This is Writing Wednesday, where I hold myself publicly accountable for how the writing is going. And this time? This time I’m even making a promise.
Okay, I’m going to say it out loud.
By this time next week, I will have completed the draft of Triad Blood that I’ll be then sending out to beta readers.
That? Felt. Awesome.
Renovations being what they are (read: loud and constant interruptions) and my ability to focus being what it was (read: easily distracted by said loud and constant interruptions), I’m glad I was in the position I was in before the renovations began, as they slowed me down. A lot.
But – on the plus side – almost done.
I’m going to clock in somewhere around 75k, which, given my estimate of 70k, surprised the heck out of me, though it shouldn’t. When I write short fiction, I’m almost always over my word count and then need to claw back. But with Light I came in under my estimate. And then, once edited, it was even lower. So, I’m taking this 75k with a truckload of salt. Any bets on going below 70k, once my editors look at it and remind me that “that” is a superfluous word most of the time?
(Also, see what I did there?)
I’m not gonna lie, guys, I’m also very nervous. I don’t know if my pacing is right. I don’t know if I’m screwing up with some of the characterizations. I don’t know if the big-bad is… well… big or bad enough. But beta readers are like gold (beta readers who’ll tell you what they hated are like platinum and diamonds), and I’ll be doing my best Elsa next week.
The Short Stuff
So. Far. Behind.
And yet, ahead.
So, on the one hand, I’ve submitted three pieces (!) this month. One the other hand, none of them were for the ticking-clock deadlines that are approaching at the end of this month. That threesome story I’ve been working on is trying to kill me, and after that there’s a carnival theme I can’t quite wrap my head around, and… and…
Anyway. Also, I’m doing a giveaway for a copy of Discovery, the anthology of flash fiction LGBT sci-fi that includes my little story ‘Entangled.’ If you like LGBT sci-fi and fantasy and horror, and don’t mind reading stories that only make it to about 300 words? Go and click. You could win.
I’m also not going to lie – one of the most awesome things about nearing the end of Triad Blood is knowing I can refocus on some short fiction.
At least for a while, until the Beta folk tear Triad Blood to shreds hand me back its bloody corpse, upon which I will sprinkle the tattered remains of my ego.
Open Calls for Submission
Here are the calls for anthologies I have bumped into over the last while…
Other places to always check include the Lambda Literary Calls of Submission page.
Heard of any good calls lately? Pop ’em in the comments, too.