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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).


PhilCon 2009

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?

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Jul. 27th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
Good to hear you'll also be making it to Philcon. You sure your wife didn't just agree in anxious anticipation of what her birthday present would be? *grin*
Jul. 27th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
No, Denny's not like that. I think what swung it was when I said I'd be away for the whole weekend ;)
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Jul. 27th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I confess I find short stories harder to write than novels, but it's all good fun :)

Are you coming to PhilCon?
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Jul. 27th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
Lol. So many conferences, so little time :)
Jul. 27th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
Congrats! Seems like a time for milestones - publication of first paid sale and first ever short story. Very cool!
Jul. 27th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
hehe. It's all downhill from here :)
Jul. 27th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)

Congrats on the story, and good luck with the comp.

Your link to the GSHW site don't work -- you have a comma where you should have a point in the URL.
Jul. 27th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks, and thanks for telling me about the link :)

I wonder if I'm sub-consciously trying to limit the competition ;)

Have you come down off the ceiling yet?
Jul. 27th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)

I wonder if I'm sub-consciously trying to limit the competition ;)

I wondered that too.

Have you come down off the ceiling yet?

Jul. 27th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
You mean you forgot about your twelve book deal already?

That was quick ;)
Jul. 27th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
Cool deal, Jon!
Jul. 27th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
I am a lucky guy :)
Jul. 27th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the story completion. It is a good feeling, isn't it? Good luck with it!
Jul. 27th, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It took a heck of a lot longer than I thought :)

Have you started your imitation poetry yet?
Jul. 27th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
Um, start the poetry? Not yet. I've read the original about ten times though, and just had some outside inspiration, so maybe tonight ... hope so.
Jul. 27th, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
Congrats on finishing your story! And best of luck!
Jul. 27th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks. How's the editing coming along today?
Jul. 28th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
Didn't get much done, but I'm hoping to pull ahead today :)
Jul. 27th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
Good Luck in the contest!
Jul. 27th, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks :) Are you submitting anything?
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Jul. 27th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
Excellent! I'm pretty sure the GSHW will have some kind of official presence there, in which case I'll help out. If they do, I can let people know where to find me and say 'hi' :)
Jul. 27th, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on finishing your first short story! Good luck in the contest! (What is it about LiveJournal that seems to bring out the exclamation marks?)
Jul. 27th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
Darned if I know! ;)

I bet you're glad you've finished clearing out houses for the moment :)
Jul. 27th, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
Good luck in the contest Jon, and glad to hear you'll be at Philcon. Just remember, what happens at Philcon...

...is likely to end up on Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, or Livejournal. :)

Jul. 28th, 2009 09:49 am (UTC)
'... And she told me her name was Kimberly.' :)
Jul. 28th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
Philcon is being held in Cherry Hill? But...it's...Philcon...

Being that it's in Cherry Hill, I might just go. One year it fell on my daughter's sweet 16. Another on my anniversary. This year it might actually work out.

Congrats on the short! Now we both have one! Yay! And good luck with the contest--as if luck has anything to do with it, eh? Skill will see you through! Skill and imagination. Then again, a lucky rabbit's foot or a four leaf clover won't hurt. Just stay away from monkey paws. I hear they're not so lucky. ;)
Jul. 28th, 2009 09:51 am (UTC)
I've always favored the 'Blackmail every one else into withdrawing their entries approach', myself.

Now, if I could just get my hands on that submission list... :)
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