This week I finished a short story titled "The Whaler's Dues" that will be published this Fall in a short story compilation called, "A Journey of Words." This will be only the second short that I have ever written that will be published. The first was my story "Outside of Heaven" in the compilation, "A Matter of Words" that came out last year.
Following the tradition that I seem to feel the most comfortable in of writing a story and plotline based on song lyrics or entire albums, "The Whaler's Dues" is no different. I have 3 published novels, and now there will be 2 published short stories that make up my official bibliography as an author, and all 5 pieces of work are steeped in adapting music to fiction.
"Dreams are Unfinished Thoughts" was directly centered around the songs from the band God Lives Underwater and solo artist David Reilly.
"Welcome to Parkview" was based on a handful of songs: Billy Joel's "Piano Man," Ned's Atomic Dustbin's "Cut Up," Faith No More's "Ricochet," The The's "Bluer Than Midnight," Blue October's "The End," and Taco's "Puttin on the Ritz."
"Yours Truly, 2095" is a direct novelization of Electric Light Orchestra's album, "Time."
My short story, "Outside of Heaven" is a direct adaptation of the Moby song, "Spiders."
And now, with this newly finished story, "The Whaler's Dues," it fits right in line with what I've become as an author; its a direct adaptation of Jethro Tull's album, "Rock Island."
With "Outside of Heaven," it was easy to write a 10k word short story because I was basing the entire plotline off that one song, but with "The Whaler's Dues," it was a little bit more challenging to take am entire 10-track album, and try to keep the story to around 10k words. I had to be much more specific with what lyrics I wanted to influence the storyline, since I had so many lyrics that could contribute. But I think I created a cohesive story, and stayed true to every single song on the album.
I guess we'll have to wait until Fall time to see if everyone else thinks so too.