This week's post will have to be a short one. Most of my writing time lately has been filled by my Short Story Challenge that began at midnight last Friday night. While I was sleeping, the evil little elves at NYC Midnight (who run the challenge) were concocting crazy and inspiring prompts for the 3000-ish writers who are participating. (I'm pretty convinced their methods for assigning our prompts involve gallons of beer, a dart board, and wildly thrown darts.)
We are given genre, subject, and character assignments. With those, we have to write a 2500-word story in one week. Since the last challenge I participated in was Flash Fiction, where I was only given 48 hours, a week seemed like an ocean of time. So I didn't stay up late obsessively refreshing my email inbox, like some of my fellow competitors. I did look at it first thing last Saturday morning, though. And here's what I found:
To me, the hardest part about this is the comedy. It's hard to be funny, you guys. Really hard. Especially a funny that everyone will get, and doesn't resort to fart jokes. (Spoiler alert: I resort to a fart joke.)
I was lucky enough to be inspired right away with a few ideas, and soon settled on one of them. I've had some excellent beta readers who have helped me work through some of the kinks, and now I'm at the polishing stage, ready to submit it later today or early tomorrow. I'm pretty pleased with it. I took a bit of a risk in the format, which you'll be able to see when I post the story here next week. I hope you'll tell me what you think!
Quick update on The Wonder Spot:
I hit a milestone, y'all. My first publisher rejection. The editor who wrote it had some nice things to say (fun concept with a rich setting) and pointed out why they were passing (too much exposition, romantic relationship too unlikely). I'm kind of surprised how much it's not bothering me. I think it's because, one, I'm used to rejection by now, and two, it's evidence that my book is actually out there, being read by the people who decide what we see when we go into our corner bookshops or visit the library or scroll through Amazon.