So whew I've had a lot going on writing-wise for a guy that still can't kick these allergies and can barely think straight. At least my sore throat is finally easing up. Now hopefully the rest will follow my throat's example.
What have I been working on?
First, I've got a suspenseful short story about a guy and his grandfather's houseboat. Sounds dramatic right? It's about 4800 words long and it's one of the most ruthlessly violent stories I've written. Despite the impression many of you might have, most of what I have written up to this point in my life has maybe been a little dark, but not necessarily violent. This story is pretty brutal. I don't think it's gratuitous at all, and it's not especially gory, but there's definitely a lot of physical action that results in pain. Odd thing is, I don't have a title yet. Usually I pride myself on snappy titles but so far I have yet to get this one past, "the houseboat suspense story." Lame!
Heads up, I will be asking for readers on this story because I do a lot of temporal shenanigans and I want to make sure that the reader can follow the story.
Second, I got a good jump last night on a short story inspire by this Flashy Fiction. Different characters, different setting, but same "universe," for lack of a better word. It's sort of a more arbitrary take on the conspiracy theory. There are people carving up the world, and apparently because it's just a game. Neat!
Third, Rose and I spent a lot of time today hammering through one of our WIP's, and we managed to not only give it direction but to sketch out a rough chapter outline. A Gift From the Fallen One, taking place in a world sustained by deified ancestors and governed by their human descendants, is the story of a small group of people who are brought together by one six year-old girl, cursed from birth, whose ritual death may be required to save the world. Woohoo!
Okay, now to go disengage my brain for a while.