I spent the day with my daughter. I’m not thrilled that she watches so many videos while I’m working, but I don’t have a better idea yet.
Writing: Long Way Home
Cleaning up the text, which meant cutting scenes as necessary to make them fit the ficlet format and making sure they still fit what the story has become, took most of the day, but it was interesting and fun. I finished that work, polished the front and back matter, and got it out to beta readers. I will probably push the publication back to Thursday, though, so I can release it the way I want. So far, I’m very happy with how it turned out, and I think the ficlet restriction made the writing better and fit the story perfectly.
Now, I’m eager to get back to Spring Rains. Given how much fun I’ve had with the ficlet format, and how much I think Long Way Home benefited from it, I might introduce some arbitrary restrictions into Spring Rains also.
Also, I’m on the lookout for another story to do as a ficlet novelette or novella. Long Way Home wound up being a little over 10,000 words long. To reach pulp speed of a million words a year in books that size, I’d have to do 100 of them. That’s one every three days. Could I do that? Maybe. It sounds like a fun challenge. At any rate, I’d like to do them sometimes.
- New fiction words: 0
- New weblog words: 250
Longer than a ficlet.