Monthly Archives: September 2012

Turning a longer piece into a shorter piece while keeping the story The Story…

I have a problem.
I want to read a specific story at an open mic in early October.
The story takes a good 20 minutes to read aloud.
The open mic has a 5-8 minute time limit per performer.


Because I don’t think I can edit it down and still keep the story as the story.

I’m going to try but… I’m also considering what my back-up options are. If anyone has any suggestions for how to do this without destroying everything that makes a piece good… please drop me a comment. I need help. 😦

Wish me luck! πŸ™‚



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Switching Up my PoVs

One of the rules of Nanowrimo (well, “guidelines”) is that you don’t scrap your manuscript during Week Two Hell and start again. The idea being that if you actually do slog through the hard bit, your characters will start developing their own personalities and their courses of action will become much clearer and so on. Whereas if you start all over again with something new, you’re just going to run into the same Hard Stuff again, with less time available in which to slog through it.

None the less, I find myself doing just that with my current manuscript.

Originally I had my character turn up in her tiny town as a complete outsider, and I had her being the only voice in the story.

And… I really didn’t like her. She seemed to have landed in the mess she was in through having made a lot of Really Bad Choices that… her character didn’t have the emotional baggage to support, if that makes any sense. People make bad choices. We all do it. And mostly we make bad choices based on how we understand the world to work.

My character now has a heap of extra baggage in her past, which I’ve hinted at, and I’ve also given her a new reason to have moved to the town in the first place. I’m also trying to write from three people’s perspectives rather than one. (I find that easier, when dealing with novel-length – or intended-to-be-novel-length – stuff… maybe that’s cheating, but it seems to work, so I’m giving it another go).

ANyway. That’s where I’m at, writing-wise, right now.


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29 Ways to Get Creative

And then there’s this:

With that in mind, I’m going to step away from the computer and go scribble in a near-by internet-free cafe, using a pen and paper. Here’s hoping I can write a new poem! πŸ˜€

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Leather Ever After – I’m… not in it. But that’s okay! :-D

I just recieved a rejection letter from Sassafras Lowrey.
Sassafras Lowrey.

I mean, yes, it sucks that my story didn’t get accepted to Leather Ever After, but it also means that Sassafras fucking Lowrey actually read something I wrote. Which is pretty awesome in and of itself. πŸ˜€

I recently submitted a poem to The New Yorker – having had two or three people (all from New York State) suggest that I should give it a whirl.
I’m expecting the same thing to happen – to get a very kind rejection letter in about two months. I mean, obviously, it would be awesome to get an acceptance letter. That would be fantastic. But I also think it would be awesome to have an editor from The New Yorker actually read my work and send me something about it.

So, yeah. One of my femme heroes read my story. Even though it didn’t make it into hir anthology, zi still read it. And I’m rather pleased about that. πŸ™‚

I will be reading said story (once I’ve timed it and, with any luck, discovered that it’ll fit within the time-constraints) at the Unholy Harvest Erotica Reading this October. Beyond that, I will see where-else I can submit it. I’m sure it’ll be perfect for somewhere. πŸ™‚


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Floating Bridge Review #5 – I’m in it! :-D


I woke up, on September 4th, to the lovely news that my poem, “Salmon”, has been chosen for publication in Floating Bridge Review #5, a Seattle-based annual anthology.

How cool is that? πŸ˜€

Payment will be In Kind – meaning that I get a copy of the edition that my poem is in. I’m rather excited as this is my first International print-publication. πŸ™‚

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