Light, friend!

Welcome to the website for the GRIM DEEP novel project. This is the attempt by unpublished author F. Aleksandar to write a crime novel set in a dystopian future. On this website you can read parts of the novel as they are being written, explore the world the story is set in and get updates on the writing and publishing process of the novel.  → Blog RSS Feed 

Grim February Update: Finding the Groove

The start of Grim February has been brutal. I’ve been trying for days, desperately, to write myself out of this scene I’m stuck in. Eleven hand written pages later, I think I nearly have it now. Hopefully I can move on soon, pick up some momentum and get this novel moving onto the home stretch.

In some good news, I spent much of the last two days figuring out the ending of the novel. And I think I pretty much have it now. Including the murderer. As my wife said in her infinite wisdom at this point: Now you only need to go and write it all down. Ha!

Grim February 1

Grim February

Today, I’m starting a month of doing nothing but trying to finish the first draft of my novel. Something I’m calling Grim February.

Some of you might know that I work as a freelance journalist and podcaster to make my living. And in the months since finishing NaNoWriMo 2021, I haven’t gotten much work on the novel done, because I’ve been very busy with assignments. Therefore, I’ve taken the whole next month off from my other work to concentrate on GRIM DEEP in the hope of bringing my government grant to a successful conclusion.

I will keep you updated on this blog and my Twitter account as to how this effort is progressing. My current manuscript stands at 11 chapters and 73,103 words. I have no idea how long the novel will be, I don’t even know the details of how the story will end yet. But I will give my best to finish it in February. Wish me luck!

Chapter 3 Now Available

After quite some time, I’ve finally released another chapter of the novel. You can read Chapter 3 – Sightseeing right here on the site for free right now. I hope you enjoy it!

If you want provide feedback on this new chapter or on the ones that were already published previously, you can do so via the forums. I have created a sub-forum for GRIM DEEP on there. You can use this to help me improve the book, if you want. I am looking forward to your ideas, impressions and corrections.

Updated Chapters on the Website

I’m currently editing some of the earlier parts of the novel based on some annotations I’ve made over the course of the previous year. As I’m working my way along, I’ve also updated the first two chapters of the novel here on the website.

Additionally, I’ve added a new Culture section to the lore repository, which includes some information on the card game Leviathans that’s mentioned in Chapter 2.

First Fanart

I have some pretty amazing news today. My friend Svenja, who’s read the first two chapters of the novel that are available right here on the site and who I’ve now also given a draft copy of my current manuscript to review, has sent me some fanart of Joe based on the novel. This is the first fanart I have received for this project and it makes me very happy.

My descriptions in the first two chapters of the novel must be pretty on point, because she’s captured the feeling of the character and the look of the environment perfectly.

Svenja's Fanart