Writing

typewriter-hfsI think the clickety clack of my keyboard is beginning to drive the dogs nuts.  They see the laptop flip open, my eyes close and fingers fly across the keyboard.  By the time I take a break and open my eyes, the dogs, and even the cats, are gone.  I wonder who else I could get rid of this way?

As for the beast that is writing, I have my goals set up for the next few months.  I think they’re attainable, but challenging.

Here’s the rundown between now and August 1st:

  • Finish story for podcast on Horror Addicts ( http://www.horroraddicts.net ) and get it to Melanie Skipp to read before the May 19th deadline.
  • Write and edit story for Hellology anthology.
  • Write and edit story for Ultimate Angels anthology so it can be submitted to my critique group at the end of May.
  • Write, edit and submit story for Masters of Macabre competition.
  • Write, edit and submit story for CSFWG anthology.
  • Write final 40,000 words of “Drive-In Feature”
  • Edit and submit “A Little Rain.”
  • Edit and submit “Fellowship.”
  • Edit and submit “Page 57.”
  • Have “Olden’s Wood” read for podcast.
  • Have “A Murder of Crows” read for podcast.
  • Have “Last Call” read for podcast.

Why do I bother sharing this?  Simple, I’ve had several friends ask why I’m unavailable in the mornings.  I think this answers the question pretty well. With a little luck, my next post will be about another story acceptance.

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typewriter-hfsI’ve been playing catch-up with a few things here lately and just realized one of the CSFWG critique groups I attend meets this Sunday.  It’s Wednesday already and I have 200 words written out of at least 5,000 for this chapter.  Not sure if I’ll pull this one off or not with the headaches, but I hope so.  If I can write at least 1,700 words per day I should be okay.

Then next week it’s another story that’s scheduled to be podcast the following week.  No pressure there (can you just smell the sarcasm, folks?)

On your marks . . . get set . . . .

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typewriter-hfsAs with most writers, I know there’s two parts to the publication process. The first is actually doing the work, which is akin to having someone pull your intestines out through your nose. The second is waiting to see if the submission is accepted or not . . . which, for the moment at least, is like being punched full in the face while still having that nostril-full of intestine.

I have several stories out at the moment and have done my best to resist checking my mail thirty times a day. Acceptances or rejections, I’ve had a great time writing these twisted little tales. Now let’s hope the editors and publishers have as much fun reading these stories as I did writing them. Then the public at large might get an opportunity to enjoy my little slices of imagination . . . well, “enjoy” so to speak – they are horror stories, after all.

So, for those of you writers who thought your school clock-watching days were over . . . .

It’s not a clock anymore – it’s a freakin’ calendar!

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typewriter-hfsI tried, folks.  I really did.  But about halfway through the story I realized Dorothy wasn’t any fun to torment when rushed to meet a deadline.  So “Ruby Slippers” is shelved for a few weeks while I rethink how to attack it (not to mention getting a few other stories edited and out the door).

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HS_logo_typewriter1Ever race a deadline?  You can’t really escape the little bastards.  All they do is keep closing in.  You either win or you lose.  No tie.  No, “Good try.”  Just the trophy or the long road home.  I just realized last night that an anthology I want to submit to has a Thursday deadline.  The word count’s low enough to hit without a problem, it’s the editing, getting Hollie to give it a once over and rewriting that has me a little flustered.

Of all things it’s a Wizard of Oz story.  We’ll see what happens.

Damned bloody deadlines!

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typewriter-hfsThe novel bug finally took hold again, putting me in front of the computer so I could pound out another 4,000 words in time for submission to my critique group (bringing the total word count to something around 8k). Trying to self edit at three in the morning is not something I’d advise.

When I was still printing off copies after four this morning I started thinking about writing deadlines I have – some self imposed, others given to me.  It rolls something like this:

  • 2011/03/31 - Deadline for writing, editing and submitting “Ruby Slippers” for publication consideration in an upcoming anthology (not real sure if I can pull this one off, folks – we’ll see).
  • 2011/04/09 – Deadline for editing and submitting “A Little Rain” for publication consideration.
  • 2011/04/16 - Deadline for editing and submitting “Fellowship” for publication consideration.
  • 2011/04/23 - Deadline for editing and submitting “Page 57” for publication consideration.
  • 2011/04/30 – Deadline for editing and submitting “Pop” for publication consideration in an upcoming anthology.
  • 2011/05/19 - Deadline for a 1920’s based podcast for Horror Addicts.  I “just” signed on for this one.  So about seven weeks to write, edit, get my ol’ pal, Marie, to read aloud and compile the work into podcast form.
  • 2011/05/26 – Deadline for writing, editing and submitting “Heat” for publication consideration in an upcoming anthology.
  • 2011/07/21 - Deadline for the print version of my submission for the Masters of Macabre competition.
  • 2011/08/01 - Deadline for my submission to the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group’s bookstore anthology.
  • 2011/08/18 – Deadline for submitting the podcast version of my Masters of Macabre story.

Now the funny part is that this list is on top of still trying to get the novel done in the next three months and still put out a few other works to keep the kiddies awake at night.

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MoM1_smallIt’s been a while since I’ve taken part in a contest and was invited to take part in the first annual “Masters of Macabre” competition.  For this inaugural event, each competitor is randomly given an occasion, an item and a phobia. Sounds like fun, right?  If you don’t think so take a little time and see how many of those twisted little fears humanity has governing our lives.  From the fear of religion to panic attacks when the elevator doors close, there’s something to pick at everyone’s nerves.

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Well, I fired off “Taste” for publication consideration.  While I won’t say where I submitted the tale (superstition’s kept many a person alive), I will share a few photos its based on.  These were taken a little while ago with a dear friend who’s just as twisted as I am.

All of the darker aspects of the images were done in PhotoShop.  The thumbnails below are cropped.  Click on them to see the full image.

Enjoy.

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typewriter-hfsArgh! My writers group is killing me. I’ve been pounding away at a short story and since about the 5,000 word mark I’ve been saying it’s too big – that this is a novel. No, they tell me, just get the story out. Now here I am past the 9,000 word mark and have to go back, pad the beginning with a few thousand words before I can continue.

It’s a novel. See, I knew it.

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