Clarionniversary, December Version

(NOTE: Based on time elapsed since the posting of this entry, the BS-o-meter calculates this is 16.884% likely to be something that Ferrett now regrets.)

Stories Sold This Month:
I sold my flash fiction spaceliner tale “In The Unlikely Event” to Daily Science Fiction.  Also, “Rooms
Stories Worked On This Month:

  • “Priest” (Heavily working title).  In Week Four of Clarion, I wrote a rather tedious story about a priest attempting to perform Last Rites on a zombie, which was led astray by a) me not being a terribly good writer, b) me trying to remain completely faithful to Catholic rituals, and c) the fact that I didn’t actually have an ending and as such just made something confusing and vague in the hopes of appearing deep.  Neil Gaiman correctly called this tale “boring.”  However, the backstory, in which we have a priest shooting zombies, was interesting, and made for a 1300-word tale.  Finished today.  Quite proud.
  • The Girl Who Fell In Love With The Sea” (Final first draft).  Finished this one about a girl who goes insane and believes the sea is her boyfriend; will clean up and submit to my faithful RL writers group shortly.
  • “Engraved On The Branches Of My Lover” (Final draft).  If you look back through the Clarionniversary posts, you’ll see many references to a story called “Bad Broccoli,” which has mutated so thoroughly that the only similar point is that both contain a postman for a protagonist.  I’ve rewritten this at least seven times and I don’t know whether it’s any good, as it’s too wrapped up in my personal mythology, but I cleaned it up as best I could and sent it out.
  • {$UNNAMED NOVEL}, did brief writeup on some of the main characters and setting.  Then got sidetracked by “Priest.”

October Rejections: One generic from Clarkesworld.  Not the good kind of generic where they held it for a week, but the bad kind where they sent it back in a day. Oops.

Currently In Circulation: “Riding Atlas,” “Unreal Estate,” “Devour,” “Season to Taste,” “All Things Head Towards The Sea,” “Shadow Transit,” “The Afternoon War,”  “Shoebox Heaven.”
A bad month, really.  I got lazy, didn’t really write for like four days.  That may not sound like a lot, but it sure is slacking for me.  I need to get on the whip, but I’m waiting to do final drafting on my Novel of Doom, and as such it’s difficult to get too attached to anything.

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