Thursday, July 14, 2011
Has it Only Been Two Weeks?
Days zip by at lightening speed when a deadline is looming. Minutes drag on like days when waiting to hear if a manuscript has been accepted. Nights are endless when sleep won't come due to obssessing over an unresolved story issue. And of course, there never seems to be enough time to devote to blogging, emailing, and promo-ing!
Since my June 30th post, I wrote a short story, Matt's Return. It has been accepted by Resplendence Publishing (YAY!!), edits are finished, and it will release on August 10th. I have two other short stories almost ready to sub, and I am working on edits for Sensations. It was not that many months ago when the mere thought of sitting at the computer, trying to be creative, brought on waves of nausea!!
I'd like to add my thoughts to Kat's wonderful blog and the ensuing comments last week on short stories. I whole heartedly agree that it requires an author to select every word with care and to tighten the plot until it cries 'uncle'! Creating well-developed characters that the reader can believe in is quite a challenge, also, isn't it?! When writing a longer book, a couple of thousand words can seem like a million if I'm trying to meet a length requirement. When the entire thing can't exceed 5k, it seems as if 500 words hit the page in the blink of an eye - go figure?
What I find quite interesting is the perception of non-authors when it comes to the short story. The recurring comments I keep hearing from people are that less pages is synonymous with less effort! I've stopped attempting to explain the process because their eyes glaze over and I ultimatley end up sounding like a whiner!
Have a fantastic weekend~