Okay. Crunch time, kids. I promised Amelia that manuscript of five stories by the first of September, and goddammit, I’m going to deliver. Here’s what I’ve got completed so far:
- Ugly Little Things
- Radio Free Nowhere
- Saving Granny From the Devil
- The House of Nettle and Thorn
I’ve also decided to throw in my last piece of flash fiction from a few years ago, “They Would Judge His Trespasses.” This appeared on 365tomorrows about three summers ago, right around the time the ALT 2.0 Kickstarter was taking off.
During last week’s rant, I bitched about my issues with Nettle & Thorn and my lack of motivation. I spent last weekend thinking about it, even going as far as dabbling in a new story to cleanse my palate, but I kept returning to that troublesome story, and after a few days I finally finished the damn thing. I read it to Erica and she liked it for the most part—except for the ending. Which is great, because I don’t like the ending either. And I know exactly how to fix it . . . by rewriting most of the story. Well, rewriting most of the protagonist, which means I might as well rewrite the story from scratch as it will require changing the entire tone of the piece.
Yeah. The upside to this is I now know what the story is and how the character should behave, so a rewrite should not take that long—probably a week at most if I work on it every day. For now, however, I am going to switch gears and return to the story I was working on in early July. That story is called WHEN KAREN MET THE MOUNTAIN (although I’m considering tweaking the title), and I now have a full plot outline. I now know that story from start to finish, and I’m going to start work on it tonight. I usually don’t do extensive outlines, but this one required it simply so I could get a handle on how best to approach the character. I’m really excited about this one as it has the potential to be the strongest story in the collection . . . next to SAVING GRANNY FROM THE DEVIL.
All in all, I expect to have these two stories finished by the middle of the month, leaving me the last two weeks to do some housekeeping and tweaking on the other stories based on earlier feedback. I also want to revisit at least one of the more popular stories from my deviantart days if time allows for me to do so. Hitting those marks will basically require writing every single day whether I feel like it or not. This will be tough, as I like to take a day between scenes to think through everything.
So there you have it. I have a lot of work to do, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Oh, and on an unrelated note, you can expect a contest announcement this weekend—probably on Sunday.