Day 4: Short Story Marathon

Summary Two stories out the door! Story #1, “Woody and June vs. the Fungus-Head Zombies,” and story #2, the sci-fi android story now with a title,”Daisy’s Heart”. I read “Daisy’s Heart” to Aleia this morning and there were tears–a good sign for this story–and she helped me find the title. This was one of those “jump of the cliff and trust” stories and it turned out well. Getting close to the end of story #3, …

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Day 3: Short Story Marathon

Summary Found the end of the second story (scfi with an android), cleaned it up, and it’s ready to read to Aleia. Cleaned up story 1 (Woody and June vs the Fungus-Head Zombies) and read it to Aleia–she’s liking these and zombies aren’t her thing, so that’s a good sign. The fixing of the plot gave me details of the next installment of this one, which I started (tentative title, Woody and June vs. the Grand …

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Day 2: Short Story Marathon

Summary Busy day with work and life, so writing was slower as expected. Started with a line that came to me when I was going to sleep last night (“I was six the first time I wished I was an android.”) and got about two-thirds of the way through the story. I had been working on an android story last month that wasn’t quite working (to similar to another story I wrote), but the subconscious …

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Day 1: Short Story Marathon

Summary Wow! I think I really wanted to do this thing. Up too early and lots of writing. I grabbed a story start for something I really wanted to write and in a morning session, evening session, and during a few breaks wrote 4,000 pretty clean words and made it to the end of the story. It’s a fun, fairly light romance set in a post-zombie-apocalyptic Arizona. Yeah, it’s a little weird and very fun …

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A Short Story Writing Marathon: The Plan

Run/Write: The Briefest of Intros I’ve been writing seriously and regularly since 2009. I started running in 2015 and it has given me great perspective on writing. You see, writing is a subjective art, running is a measurable, quantifiable sport. Applying the lessons of running (the need for training, a race plan, proper support, gear, etc.) all help illuminate writing for me. I will be applying this concept to this series of blogs and plan to write …

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A Short Story Writing Marathon: Introduction

Run/Write: The Briefest of Intros I’ve been writing seriously and regularly since 2009. I started running in 2015 and it has given me great perspective on writing. You see, writing is a subjective art, running is a measurable, quantifiable sport. Applying the lessons of running (the need for training, a race plan, proper support, gear, etc.) all help illuminate writing for me. I will be applying this concept to this series of blogs and plan to write …

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Why I Quit Writing (Almost, Kinda, Sorta)

While this blog is focused on my recent experience with writing, the principles apply to whatever your passion is. Writing Is… Writing is easy: you’re just making things up and recording them. Writing is hard: it’s a subjective art and getting better is challenging and talks a long time. Add on to that the endless rejection and the fact that you have to learn a business as well as an art and it can be …

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Back to the Graveyard

I love my ghost friends: JJ, Jesus, Banquo, and all the rest–they are so real to me. With three novels down and a fourth in the works, I must. My “A Ghost’s Memoir” world (Shuffled Off, Drawing the Dead, and To Be a Fool) with it’s SECI chamber (basically a typewriter for ghosts) just begs for more stories and more ghosts. Tales of those who have “shuffled off the mortal coil,” live among us, and are trying to find …

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Making Art With Your Friends

Writers are strange. Their imagined worlds are often so compelling that the “real” world has trouble keeping up. Writer brains are different, they will imagine a character they love and then imagine all the ways they can make that characters life a living hell (often with a triumphant ending, of course). They think about story constantly. What works and what doesn’t. What satisfies and what disappoints. How we learn from story and how we are …

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100 Rejections and Counting

Back in March I blogged about hitting 50 rejections for short fictions after close to two years of submitting. Well, now, about seven months later I have hit the big 100. The first 50 rejections took 2 years, the second took 7 months. What’s changed? Well I have a full enough pipeline to have 8 to 10 stories out to market at once. This has done a lot to speed up those rejections. This is …

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