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back to it…

I wasted a week revising an article into the trash. I haven’t written that many articles, and I thought this one was neat, until I read it aloud. Good concept, spectacularly awful delivery. Note to self: need more non-fiction practice. And with enough time wasted, I moved forward and back to the fiction.

My current projects are first and foremost a short story I’m writing for the Triangulation anthology. Last Contact being the them makes me instantly think Science Fiction, along the lines of a First Contact gone horribly wrong. So I will most definitely NOT be writing that. It is science fiction, but it doesn’t touch aliens. A beautiful city with sculptures and art of glass, streaming colors across the city by day, and capturing the stars by night. Except one woman’s life is about to go horribly horribly wrong. The working title is “Surrender” but I think it’ll change.

I’m also preparing to get back into the novel. To write 40k this month is going to be tough, but maybe not impossible. I might take my laptop on the trip to NY next week, or I might take a notebook and many pens. 🙂 I’m ok with transcription.

Off to torture my characters now.  Hope you’re having a good writing week.

triangulation rejection

For a story that I wrote, revised, and submitted over the course of 30 days, I’m surprised I received such a quality rejection. I’m pleased she went into such detail, points being positive and constructive. I figured a personal rejection from Triangualtion would be myabe a paragraph, some feedback on whatever ailing issue destroyed the story. But no — it was a page long. I am very grateful and will definitely be revising this one before sending it out again.

And I think the response has encouraged me to maintain the theme in the story. I don’t think I can pull the rainbow out too easily. I’ll revise the rest of it and start submitting it elsewhere and see what happens.

What I learned? Don’t wait until the last minute. I was stuck on the idea for the longest time before I finally wrote it, and had only enough time for two decent revisions. One more revision round might have been enough. When next year’s theme is announced,  I’ll be getting to work on it right away. I want to get better at deadlines. I’ll write and revise better. This is my first year of serious submission: it’s my training-wheels year. Next year, I’m riding a two-wheeler.