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    Two Short Stories Sold

    Well, I must be doing something right because in the past two weeks I’ve sold two short stories to themed anthologies. One was Fairyland, which will be going into an anthology of fairy stories. Fairyland is an old story I wrote way back before I wrote my first novel. (or maybe during?) It was part of my effort to follow Stephen King’s advice for getting published — get a few short stories under your belt, fill out your resume, then submit to agents so they can see you’ve got some publications to back you up. Personally, I really liked its concept but I was an amateur writer so it got…

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    First Draft of Fairy Story Finished

    Clocking in at 41,000 words, which I expected, is my sorta middle grade, sorta YA book from a potential series-The Fairy War. It’s about some kids who discover a war between fairies and pixies in their backyard, and they have to get them out before they destroy their mom’s garden. To be honest, I’m not sure I’m going to continue working on it. Audiences might get a kick out of it, and it might be commercial enough, but I’m just not feeling it. Maybe it’s not as dark or adult as I would like. Maybe I’m not sure how to write for a teenage audience, other than toning down the…

  • Fairy Kingdom Sold

    After the long holidays I finally got a chance to open up my e-mail and what to my wondering eyes should appear? Not one, but two acceptances for a story so dear. There were e-mails from “The Shine Journal” and “Sorcerous Signals” in there. Of course, I thought they’d be rejections, but imagine my surprise when I saw not one, but two of them were acceptances. “The Shine Journal” just had a one-line to expect it to be published in April. “Sorcerous Signals” however, had a full e-mail and attached contract. Of course, with two acceptances, it meant I had to decline one (and send e-mails to all the other…

  • Fairy Kingdom Rejected From FlashQuake: Didn’t Hold My Interest

    Fairy Kingdom got rejected from FlashQuake. And it looks like they give you some feedback. Two editors. One voted no. Comments: I lost interest in the first two paragraphs. Another voted no. Comments: It didn’t hold my interest. First, let me say it’s pretty awesome that they let you look at what the editors were thinking while they’re voting on your piece. I intend to look closely at the first two paragraphs of Fairy Kingdom to see what I did wrong. Second, the words “didn’t hold my interest” is the most useless piece of feedback you can get. In no way does it help me improve the story. What do…

  • White Mage Story done

    I’m done with the first draft of the White Mage story – go me for productivity! It’s been submitted to Critters under the title “Healing Mage”, because I thought I couldn’t call him a White Mage, I thought that was too close to Final Fantasy, although I hate the word Healing Mage. I should probably find a better word, but I like the concept of White Mage so much – it sounds right. Next up is trying to make Fairy Story into a flash fiction. Right now it sounds a little dry, as I’m basically turning the concept into the narrative. No dialogue, and not much setting. No revelations either.…

  • Giving Up on Kaijus

    I gave up on Kaiju Story, at least for now. I just can’t figure out where it goes or what the ending is. I think I started off too limited. If I continue it, I’m going to have to start fresh. I’m really disappointed in myself, that I couldn’t finish it. Real writers can write anything, especially something they’re inspired for. I just can’t think of a way to end it. I’ve come up with telepathic monsters that can only be understood when in a drunk rage, eyes in the floor, kaiju-worshipping cults, daycare centers, and so on. But none of it turned from concept to story. And there were…

  • Update

    Tried tackling Fairy Story again. No dice, still hate it. I saw Cloverfield on Thursday night and got inspired to write something about giant monsters. Giant monsters are cool, but all I’ve got is a snippet of an idea. But this time I’m doing something with it, and trying to let it go organically. I have no idea where it’s going to stop, and I’m not even sure where it’s beginning. It’s just a concept. I wonder where it’s going to go. This wasn’t a planned story, so there’s not as much pressure on it to be publishable.

  • Short Story Laments/Music in the Madness

    I’ve been working hard on my short stories lately. They suck. They’re not that fun to write either. I plunk down a few words, then see something shiny and shift+tab away. I don’t think anything’s really bad about the stories, but they don’t have the same zip that the ones I’m reading do. And if I don’t feel the zip, the reader won’t either. I don’t know if that’s something I can fix in post, or it’s hopeless now, or maybe it’s because I didn’t concentrate enough on what I was doing. At the same time, I’m looking over webzine/magazines, seeing what kind of stories they’re interested in, and seeing…

  • Killing Fairy Story

    I’ve decided I hate Fairy Story. The back story is sound I think, but I hate everything else about it. I hate the characters, I hate the story – it’s too girly, antithetical to my style. I hate that I can’t make it work – I can’t make it plausible that fairies have been existing in our world with no one knowing it until 2008. I can’t make a main character that I like. I can’t think of supporting characters that I like. I can’t think of an ending, a beginning, or any conflict. I can’t even write the part where everything is revealed, because I don’t know who it’s…