Not a lot to report today. I got a few more pages done on a new Mageborn short story. I'm going to write a bunch of these, I think. I like the magic and modern day mix. It should be good practice and expand the world I've made. Who knows, maybe one of these stories will make it into my Clarion West application.
I'm also spending my evenings working on a in depth critique for a friend's novel. This is not easy or fast but I believe that you have to be willing to give if you want to get in life. And she's been good at providing critiques on my work in the past.
It's a bit difficult, reading critically. I suppose I should just read it once for pleasure, looking for big roadblocks and then go back and look for nits. That might be a better use of time. Right now, it's slow going, only two chapters out of fifteen completed. But I should have it to her in time for it to be useful.
That's one thing that actually helps: A deadline. Next time I send out a book for critique, I may borrow some of her ideas. Especially the deadline for getting feedback in. For a procrastinator like me, deadlines are important.
IM gaming night tonight as well, so not a lot of new writing likely to get done. I am a bit concerned about the short story I'm working on. It seems to want to turn into a police story and that wasn't my intention. I always feel the need to do a bunch of research anytime I'm writing about police or military settings. Which is good but slows down my pace of how many short stories I can get done. Food for thought, may need to shelve this...or just accept that I'm going to write fewer stories this month than planned.
I'm a lightly-published author with several novels completed and I hope to have them up on Amazon shortly.
|Mark Andrew Edwards||