Rejection number 10 (form letter) came in yesterday. Time to send that story out somewhere else.
On the “dancing, not quite from rooftops” level of awesome, I queried about another story that had been in the ether fora couple months and found that they’re holding it for consideration/second opinions. I’m going to interpret this is a win, even if they don’t take the story. It means I’m getting past the first glance, which is a mark of improvement. Go me.
I have an edit of that story also, so I responded thanking them for letting me know where I stood and offered up the edit if they’d like to see it. I like both versions (one is cleaner since more eyes went over it) but who knows what they’ll want? Anyway, I’m psyched that I’m at least being considered.
Meanwhile, I’m working on the novella which will never sell. Seriously, who buys fantasy novellas? I’m going to try to keep it under 17k words so I can at least enter it in the ‘Writers of the Future’ contest. I just finished Ken Rand’s (may he RIP) “Ten Percent Solution” and intend to put his ideas into practice to reduce the draft of the novella to as short as I can get it without hurting the story.
Then I need to type up Sparks and finish it. I know where the story is going now, and the logistics of the fort. All that I need to do is add some kick ass fighting and I’ll have story. I really like the concept, but I’m not too sure I can write good fights. I think I’ll enlist my husband to help me keep things realistic while still awesome. There’s always a balance in fight scenes between cinematic kick-ass and “he did what with that sword?”
After Sparks and A Prince Called Courage are finished, I swear I’m going back to Chwedl. I haven’t added a single new word to the novel in months (though I did do a bit of editing of the first 60k words). Time to finish that baby so I can move on to finishing my Albetross (ie Casimir Hypogean).
All right. Back to work on Novella that Won’t Sell.