Sorry, the whole post got deleted somehow. Looking into that on my end so I had to rewrite the post from memory so it will probably be a little shorter than intended but i think the main point will still be conveyed. This post will center around the short story and character, ‘Amser’.
The idea of Amser really started to form right around the time that Vessel began to gain some traction moving toward its current setting. I was experimenting with a bunch of different ideas on how to set the proper tone and finding the current antagonist to descend Blake into madness. Originally. He was to serve the same position Shrowd now holds, except he would have been much more sympathetic about it. What kind of story would that have made? A pretty bland one, I think,
After some thought and shuffling about character traits, I ended up with an empathetic immortal who travels through different times and perhaps universes, talking with the many people who inhabit that space. My hope is to be able to do the same with people I meet, warping the personalities just enough to make them conform to a specific character. Any of the big characters in my books will hopefully have at least one run-in with Amser to give them a little more backstory, a nice “Behind the Scenes” for fans.
So, Shrowd and Blake will both have their time with him alone. The fun comes in finding the best way to make it happen. Should i keep it canon? Or maybe something completely random would be best. Maybe Amser will find himself trapped in a similar way as Blake when he runs into Shrowd. Or perhaps Blake will one day stop into a diner in the middle of nowhere and converse with Amser over a cup of coffee. Maybe they have already shared a cab ride and exchanged their ideas on why the world continues to turn. That’s the beauty of writing your own stories, anything is possible.
Amser carries himself in a very lax manner. He doesn’t get excited very easily but even though he has been a part of a lot in his long life, and heard a great deal more, he is still interested in hearing about other people’s lives. Each time he interviews someone new, he recalls the meeting and writes it down onto his notebook. He looks back at his previous encounters, normally long after that person has died, as a joyful reminder of days past. By no means does he dwelve on it, but he very seldom interviews someone that does not have a very interesting story, and as Amser would say, everyone has a story worth remembering even if they don’t think so.
Changing up from the usual, the next blog post will be filled with randomness. Really just anything that comes to mind. Maybe filled with some free writing. Just wherever my brain takes me.