I’ve Got Delays and That’s Okay

As mentioned in the previous post, Strange Horizons accepted my story submission! The¬†ezine (electronic magazine) will publish my tiny piece of science fiction in three or four months. So, we may expect to see “Space in Our Relationship” on their site in April or May of this year.

The last couple weeks were full of dramatic interruptions I no longer have the energy to discuss (partly because I’m ill). My novel projects barely progressed.

Project Schedule © Ann M. Lynn
Holding onto my wishful thinking

The first draft of Do7 is only a quarter completed. The most I’ve ever written to one story in a week was 40,000 words, which is less than what I need to write. I can still complete a draft of this fairy-tale novel by the end of February.

The outline for OotS, the sea-prince novel, needs more work. My goal this month is to finish that and the research already started. (By the way, the cultures of marine animals are fascinating.)

Whenever my writing schedule–whatever that happens to be that week–is interrupted, I feel a strong pull away from my novels to short stories and poetry. That’s probably for the best, because I’m seeing an abundance of attractive submissions calls for anthologies and contests. Maybe I’ll post on that next week.


New Project: Snow White and the Real Heroes

Folktales (or, fairy tales) are a convenient source of inspiration. Adaptations of the Grimm Brothers’ tales are especially good at inspiring new stories. Whenever I read one to my daughter, I think of ways to absorb familiar elements into retellings.

Most of the time, I jot down my ideas in a few lines for for later. One of these stories poured out into an eight-page outline that could result in a 30,000- to 45,000-word story. This novel (or novella) will feature iconic characters from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and the friendlier “Snow-White and Rose-Red” within a fantasy world based loosely on Germany in the Twelfth Century.

Here’s a logline I’m playing with.

A magical family of dwarves save a princess and overthrow her evil parents to reclaim their rights among humans.

You can read about the main characters and watch for updates on the Dwarves of Seven (the working title) page.