I’m busy with not one but three short stories at the moment and they’re all in various drafting stages.
What are you working on?
One is in it’s final draft. Actually I thought it was until I read it out loud yesterday and it started off so well. Like a sail boat out on a picture perfect day caught in a fair wind…and then from those blue depths burst forth the Kraken and with snapping beak and spiteful cry pulled the sailboat down. Yikes!
I am left with one sole survivor, now adrift clinging to one of those bright orange buoys.
All this misery because of one bad paragraph.
The other is a story about an unsuccessful and therefore frustrated musician. And that, really, is all I know for sure. She has admitted to having been married once before in her late teens (to a butcher) but really I cannot see why she is so insistent on being immortalized (don’t laugh) in one of my stories when there is little hope of her securing a record deal. Yet I cannot shake her off.
Then there is the story about an insurance broker with a roving eye and that story I know is complete. But oh the ending! the ending is so extreme (but not unheard of or improbable) that without a short history lesson on the political events that led to that momentous ending, how will the reader ‘buy’ that ending? One would have to be a history buff I reckon to appreciate this story.
Should I include a short prologue of some sort? And if it needs a prologue then maybe it’s a novel? Aaargh.
Part of me thinks I should just submit this last story and wait for the rejection letters to come in.
I suspect editors will respond with three letters: WTF?
Anyway I’d love to hear what you’re working on right now and if you do work on more than one story or poem at a time.