Announcing: Fictional President!

fictional-president-coverTired of the political quagmire that is 2016? Me too! That’s why I decided to polish and publish a short story I wrote back in college: “Fictional President.”

In this short story, America has elected their next President — and he’s the main character of the popular political drama, Pennsylvania Avenue. (I’ve made lots of jokes this year about wishing I could just vote for President Bartlet from West Wing. But this is why that probably wouldn’t work out so well…)


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Oh, and here’s a fun fact. I wrote this in 2008, back when there was some political turmoil in Turkey. When I submitted the story to writing group a few years ago, someone suggested that I remove the reference to Turkey so that the story would stay relevant. Cue 2016 and the next coup attempt! Hahaha so great.

Anyway, go forth! Read! Laugh! Tell me how much you wish you could vote for President Harrison!

*CoughBartletForAmericaCough*


Jennifer A. Johnson is a newly published fantasy writer thanks to The Adventure of Creation anthology. She's still revising her first novel, but you can sign up for her free newsletter to pass the time.

And Now for Something Completely Different

keith-margos-murder-mystery-dinner-at-matteos-los-angeles-caI hate to admit it, but I think I need a break from Narrator. I haven’t written at all in the past few weeks, and I need to write something or I will explode. SO. I’ve decided to write an anthology of three murder mystery short stories. I’m hoping that writing this will help me in the Narrator department as well.

All of the stories will be fantasy (of course). Two of them will be related to series I want to write after Narrator. The first is set in an alternative 1910* England, where magic has been outlawed. I’ve already got a great mystery lined up for it. The second is a little murkier since my plans for this series have undergone many iterations over the years, so that’s definitely in the TBD category.

The third short story isn’t based on a future series, unless I want to turn it into one. It’s an off-shoot of the Supernatural fanfic I’ve been playing in my head these last few weeks. I specifically designed this “episode” to not rely on the Supernatural mythology so that I could easily turn it into an original piece. Again, great mystery lined up, if I do say so myself.

Now, why murder mysteries? I enjoy them, but never thought of writing one. Then when you consider that the Supernatural-inspired story is already a murder mystery, and my 1910 series is already a thriller/mystery series, the common thread is plain enough.

I’m also going to try putting my new technique idea into practice. Scrivener has a “screenplay” mode. My theory is that a) it will be easier to let the action flow, and b) it’ll help me curb my tendency to expand the crap out of my plot. Seriously, I always get stampeded by subplots. It’s ridiculous. So sticking to a 45-60 page screenplay should nip that in the bud, right?

Hopefully working on this anthology will begin to allow me to work on Narrator again, and I’ll just switch back and forth for a while. Wish me luck! *crosses fingers*

 

* What? No, I didn’t set it in 1910 so that a few books down the road I could set one on the Titanic. Why would you think such a thing?


Jennifer A. Johnson is a newly published fantasy writer thanks to The Adventure of Creation anthology. She's still revising her first novel, but you can sign up for her free newsletter to pass the time.