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.
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.
If you allow a writer one story, they ask for another.
I completed the outline for Dwarves of Seven (Do7) and immediately set to work on an outline for a story from my ideas folder. The plan is now to work on three novels or novellas inspired by fairy tales. I’ve layered my schedule for next year (shown below) with months blocked off to speed-draft each one. My stories for 2018, in order of priority:
Do7, from the Grimms’ “Snow-White” with elements of “Snow-White and Rose-Red”
RitN (an old project, revised) more loosely based on “Beauty and the Beast”
The newest outline is for the sea-prince novel. I’m learning more from working on this outline than I did for Do7.
I understand less about oceanography than medieval German folktales, so writing about dwarves in an alternative 12th-century Germany is easier than writing about sea-people.
Working from general expectations of a story, as I did for Dwarves, is easier than adapting a detailed short story.
Hans Christian Andersen was a more interesting person than I would’ve guessed.
I’ve started researching Andersen to understand what inspired him. My goal is write a story expressing the themes that matter to me but in a way that doesn’t contradict too much of the original author’s work.
These projects feel like new adventures to me! I want to throw myself into all of them simultaneously.