In addition to novels and short stories, I’ve recently begun experimenting with a more in-between format that I l call “episodic serials.” Each release is another adventure in an ongoing saga, but they tend to be longer than typical stories, with some even verging into novella territory.
I like this format because I like having a shorter project on the side that I can just jump into when my main project is driving me crazy, which happens more often than I like to admit. Nothing defeats frustration like a solid day of unbridled productivity.
Karsten is a violent man at the end of a violent career, with no greater ambition than to retire to a well-earned life of ease. But a last drink with an old client goes off the rails and now Karsten is left with an impossible choice: enter service to the Dowager Empress or lose a year of his remaining time for every day he resists. Not a choice, really; it’s more of a life sentence. But you know what? They should have specified whose life.
With a killing sun overhead, an ancient evil on their tail, and no idea how to use the powers they’ve been given, Karsten and Babette take shelter in the desert city of Pryloon, hoping to discover the hand guiding the evil that hunts them. Before it discovers them.