I’ve been a somewhat on the quiet side lately as far as Actual Blog Posts are concerned, mostly because of being busy working.
Hey, there are worse reasons, right?
I’ve also reinstated my rule that my work gets done first before I check into the world. This means no checking Facebook/Twitter/flickr/message boards/statistics/whatever until my work is done. Otherwise, if I do, it derails my mind into marketing and promotion mode instead of creative mode. Not a good thing.
I’m in the middle of revisions for MOROCCO. This is a tricky one both story-wise and editing-wise. I’ve finished, hrm, a dozen or so stories by now–enough that I feel I have tabs on my working process, how I think, how I revise. But I know damn well I’d be stupid to think I know everything (or even the tip of that iceberg) or can’t improve, so I’m trying a different sort of revision process on this story. Anything that helps me find the holes in my story is a good thing. The problem is in the change of habits. It’s hard, it’s slow, it’s confusing, and I find myself checking back on the guide I’m following to remember what it is I’m supposed to be doing it. I’m sure this will go smoother as I find my stride with the new system.
I had the feeling during the writing of MOROCCO (and again after I finished it) that I needed more. More story, more time in-story, more description, and that feeling is holding up during the revision process. I’m finding spots where stuff needs more development and to be actually grounded in the real, living world through description. The story weighs in around 15k words. My concern is that this will push it above 20k, which seems to be the upper limit for most short story markets that I’ve seen, and in the very low range for novella word counts. I don’t think I would prefer it to blossom to novella-length for two reasons:
- I already have one novella in the form of STRANDED
- I don’t think there’s enough story in MOROCCO to fill out another 10-20k words (to get it up to 30k-40k) without feeling bloated.
This is all subject change as I continue revisions. Most likely, I won’t know what I have until after the first rewrite.
When I’m not editing MOROCCO, I’m doing planning work for my next book, FUTURE. Part of the reason for the change in editing for MOROCCO is that I’m going to use a very similar system for planning FUTURE and I’d like to get a handle on it before I begin.
In other news, I started participating in the Flickr 365 days group (see the 365 category and flickr links in the sidebar). Photography is on my list of “things to do and get better at” but often gets trumped by writing, music, and Actually Taking Some Time To Relax On Rare Occasion (see Murder Your Darlings ). As such, I’m participating, but keeping a tight rein on my desire to excel and be perfect at it (and the time that that would take, which I don’t have).