As an author, it’s been more difficult for me to tackle fiction writing than non-fiction. However, once I got started, I found it both more challenging and more interesting.
Update December 2019
I am currently putting together a collection of selected work. Some of these are meant to be read aloud, such as a storyteller might do. Other pieces are short stories and flash fiction. It seems that the more I “work on” a piece, the longer it gets.
My latest piece is called “The Smiling Cat.” It has not yet been submitted anywhere.
I’m waiting on editor response for “The King’s Messenger” from a publication. I feel honored that “The King’s Messenger” received a request for more time for deliberation.
I use Submittable and Duotrope to track my submissions. They work together.
Of course, no story is ever truly finished. I can always “tweak” it a little and make it better. However, there comes a time to let a piece go.
My longest work so far is called “Anne Riddle in Hell Bent, Arizona” at 72,000 words. It’s about an undercover cop who is sent to a Native American reservation to take down the town cop, who is NOT N.A. I had to do a lot of research to get N.A. traditions right and worked extremely hard to not appropriate any particular tribe or nation. It’s bunk! The main character is a mouse, and unless I do a major re-write, it will never see the light of day.
For my collected works, I have about 10 pieces in the computer and another 10 to put there. I have a lot of work that I printed out and then changed computers – so I have the original work, but it’s no longer in digital format. Once they are all uploaded, I’ll see about putting them together in a collection.
I may put the spoken work pieces in a different collection since they are more designed for storytellers, rather than general readers.
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