The Watchtower of Destruction: The Ferrett's Journal - Stories: October
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Alas, though I really wanted to finish up October with three stories - I had a slackening in the middle - I wound up having a movie marathon in the middle of things and completely falling down on the job. (I count my writing in Clarion anniversaries - I was reborn as a writer on 08/09/2008, and so yesterday was my two-month anniversary of being a writer.)
Still, I punched through about 2,000 words today to finish my story and now have to revise the following three:
Still, I feel a little bad about not getting those three out during the month; technically, I have to count "In the Land of the Deaf" as a November story. And all three need revision.
- "In The Garden Of Rust And Salt," a story about a little girl who works in a junkyard;
- "Cyborgs In A Winnebago" (heavily working title), about an elderly man who is one of the first to get a hip new brain implant; and....
- "In The Land Of The Deaf, The One-Eared Man Is Dead," which is a story about a society that - for reasons that soon become obvious - deafens children when they become eighteen years old.
The one thing I do feel very good and bad about is that four of my Clarion mates are participating in NaNoWriMo - go systemcrasher, kehrli, Damien Walter, and Blogless Dan! But that time means that nobody's critiquing short stories any more, so I am left sadly adrift. I wish I had a crew of readers as talented, lovely, and insightful as my Clarionmates, but it is way more important that they write than read my continual gushings.
Still. I'm a poorer writer without my hivemind. And not a day goes by I don't miss all of 'em. All of 'em.
|Date:||November 11th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)|| |
I want to read these. How perfect will they have to be before you can show them?
That's a question that's best left to an editor. Currently, the answer is "Not good enough yet."
|Date:||November 11th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)|| |
I assume you're going to try and sell these, right? When you do, I hope you make a post about it, I'm already pretty intrigued.
"for reasons that soon become obvious - deafens children when they become eighteen years old"
To keep them from inflicting emo on the rest of us?
|Date:||November 11th, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)|| |
heavily working title
"Cyborgs In A Winnebago"
You're right. It's missing something.
Three Cyborgs In A Winnebago
(Seriously - on title alone, that's the first story of those three I'd pick up)
I would be willing to proofread them for you.... I'm certainly not Clarion alumni, but a critique from your audience base couldn't hurt.
Thanks, but proofreading isn't needed; I'm an editor, I write pretty cleanly to begin with. It's all the nuts and bolts of what I showed and what I should have shown.
I've written way too many novels. I gotta concentrate on short stories until I can really make the openings pop.
And thanks for offering, but the Clarion folks have really spoiled me on other critiques.
If I picked up those three stories in the library and your descriptions were on the back, I'd probably walk away with "In The Garden of Rust and Salt" and "In The Land of the Deaf...". I am intrigued by both.
The cyborgs don't really do anything for me though.
I'd love to read them when they are ready for an audience.
|Date:||November 11th, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)|| |
And i'll critique for you if you'll critique for me. Even though you don't know me. ;0)
|Date:||November 12th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)|| |
I have the junkyard and winnebago one saved to hard drive and I might get to them sooner or later, but I'm all with the traveling in the minnesota!!!