Winding down this current novel…

After a year and a month of writing, I’m coming to the closing chapters of a novel I call Stella Vero.  It now stands at 142 pages in 81 chapters.  They’re short chapters.  Anything longer than three pages feels dense to me.  I like to keep it light and moving along briskly (although I do sometimes fool around with scenes that seem to have little to do with developing the plot or establishing character.)  It feels like I have maybe 15 more pages to go and then it’s curtain time.  As I wrote in an earlier blog, I see this as the last in a trilogy of related novels.  I think of it as “The Parakeet Series”  They are:

1.  Death At The Flea Circus (Published)

2.  Hippies (Finished, but not yet published)

3.  Stella Vero (Almost done with the first draft).

I never planned it as a trilogy, and didn’t even realize the relationship between Book One and Book Two until Book One was being published.  Then I saw a pattern and realized how Book Three could fit into and complete that pattern.

Not sure what I’ll write when I’m done with Stella Vero, but it will be another novel.


About David Barker

David Barker is the author of two works of weird horror fiction written in collaboration with W. H. Pugmire: The Revenant of Rebecca Pascal and In the Gulfs of Dream & Other Lovecraftian Tales (both books were published by the now defunct Dark Renaissance Books, but copies are still available from Dark Regions Press.) Barker and Pugmire also collaborated on a Lovecraftian horror novel, Witches In Dreamland, which will be published by Hippocampus Press, possibly in late 2017. Recently, his stories and poems have appeared in Fungi, Cyaegha, Spectral Realms, The Art Mephitic, The Audient Void, The Indiscriminate Mixture and on He has a short story in the weird fiction anthology, Nightmare's Realm, edited by S. T. Joshi and published in 2017 by Dark Regions Press. He also has published several works of horror and bizarro fiction as Kindle ebooks, including the bizarro zombie novel Dead Guys in Packards. Together with Jordan Hofer, David Barker has written two nonfiction books about UFOs and alien abduction: Little Gray Bastards (published in 2016 by Schiffer Publishing) and Unidentifiable Flying Objects (due in Fall 2017 from Schiffer.)
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2 Responses to Winding down this current novel…

  1. David Barker says:

    I’m calling it “The Parakeet Series” because — unplanned — parakeets appear in all three novels.

  2. Writing Jobs says:

    Great post. I enjoyed reading your blog today.

    If you love to write we would love for you to join us!

    Writer Jobs

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