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My Series on Vocal

by Caitlin McColl 20 days ago in Series

paranormal, mystery and post apocalyptic

My Series on Vocal
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I thought I’d put together a central repository where people could find all of the series I’ve shared so far on Vocal. (I’m going to be doing a separate one for all my dark flash fiction stories because there’s a lot of those (around 50!) ). I wanted to write a little bit about my other series, what I can remember of them because they were all, mostly, written a long time (about a decade or so ?) ago.

First, there’s All About Eve.

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I can’t remember what made me write this paranormal ghost story, only that I like paranormal stories - but I’m not a horror fan. Oh, and also that Eve, the main character in this short story, is a minor character in my first novel Under A Starlit Sky, which you can find on my website here).

I think I wrote this just because I wanted to write an origin story for Eve. To learn more about her because she was an interesting character in Under a Starlit Sky but not a big one.

Plus I wanted to get to know her from the time she was a little girl to when we meet her in my novel. So that’s why I wrote All About Eve. You can read all 5 parts here:

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5

Second, we have The Jade Dragonfly and other Mysteries.

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And this one I really can’t remember why I wrote it! I’m not a big mystery reader (though I have read a few crime stories over the years). And I kind of work in the field, so maybe that’s why? And also, I thought these characters were just fun to write - the young and over-eager newbie police officer Lattley and the grumpy ‘seen it all’ old-timey Detective McCloud. This isn’t a series, per se, but 4 stories featuring the 2 characters, and the order that they’re in is the order I wrote them in, so I guess technically they’re a series?

The Jade Dragonfly The Watson Mystery Scavenger The Wishing Tree

And finally, we come to Radio Silence.

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The post-apocalyptic and dystopian series that I started for NaNoWriMo 2015 and then...stopped when my mom died a month later. And I didn’t start it back up again until August of this year (2021) when it had been niggling me in the back of my mind to FINISH IT ALREADY! I went back to read my very old blog around the time I had started writing it, to see if I could find out what inspired me to write a story like this (because dystopian and post-apocalyptic isn’t usually my sort of thing), and it turned out I was reading a lot of a certain genre of story (which I won’t say what the theme of it was because that’ll be a big spoiler!). And I think I’d also read Cormac McCarthy’s The Road around that time, so if you get a ‘The Road’ vibe from this story, that’s probably why.

When I’d re-started this story back in August, to finish what I’d stopped about 6 years before, I had to go back and reread what I’d written so far because I couldn’t even remember what the story was about (though I did remember a scene or two). It was strange reading my own writing after so much time had passed. It was like reading a stranger’s words (which made it quite easy to edit as I read!). I also had to untangle all the separate storylines because how I’d written it was just confusing and jumbly, so it’s like it was a ball of yarn that I had to untangle and set out in one straight, more coherent, line. So I hope I’ve done that, and I hope you enjoy this story.

Radio Silence

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10 Part 11 Part 12 Part 13 Part 14 Part 15 Part 16

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