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Flood’s Edge Going Into Semi-Retirement

A severe bought of insomnia threw me off of my story writing/posting schedule last week. That, combined with some differing thoughts on posting stories and a desire to tweak the system, has led me to put the project into semi-retirement. I intend to post stories once a week for the #fridayflash project, and those will go under the Flood’s Edge header.

I fully intend to bring the project back up to full speed again sometime soon. I believe it as a tool for my own creativity and as a mechanism for delivering stories too much to do otherwise.

At Flood’s Edge: Week 3 Review

I’m on my lunch break at work, so this update will be a little stream-of-consciousness-style.

I’ve hit a somewhat low point in the project, much of which is summed up in a previous post: A Moment of Doubt.  I’ve seen from experience that there tends to be this kind of drop in enthusiasm during any kind of project.  This one, though, is a little worse due to the publishing conundrum that I mention: post it for free on the site and make it more difficult to publish the story later, or don’t post it and try to find a home for it?

In a way, it’s also a way to test myself.  I believe in putting stuff out there for free, for making it available to anyone who wants to read it.  I believe that doing so is of benefit to everyone involved.  Or so I tell myself.  Perhaps this is me putting my money where my mouth is and  wondering if I do believe in it after all.

I’m thankful that I haven’t hit a writer’s block so far.  Does knocking on a pressed-wood desk count?

In the end, I might hold back the story I wrote this weekend that triggered this whole shakedown, but I’ll continue to post stories for at least this week.  That’ll give me a solid 21 stories.  I refuse to quit during a lull.

In either another post this week or next week’s review, I plan on looking back over the stories I’ve written and commenting on the final output, my thoughts during the writing process, stories that rose and fell (or stayed) in the rankings, and so forth.

I’m looking forward to revisiting them.  It’s been a fun month of stories so far.

Week Three Snapshot

1 #1 The Light At The End of the World
2 #9 Narcoleptic Princess
3 #5 Correct Me If I’m Wrong
4 #8 Like Gods Of The Sun
5 #6 Perfect Days

A Moment of Doubt

I admit that I’m having a moment of doubt about the At Flood’s Edge project. It’s been idling along, but not really going anywhere. As everyone knows, it’s difficult to bring people in, and even more difficult to get people involved.  And these things take time, too.

I just finished writing a 900-word story that I think is quite good. And so I sit and wonder: am I wasting my time posting these stories here, where only a handful of people will see them and even less will vote? By posting them here, I burn the first publication rights. By posting them here, I make it difficult, if not moreso, to get the stories published. Is this thing that I am building here worthwhile? Or would I be better served by trying to publish the strongest of the stories I write? Getting even one publishered somewhere–online or off–would likely net vastly more eyes on that story than posting it here.

The difficulty in an on-going project like this is that I most both create and promote at the same time. Any time I spend doing one is time not spent doing the other.

Maybe this is just a phase and I’ll return to feeling gung-ho about the project and its future.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

At Flood’s Edge: Week 2 Review

Things are running along, stories are lining up, and people are voting. The basic site was in place last week, and so I haven’t done much work on the site since then. I have some other things in mind, but they’re not time-critical.

I got involved in the #FridayFlash project on Twitter.  I’m looking forward to reading stories and talking with the authors.

I see a lot of 4s and 5s coming in. Thank you all for that. I had hoped that a few stories would rank that high, but so far many of them have surprised me. That’s one interesting about this project: I can see reader opinions and contrast them with my own opinion of the story. One story that I liked will meet with mediocre reception, and another than was just ho-hum to me will elicit a very positive response that I hadn’t expected.

I’ve noticed that readers don’t seem to be voting down the stories they don’t care for. I’ve never had a 1 and have received (I believe) only one 2 rating. It looks to me as if people would rather vote for the one or two stories that they read and liked and then go on their way.

This project is very much an experiment, and so I’d love to hear any feedback that anyone has. Would you rather vote for one or two stories and then be done? Are there too many stories to be able to keep up? Would it be better if there were only 3 stories per week?

