In fact, the first story is really hard for me to pin down to a specific genre. I started writing it with aliens and the supernatural together, perhaps "future urban fantasy" would be a sufficient title. The problem is that I don't know what to do with it. I'll be editing it pretty soon and hopefully submitting it. I don't know if this story should go to WOTF or if the dino story should. I had fun writing both and I like both stories, but Dreams of Priory has a special place in my heart for some reason. Maybe it's because the story is confusing. It's never entirely made clear why the main character (Sol) is the way he is. I try to explain, it but I didn't want to have huge loads of exposition or dialogue where another character pulls an as-you-know-Bob. So, there is explanation, but I left it a little ambiguous. I don't know if that was a good thing. I personally like stories that make me think about the ambiguity, and make a few of my own guesses too, but that's not necessarily what I write (perhaps because I might not be good at the whole ambiguity thing). Still, I like the story. I intend to edit both of these and figure out what to do with both of them. I have less than nine days to get one of them off to WOTF though.
Now that I'm done with these two stories, I'm left wondering what to do next. I have a quota to meet every day, but I also have a lot of stories I'd like to edit first, some of them a bit on the long side, plus a novel to finish up (I have about 60,000 words left). But I also have a bunch of new story ideas (short stories mostly) that I'd like to work on as well. I like writing short stories now that I have them sort of figured out.
So, part of today was spent mulling over what to do next. I started to write a little in The White, but in doing so meant I needed to refresh myself more with the story. I took a while to do that and spent a lot of the day thinking. The result was that I only wrote 744 words. Part of that was from editing the previous chapters for The Spellweaver of Dern because I had left a character out. Yeah, lots of thinking today. But, I'm not going to hold any of that against myself, since I did do quite a lot of work in regards to brainstorming, etc. Tomorrow should be more productive though.
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