I haven’t posted any fiction here in a while – it’s been a month and a half since the last one. That doesn’t mean I’ve been standing still, though. Last night I finished the first draft of a new story, untitled for now, in a genre I haven’t played with much before: science fiction horror.
The draft weighs in around 5,000 words, which is longer than I expected, the longest story I’ve written in quite a while. Per my new strategy, it’s a very rough, get-it-on-paper-before-you-hate-it draft, what Chuck Wendig might call a beach-storming draft. I’ve set myself a goal of finishing the revisions by Thanksgiving.
Once I finish the story, I’m going to do something else I haven’t done in a while: send it out for submission. I have submitted stories in the past (never successfully), but with all the work on the novel lately, I’ve gotten out of the habit. It’ll be good to get out there again, dodging rejection letters and hopefully getting my first prose publication credit.
Unfortunately, this plan means I can’t post the story on the blog. So it’s, like, a secret story. A ninja story. Yeah, that makes it seem more exciting, we’ll go with that.
And after Thanksgiving, it’s back to work on the novel.
Tell me, what are you working on these days? Sent anything out for submission lately?