Archive | July, 2014

Ray Bradbury Challenge, Week 31.

30 Jul

Just finished this weeks story, 1342 words.

It would have been sooner but I was working in the garden.
It’s not great but it IS finished.

What goes into writing (AKA The bits you DON’T see!)

29 Jul

The stories you read are exactly that, stories.

But they are a great deal more. Or some of them are.
Today I’m developing an idea. I’m not writing. Far from it.

I’m developing the background of the story.
This is stuff I will never use, never refer to in the story.
All you will see is the story, it’s about a reality show on an island.

You won’t see the development process.

Like how many weeks they were on the island.
How many competitors were taking part.
Ratio of men to women.
How the show worked each week.
How the support crew worked with the contestants.
How long it took to get to the island.
How quickly people got sick from “the illness” (it currently has no specifics).

Some of this may be referenced briefly, maybe a line or two here or there.
But 90% of this information and detail will remain unused, known only to me.
You as the reader would never be aware I had even put this level of work into the piece without this blog entry.

Next time you read a story, take a few moments and think about what time and effort went into the making of it. There might be reams of material the author did that you’ll never see or know about.
But at least now you have a rough idea how much some of us do just to bring that story to you.

Ray Bradbury Challenge, Week 30.

23 Jul

I’ve literally just finished this weeks Bradbury Challenge story, I’d written some of the end to it in the early hours of this morning. 2582 words in total, about 2 hours of writing.

I’m not super sure about the ending but I’m happy to have completed this weeks story.

Writing stuff

21 Jul

Finished my Bettie Page story. Just under 1000 words.

I couldn’t finish the story I started yesterday.

After several hours on it I did write more but couldn’t complete it.
It’s simply too depressing so I was having a day on something else today.

I just checked the Bradbury Challenge Folder.
I’ve written 89 stories so far. And it’s only week 29!

And another submission!

21 Jul

2nd story submission out in as many days.
This time off to Third Flatiron Publishing.
I hope they like it.

Another submission!

20 Jul

Right. That’s another submission out for me, closes in 5 days.
I don’t normally write fantasy but that story is so different I just think it works.

And the last publication was a genre I don’t normally do too!

I’ve typed a couple of things up today already too, so it’s looking like it’s going to be a productive day.
Must not let internet get the better of me.

Been keeping busy

19 Jul

Typed up a couple of things I handwrote last yr.
Finished one off completely.
Quite pleased with the end considering I left it half finished, with no clues as to where it was going.

An update

19 Jul

Two submissions that I sent stories out to have closed this week.
I didn’t get picked for either one.

Next sub closes Aug 1st.

And one I REALLY want to get into opens on the same day.
So I’ll be submitting to there. And they close on Aug 15th, so I’ve got to be quick.
But my story is already SMF formatted and good to go on the 1st.

Ray Bradbury Challenge, Week 29.

16 Jul

Just finished this weeks story, 611 words.

I originally had the idea on July 7th then discounted it, thinking I wouldn’t get anything from it at all. But like certain ideas, the concept just wouldn’t go away.
There was one part where I wasn’t sure what the machine was going to do so I took a poll in my house and we voted for it to remain stuck.

That got me out of a hole.

At least I’m done for this week and still on track to complete the resolution.

Happy to have written something

12 Jul

I went through my “partials”, a pile of papers on the computer which range from whole story outlines to a few lines today. I found something from the end of last year where I had a rough idea what the ending was so I typed that up and finished it off today.

Not a great ending, I was struggling where to end it or how.
It’s been put in the “to be an ebook in 2015” folder but that fate could change in the meantime.
Hopefully it’ll be editing in the future and the end will be improved.

Or I’ll read it and realise it’s better than I think it is.

801 words, a bit of a weird little story.