If you visit my blog more than once every other week or so (my blog stats do not convince me that there are more than maybe a few of you who do, if any), then you may have noticed some activity on the blog’s sidebar; namely: a new project in the Writing Project Progress Update block.
The new project is code-titled “Story of K”, and I’m writing it for a specific market. (On spec, of course. I wasn’t invited to submit anything. As such, my expectations for it’s future at said market are at a realistically low level; which is not to say I’m not excited and hopeful.) The market for which I’m writing it has a hard upper-limit of 6,000 words for submissions. My personal goal was to keep it under 5,000 words. I overshot both, with a finished first draft of 7,500 words – which I completed in about two weeks.
I actually managed to trim that to 6,400 words on my first edit pass for the second draft. I’m reading through it again already and I’ve trimmed it further still.
But… as we speak, I still have another 200 words to cut to get it under 6,000 words. Each consecutive word to cut gets harder and harder to find.
The deadline for this market is the end of August – that is to say, days away.
If there are any of you out there still reading this – and possessed of sufficient bandwidth over the next couple days – who might have a desire to read and critique a story with a very short turn-around, I’d be most grateful. That’s my fantasy, anyway. I don’t actually expect any of you out there to have the time to sign on… especially as I’m still in a “can’t make any promises” state about offering return critiques.
So that’s what’s going on. Naturally, because of this, forward movement on the novel has taken a temporary back-seat. Likely after I”m done with this I’ll return to revising my other short-story project so I can try to do something with that, too. Then back to the novel. For now: the looming question is will I get this downsized enough in time? Stay tuned.