Sasha’s story started on a whim. Just a spark, an idea for a story, and I started writing.
As the story unfolded, characters were born and experiences were shared among the characters and before I knew it I was hooked. I had to write the next chapter to find out what happened next.
As a blogger, I shared the journal entries as posts, just for fun. Since I was in the process of creating each new chapter, I decided to post the story as a blog serial. The “chapters” are really almost blog posts. Some seem too long for a post, and some seem too short for a chapter in a book.
After finishing the “first book”, Homestead, the characters continued to call to me from the wilds of the Siberian Arctic. They were frozen in time (no pun intended). They, too, needed to know what happens next.
I hadn’t intended to continue, but the story would not be subdued, and so I’ve started the “second book”, Lodge. I guess that makes it a series of some kind.
Lastly, it seems prudent for me to tell you I am following no “rules” of fiction-writing. I’m letting the story roll out of my imagination, unbounded by things like consistency or reality. These are raw writings, and you’re likely to encounter errors in grammar, maybe punctuation, too. A good editor would clean all that up, so remember, these would really be considered “drafts”.
Relax. Suspend your disbelief, and join me high above the Arctic Circle as we share lives of adventure and wonder with our characters. Don’t forget a hat. It gets pretty cold in Siberia in the winter.
S. R. O’Connor
Sharon Springs, New York
To fully enjoy Sasha’s story, from before the moment she first opens her eyes, read the first book, Homestead, contained herein as a page on the header.
The second book Lodge, is currently in progress. The latest posts are the newest chapters. To read in continuity, start at the bottom of the list with Mothers.
You may find Homestead to be rather clunky and disjointed to start with. I hadn’t taken the writing very seriously, nor did I have a vision or voice for the characters. I hope you will agree that we found our voices along the way. Keep reading. It gets better.
Thanks for joining us.
Scott R. O’Connor