Authors’ Commentary on “Orientation Day”

Lawyers in HellAuthors’ Commentary on
Writing »Orientation Day«
a story in Lawyers in Hell

Orientation Day is the first fiction story I ever wrote.  I had spent decades writing things for lawyers:  letters, memoranda, software use instructions, briefs, etc.  I became acquainted with Janet Morris (whose books I had been reading since the 70s) by posting a quote from her book “Tempus” on my Facebook page and attributing it to her. 

She contacted me for a more complete attribution for the quote and we began a correspondence through Facebook.

Lawyers in Hell When Janet posted that a Lawyers In Hell Writing Group was being formed, I posted a comment that I was “uniquely qualified to comment on hellish lawyers” since I worked for lawyers for decades.  Since I have been creating and organizing documents for a living for that many decades, also, it was very natural for me to begin capturing information and creating documents, allowing all the authors to have access to information they might not know independently.  Janet suggested that I might have a story wandering around inside my head and encouraged me to write one.

Sarah HulcySince the topic of conversation was lawyers and how they behave, I immediately thought of a Law Library for Hell.  In conjunction with the ideas being floated by other authors, I ended up writing a story about the orientation seminar for newly arriving lawyers in hell. 

The way this writing group was organized through the Facebook Group page allowed all of us to interact in real time as to what we planned for our characters, how to include each others’ characters in mentions and cross-appearances, and emphasized the fact that this is a shared universe volume – not just an ordinary anthology.

We intend to continue the series and are currently working on the stories for the next volume, tentatively named “Adventurers In Hell.”  I hope you enjoy my story as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Orientation Day, © Jason Cordova; Perseid Publishing, 2011
© Lawyers in Hell (Janet Morris), 2011, all rights reserved

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