Ratings should get more interesting now that there are 11 stories on the site and more coming this week–plenty of room to rise and fall in the Top Five ratings and in the final project ratings. Right now the plan is to take the top 50-60% of the stories for the final compilation. It makes me wish I had some way to show the cut-off point on the story lists. Perhaps that sort of visual representation would encourage readers to vote on other stories, whether to keep them in the top positions or kick others out.

There are still a low number of votes per story, so please keep voting. One vote is enough to make a huge impact.

Thoughts? Opinions? I’d love to hear them.

Week Two Snapshot

1 #10 Synthetic Nation
2 #1 The Light At The End of the World
3 #9 Narcoleptic Princess
4 #5 Correct Me If I’m Wrong
5 #6 Perfect Days

At Flood’s Edge: Week 1 Review

There was a night a few nights ago when I couldn’t sleep. It happens rather often.

As I stared at the dark ceiling, I realized that I should write a weekly recap of the At Flood’s Edge project. It would be a chance to talk about things I’ve learned so far, things I’m doing to promote the project, anything interesting that pops up along the way, and to take a snapshot of the stories so we can see how they’re doing.

Project Launch

This week saw the launch of both the project and the website. The website still needs more work, but the major pieces are now in place. Votes are coming in, and for that, you guys rock.

But we need more. More readers, more votes, more opinions. It’s time to spread the word about the project. I’ll do what I can on my own, but I’m also going to need your help. Telling just one person is a enough. More is better. Will you help me beat the drums of promotion and see where this thing goes?

Now that the pieces are in place, I can spare some extra brain cycles towards thinking of other possibilities for the stories and the project. I considered trying to involve flash fiction publications, but I think the turn-around time (often weeks or months) is prohibitive.

On Editing

The blistering pace that I’ve set for myself means that it’s difficult to edit. Part of writing flash fiction is merciless editing: you weigh each word and the value it brings to the story: Is that word carrying its weight? What about that clump of words over there, all clustered and talking amongst themselves? Are they doing their part? Can they be replaced with sleeker models? But because I’m writing in limited time (one sitting), I don’t always have the luxury of combing over a story.

Does this mean my stories are worse for the lack of time? Or are the stories read in light of this knowledge, and thus it brings a sense of raw immediacy (at best) or the faults are at least ignored (hopefully)? That’s something only you readers can answer. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

On that note, please keep up the reading, commenting, and voting. If you don’t like something, vote that sucker down. I’ve yet to see any 1s. There’s been only one “2” rating. The stuff I’m writing can’t be that good that consistently. So, be merciless. It keeps the project honest via the ratings, and it keeps me honest so that I’m always trying to improve my writing. If you’re feeling kind, vote it down and then leave a comment to say what you didn’t like about the story. How’s that for a deal?

Ratings Over The Long Haul: A Prediction

Over the long run, I’m expecting to see a sort of inverse bell curve in the ratings. I’m expecting these early stories to come out with higher ratings. Some of them are little idea fragments that I’ve had kicking around for a while, so there’s probably been some sort of story soup / idea simmering going on in the back of my mind.

What happens when I burn through most of those? I expect to see a dip in the ratings as I scramble to keep writing interesting stories and ask why the hell I decided to put myself through this.

Later on in the project, I except (hope?) to see a rise in the ratings as I get a better handle on the form.

Is this what’s actually going to happen? I have no idea.

Part of the fun in this is seeing how things turn out when the cards are down, when the cookies crumble, and all that stuff. It’s been interesting even in the first week as I see stories rise and fall in the ratings.

Last But Not At All Least

Thank you for the all the support so far. It’s critical and much appreciated in this early phase. Stories are nothing without readers. This project is as much yours as it is mine.

Week One Snapshot

1 #6 Perfect Days
2 #1 The Light At The End of the World
3 #5 Correct Me If I’m Wrong
4 #3 Dinner Reservations for One
5 #4 Applesauce