Yes, once again, it’s been sometime between chapters. I’ll confess that it’s because I’m working on something else concurrently (more on that in later posts) and I’d rather publish slowly than have the quality to decline because I’m rushing. But the story will continue…I have to get them out of this mess now that they’re in it after all 😉
Editing. The part where I rewrite, second guess, and go crazy because I know that no matter how many times I re-read (and even with my husband’s willingness to be a second set of eyes), some typos will slip through. It’s also just not as much fun as the writing part–I know, this is why people hire editors, but I’m not spending money on that at this juncture.
Actually, one of my worst habits in writing is probably my tendency to edit while I write. Exactly what everyone says not to do. And they’re right. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve lost my train of thought because I went back to fix that grammar mistake that I just couldn’t ignore for fear that I’d miss it later.
I’m working on breaking this habit considering that it doesn’t really reduce the time I have to spend on editing later and it definitely slows the writing process down. It’s a work in progress (or, more accurately, I am a work in progress).
All that said, I do like to finish something then put it away for a while before going back for my final edit-oriented go at it. Sometimes that turns into ‘Out of sight. Out of mind.’ However, I finally edited Dosterra: Chapter Nine, and it’s now available to read on JukePop Serials.
My latest flash fiction, A Swirl of Chocolate, is now available for reading on 365 tomorrows. This story is a quick little take on the twists and turns of time. Time travel is impossible…or is it? Have a read and, if you feel so inclined, let me know what you think.
I mentioned 365 tomorrows in a previous post on the pros and cons of different places where I’ve tried to publish. Now that I’ve completed the process with them, my opinion hasn’t changed all that much. The biggest pro this site has to offer is the variety of stories they are willing to publish. If you have a piece of flash fiction (<600 words) and aren’t sure what to do with it, they might be worth a try.
However, the biggest con is communication. For me that’s a big one and will likely prevent me from trying these guys again. I had to contact them through twitter to ask about a publishing date. They told me that informing authors when they were expected to be published was too costly.
I find this hard to believe–I mean really, we all have email accounts (and I would have settled for a tweet). I’m only asking for one line: ‘you’re projected publishing date is X.’ Everyone else I’ve worked with seems to manage it so I’m not sure why these guys think they can’t. Anyway, regardless of the cost, I consider open communication to be necessary in any business transaction. In the end, they didn’t even tell me that my story was published today. I only know because I checked the site.
Something else to consider is that they don’t include author bios with their stories. Not that this is a must, but bios give the author a place to tell anyone who likes there story where to find more of their work. Though I’m not a huge fan of writing bios I’ve come to appreciate their benefit.
All that said, it’s nice to have another story out there. I’m happy to add this experience to my repertoire.
I know I promised to provide more reviews on sites where I’ve published, or attempted to publish short stories online, and I will. First, however, I’m going to discuss my problem with indecision.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I like to have more than one project on the go at a time. When inspiration isn’t there for one, it might be there for the other. There is, unfortunately, a downside to this approach: Indecision regarding which story to work on at any given time.
At the moment I have two writing goals. One is working ahead on the next few chapters of Dosterra, such that I can actually go back and rethink/edit chapters before publishing them, while keeping up a publishing schedule of one chapter every couple of weeks. The other is writing a short story for a contest on a site called On The Premises.
Generally speaking, Dosterra is the priority — so I should work on that first…but the On The Premises contest does have a deadline (a real one, not a self-imposed one), and I would like to spend enough time on it that I not only finish the story, but actually feel it’s worth submitting at all — so I should work on that first…and so, days go by and I don’t work on either one of them.
I blog instead; that counts as writing, doesn’t it?
Today I actually did buckle down and work on Dosterra, thinking the whole time about how that other story is still in that annoying stage where I have an idea about how I want the story to feel and I’ve created some characters, but it doesn’t have a clear enough shape in my mind to convince me that it will ever fully exist.
