Last we left I was mourning over the crap of a novel that I had tried to write, most of it was forced. The characters development was minimal, the plot line was force and artificial. My dialogue was poor and most importantly it read like page after page of someone trying to pad their word count.
I still had a dream though and I wanted to be a writer. I knew that the work that I had produced was not of a quality that I could sell, but the only way to write better is to write.
So I order to try to hone my skills I decide shorter fiction was a better way to go. I kept a micro-recorder and started dictating ideas into it. I would keep a journal with Ideas for stories, and write about whatever would come into my head. But one story was my primary focus. With the help of my younger brother Brian, who at the time was all of Eleven year old I developed a character called the Mask. Picture a cross between Robert Langdon and The Shadow. Overall a pretty cool character and not a bad concept. I was going for a modern pulp feel to the stories having just gotten into characters like the Shadow and Doc Savage.
Brian would help me with the plot for each story and then I would sit and do the writing. In all we produced three full stories and outlines and ideas for several more after that. I had developed a ghost/love story and built up several supporting characters. Some of them from a more reluctant hero mold, but I was slowly putting together this psuedo-pulp universe for myself. A don’t remember if any of those stories were ever submitted to anyone but none of them have ever been published.
At the same time I was spending a lot of time on-line on AOL. It was the first time we had a computer in the house that had internet access. While browsing I came across a group that was making plans for the release of a line of independent comics. The guy who was starting it up wanted to release an anthology book with several stories from different creative teams and hopefully then release some of them as monthly books. The company was called Virtue Publishing.
Problem was I didn’t have a story