omens), Fluff
Summary:
The kiss was as tender as only 6000 years of pining could achieve. However, that’s not where this journey begins. That’s where this journey leads. In the beginning, there was a quiet walk to the bookstore from the Ritz, the day after the aborted Armageddon.

Then I started getting kudos and comments and realized that writing things like this and putting them out there was a hell of a high and maybe if I came up with another plot idea, I’d go ahead a write it. I figured that’d be months away, but I was open to the idea.

An Aura of Demonic Love (1100 words) by madhattermax
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Good Omens – Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett, Good Omens (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Aziraphale/Crowley (Good Omens), Aziraphale & Crowley (Good Omens)
Characters: Aziraphale (Good Omens), Crowley (Good Omens)
Additional Tags: Soft Crowley (Good Omens), Soft Aziraphale/Crowley (Good Omens), Soft Aziraphale (Good Omens), Fluff, aziraphale takes the lead
Summary:
Aziraphale takes a sip of wine, his eyes not wavering from Crowley’s. “I can sense love, you know. Are you ready to talk about it? It’s been over 6000 years, so I am.”

Surely that was it though? I’d written two short and sweet confession pieces. Purely wholesome. Sweet as sugar. I was done.

But, I’d been receiving good reviews on writing them ace. But I had only ever implied they were ace, mostly by dropping it in the notes, and by omitting lemons. What if they blatantly stated they were ace and didn’t even kiss, but still showed affection because they are in love? I was asking the important questions. I was also learning you have to sometimes write the representation you wish to see in the world.

Ineffably Ace Husbands (1172 words) by madhattermax
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Good Omens – Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett, Good Omens (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Aziraphale/Crowley (Good Omens), Aziraphale & Crowley (Good Omens)
Characters: Aziraphale (Good Omens), Crowley (Good Omens)
Additional Tags: Ineffable Husbands (Good Omens), Asexual Relationship, Asexual Aziraphale (Good Omens), Asexual Crowley (Good Omens), Soft Crowley (Good Omens), Soft Aziraphale (Good Omens), Fluff
Summary:
Aziraphale looks down, avoiding Crowley’s eyes. “There is only one nonhuman I know of who could tempt me in that direction. Though I prefer to avoid sex altogether, if it were someone I loved, I might consider it as a sign of my affections. However, there are a million and one ways I prefer to show my feelings in place of sex.”
Crowley pauses, and studies Aziraphale’s face then breaks into a soft smile. “Yes, Angel, I do see your point. I understand humans have sex as a means of expressing affection. However, I mostly see it as a way of repopulating the earth, and I too have other ways of showing how I feel.”

I was done.

But what if…

Wild Thing, You Make My Heart Sing (1175 words) by madhattermax
Chapters: 1/?
Fandom: Good Omens – Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett, Good Omens (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Aziraphale/Crowley (Good Omens), Aziraphale & Crowley (Good Omens)
Characters: Aziraphale (Good Omens), Crowley (Good Omens)
Additional Tags: Femme Crowley (Good Omens), Asexual Relationship, Asexual Aziraphale (Good Omens), Established Relationship, Established Aziraphale/Crowley (Good Omens)
Summary:
She is stunning. Crowley was always a sight to behold, in Aziraphale’s opinion, but something about the long wavy hair loose, if not for the victory curls, and the fit of the dress she is wearing makes Aziraphale’s breath catch and pulse quicken. Is that a hot flash? Aziraphale is definitely having a hot flash.

Fuck. Chapters. So much for ~1200 word one shots.

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Walking the Borderline: The Psychology Patient

Posted April 7, 2016 By kmarrs

Looking for a great read?  Look no further!  I finally finished edits on my book and published over the weekend!

You have your choice between a kindle version and a printed version.  Both are super affordable.  Both are a product of my heart.  You can’t lose no matter which you choose!

 

Walking the Borderline
Walking the Borderline: The Psychology Patient Paperback $19.99

 
 

Walking the Borderline
Walking the Borderline: The Psychology Patient for Kindle $3.99
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The Last Dwarf: A Sample

Posted April 1, 2015 By kmarrs

Below is a rough draft of the opening of a short story I intend to publish with Pat.  I was hoping to share it here so I might receive feedback.  I’m not looking for edits, as I know it’s rough.  But does it grab your attention?  Would you want to read more?  Any feedback you have would be amazing as I hope to go somewhere with this. Please?  Even if you’ve never commented before, now is your chance!

The Mountain Uzun was nondescript to the unknowing eye.  Centuries ago it was a hub of Dwarfish activity. It was rare to see the Dwarves themselves, as deep below tunnels took them to and fro from the kingdom of Zarakzig, but mining and trading activity was evident to those they shared the land with above ground, and hunting parties could been seen coming and going when the stores of food became low.

The Dwarves were a private race.  Greed and a sense of superiority kept them from associating with those who lived outside the mountain.  Even when need was dire, the Dwarves were too proud to call to the elves or, Rielel forbid, the common man.  So it is of little surprise that when the great fever came, it wiped out all traces of the race, before the great kingdom of Zarakzig had a chance to lower their pride and call for help.

Nalri 4

The mountain now sits barren above and below.  No life has been seen to come or go for quite some time now.  The young children of man hear stories of how their great-great-grand pappies use to see the occasional dwarf in town, trading for the few things the dwarves could acquire no other way.  These days the dwarves are nothing but a legend of old.

The existence of Nalri Deepwise is unknown to all but him. No one expected a single Dwarf to survive the great fever that came and took out all of his people in the span of a week.  Nalri himself was only spared because he was out gathering raw mithril when the fever swept through Zarakzig.  Mithril was becoming a rare commodity, so his search for it had him gone for a good portion of the year, traveling far and wide, so he was long gone when the fever hit, and the dwarves of Zarakzig were long gone, when he returned.

If not for the notes of the Clerics attempting to heal and prevent the extermination of their race, Nalri would not know of his people being fine one day, and waking to fevers that boiled their insides, and left mass dehydration and death in its wake as the fever swept through.  The Clerics never had the chance to know where the fever came from.  The mighty warriors showed the first signs, but it spread so fast from there, that the entire kingdom was dead, before the first few infected warriors could have funeral rights performed.

It took days for Nalri, the last of his kind, to gather all the bodies into funeral pyres, and dispose of the dead.  He remained stoic through it all, in shock that it could happen so fast.  About the time he got to the special pyre for his wife, and wee lad of a son, he was set in his decision that this had to have been some disease brought in from the elves or the dirty and lesser man.  He decided then and there he would never again make contact with the outside world and as far as they were concerned, he had died with the rest of his kind.

That was nearly 400 years ago and he had not changed his mind since he lit the pyre and watched the family he had just started building, burn.

It will be a young adult fantasy short story.

So… Did it pull you in? Are you wanting to read more?

I’m hoping to be done by the end of April for a May release on Kindle and maybe print, though I need to look into that more.

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