Sunday, 27 September 2009

No, really, this time

I do apologise. Blog has been rather scatty these past few months.

The difficulty comes from having acquired a girlfriend this past year. I must say, having a girl is pretty fantastic and, with this particular girl, any fear I once had of it affecting my writing has proved unfounded. My blogging on the other hand...

Things have progressed a little. The novel is on a temporary hiatus. I need a little room to think on it and so I've been concentrating on other projects. Earworm Turns has been getting a new redraft, which I'm pleased with. I've just sent it to Strange Horizons, who, I have recently read, have an acceptance rate of 0.92%. Tough going!

I am also entering the final draft stage of Outlined In Chalk, sequel to Of The Father. The girlfriend has read it and described it as 'disturbing', 'upsetting' and 'harrowing'. This was kind of the feel I was aiming for but to affect her in that way makes me feel bad.

The difficulty with this story is that I won't be sending it anywhere. Since no one has taken Of The Father, due to it feeling like the start of something, which it is, Outlined In Chalk, is even less likely to be picked up, so I'm not going to bother. It was good to write though, try my skills on a fresh piece, and who knows maybe it'll all come out in a book of its own one day.

Revolution SF still haven't published No Longer Living. I'm beginning to worry. Though they haven't published any new stories for a while but I can't decide if that's more or less worrying. Would be just my luck if they decided to just stop doing it at all.

Anyhoo, soon I shall be returning to the novel, as soon as I can shift Outlined from my Incomplete folder to my Complete folder.

It's tough, this writing gig.

Thanks for reading.