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September 12, 2013Posted by on
Whether it’s because I’ve “gone fishin'” or am “out of office,” no, I’m not really here, but there is an update I want to share. I finished something. Of significance. After a couple of years of having a completion problem, except for very short stories, flash fiction, and the odd piece of poetry here and there, I’ve not been able to complete any fiction of significance. Until tonight. A couple of minutes ago.
Clocking in at 16,065 words, Deviation is complete. At least a first draft. With an ending that 98% of the readers will absolutely hate. 🙂 Now, I need to decide what to do with it. I know I’m publishing it on Kindle, maybe also via Smashwords or some other e-publisher that will distribute it more widely than Kindle (I think that’s actually what I’m going to do). But, the dilemma is what I do with it before then.
I’d like a couple of readers to take a look at it, but I’m not sure who. This is a very odd story, built entirely around dialogue, with characters who don’t always saw what you expect and a twisting plot that takes unexpected turns. The two main characters are twenty-something brothers who talk the way a lot of twenty-somethings talk. I’m pretty sure there are more f-bombs in this one story than the grand total in everything else I’ve ever written.
I’m not necessarily looking for volunteers from you, the readers of this blog, I’m just pondering this odd dilemma. The story is so different from what I typically do, I’m not sure if I should work harder at it, get some edits and comments from others, or just throw it out there as is and see what happens.
But back to the original point. I finally finished something of significance!!!! First in my trilogy of longer short stories. Now on to #2 and #3.
And, one more thing … to my loyal readers … when I’m ready to do it, I’ll be back with an explanation for the Gone Fishin’ and Out of Office images.
Congratulations on finishing it!
Thank you. I began to wonder over the last couple of years if I could finish something “major.” I’ve cleared that hurdle with this story. Now, on to others.
With that sort of spirit, I’m wondering how you had so much trouble with it!
The last couple of years have been a trip through the wilderness. The last couple weeks have reconnected me to the joy and pleasure of the simplicity of writing a story. Just need to hold on to that.
Aw, well I’m so glad you’ve reconnected with the joy of it! Sometimes it really does feel like a trip through the wilderness (without a proper machete, as well). I sincerely hope you’re able to keep a good hold on it.
Well done! I’m very happy for you!
Well done – can’t wait for the explanation of absence, you have us all wondering now.. 🙂
Yes, well, when I figure out how to explain it …