Ten months ago I wrote a short story called "The Love of the Sea," http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EZ84216 for a friends blog, this was an extended version of my original story which appeared in "Sea Ghosts," http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0088QPW92 . Sea Ghosts contains the story which should have come third in a writing contest on Facebook, had a viciously vindictive person I used to know not hacked the contest and pushed my story back to fourth http://hereiamattheedge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/lessons-in-futility.html#.UrRV2dJdXDM the ramifications of the event are still going on http://hereiamattheedge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/how-i-lost.html#.UrRW7NJdXDM . The end of the story for me is while the people above me got something from the contest, I ended up begging for nickels and dimes.
The story is not the only thing changed, as you can see I recently changed covers and the new title is "A Sailor's love."
Over the history of the story, it has grown from a 1,000 to 1,500 word short story and now exceeds 32,000 words and is still growing by the day-when I feel like writing, sadly I am lacking the urge these days.
Ten months ago a friend asked had I thought of doing the short story as a novel? As it was the most read story on her blog. I hadn't thought anybody was that interested but decided to try and build a story up.
On this blog, you can read how I got the idea for the story and a few lesser read ones too http://hereiamattheedge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/inspiration-corner.html#.UrRYpdJdXDM . Ten months on and I am still writing the story of the lost seaman and his young lover, only now I have added some mystical elements to the story and a lot more people. What happened to the original book? One copy got sold. Sea Ghosts sold two or three copies-what will happen next? I have no idea, beyond a deep trepidation that this will not succeed. I hope it does get some sales, ten months is the longest time I have worked on one story and I don't know what might happen if this fails as "Chronicles of Mark Johnson, " my award winning book did http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008BEDMSO and that was followed by book 2 in the series dropping out of sight http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BO04Y20 despite both books getting rave reviews from Fran Lewis in New York http://hereiamattheedge.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/seal-of-approval.html#.UrRbQtJdXDM , these are the reviews of book 1 http://hereiamattheedge.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/complete-chronicles-review-by-fran-lewis.html#.UrRbg9JdXDM and book 2 http://hereiamattheedge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/ny-reviews-for-chronicles-book-2.html#.UrRcANJdXDM
Ten months in the making and what future? I can't tell you as that is for you to decide.