First, three questions from an anonymous person, asking questions of the characters themselves!
Hell’s Kitchen Sink will resume on September 24th, with Delectable Corpse, a continuation of the character introduced in Small Folks Court, which you can read again here. There’ll be another short story, The Wind Cries, on September 17th, which will be a short story showing some of the history of Ariel from A Serpent in Zion, and leading into a future novel which will feature Ariel, and two others, as the primary protagonists.
In the next seven days, you can send questions to me; Either asks on tumblr, e-mails to email@example.com, or comments on Hell’s Kitchen Sink, about Catfished, characters, lingering uncertainties, and so forth. Anything that I don’t think will specifically be spoilers for the story in the future, I’ll answer, and post on Hell’s Kitchen Sink on the 20th.
I’ll be running two polls, this time. First, the character polls! Same rules as before, you can choose up to 5 characters that you want to see more of.
The last poll had some fascinating results. Nash had first place at 22 votes, with Pearl just behind at 20, and Bella at 17. Ariel was at 16, Gene at 14, and Heather at 14- Giving the Sisters and Bella a handy lead. Megara comes in at 9 votes, with Harry, Irayama, and Dio all holding a respectable place with 7 votes. Susan and Isabelle managed to get 5 votes despite barely being in the story at all, with Dean and Officer Crupky each getting 3. Wendy and Kintaro each had a single vote each, and poor Megan Smith came in with a round 0.
Overall, we can see that people definitely had the most interest and fondness for Nash and those closest to him. An interesting result, and one I’m glad for.
And for our second poll, I’ve got something a little more esoteric. Who do you think would have been a better protector: Betty, or Randall?
Q: Are we going to get more of Silas Nash? – Hazzard, and numerous others.
Yes. Nash is probably not going to be the protagonist of the future stories, although he’ll be a major viewpoint character of the future Serpent in Zion stories. To a certain degree, I’m inspired by the old Marvel levels- That is, there are three levels of heroes: Street, World, and Cosmic. Nash has been, suddenly and unexpectedly, thrust into the Cosmic level of the setting, set against one of the most powerful and merciless forces for the destruction of the world that exists, aiming to snuff out humanity entirely. He has also become a symbol for what a human being is capable of. I’d very much like to have him show up in some of the other storylines I’ve got floating around in my head at some point, because a recurring theme of this setting is going to be mundane human protagonists.
Q: Also, have you thought about going back over this, and submitting it to a publisher? It’s really damn good. – Hazzard
I have. And ultimately, my posting it on Tumblr and WordPress is my way of saying ‘I’m not going to try to publish this traditionally.’ Most publishers don’t want to republish something that’s already been put up. I’ve had some modest success posting this- A few thousand views- which is enough to make me feel positive about it, but I’d need to have ridiculous, unprecedented success to make a real publishing company or agent interested in it. I’m a bit depressive about the whole prospect of getting something published.
Q: Will we see more of Pearl and her sisters? -van den Berg
Absolutely. They’re one of the major features of the cosmology of the setting, although they may take other forms than the ones they’ve had here, which are primarily Greek-inspired.
Q: Is Cassandra the new MC?- A Real Big Guy
No, although she will be the MC of a future story. She’s taken her first step towards being a hero, which is to decide that she’s going to do something about the way the world is going.
Q: Is Silas going to quit the FBI? -Anon
Yes. I’ve got plans for a short story to write at some point in about 6 months, that will be leading in to the sequel to A Serpent in Zion, which will show some of the things that happen between books. Silas will not be a member of the FBI when he returns.
Hell’s Kitchen Sink will resume on July 15th, with a new story set in New York City. In the meantime, I’ll be working on the story that will happen after that; You’ll get a short story starting next week, Small Folk’s Court, which will lead into said third story, which will be starting up some time in October most likely.
In the next seven days, you can send questions to me; Either asks on tumblr, e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org, or comments on Hell’s Kitchen Sink, about A Serpent in Zion, characters, and the future of this, and so forth. Anything that I don’t think will specifically be spoilers for the story in the future, I’ll answer, and post on Hell’s Kitchen Sink on the 24th.
This is not the end of Nash’s adventures, it should be noted. I envisage Hell’s Kitchen Sink following a kind of seasonal pattern; A novel for each season, effectively. Nash will be the protagonist again, but he’s not the only protagonist. And for much the same reasons, I’m running a character poll, here.
You can choose up to 5 characters who you particularly enjoyed in the story, and who you’d like to see show up again in future works. I can’t promise they’ll wind up showing up, but it’s a way for me to figure out who my readers enjoy.