The fast fiction serial, The Adventures of Chartan, has reached a crossroads. I’ve been writing the story of a male ego in crisis for nearly two years. I dream up each weekly episode a day before I post it. There is no outline in mind, only an emphasis on keeping the weekly entry short. But “Chartan” has become the gorilla in the room. “Chartan” is now a fast fiction saga, a contradiction of purpose: short has become long. The first two chapters are over 20,000 words with a growing cast of characters other than a 30-ish wannabe guru/limo driver. There’s the aging combat vet, Skyler Brazil; Gina, an ex-con who marries Chartan and the mysterious, angry Elisa who Chartan can’t figure out.
For me it’s time to look back at was has happened so I can go forward. Should I go forward? For anyone who has missed the ride, here are the first two chapters which I call “Phase 1.”