The title of this blog might be a misnomer because after yesterdays 24 hr contest I am not sure what week it actually is. I have submitted five different short stories or excerpts. This will be therapeutic for me:
Woven In Time – Epic Family Saga Historical Fiction Complete at 130,000 (status: to be pitched at WDC15 in NYC August 1)
The Tea Room – Historical Fiction Complete at 17,000 words
Flaked Tuna – Historical Fiction ( status: entered excerpt (2,600 words into the Writers Relief – Peter K Hixson Memorial Award for Creative Writers) Free Contest) August notification
Driven to Listen – Fiction Short Story Complete at 3,100 words (statis: The Masters Review Contest entered 7/15/15 $20)
Writers Weekly 24-hr prompt (statis: received entry 6 wks)
There, I am trying my best to be diligent on my part to be submersed (I almost used the word incorrectly in one of my submissions but fortunately goggled it first, (it is being used correctly here)fully into the business of getting my work published. Should I admit this on a blog? I WANT SOMEONE TO READ MY STUFF. there I said it. I figure in a contest they’ll have to read it to see if its a contender. Voila! Feedback.
24hr contest, I would have had the contest done in two hours if I hadn’t gotten lost in the story. When I checked the word count I had double what was required. I probably should have started over. But I spent the rest of the night till 3:00 am trying to make it right. When I finally pushed myself away from the computer I thought I might dream about it — but no. Just before the alarm went off (I had a big commitment and had to go) I did dream of a solution. I got up (before the alarm) and implemented it and finished with a reply notice, fifteen minutes before I had to go. That is cutting it short. I was pleased with the end product but I don’t think it will win. But I did learn how difficult it is to reduce a story and not loose the flow of the story.
So I have now experienced the contest, the blog, the website, twitter (which I now like) and facebook. the novel, the book, the short story and the excerpt. Unless something comes up my next big thing is WDC15 NYC July 31 – August 2. I am currently working on my Historical Fiction Story Flaked Tuna and still revising Woven In Time mostly because of queries and first ten page submissions because every time I read it I find things to change.