Revised writing plans, a quick plug and the problems of housing an unruly goat.

I’ve not written a Friday Flash this week but I do have a story, Dismissed, over at the wonderful John Xero’s 101 Fiction site.

This year I was planning to enter lots of short story competitions and generally put myself about. Back in February I found a host of anthologies and competitions that looked interesting and made a list which became a plan of action.

The plan never actually saw action as I discovered that I didn’t feel like writing short stories, I wanted to write another book. It’s called Grand Theft Hero and, so far, I’m enjoying it much more than I’m not. The new plan is to focus on the first draft.

Oh and I’ve got this goat* lying around the house…

The first chapter of the Vagrant has come to a close and I’ve got to decide what to do now. It’s been an odd experience for me writing it. Normally I have an idea for a story and then I tell it but with the Vagrant the idea was buried deep in my head and it felt like I had to be patient and trust that it was there while chipping away each week. Gradually the larger arc emerged and now I can stand back and appreciate the overall structure (even if there are a lot of nooks that still need exploring).

At some point I’ve started to think that maybe, just maybe, the Vagrant has got legs. That maybe I could work on it and, one day, publish it.

That’s going to mean a lot of work. For starters it’s currently set up as a serial and I’d like to turn it into a series of novellas. That means pacing issues, plotting changes, and probably a lot of other unglamorous stuff.

I’ve been very lucky to have such supportive readers and there are a lot of criticisms that need reflecting and acting on. So to that end I’m going to let it rest for a while, have a break from that world and then take it off the blog for a serious reworking**.

Eventually I’ll need Beta readers*** and I’m particularly interested in folk who’ve already read the first incarnation so if you’d be interested, let me know.


*Imaginary (no I don’t really own a goat)

**If you’re still catching up, you’ve got about two weeks left.

***Ideally an impossible crossbreed of cheerleader and critic.

15 responses to “Revised writing plans, a quick plug and the problems of housing an unruly goat.

  1. I miss the goat.

    And yes, I know what I need to do to rectify this.

  2. I thought all goats were imaginary.. or is that just me??

    Happy to beta (though as you know I'm no expert on post-apocalyptic fiction)..and busy wrestling with my own imaginary creatures (goats aside)

    • Ah but your very lack of familiarity with the genre makes you a rare jewel in my circle of readers. You're hired! 🙂

  3. Depending on timing, I'd be happy to help you beta read, Peter. Fantasy is my primary wheelhouse after all, and I dig good adventures. It's just a matter of how busy I am when you start looking. Good luck processing them into novellas!

  4. Peter, like John, it would depend on the timing because I'm currently snowed in with stories I need to read on a deadline, but I'm guessing it will take you several weeks before you're ready for beta readers and maybe I will have melted the books away with the summer sun. Good luck with your grand theft hero!

  5. Hiya Peter, sadly the first chapter of "The Vagrant" has drawn to a close, I'll look forward to reading more of him and his companions as and when you get around to posting them. Either way, good luck with the direction you decide to take it in.

    I read your post "Dismissed" over at John Xero's 101, brilliant, here is my comment from over there.
    ~ ~ ~
    Y'know Peter, the scary thing is, there is so much truth in this. We are not the species we have the capability to be, nor do we aspire to be the species we have the capability to be.

    A short, but very powerful tale.
    ~ ~ ~

  6. I throughly enjoyed the Vagrent – I thought the goat was real – you mean its not?

    I think its splendid that you are writing a novel and look forward to hearing of its progress.

    I left you a comment over at Johbn X's 101 blog, great flash you did.

    • Thanks Helen, it's comments like yours that provide much needed fuel for my writing ego. And yes, the goat is real, I'm the imaginary one.

  7. Hi there Peter — I probably wouldn't have time to beta read the whole thing, but I'd certainly be up for doing a chapter or two: just pick a couple you want extra attention on when the time comes. And gratz with getting on with Grand Theft Hero — writing is never a straight line, and sometimes the usefulness of a plan is listing all the stuff you don't want to do all in one place. So convenient. St.

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