It’s my 36th birthday tomorrow! Which is as good a day as any to launch a web serial featuring spaceships, exotic planets, alien gamblers, gender-swapped Musketeers, royal politics and psychedelic drug duels.
Musketeer Space is a story that has been rolling around in my brain for some time now, and I’ve come to the conclusion that there are some novels I’m just not going to write without deadlines. Enter: the self-imposed deadline.
So, for the next year and a half or so, I’ll be posting weekly chapters of a space opera retelling of The Three Musketeers, one of my favourite stories of all time. Writing without a net!
The story will be free to read, though if you want to make a financial contribution towards the ongoing care and nurturing of the space Musketeers and their author, I have set up a Patreon page to collect small monthly donations. Anyone who donates during the web serial process will receive an e-book of the complete story when it’s done. So if you hate waiting for a story to be updated chapter by chapter, you can donate now and not read it for another year and a half. Procrastination for the win!
I’ll be offering additional blog content if the donations reach particular milestones, but the novel will continue no matter what – I want to find out what happens! Rewards for patronage come in the form of ebooks, exclusive content, and the naming of spaceships.
Chapter One will go up tomorrow morning, with future chapters posted on Wednesdays. Here’s a sneak peek of the chapter:
Before Dana D’Artagnan left home, her Papa had some advice for her. As he ran Mama’s old ship through that last coat of colour and polish for the journey, he said: “Fight as much as you can, lovey, it sharpens your reflexes. The best pilots are demons with their fists. Just look at your mother. She was a menace in every bar fight, and there was no one faster than her at the helm of a dart. Everyone knew it.”
“That was why I crashed so many,” laughed her Mama.
EDIT: Chapter 1 is up! Check out Part I: Reasons to Hate Moths