Contests and Serials

On top of my day to day life of tackling a two year old and working on my Young Adult Paranormal book, I am working towards other writing projects. I just finished a short story for a literary journal which I mentioned before. It’s not my usual genre of writing, but one beta reader loved it and the other is currently reading it. Once they are done, the story is going to the journal. I also have a few more stories I plan on working on.

One of them is a flash fiction. Usually a 100 word short story is easy for me. Usually. I have an idea of what I want to do, but aside from that, I’m stumped. It’s rough trying to write something that is more like nonfiction and changing it to fiction. I’m not one to write about my life, but I think what I want to do is a great idea for a 100 word short story.

Another contest I just heard about is a poetry contest. Now, I know my poetry is not the best, but I do have some poems that could be submitted. What’s great is the entry fee is only $16 and I can use both unpublished and published works. I definitely have some poems I can use for that. My only problem is, do I choose something funny or something disturbing? Maybe one of each.

Along with these many contests and literary journal submissions, I am writing a serial. I love the idea of serials. It’s very Victorian literature and I love Victorian literature. It was my favorite class in college. Anyway, I figure a serial is a great way to keep me writing and experiment with my writing as well as keeping my mind from going crazy with my second draft. I have no doubt that the serial is going to be equally as hard, but it will be just as rewarding. What’s more, I plan on writing the serial for NaNoWriMo. Since an episode is roughly 25k words, I can feasibly write two for NaNoWriMo. I plan on working on episode one before November and plan for two more episodes for this NaNoWriMo.

I am extremely excited for the serial. It’s a character I’ve been wanting to write with. He’s an inventor and genius. Think the love child of The 11th Doctor and Sherlock. Yeah, he’s that kind of awesome. The setting is a steampunk UK. I have a basic knowledge of the UK and will most likely not be exact with its geography and names, but that’s why it’s steampunk. It’s an A.U. of our UK.

I’m sure I’m biting off more than I can chew. The good thing about the poetry contest is that I have a bunch of poems I can use. And I am done with one of the many short stories that need to be written. The contests aren’t due for a while, but it’s always good to be ahead of the game. Funny, I’m never ahead in anything except for my writing contest submissions when I submit.

On a totally different note, I finally took pictures for my Etsy store. The place will have stock again soon!

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