Saturday, August 24, 2013

To write a novel or not...

Well, I'm at a crossroads.  I wrote a short story that was my first attempt at literature rather than the fantasy or thriller genre.  The story actually is called Crossroads.  I liked it enough to send it to Glimmer Train to try to get it published.  If they reject it, I'll work on it and send it out to more literature magazines.

When my wife read it, she said she thought it sounded like the beginnings of a novel.

Two weeks later, I started writing more.  I only wrote about a thousand more words, but I kinda like it.  Now, the question is, do I want a series of short stories that can stand alone, or do I want to write it as a novel.  I just don't know.  For now, I think I'll write a few short stories, or more, then work on tying them together into a novel.  We'll see.

What would you do??

Friday, August 23, 2013

Submitted my first story...

So, my short story Crossroads is my first attempt at getting a short story into a literary magazine.  I had heard that Glimmer Train is really hard to get into, so I thought I start with them first.  You gotta dream big.  If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough.  

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Writing for a contest

My wife went to a gallery to inquire about having a showing there for a project she was working on.  While there she saw that they are accepting art and  stories for submission to an exhibit titled "Agony and Ecstasy" So, I decided to give it a shot.  It took me a while to come up with a story and, quite frankly, I'm still working on one.

They're looking for stories of joy and agony combined, or two submissions- one of joy and one of agony- that are 500 words or less.  I have some stories that would fit this already written, but they are too long.  The due date is also soon- September 1st to be exact.  I was brain frozen for a while, but came up with a cat and mouse story, but it seemed to childish.  I wanted something dark.  I am working on reducing the words to one story that fits well.  That story is 556 words long and I should be able to pare it down without losing anything.  A third turned into a bit of a horror story than anything, but does fit the ecstasy and agony theme well.

But, I'm still not quite happy.  I will be if I can cut the 56 words out of one story.  If not, I'll think of something else or change around the horror story.

Time's a tickin'!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Design

I spent a lot of the last couple days trying to figure out how to do the lay out for my children's book.  I set it up in Scrivener and also in Adobe's InDesign.  I love using Scrivener- it's truly a phenomenal program for writing anything from poetry to short stories as well as fiction and non fiction or a even research paper/ thesis.

I hadn't used InDesign at all before yesterday, so it took some time to figure out how to transfer the entire story, one text frame at a time, but it turned out to be pretty easy.  After that, it was just thinking about where I want the illustrations.  But there's a bit of a snag...I don't have an illustrator and I'm not totally sure what I want the illustrations to be.  So, I set it up in InDesign for about how many illustrations I thought I'd want and about what sizes I'm looking for.  In Scrivener, I just did the basic font size and spacing.  I didn't set anything up in Scrivener for illustrations, yet.  I also created a title page for both.

So, now, I'm waiting to see the sketches and hear about a commission price from the possible illustrator.  Then, it's time to make my dreams come true.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A beginning...

Every blog must begin somewhere.  I should know as I've begun two other blogs.  One is no longer in service, but still manages about 400-600 hits a month, and another I keep up with regularly.

This blog will be different from the others.  The others are focused on running, run coaching, health and nutrition.  This one will be about my writing.  What am I writing about now?  Well, I've been writing a bunch of different things.  Three children's books and a few short stories.  I have started three different novels.  Two are of the fantasy genre and the other is about my running and my comeback to running from hip and knee surgery.  Both surgeries were arthroscopic, but when one doctor tells you to never run again, nor ride a bike again, the comeback is pretty major.

The kids books.  I am in the process of searching for an illustrator for two of the three.  Two are with the same major characters and I plan on turning it into a series.  The other, I'm not so sure yet.  I am at a crossroads with what I want with it.

The fantasy books.  One I have about three chapters done.  I'm not sure if I want it to be a novel or a serial.  The other, I definitely want it to be a novel.

The short stories.  My short stories are suspense, thriller, mild horror type stories.  I'm not sure what I want with them.  I've been thinking about trying to get into the same genre literary magazines.  I've also thought about a book of short stories.

Like I said, this is just the beginning.  I've had nothing published yet.  But, that's just another few months away as I will be self publishing.

Do you self publish?  Have you had anything published?  What were your beginning experiences like?