This year I am writing short stories for National Novel Writing Month. Short stories, not a novel. I wanted to sate the thirsty rebel dwelling under my skin. And not just some half-arsed stories, but four stories that are written, edited, and submitted. I’m on schedule with two stories down and two to go.
What are my stories about? Slugs and Civil War ghosts, octopus gore, vampires in the Alaskan wilderness, and genetically manipulated canine hybrids.
(Technically, I haven’t submitted the second story yet. It’s late as I type this, and I don’t want to write a cover letter when I’m sleepy. I’ll submit it tomorrow, honest!)
Just to make things tougher on myself for this Nano project, I won’t submit to a publisher that only pays authors with a contributor copy. Sure, there are times when such remuneration is appropriate, especially for charity anthologies, but I wanted to raise the bar for Nano. I am submitting all four stories to flooded pro- or semi-pro markets where I have to compete with a bazillion other writers.
Which means my stories REALLY have to be polished. Oh, the pressure, the challenge! It’s great fun!
To everyone doing Nano, we’re halfway through the month, woohoo! Let’s keep it up!