|Big Bad Overlord! by Danny DeCillis|
1999 - I got the idea to write a story about a kid who attends an interdimensional school and goes to another dimension to face the universe's big baddy. The villain was to have a cloak that was lined in fire. That's about as elemental as it got.
August 2001 - I wrote Peter Swift in Dimension Q in 3 weeks. It was to be a fun one-off. What it turned out to be was utter swill. I opened my computer one day in September to print labels for the agents and publishing houses to whom I planned to send the paper manuscript, back when that was de rigueur. What I saw on my computer screen that morning was New York's World Trade Center in flames. Out of respect, I forestalled sending the manuscripts. Who knows how many of the publishing houses on my list were affected.
I then moved on to other creative endeavors, writing plays primarily, and forget about Pete and his story. I subsequently lost the manuscript when both my computer and backup hard drive died at the same time. No loss, I assure you.