This weekend, my short story was the second installment in the Feles
Daemonica series, with a title of “Mushroom Festival.” In the first
story, the protagonist, Paul, was caught completely off-guard by the
demon Aym. Now that he knows what he’s up against, he and his husband
Allen can prepare themselves properly and have it out with Aym without
having to worry about him getting the better of them.
This story establishes the bond between Paul and Allen, to contrast with
the non-relationship Paul has with his sister Kate. The title of this
story comes from her decision to up and leave Portland on a whim to go
to a mushroom festival, leaving Paul and Allen to prevent Aym from
wreaking any havoc in her apartment while she’s gone.
Last week, I had not yet figured out what Aym’s “angle” was. For the
first story, this was largely unimportant. As I mentioned, Paul was
caught completely unawares, so it was fine for Aym to simply establish
himself in Kate’s life. However, for this story, I had to make sure I
knew the general thrust of Aym’s goals on Earth, or I’d be setting
myself up for trouble in later stories.
Fortunately, I got all that worked out, and I’m reasonably confident
that “Mushroom Festival” will hold up against how the plot and
characters develop in future stories.
I have a strong idea of how the next story is going to go, as I ended
this one with the introduction of a new demon. Next week, my
protagonists will be dealing with him.
I also have a rough idea of how the series overall will go. As I
mentioned last week, this one is light, mostly humorous, but the
thematic core is familial relationships, both the good ones and
difficult ones. So far, the story list is:
The total number of stories is yet unknown, but I’ll continue writing
one every week until the project either stalls out or becomes a complete