My First Short Story
Since I started writing back in 2003, I’ve done five first drafts of novels (well, four and three quarters), three flash fiction pieces of about 1,000 words each, seven 100-word drabbles and a 25-word piece of Hint Fiction, but up until now I’ve never actually finished writing a short story.
That changed over the weekend when I put the final touches (not counting any other changes I make over the next few days ) to my very first good old-fashioned short story, a 3,500-word sci-fi piece what I wrote for this year’s GSHW competition. Closing date isn’t until Friday, people, so if you haven’t yet entered, there’s still time to submit your story.
I don’t think I’m in any danger of being hailed as the new Asimov. Nevertheless, I’m quite pleased with the finished result. I’m giving myself the rest of this week off to recharge my batteries before launching back into the second draft of Waking up Jack Thunder, but if I feel the urge, I might try to finish the other short I was working on (this one a horror).
Last week, after strenuous negotiations , Senior Management approved my request to attend PhilCon in November. Alright, I confess. I didn’t have to negotiate. She said ‘Yes’ straight away, because she’s a lovely, lovely lady. I just wanted you to think I had to work for it .
Anyone else planning to attend?