Before I get started, I should probably explain what I'm writing.
I started these "journal entries" during my winter break when I didn't have access to my computer and therefore my Sinners document. I bought a nice looking spiral notebook (its all flame-colored and has a black dragon on the front!), and just started writing whatever came to mind. I had a theme of course--the Trader Holocaust of the Eastern Rim (which has yet to happen in Sinners, but is something I've been meaning to do once the Advent begin their march on the TEC). Where did I get the idea of an Advent-induced Holocaust? Well, I'm Jewish and am having my confirmation this year (if you want to know what that is, I suggest google. I don't want to get into all that Judaism right now), and part of confirmation was coming to a "hebrew high school" at my temple every monday night. One monday we were watching a video where Holocaust survivors, both Jews and U.S. troops, recalled their memories and experiences after the war. The powerful emotions these memories had on me and the rest of the class made me want to write something that would bring this kind of emotion to my readers--I basically wanted to test myself; to see if I could bring out strong emotions from my writing. So I started a journal of a young boy living on Lusitania, my capital of the Eastern Rim in Sinners (Lusitania is briefly mentioned in the TEC introduction in Sinners).
So I had my reason--my challenge, if you will--so I set out doing it. Reflecting, the idea of a journal had to have come from a subconscious connection of a link between the Holocaust and the Diary of Anne Frank, but it just seemed "right" for me to chronicle this in a journal format. I also wanted to try out a different style of writing.
As I wrote, I outlined life in the Trade Order under the tight grip of the Trader Emergency Coalition. At the beginning, the TEC are well into their war with the Vasari, and several entries in you get a hint of the Advent sneaking onto the scene (for the first time). These journal entries then changed from chronicling a Trader Holocaust to chronicling life as a young, fatherless boy in one of the most industrial planets in the Trade Order. And then I'll talk about the Trader Holocaust.
So these journal entries became more than a brief short story or reference material for me to review when I actually wrote about the Trader Holocaust in Sinners--these journal entries actually became a whole separate story inside the broader Sinners tale. So I decided to share what I've written so far, but be warned. If you follow Sinners, you know how slowly I write new pieces. That's because school work must come first, then if I'm in a writing mood I will usually go to the story that I'm actually writing to be published (not onli
ne! ), and then I might head over to Sinners to write more. So it is very probably that I will not write more of these journal entries, but use what I've written so far as a base (and I must say, it is a good base) for a story about the Trader Holocaust within Sinners. But who knows. I might continue this. Anyway, I hope these journal entries inspire you all with new ideas of the Trader community (particularly those on Lusitania), because a writer can always use outside input and ideas .
Without further ado, let me present the Journals of John Barrére! (the title would have an accent on the first 'e' if the forums could do such things. oh well.)