Filed under: short fiction
Well, as far as words written, it’s probably not that impressive, but last night I made a lot of progress on the time dilation story. Math, physics, and characterization progress:
- I decided the ship was going too fast.
- I picked a destination, which gave me specific numbers to use instead of hand-waving.
- I decided that I was profoundly dissatisfied with one of the characters (the antagonist) and that said character had no redeeming virtues whatsoever, and was therefore cardboard and making my story suck.
I plugged in the specifics, and plan to spend some time making the antagonist likeable. The fun part was how casually the specifics sort of fell into the story. Heh.
I got a lovely mail-merged rejection note from F&SF. I was under the impression most places used preprinted sheets of paper: “Dear writer, thank you for thinking of us but we cannot use this material at this time. –Editor.” The body of the letter seems to be a form but it really has my name, address, and the story title in it. Do they do that for all 400-600 submissions a month?
Yes, this is shameless rejectomancy. 😉
I’ve already sent it out again. *crossing fingers*
I’d really like to post something like, “This year I will get published, sell my movie script, and win the Georgia Lottery,” but none of those things are under my control, so there’s no point in having them in a New Year’s Resolutions post. The following are items I think are reasonable New Year’s resolutions for me:
- Try to write every day.
- Send fiction to markets, and leave it on the market until sold.
- Finish movie script (vital first step to selling movie script).
- Henna my hair more often–maybe every Saturday. I’m getting surprisingly grey for my age, in my opinion. I blame working in IT for too many years.
- Spend more time petting kitties.