In the late Eighties/early Nineties, a friend and I, inspired by a trip to Mackinac Island, Michigan's Haunted Theater, began work on a story we entitled "A Nightmare On Manitou Island." This story was never finished, but after my friend moved away I wrote a group of short stories set in this fictional location, entitled "The Legends Of Manitou Island." This was followed by an unfinished collection entitled "The Further Legends Of Manitou Island," the stories outlining the adventures of the natives, demons, and various creatures who called the Island home.
About a decade later in 2001, I began a story based on a writing prompt in an effort to see if I could write a chapter a week of a Web serial until its completion, without an outline, as well as if I could write an entire story from one point of view. The protagonists, Charmian and Drake, had their names taken at random from a baby names book, and were created almost on the spot, solely for the series.
ran from 2001-2003 and reached 110 chapters and over 380,000 words. Its sequel, Return To Manitou Island
, ran from 2003-2005, reaching 139 chapters and over 605,000 words. Escape From Manitou Island
began in 2005 and as of 2008 is ongoing at over 170 chapters with more to come. There are plans for a fourth serial, Beneath Manitou Island
, following EFMI
's completion. In addition to the main serials are the shorter "Tales From Manitou Island" which are along the lines of the old "Legends Of Manitou Island" from my school years.
started out as a casual experiment and has ended up becoming a nearly fulltime project that has not only helped me improve my writing and led to me learning a great deal about the area I live in and the peoples who lived here, but has also changed my entire belief structure and worldview, and spawned numerous characters and beings I've come to know as closely as friends. As of this writing, Charmian (who to this day has no last name) is my most fully developed female character, and is one of my two favorites (the other being Damien of my D Is For Damien
It's my small hope that anyone who reads these ongoing stories will be entertained, and my big hope that perhaps they find something in the writings which changes their lives as well. I'm not seeking publication or style advice, but I welcome all sincere comments. I'm especially interested in hearing from fans of the stories or anyone intensely interested in Mackinac Island or Ojibwa mythology.
NOTE: Due to the continuing length of the stories involved, it's likely that, should I succeed in finishing them, they won't fit in their entirety on this site. In the event of that happening I will provide an offsite link to where the remainder may be found, and hope that any readers will continue reading there.
Manitou Island website: http://sites.google.com/site/tehutiswriting/Home/manitouisland