Week 42! This week I decided to do another practice flash since the next round of the Flash Fiction Challenge is coming up at the beginning of next month. So I reached into the magic hat (AKA the Flash Fiction Challenge website) and picked the following:
Suspense / cemetery / sewing machine
The combination screams out for a Halloween/sewing-a-ghost-costume kind of story, so I resisted that. Instead, I set it on the winter solstice and still managed to work in the sewing machine. It was good to stretch with a pure suspense tale as well.
Two rejections this week, but also two stories being held for further consideration, so it evens out. Also! I placed my 100-word story in a forthcoming anthology filled with other 100-word speculative fiction stories.
- The Longest Night of the Year ~ 1,500 words
- Playing Soldier
- Keeping Time
- Rhymes with Orange
- Five to Freedom
- The Madness in King’s End
- Rhymes with Orange (boomerang rejection)
Week 41! This week I made my 78th story submission. I thought to myself, hmm, maybe I could make that an even 100 by the end of the year. Maybe I could. As I mentioned on Facebook, my battle cry is now:
Bring on the rejections!
Because, really, getting rejected does, in its own weird way, make that much easier. Also, I have a backlog of stories that I need to revise and send out. True, I have a few crazy ones (like the one I wrote this week) that probably won’t go anywhere. Still, I should at least test the waters with most of them.
My write 1 this week was crazy, so I put that word right in the title. Honestly, it has the feel of an accidental novel, one that needs historical research. So. Yeah. Not that I’m against 1) novels, 2) research, but I’m not sure I have the endurance for either at the moment. Still, it was fun to play in this particular world, and I will no doubt revisit it at some time.
- The Crazy History of Max and Em ~ 2,000 words
- Straying from the Path
- The Girl with the Piccolo ~ audio market (Yes, this one went right back out)
- Playing Soldier
- The Girl with the Piccolo