I’d love to tell myself that the more I write the less this dilemma will occur. But I know better than that.
First off let me share that, more often than not, the hardest part of finishing a piece of writing is actually submitting it. I’m definitely finding this to be the case with publishing chapters on JukePop. I will be perfectly happy with what I have until the moment when I have to hit that final submit button, because I know that, no matter how many times I’ve checked and rechecked it, a few typos are going to slip through, and once I hit that button there’s not a damn thing I can do about it.
If you’re interested in checking it out, remember that you can read for free and you no longer need to sign up for a JukePop account if you don’t want to. You can sign in via facebook and have access to all eight chapters. I’d love to hear what you think, so as always, don’t be afraid to comment here on my blog or directly on JukePop.
…[Iden] slowly slid his hand into the front pouch of his backpack for his gun. They’d find him in about six seconds once they decided to look…
I would also like to draw the attention of serial fiction fans to Serial Scribes Daily, an online paper that brings the latest news in online serial fiction, drawn to my attention when they were kind enough to mention Dosterra on their site.
A big thanks to Paul Davis for finding your way to my site and nominating me. I really appreciate the support.
For those of you, like me, who are hearing about this award for the first time, this is a great way to promote some networking among the blogs that you like, and find some new blogs worth following. Here’s how it works:
1) Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to their site.
2) Post 11 things about yourself.
3) Answer the 11 questions posed by the person who nominated you.
4) Pay it forward — Choose 11 blogs, with less than 200 followers, to nominate and send them a comment to let them know they’ve been nominated. No tag backs.
5) Come up with 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
Why 11? I have no idea, but I love that it’s not a round number.
Finally, you can put the Liebster crest, or one of the other pics out there, on your page.
So here we go…
11 Things About Me:
1) I am Sci Fi geek. My favorites include: Star Trek – all the movies (favorite: First Contact), every series (favorite: Voyager, need alcohol to watch the original series); Stargate SG1; Doctor Who; Torchwood (loved series 1-3, not so much series 4); Eureka (sad to see it go); Warehouse 13; Firefly (Not fair! Fans, you know what I mean–loving Castle though. Way to go, Nathan). In my younger days I watched Sliders, The Outer Limits, and many others. Yes, more television than books. Though always a reader and sci fi lover, those interests didn’t really merge until later in life. Of course I’ve since read Asimov, Alistair Reynolds, etc, etc.
2) I also read about actual science. Or at least the various theories and hypotheses out there. Big Bang vs Cyclic Universe vs Plasma Cosmology. I find things like quantum physics equal parts cool and confusing. The more I read the more I realize how fuzzy the line is between Science and Fiction–the beauty of writing fiction is that I can blur the line as much as I want to.
3) I’m not big into poetry but I love Robert Service. Not entirely sure why his work stands out to me, maybe just because I remember having an illustrated version of The Cremation of Sam McGee when I was a kid.
4) My favorite children’s book is The Secret World of Og by Pierre Berton. I also love Dr. Seuss.
5) Above Star Trek reference aside, when I think of William Shatner I think ‘host of Rescue 911′ (another childhood favorite) before ‘Captain Kirk’.
6) I love music. I play tenor sax, guitar, and piano. I’m no superstar at any of them, but they enrich my life and I’m thankful that my parents put me in piano lessons way back when (even though the lessons themselves didn’t last 😛 ).
7) I tend towards individual sports over team sports. Mostly swimming, skiing, and running. I like being active, but I’m not really competitive–well not in sport. Arguments are another matter.
8) I love rain and snow, but hate driving in them.
9) I like to see the humour in things as much as possible (I’ll admit I’m not always successful). I think humour opens up subjects we may otherwise avoid. And no subject should be avoided. Plus, life is just more fun when you’re laughing. Many people criticize sarcasm for various reasons, but I think it is a wonderful tool and use it often. Being direct is good too, just not as much fun.
10) I like people, but crowds exhaust me.
