A swing and a miss…

June 30, 2007 at 1:11 pm (Rejections, Writing)

Got a rejection from Magic & Mechanica today for “Thinking Small.” Dissappointing, given all the work that went into it, but not really much I could have done about it. It was one of those close rejections:

I loved this concept of expansion involving deforestation and territorial defense. That the fairies magical ability is what prevents the King’s engineers from building bulldozers and plowing through them all is certainly problematic, and I enjoyed the solution of clockwork insects.

What they didn’t care much for was the writing style. I use multiple perspectives, which the editor said wasn’t his style.

I wish I could give you greater feedback on this piece. I fear, however, that this is one of those times where an editor remarks “it’s just not for me” in a vague sort of way.

I’ve got to admit I really like the folks over at Ricasso Press. They’ve rejected every single thing I’ve sent, but they’re very professional and usually quite helpful.

Now I just got to figure out where it goes next. I’m thinking it’s about time to try one of the biggies.


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Hot diggity dog!

June 29, 2007 at 6:07 pm (The Final Quarter, Writing)

The Final Quarter is done…at least this draft of it. I’m about ready to send it to Critters.

The novel didn’t turn out quite as long as I had expected, only 80,560 words, but I see no point in padding it just to get a few more thousand words out of it. I told the story I set out to tell and I finished the thing.



Now I’ve got another project to begin, should certain plans pan out. Watch this space for more details involving a possible serialized novel based on “First Night in Jennings Grove.”

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No news is boring

June 21, 2007 at 1:36 pm (Submissions, The Final Quarter, Writing)

Haven’t updated in awhile. And that’s mainly because there’s not been much to update about. Work has been crazy, and I haven’t had a lot of time to write.

I have sent a story called “Thinking Small” about a Fairy battle with clockwork spiders to  Magic & Mechania and rattled a couple hundred words into the novel, but that’s about it.

On the electronic front, I am working on a new Web site, which will probably see the light of day in a few months. Here’s a slight teaser:

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It ain’t always easy…

June 10, 2007 at 11:32 pm (Rejections, Writing)

Just reworked some parts of “Of Bones and Blades” based on my Critters critiques. I didn’t do a wholesale rewrite on it — it’s more subtle than that — but it still wasn’t easy. I guess the hard part was reading the critiques in the first place. A lot of it was downright brutal.

One person suggested to me recently that many on Critters might have to visit the bathroom to determine their posteriors from an excavation. I’ve certainly seen evidence of that in these, but I’ve also had to recognize the story had some major problems. I had a rant on here before about an editor’s objections to the story (for Black Dragon, White Dragon). I didn’t get where he was coming from. I guess having a dozen other people hammering the same things at me finally drove the point into my brain.

I tried to make the main character sympathetic by tacking on a desire to save his people, but didn’t really take the time to make his actions jive. He came across as an arrogant SOB and the reasons I gave rang hollow when compared to what he did. People identified more with the dragon he was hunting. I also stuck too much backstory in at the wrong places.

 So I think I solved that by simplifying the backstory in favor of the story’s strongest part all along: The action (it’s a battle sequence). I’ve also just decided to let the main character go ahead and be an SOB. The “save my people” thing isn’t gone entirely, but it’s secondary to him just wanting some really cool weapons.

 Here’s hoping it worked.

 In other news, “Routine Maintenance” has been rejected by Reality Complex.

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