Thursday, 16 January 2014

Short Fiction. Hot, Fresh…

…And prepared with love for your immediate consumption. Again, this piece was written for entry in Chuck Wendig’s Short Fiction Challenge over at terribleminds. Do be so good as to read more below the cut:

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Short Fiction Inbound!

So I wrote a piece of short fiction yesterday as part of one of author Chuck Wendig’s regular Flash Fiction Challenges over at terribleminds. The kind of thing where you roll a couple of d20s (and you know you’ve got some of those lying around on account of all of the D&D you played in college) to generate a title and you just run with it. It’s a fun little exercise—get yourself going on a lark that has a pretty definite expiration date, wrap it up in a couple of hours or a day, and use the buzz of finishing something to power you through other projects for a while.

So, I’ve got this rough pile of words that I threw together and now I’m going to run a couple of editing passes on them and see if I can’t tease some shine out of them. I think it’s fun (if not a little bit of a downer for the characters) and it might have a fair amount of potential. I’ll also be posting the final draft here some time in the next couple of days, so you can look forward to that if it’s your thing.



Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Yearversary!

Almost didn’t get to make this post today. Been checking the internet every time I took a break from assembling/moving furniture, and it has just now gone properly live…So here I am.

Anyway, it’s the start of a brand new year, which makes this the first anniversary of Hey, Internet! And that is exciting because it means that I’ve stuck with this for a year and am both still working on the project and not dead, but it’s also a little depressing because I look at where I am on the project and at the 365 previous days of work (or not work, depending on the day), and I think that I am not where I should be.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not upset or anything…

Well. No. I am a little upset. But at myself. Not at the book, or the website, or at you, Internet. I always knew that this project was going to take longer than a year, but I was pretty certain that I would be further along than I am now when I reached that anniversary milestone. It’s a little disappointing. Or maybe bittersweet. Something like that. I don’t know. I’m trying not to make this super depressing, because it really shouldn’t be. There have been setbacks but I have persevered, and now there is progress.

That’s good, right?

So. Now that I’m back from family holiday adventures and am settling in to really working on this fulltime again, where are we?

Well, I’ve got a completed outline for one thing. The first proper outline that this novel has ever had. It covers thirty-five chapters, working the narrative from beginning to end, and I’ve already compiled location and character lists from it. I’ve also put together a relationship and influence map for all of the characters and organizations, which is a helpful visual aid and has the added benefit of looking like the conspiracy wall of a television serial killer.

I have a couple of issues with this outline, so I may tweak it some in the next day or two. They mostly concern the ending, though, which feels kind of wonky. The fixes that I have in mind won’t really influence a lot of the early chapters, so I can finally get down to the business of writing this thing again. Which is definitely a good thing.

Yes. I think 2014 might turn out to be a pretty good year, all told. We’ll just have to wait and see…