Hunting the Red went out and promptly returned with a no thank you. I’m in the processing of polishing it, and then it’s back out, where it will keep going until someone buys it. Nighthunter is also awaiting it’s final cleanup. I’m no longer sure it’s right for Sword & Sorceress, but it can’t hurt to try. I had a brilliant idea to make it a frame story so she starts out in her special role before the confrontation with her dad, but I’m not sure if it’s brilliant or just desperate. I had played with point of view on this one before, trying to do something special with it, but I think it’s the character that needs to shine here, not the style or the prose. Funny how blogging about these things brings clarity for me. Thanks for listening. 🙂
Oh, and I’m still working on SAD #2, but it’s got a title now: Takeshi’s Gift. Takeshi locates the orb that’s been haunting his drawings since childhood and discovers his gift isn’t what he believed it to be.
Well, I’m still on schedule for my 10 short stories this month; SAD #2 is in progress and so long as I hit it before the 9th, I’m still on schedule. Revisions on the other hand, are running rampant thanks to the upcoming Sword & Sorceress deadline. I was going to submit my Nighthunter story, but I realized I had a story that was much better suited:Hunting the Reds. Yes, that’s the story I wrote on Monday. Granted it’s short and mostly in really good shape plotwise and characterwise… but still. 🙂 I have to try. So I’ve giten it two passes, and there is one more thing I’m considering changing about it, but I’m not entirely sure at this moment. I’ll take today to think about it. Maybe outline the ending in its current version vs the possible version.
And I still also have to finish Nighthunter revisions. Which is fine. I have 2 – 5 days in which Ms. Waters will review my story and either accept (hopefully!) or reject it and then I can submit Nighthunter for a second chance if needed. We’ll play that one as it goes, but I’m really thinking Hunting the Red would fit their publication perfectly. I just have to hope she thinks so too.
Nighthunter needs another revision pass after today’s work. It should be easy enough to make the changes, but I need a clear head to evaluate it. I’ll be revising this one tomorrow afternoon, and aiming for a Friday night submission.
I was so close…
I’ve been working out, I’ve been eating right, and while I’ve been feeling better physically, I’ve also been a little down in the dumps. My writing isn’t what I want it to be right now. I know we all hit a rut now and then, and I just couldn’t figure it out. At least, not until I was driving to work this morning.
This story was supposed to be an easy edit, even with the point of view change from 1st to 3rd, so I treated it casually. Instead of my usual manuscript pages redlined to hell (and back), I decided to try a new approach I’ve read about other writers doing which is to rewrite the story from memory. It was good for the first two paragraphs. I have a new opening that I like, but then I fell apart.
I tried something new, but I think I tried it too late for this story. It’s good, and my revision notes are going to make it great. But not by rewriting it. If your soup just needs some pepper and salt, you do not need to dump the pot and start over. 🙂 I will try this again, but with a first draft story that will benefit from a memory-rewrite.
For this one, I’ll be hitting the library with paper and pen and redlining the manuscript more thoroughly. Tonight, edits will go into the computer. I have a system. I like my system. I just need to stick with it and focus my efforts on the story.
So, what “new” thing have you tried, and did it work for you?
I’m liking the new title Etherea in her Veins but on the lookout in case anything more interesting comes jogging by. I’m rewriting the story from memory, guided by my edit list, things I need to keep in mind when writing this. It’s interesting this way; there’s no writing pressure to rushrushtypetype and I’m a lot more relaxed about it. I’ve already written it, so I know my setting and I’m intimate with my characters. Rather than go line by line from the old version, I am writing it how I love it. To be honest, I also need to do it this way so I can work on it a little over the weekend. I’m visiting my sister out of state and taking my daughter to play with the cousins. It’ll be crazy, but thanks to my laptop and its 9 cell battery, I don’t have to worry about plugging in anywhere.
Deadlines though; I’m submitting this one to Sword & Sorceress and we’re already a week into the submission period. I don’t want to wait for the last week to submit it. I need to give this story a fighting chance. My only concern is that they want strong female characters, and in every story I’ve read in S&SXXV, the women start out in positions of power, or at least respectable positions. Mine starts a slave and comes into her own. Hopefully, they’ll like it. If not, we’ll see who else will.
I’m in a weird place right now. I’m preparing for a road trip at the end of the week, but trying to jump into two projects that both require serious concentration. Shadows needs a massive block of worldbuilding, which I’ll be trying to work on tonight, and Nighthunter’s Bite is is need of a kind-of rewrite because I don’t think the viewpoint (1st again) really works for the story. I tried, but the it’s better from third. Third works most of the time, but every now and again I decide to fiddle with. It’s good to try things differently. Maybe one day I’ll find the perfect story for 1st person. It’s not this one though. Well off to do some dishes then choose between projects…
What a wild ride that was. I have a day off from work, and decided to spend it baking and writing. I spent 6 hours working on the short story edit, only taking brief breaks to get water or swap laundry around. If I had tried this during my normal evening hours, it would have taken a week to complete. It’s off to some readers now, so I’ll have to wait for feedback. Hopefully, I’m not out of my mind on this one. (Or, scaring anyone off my writing!)
I hope Maya is happy now, and that the next round of revisions are minor.