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Marching On

Posted by Rob Smales on April 7, 2012 at 6:15 AM

Not a lot to report about March - those of you with attention deficit disorder will be able to get back to your shiny things in just minutes!

I've kept up with the Vamplit Friday Flash, though I'm not all that happy with my submissions for the month of March. I tried to make 5 flash stories that could both stand alone as individual stories and be strung together to form one larger story, much like I did with Harold's Holidays this past December. Harold's Holidays was written pretty much by accident: I simply wrote stories that appeared in my head and they happened to form a larger story. I didn't start out with that intent. With The Unlife and Death of Uncle Bumpo I was trying to make a series, and I think it shows in the writing. Like I said, I'm not all that happy with it, but it's there on Vamplit as well as here on The Storyteller for all the world to see... oh well. This month I'll try to get back to better Flash.

I have three anthologies I plan to submit to, two by the end of this month, one at the end of May, so I have some serious short story writing to do. This month I plan to submit to Dangers Untold by The Horror Society, and an as yet unnamed horse-themed anthology for Scarlett River Press

I just finished my first draft of Mutes, the story I plan to submit to Dangers Untold. It's going to need some serious editing, as the word cap for submissions there is 6,000 words, firm. My story is 7,500 words at the moment, and I'm not too happy about the ending - I was very aware that I was way over the limit already, and I rushed it. It should be okay - I have better than three weeks to edit my buns off, and maybe rewrite the ending a little. Cross your fingers! I'm crossing mine.

The horse story for Scarlett River Press may give me a little trouble. It's due April 30th, it's now April 7th, and I haven't decided on a story yet. I'm just going to have to see what happens with that one.

Home Grown, my novel-sized story, just hit 130,000 words (according to my Scrivener program that would make a 370 page paperback, just in case the word count makes no sense to you), my largest project yet, and it's not quite done. Getting close though. Editing that puppy is going to be fun! Can you feel the sarcasm? I can.

Actually, I've started to find the editing process to be fun sometimes - a lot more fun than it used to be. I think I'm getting better at it. God, with Home Grown to edit, I certainly hope so!

Oh, and to wrap this up, Dark Moon Digest has been in touch, and they finally decided they want to use my story Finders Keepers in their monthly E-magazine, Dark Eclipse. I'm just not sure which issue yet, and I haven't recieved their suggested edits yet. But that's in the works, and will be out sometime in the future.


That's it!

Talk to you later!

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