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.