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January 30th, 2015 at 9:51:30 PM permalink
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That's sort of why I asked. Just wondering where you went after you did all the work.


With a short story, in particular Science Fiction, I would send it to one of the magazines still in circulation. This also works with longer works that are still short of a novel.

For a novel, or any kind of stand-alone book (which I suppose children's stories are), you go to a publisher. These days you can search online for them and what policies they have on submissions. Most publishers take submissions from beginners. I suppose you could look for an agent, too, but there I'm completely clueless.
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February 19th, 2015 at 9:31:28 AM permalink
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Perhaps all it takes is a little incentive:

http://topsidepress.com/news/cfs-short-speculative-fiction-by-transgender-writers/

This is a good opportunity. I had thought to submit my stories to any SciFi mags still in existence. Still the publication date in the link is Fall 2016, while the submission deadline is Dec. 1st 2015. Sooooo, if I can get them done by March, I can submit them to the magazines and, if rejected, to the link above.

I fear this means I need deadlines in order to work....

Well, better get cracking this weekend on "Ours" and later on "Betrayal." And then to start making up another one. The rest of my pipeline are at least novellas, two are novels.
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February 20th, 2015 at 2:22:49 PM permalink
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I got an idea for re-writing "Golden."

The notion is that she will be popular, respected, liked and even loved by the vast majority of those in the interstellar ark(*), yet not one of them supports her. It's going to be tough. I'm not sure I can do this to her.

And I still need a story, and it can't take 250+ years as the original did.


(*) I'm thinking of naming the ark either "Kemet" or "Abydos." Extra points to those who know what either names refers to. Double extra points to anyone who knows why the first one can be spelled "Kmt."
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May 26th, 2015 at 1:38:35 PM permalink
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Having written half the story, I find it interesting it flowed near what I outlined but not exactly. For instance, they set up camp in the cave on purpose.

Anyway, next we get what I outlined before, in that order. after Marina is streamed up and comes to face her dead husband, the scene continues to sick bay. Then we cut to Hank going through agony as he awaits word from the doctor about his wife, but this gets interrupted by the captain who has news about... But that would be telling.

I also found a name for the ship "Imhotep," which led to the planet's name "Kemet," and a shuttle's name, "Sakkara."

One last thing. When I got home I found the original outline I wrote for the story. Overall I think I improved the setting a great deal. But the curious thing is in the outline I'd named Marina and Hank "Thalberg." For some reason, this escaped my memory. Instead I wrote their name as "Brook" when I got into the story

I like both names with Brook, so Brook it stays.
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October 29th, 2015 at 8:31:33 AM permalink
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Maybe I should have been paying more attention. While I'm past the little bit of block I got stuck on, and will easily finish Ours, revisions and all, by next month (fingers crossed), the story limit is "up to 10,000 words." According to MS Word, I've managed 8,500+ words by now, and the story still ahs a way to go.

Looking back on it, there's no way to simplify it. I needed to establish Marina's and Green's characters, as well as some of the ships' crew's dynamic. I also had to lay out an interesting scientific problem. I suppose that could be thrown out, with Marina and team going down to Kemet just for general exploration. But then why is she team leader? She has to be, not just to get left behind in the streaming, but in order to finish establishing her character.

Why the last? Because when we check on Rina stranded down in New Egypt, I intended to show someone who is the same but different. And I think I managed it with two phrases, but only because of the previous development.

The important thing is that I'm happy with the story (That's a lie. The important thing is to get published).
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November 3rd, 2015 at 7:14:14 AM permalink
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Ugh! I hate it when I try to write and all that comes out is nothing...

I know what's supposed to happen next, but not how. So I just wasted a 3-day weekend staring at a blank page on the screen. try as I might, I couldn't get the scene out. And try as I might, I couldn't think of how to put it into words.

Today I did something I haven't done in a while. I drove to work without an audiobook or podcast playing, and I concentrated on thinking about the story. Amazingly, it worked. I think this is my version of Asimov's bad movie.

He mentioned a few times that when he got stuck, he would go see a bad or mediocre movie, one which made few intellectual demands, and let his subconscious work things out.

That's not exactly what I do. Instead I find I can think up fiction better while I'm driving, provided I concentrate on it (I've mentioned this before), provided I don't concentrate on something else, like and audio book. I may just make it a habit once a week...
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