I entered the Page and Blackmore Short Story competition – and it sounds like the top 10 entries have already been decided. Kind of excited to hear back, because the first 100 entries get feedback on their stories, with the top 10 getting more indepth. I hope I am in the top ten, but I am not holding my breath. Short stories aren’t my forte.
Yesterday, I finished the ending of my novella. So now I only have the middle to work on. I have some of it, but I need to incorporate more of the Gamble / risk (as I do to the ending too), and how she changes from being frightened to a confident woman.
Planning is also proceeding on The Cursed Love, with a wide awake session last week when my muse insisted that he didn’t want to be a player, but a widower instead. It does fit in with the story, and he is able to sympathise with the heroine, I just wish he didn’t have to wake me at 1am to tell me… I guess the muse can strike anytime, anywhere. The story seems to have taken on a life of its own, with lots of interesting twists and turns… just have to work out how to recover from them and progress the story. I want to start writing this in June for SoCNoC.
Which leads me nicely to KiwiWriters. The site will be up and running on 1st June, earlier if we can manage it. It is coming together nicely and looks fabulous. Hopefully it will be more interactive and user friendly and look a lot more like an NZ site, rather than a generic site. There are lots of wonderful widgets and plugins that we have been able to use and the site does look magnificent (although I think I have already mentioned that!)
My articles have appeared on The Rural site, a list of my articles is available here. It has been a very exciting time, and I have enjoyed writing these. I intend to do a series on Women in Rural Businesses, and my first appointment is with a kinesiologist on Tuesday. I am looking forward to the experience and to write about why she went into business in a rural area.
The Masters of Horror Anthology is making a comeback – huh I hear you say – it didn’t really go away (AND you haven’t purchased a book yet, I know that for a fact!)
Jason Warden over at Shadowcast Audio is doing a podcast of the stories from the book, including my story. Each story is being released each week, so mine will be a wee way down the list – but if you prefer to listen to a story than read it, check it out at Masters of Horror Podcast (or http://www.shadowcastaudio.com/?p=938) for those who prefer to copy and paste, but if you click on the blue underlined words, it will take you straight there. Keep an eye out and when I know mine is up, will try and let you know.
It is hard with writing sometimes, because you do have periods where you feel flat, where nothing seems to be happening, and that is how I feel today.
Life should be good, I am proofreading, editing, writing, but there seems to be something missing, and the short story I am writing just isn’t coming together like I would like it to. My goal is to write one a month, so I really need to keep going with it, but I really am not feeling the love!
I could start all over with a new story, but I don’t think that will work either, because there isn’t anything that I want to write about. i suppose I could start at a different point in the story and see if that makes me more excited…
Having a sneezing fit every 10 minutes, a sore back, a garage that needs emptying so I can put fire wood in it – no wonder I feel pretty damned yucky! Oh well, life goes on, just have to keep battling on and make a list:
1. Finish proofreading (only have one story to go)
2. Write 500 words on my short story
3. Clean out the garage when it warms up a little (might enlist the aid of youngest son, 50c mixture goes a long way!)
4. get some editing done.
There, when you break it down like that, it doesn’t seem anywhere near as scary…
It is so hot, that it is almost unbearable. The heat is enough to drive anyone to distraction. Me? I am on the computer typing up my next short story, which strangely enough, appears to be another horror.
What is it with Horror that I seem to be writing a lot of it lately (okay, this is my second short story, but it is no doubt going to have horror elements) and I have decided to just go with it and accept it for what it is and just keep going with it, because try as I might, I can’t seem to get any other genre to come out of me at the moment.
My latest short story is called The Feeding and is about a vampire, although it is probably hard to tell to start with. I am extremely happy with it, even though it is a work in progress and will no doubt change as my story goes on.
I am actually enjoying writing short stories at the moment, now that I have the hang of them, and trying not to complicate them. That is the key to writing a successful story (in my mind anyway), getting a simple snap of a moment in time and then writing about it. As per the title, my short story is about a vampire about to have a feed, because, like you or me, it is driven to it by a sense of need. Everyone experiences hunger and thirst.
Short story writing is becoming something I am really enjoying doing, and will continue to do so for some time, as long as I have material to work with.
I set some goals for writing back in December for what I wanted to achieve this year. Already, I have written a short story and almost immediately had it accepted to be published in the Masters of Horror Anthology! It is only the third or fourth short story I have really written, so absolutely over the moon about that. So that is two things crossed of my January list!
And the funniest thing is, it is a horror story! Those who know me, know that horror isn’t my forte, but it was good enough to get into this book!