Friday, June 25, 2010

Henry the Hero Published

My short piece of flash fiction, Henry the Hero, is online in the July issue of Golden Visions. This is a pretty old story that I wrote over a year ago. It is humorous fantasy. For my beta readers who might check it out, you will notice some changes. The editor took out a few of the slightly off color humor, instead of a PG-13 rating I think it would be PG now.

The story is a better read now, it just isn't quite as funny. But if you get the chance check out Henry and his "long damn walk for no good reason" or what's that other thing its called... oh yeah, a quest. Read it Here!

Monday, June 21, 2010

It's been awhile

I know I haven't blogged in awhile. I've been really busy with work and Pill Hill Press. I have also been busy with cover design, there are two more small presses that are having me design covers for them. That makes a total of five plus a few one time projects that are keeping me pretty busy.
So I haven't written a thing in weeks. But the summer reading program is ending soon. And today is the first day of summer, which means that the days will start getting shorter. This is awesome news for someone who is allergic to sunlight. I have to wear a jacket whenever I go outside, and its been in the low 90s. This is not fun.
I have not been totally idle in my break from writing. I have a whole word doc full of ideas, I just need to get time to write them. I am still waiting to hear back on three different novel submissions and ten or so short stories. I started subing everything to pro markets first and then working my way down, but it seems like the pro markets like to take thier time when responding. I have two stories I wrote in January that still have not gotten a response.
Well, that's about it. I didn't have much to say, just wanted to let everyone know I am still here.

Monday, June 7, 2010

The Great Swampy Middle

So I am thinking about putting Godswar to the side and starting on another project. I only started thinking about this after my Ladies of Trade Town short story. It was 5,700 words, and it took me 8 days to finish. This is a normal pace for me when I am into a story. I have been writing Godswar for 180 days which would mean that I should be at around 120,000 words, I am still stuck around 40,000.
So it obvious I am not that into this project. On the other hand I know that when I am writing a novel I get bogged down at around 40,000 words. I have heard this called the Great Swampy Middle, and I am stuck in it with my tires spinning.

So the question I need to ask is should I force myself to complete the project or should I just move on to another one?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Ladies of Trade Town

I just finished my first draft of my Ladies of Trade Town submission. As I have mentioned before I try to use short fiction to experiment with different styles and techniques.
For this one I tried to fly totally by the seat of my pants. It is set in a post apocalyptic world where genetic manipulation is common so I wanted the story to feel raw and organic.

I don't use outlines but I usually have a pretty good idea of the plot of the next 1000 or so words I am writing. And when I finish writing what I have plotted out, I take a break and decide what I want to have happen next. For this story I didn't let myself do that. I barely knew what was going to happen in the next sentence.
The result, well let’s just say it was a bad idea. There are so many plot holes and inconsistencies that I am not sure the six days until submissions close will be enough time to edit the story. But it was worth a shot, and I learned something that I should not do. I like the ideas I came up with and I like the characters so I think I might be able to salvage it, but I also think the 5000 word + story is going to be around 4000 words when I am done.