Despite the constant thumb/wrist issues of late, I managed to accomplish something yesterday that's been twenty years in the making: I have finally finished Treasure Hunt, the first novel-length story I ever wrote.
"A stranger comes to a strange land to escape his past only to find a more desperate landscape. Three travelers find their destinies intertwined in a journey across time and space and their voyage will take them from the comfort of the Midwest to the games of a fabled lost civilization on the other side of the galaxy."
The story was originally written in 1992, just before I was introduced to anthropomorphic fiction. However, each time I would pick it up and read back through it, I would find typographical errors that I had missed before, plus I would find areas to change or add material. Although the story was technically finished, I couldn't seem to stop making corrections and edits, so after time it became affectionately known as the Neverending Edit.
After a decade, I began to look at the opening setup chapters with a more critical eye and realized just how much I'd never really liked them.
Over the next few years, I decided to completely scrap the opening chapters and rewrite them from the ground up. It would not be a retelling of the same events, but would show totally new events that would lead up to the primary plot of the story. Unfortunately, I was often focused on other writing projects, so the efforts on this one was often forgotten.
Now twenty years later in 2012, I have finally finished all the rewrites I had planned and I'm now putting a last little bit of spit and polish on it before I format the manuscript for Lulu and Kindle releases.
Since Treasure Hunt does not feature the anthro themes I'm now known for writing, there may not be anyone interested in a tale I'd written so long ago before my storytelling skills improved, but I still plan to make it available regardless.
The Neverending Edit may finally be ending soon...
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