Not that I actually want to make any assumptions about faithfulness. I just thought it was a fun greeting. Um…you know what? Never mind. That whole topic just doesn’t belong here. Though I do hope you’re all enjoying yourselves fully, in ways you find appropriate. I’ll move on now to whatever it was I thought I was writing about.
Aha! The cover pic is a major clue! As is the headline. Maybe I should just quit screwing around (er…) and get to the point, eh?
So: there will be a new ebook out sometime next week. Probably Wednesday or later. Initially the price will be $.99, but the long-term plan is to offer six of the seven included stories individually for $.99, and the collection for $2.99 (with the extra story not available for sale). All this stuff may gang agley, but that’s the plan. For now.
So here’s the story behind the stories: Back in September I wanted to try a new approach to writing shorter fiction. I thought it might be a fun exercise to do 30 stories in 30 days…which was ridiculous, but I set out to do it anyway.
Of course there was no way I could come up with that many story ideas in advance. As for outlining? That wasn’t going to happen. I mean, it would be hard for anybody—but I can’t really write to an outline anyway. If I need to figure out what happens next, it’s easy: I write whatever I think might be the most fun to read. For me. Oddly, that tends to end up creating some sort of cohesive whole. Eventually, and after a lot of rewriting, but it’s what I do.
So I came up with 30 initial sentences, and told myself I could choose one of them per day. I would come up with a second sentence that established some sort of tension or conflict with the first, and go on from there. Blindly, I would discover what I wanted to write about.
Guess what, though? I didn’t write 30 stories.
My basic scheme sort of worked, but I would often get to a point where it felt right to stop, go to sleep, and see what my fingers felt like doing in the morning. It turned out that I actually liked the stories I was writing, and I didn’t want to short-change them.
So…seven stories in 30 days. Each one is an experiment. In a couple of cases I later wanted to change the initial sentence, but I wouldn’t allow myself to do it. And just for fun, I included most of the original 30 sentences at the end of the book. Maybe you, or I, or someone will use them…might be fun.