July 18th, 2012, 10:34 AM
it could be worse
Woohoo, Chris. Keep 'er going!
Originally Posted by Triceratops
July 19th, 2012, 07:40 AM
last night I finished a 4200 word short story I knocked out in 2 days.
July 19th, 2012, 10:41 AM
it could be worse
Great work! Something for one of the forum contests or for something else?
Originally Posted by JimF
July 20th, 2012, 02:45 PM
I hadn't thought of submitting it to a contest. It is a fictionalized version of a scenario I ran in a A Traveller Role Playing Game (Traveller is kind of a Science Fiction version of Dungeons and dragons.)
Originally Posted by tmso
I was cleaning up some old computer files and came across my notes for the game and said to myself, "Self, that might make for an entertaining story." My thinking was just to submit it to an on line magazine for the game. A lot of the action and terms are very game specific, but the story could be understood by anyone who likes SF. (I hope)
Right now I'm gonna stay away from it for a few days and go back and give it another polishing.
Last edited by JimF; July 20th, 2012 at 02:56 PM.
August 1st, 2012, 05:18 PM
Started my book.
I have started my novel. Again. I think this makes the 5th attempt in roughly 10-15 years. Vastly different story line than the first few editions. I started writing when I my view of fantasy was fairly limited in scope. After a few 100 fantasy books later...I'm hopefully using a different system of magic than has been done before. Its presence is important, but it use is muted, if that makes any sense. (not as muted as ASOIAF, maybe less or on par with AWOT, for popular reference)
I think I may even have a semi original plot! Way better than my first drafts so many years ago. I'm not exactly sure what sub genre it would fit in. Certainly some amoral protags, conflicted antags, very dark and dreadful and full of death and despair. No hero farmboys, or young maidens in distress. I'm still figuring out if there is going to be a "dark lord" or not, or if I'll just keep it with "dark sub-lords". I honestly dont think I have the chops for "epic fantasy" with all its prophecy and the like. I am just trying to figure out the main antag and make sure he is "dark lord" enough but not Sauron or "the dark one".
Today, I finished a 2,500 word prologue. I'm concerned there may have been too much telling and not enough showing, but I always find that difficult when "summing up" the previous several months of adventures. The prologue is set roughly 100 years in the past (of my chapters) and sums up the previous 4 months of that timeline, and in those 2500 words I pretty much kill off the establish magic system with a plague. Here goes nothing!
Last edited by chinookpilot77; August 1st, 2012 at 07:02 PM.
August 1st, 2012, 10:54 PM
it could be worse
Enjoy the ride, chinookpilot77. See ya on the other side.
August 2nd, 2012, 05:11 AM
I've been away for a little bit... had a deadline and now finally, I've managed to complete my final edit and shoot my ms to the publisher. Done and done. Elflings out at 93.5k. Due out in December!!!
Now I can relax! (and keep working on the next book... my home made, just for fun, book teaser, maybe some short stories... oh, and amongst all that now I'm 17 weeks pregnant, working on our first baby too)
So what can I say? Life is good.
August 2nd, 2012, 12:08 PM
Sold an article to my favorite, best-paying magazine. Got all Textbroker articles accepted by the clients, five in total. Now I'm only waiting for the last two article to be reviewed by the staff. I'm allowed payout now. That's rewarding.
August 3rd, 2012, 11:59 AM
I'm 4,500 words into a short story, which is functionally complete. I'm making a couple rounds of edits in the next few days, and then sending it off to a competition here. Pretty pleased at my progress, I've just got to stay disciplined and keep at it every day.
August 3rd, 2012, 12:29 PM
Just uploaded my book, The War Gate, to Amazon Kindle. This is the first time I've ever self-published a book, out of the 17 I've written. I'm nervously awaiting for it to show up, and I've been told this can take some time. I can't believe I've done this. I had help with the formatting and the cover was donated to me. Truly blessed by these people.
August 3rd, 2012, 05:13 PM
I'm about 28k into a new WIP which is pretty much writing itself so far. It's... different.
August 3rd, 2012, 05:16 PM
I'm jealous. I want to start something new so bad, but can't at the moment with self-pubbing and promotion in full steam. I yearn for the story days.
Originally Posted by PeteMC
August 12th, 2012, 03:41 AM
Elflings' book teaser
Finished my book teaser for Elflings... so that was fun. You can check it out on my link through my blog (on sff world), or you can go to my website google mlsawyer (be aware that there is also a M Sawyer who writes lesbian... not quite my style).
Always looking for feedback.
Working on book 4 (upteenth draft) and book 6 at the same time - the very first draft).
August 12th, 2012, 09:51 AM
First draft for novel "Tracks" (American fantasy) completed. Refined plot synopsis for second draft completed. Embarking on second draft to sew things together nice and tight.
August 13th, 2012, 05:01 AM
Good luck Kerry - sewing can be painful!