WIP-it Wednesday: June 24th, 2015

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Time for a new weekly writer’s roundup of my works-in-progress and those ready to read!

I’ve been on a “stay-cation” since Monday and I’ve enjoyed the rest and relaxation by… (you guessed it), writing! ;-) I’ve been getting some things done in advance of attending the four days of PortCon starting tomorrow. I’m looking forward to seeing and meeting all the friends, artists, creators and performers that will be there! Although I’m going to the convention to enjoy myself and not pitch my stories and writing, the event can also be a fun place to network with other writers and readers by happenstance, and meet illustrators open to commissioned work.

Yay! PortCon! XD
Yay! PortCon! XD

Last year at the convention, I had a number of people ask me for the web address of my blog or specific stories and didn’t have anything specific to give them. This year I have even more material to potentially share, so I decided to make a general business card:

AE_Card_2015_JPGI have also created five specific, postcard sized story cards to have something better than scribbled out notes and addresses to hand out if it comes up:

A Contract in Azure and Indigo
A Contract in Azure and Indigo
The Showroom
The Showroom
Out to Pasture
Out to Pasture
Adraxis Alas Asmon
Adraxis Alas Asmon
Allied Section Alpha: Raid on the Château de la Malartrie
Allied Section Alpha: Raid on the Château de la Malartrie

They’ll also have a QR code link and my email address on the back… Ten or twenty bucks at the local print-shop will give me the small number of each I’ll need in my convention-bag! :-)

Writing-wise, I got the feedback from my alpha-readers on the latest chapter of Raid on the Château de la Malartrie and I’ve been working that in. It’s looking good!

Last week, the Monthly Fantasy Writing Challenge on Reddit was announced for June, and just like I suspected last week, it involves flash fiction submissions of a thousand words or less. The challenge starts on the 29th.

I ended up mapping out three story ideas for the months prompt: “write an action short story or capsule fight scene set in tavern”. Two of them are good, but six hundred words into one and almost a thousand deep on the other I knew there was no way they were going to fit within the word-count limit and still be any good, even in an abridged form. Both prompted some new world-building for my Burus setting that I liked, and I’m saving them to finish later as longer stories.

Flash fiction can be deceptively hard to execute well and still tell a story and not a cut-scene.

Instead, I hatched a completely different third idea from the prompt on Monday afternoon, and finished a thousand word draft that night. The edits on it have gone well, and I hope Rumble at the Red Rock Tavern is a quick, enjoyable read when I share it! I’m happy with it, and best of all it’s almost done so I can focus on having fun at the convention and returning to work on Raid on the Château de la Malartrie. :-)

Alright, time for me to stop blogging and get back to writing some fiction! Take care!

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