Before I go on, let me knock this question out of the way:
Why is this not part of the main menu?
Well, for one, I didn’t want to make the spot too cluttered. For two, not everyone is interested in the whole behind the scenes process.
However, there are people who may be interested and mofos who are just plain nosy. If this means you, you have come to the right spot.
Simi’s Komma was a bit more complex than Vocal Remedy in that I was dealing with a bunch of different characters and trying to establish different dynamics among each of the characters. Although the four locals (Hiphen, Point, Simi, and Rod) are close, the reader will pick up that some members are closer than others.
Plus, the whole narrative set up was different: a shift between an outside narrator and one of the, for all intended purposes, supplemental characters.
I also had to do a bit of research on the mannerisms of rural towns, just enough to give a glimpse into knowing what I was talking about. I did just enough to establish background, and for Simi’s Komma, it was all that was required. Anything else would have been extra gunk that served no purpose in the short story.
It was quite a ride—to provide an extra level of maturity to a work that leans more towards young adult drama and dark romance than anything. I enjoyed it, and this probably won’t be the last time I stretch my limits.