I realize I never post on my blog after midnight anymore. Isn’t that why I named it Midnight Meditations? What’s up with that? Well, tonight I give you a post in true form. It’s 1:08 here. Wee!
A few random thoughts:
1. So, you know how I had this short story that I was “ready” to send off? Well I was waiting on a crit from a published author I have become acquainted with. As of yesterday morning, I thought the story was golden. It has been through five readers and five different rounds of hard edits. I was ready to just send it out.
So glad I didn’t. The last crit came tonight. It was encouraging, but she said (in a nutshell) “You can still trim this down quite a bit.”
Well, at first I scoffed. Oh brother. I’ve already shaved over 4000 words off this baby. And that’s a lot for a short story (novelette really, but details, details.) I felt like it was generic advice and I was ready to brush it aside.
Again, SO glad I didn’t. After thinking about it for a few minutes, I decided to go back into my story and prove that I was right, that the story was in ship shape.
Wrong. I took over 800 words out. I was shocked. And excited. I plan to go through it one more time and just keep slicing.
2. I promised you a little more about my shiny, twinkly new story idea. I want to, but it’s too late tonight to go into details. I’ll say this. It’s Sci Fi. Not YA. Dystopian, kind of . . . Dark. Possibly tragic. And, I envisioned my MC, clear as crystal, from the beginning. She looks almost exactly like this:
(an actress named Sienna Guillory, if you wanted to know.)
More details to come soon!