So… I have two weeks from today to finish my final final draft, write a cover-letter, and mail (or e-mail) the story.
The good news, obviously, is that the “penultimate” draft is done! You’ll see that in my status (at the top of the main page) and in the update bar to the right. What makes it penultimate and not final is that I’m still going through and editing for language and style and, to a certain degree, for space. It’s currently clocking in at 12,200 words – securely in Novelette space. But I was hoping to whittle it down to around 12,000 words.
Either way, that’s the state of affairs here.
If (and when) the story gets sold, I’ll reveal the title of the story and where the story will be found. (That’s a big IF, for sure.) I keep the title secret on this particular story only because the title betrays the fundamental premise of the story – the big “what if” question that the story asks. This story naturally evolved from that title. What I like about it is that it’s naturally self-selecting: you can sort of tell if you’ll enjoy reading the story simply by reading the title. Either it intrigues you, or it bores you, and if it intrigues you I assume you’ll read more.
That said, the working title of the next story I plan to work on does not reveal any fundamental premises, so I can go ahead and say the next story – which I shall hope to begin drafting within a month of sending off this first story – will be called “What Happened in August Valley”. How does that sound? I usually start writing after I’ve found what I consider a good title. I like this, so it gives me motivation to write the story that goes with it.