Stumbling to Catch Up

So, as most of everyone knows, NaNoWriMo started six days ago.

Like a dingus, just today is when I finally got around to writing.

Luckily, my world-building is pretty much completed. Without further ado, a summary:

A futuristic, crime-ridden city. Taeje is the center of the Heon nation, a landscape choked with pollution and smoke but brimming over with technological advantage. Weaponry is controlled by artificial intelligence and Combiners fuse man-made energies with magic in order to power the city. Cybernetics is mass-produced as cosmetic enhancements, and the Crafted tend to be among the higher ranks of society. Unless, of course, it’s obvious that those Crafts are the result of injury and disease, and those people are shunned and ignored.

Jae Song is one such person. After a horrific attack that left her parents dead (for which she is ever thankful) and her body in ruins (for which she is not), she was only able to survive due to the use of unsanctioned cybernetic technology. While she is now able to function, she is riddled by Glitches, which leave her grappling with intense visual and auditory hallucinations. She is also one of the Gifted, those with othernatural abilities. She uses those abilities as she stalks the city with a blade in her hand, a vigilante whose only concerns is killing those with sin-stained hands. She can See the guilt written on people’s souls and she can Listen to the whispers of the Gishin, the dark spirits that hide in the shadows of Taeje. The Gishin allow her to walk through the streets, offering her protection, but should she Listen too long, her soul will be become smeared black from their touch.

But, she makes a critical error: one of her victims survives long enough to tell the tale. Now known as Wolf, she must keep her distance from the authorities desperate to make an example. However, when an unknown killer begins slaughtering the men and women of the White Lily, those who sell their company and their bedroom skills, Jae must choose to take up her knife for justice rather than revenge. But, can a Wolf protect a city of lambs?


Published by Ren Martinez

Ren is a thirty-something Lost Boy whose personal aesthetic is “suspected of witchcraft by local villagers.” She subscribes to cheerful nihilism, the destruction of the patriarchy, and the belief that glitter makes everything better. She is a Richmond-based writer and performer who has fiction and non-fiction work found in a variety of publications, such as The Mary Sue, RVA Magazine, The Quotable, and Nostrovia Press. She is currently the fiction editor and a regular contributor at Quail Bell Magazine. She is also the co-host of the podcast, This F***ing Guy! Find out more at or read her dumbass tweets on Twitter @itsrenmartinez

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