Well, here goes!
I started writing Trousseau Syndrome in March of 2012 after several friends (one of whom is now an honest-to-Betsy published writer now) decided to form a writing group that happened to meet in my living room. I’ve been making up stories since I started talking– my mom will gladly recount how I would narrate a story for her to write down while I drew watercolor pictures. I moved on to typing short stories when our family got a computer and burned through our dot-matrix printer as I committed what I wrote to paper. My greatest fiction writing accomplishment until now has been a 212-page novel that was a cross between Gilbert Morris’ House of Winslow series and Star Wars. I’m just really glad that you can’t dig that up in some archive somewhere like you can with my old Xanga posts from my teenage years.
Releasing the novel chapter-by-chapter is a new thing for me; the last time I publicly shared my fiction writing was back when I edited the homeschool newsletter that our church co-op put out (there was a video game review in every issue, shockingly.) Having worked on this story for years now, I’ve wanted people read it, enjoy it, and have their minds opened in some way by it. This is, I hope, a way to get all of that started without actually having the last 100,000 words already committed (first 125,000 down at this point!) I am also hoping that public engagement will help me to ensure that the last 1/3rd– which I expect to be the most challenging to write well– is better than it otherwise would have been. There are, of course, risks that I’m running by doing it this way: not finishing, having to go back to change things halfway through, losing the readers’ interest, watching readers turn on me before they realize that I’m setting up for the punchlines (or after they hit the punchlines), the singularity occurs before 2017, another person in real life starts imitating one of my characters after I’ve written crucial scenes, etc. etc. Those are risks I’m willing to take for this experience, and I’m glad you’re taking them with me.
The writing group was enormously helpful in getting this chapter to where it is now, so I’d like to thank Jeff, Jeny, Margot, Tiffany, and Maggie for all of their thoughts. That said, here is Chapter 1.