It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, hey friends?
This is what has been happening in Letters ‘n Feathers land:
Story a Day in September.
Now I might be crazy, but I’m doing this again. If you recall, I did Story a Day in May, and even though I was a goof; didn’t follow the rules; and didn’t write a story every day, I still managed to create some good material.
So. This round, I am actually going to follow the rules. I will actually write one story every freakin’ day. I’m asking all my friends to hold cyber tasers to my head to ensure that I will, indeed, make my quota, mwhahaha.
I’m a lot more confident this round, too. I’ve been experimenting with writing flash and micro fiction, and it has improved my style immensely. I think I approached Story a Day last May with a more NaNoWriMo mindset: WRITE AS MUCH AS HUMANELY POSSIBLE IN ONE DAY OR DIIIIIIIIE!
And while I love the NaNo way, it doesn’t really serve for Story a Day. My father-in-law recently(ish) sent me a link to check out Sawn-Off Tales by David Gaffney, and I was really impressed by his economic style—the man publishes the most exquisite micro fiction, five-hundred words or less. They hit you like a punch to the stomach. Afterwords, I read a lot of flash-fiction and got really inspired to gut my style. I am now the self-appointed police of adverbs, and I love nothing better than to slash away at my perfect prose until all that is left is the real blood-guts-n-gore of a story. Yum, yum.
So, with a more economic style in mind, I think I will truly be able to rock Story a Day…instead of just rambling on for pages and pages in a faux novel. I will actually write short stories. Thirty of them, to be precise. And if I muster up the moxie, I might even publish some… But that is a tale for a whole other blog.
I have a laptop. I have linux and the beta version of Scrivener. Hear me roar.
If you look at the blog below, I was gloating about writing a fabulous novella. But did I edit said fabulous novella?
This is because when I am home, with my delicious internet connection, and my telephone, and my adjgodkajdie whatevers, I do not edit. But! When I sit at a cafe with my laptop looking all professional with people looking my shoulder and asking me what I’m working on, then, my friends; then I actually GET THINGS DONE. Also, the laptop that my sister has so lovingly donated to my cause HAS NO WI-FI! Hooray! There is no face(crack)book, no youtube, no NOTHING except solitaire but I’m not really a fan so it DOESN’T MATTER!
This afternoon, I will escape the sweltering 100 degree weather, duck into a coffee
shop, and get lost in the rough draft of my novella, “Star-Crossed.” And now you, at home, know too, and the pressure is on, because you could cyber-taser me at any point when I get distracted and DON’T ACTUALLY EDIT but I will, oh I will, so please, back away from the screen, there’s a good reader.
More updates to come soon, I hope:)