11) Nothing is more relaxing for me than a hot bath. Especially with a glass of wine within reach.
11 Questions from Paul Davis:
1) If you could be a supernatural creature, which would you be?
No specific creature comes to mind, but I’ve always wanted to be telekinetic. Breathing underwater would be cool too.
2) What weapon would you use if you were in a combat oriented novel? Guns, swords, maces, all are welcome.
I’d be all about martial arts/unarmed combat, but might consider adding swords to the mix.
3) What is your favorite genre and why?
Pretty much anything that falls under the sci fi umbrella. Less so pure Fantasy.
4) What genre can you not stand and why?
Can’t say there’s any genre that I can’t stand, but I currently avoid anything with a vampire on the cover. I liked vampire stories when I was younger, so this aversion may pass as the fad dies down.
5) What do you put on a burger? We’re getting close to lunch….
Mmmm…I will never be a vegetarian. At least not by choice. Usually cheese, ketchup, mustard, onion, and pickles.
6) If you had to pick wealth, fame, or love (from a lover, we’ll say you have a very loving family), which one and why?
Love. I like shopping, but don’t love it, so wealth beyond a decent living would be lost on me (not that I’d turn it down mind you). Fame would lead to more of the aforementioned crowds that exhaust me. Though it would be nice for enough people to know about me that I could make that decent living as an author–I’d be willing to put up with a few crowds to that end.
7) Who is the most influential writer to you and why?
Steven Moffat, along with other writers I’ve seen interviewed on Doctor Who Confidential (yes I’m that much of a geek). While watching this behind-the-scenes show I got my first real glimpse at the genesis of a good story (I never studied creative writing in school). The writers talked about where their ideas came from and how a plot evolved, sometimes in a completely different way from what they originally imagined, etc. I realized the way their imaginations worked wasn’t so different from mine. For some reason this was my light-bulb moment: wait a minute, I could do that. I single out Steven Moffat because I quickly realized that all of my favorite episodes of Doctor Who had been written by him. Then I went on to watch other creations of his (Jekyll, and Sherlock–which reminds me: Mark Gatiss, also awesome) and loved those too. And, no one can craft a good villain like Steven Moffat.
8) You get locked in a friend’s bathroom and have to wait for a locksmith to get you out. You have an hour. What do you do?
Take five minutes to snoop through the medicine cabinet, then lose myself in my own head–hopefully coming up with a good story to write down later.
9) What music do you listen to while writing? Why does that music inspire you?
I don’t listen to music while writing. I’ll end up focusing on the music instead of the writing. I do sometimes listen to a recording of rain sounds, especially if there is other noise in the house that I want to block out.
10) Who is the most supportive person in your life for your writing pursuits?
My husband. He’s amazing.
11) What is one word you write over and over again, and every time it sets off spell check?
Colour, Humour, Neighbour, and any other word that the ‘US English’ spell check thinks should end in ‘or’ instead of ‘our’. I tenaciously stick to the ‘our’ ending anyway because I like the look of it better.
11 Nominations for the Liebster Award:
Whether I came across their work elsewhere and traced it back to their blog, or stumbled across them some other way, the blogs below are ones that, right away, made me think ‘Yep, I like it here.’ In no particular order, I nominate:
I pose the following 11 questions to my nominees:
1) What prompted you to start your blog?
2) What was your favorite subject in school?
3) How do you start your day?
4) Do you have any pets?
5) Do you play a musical instrument?
6) Who stands out as someone —teacher/mentor/parent/friend/etc—who had a particularly positive influence on you when you were young?
7) Name something that makes you feel good just by thinking about it.
8) What do you do to relax/unwind?
9) What is your drink of choice? (Whether alcoholic or non).
10) Name three favorite items in your home. Anything, big or small.
11) Name a character—from a book, movie, tv show, wherever—who you strongly identified with.
And that’s it. I can’t wait to see how everyone answers. Have fun!