What’s in the Can and What’s in the Oven

I was going to do this post with a Google Docs coda as well, but I’ve found my really long posts don’t go over very well if I have too many of them so I’ll break it off into it’s own post. For now let’s talk about what I’ve been writing and what I plan on writing.

You all know about my failed attempt to at a secret project (which was really just a pathetic attempt once again to try to revive my dormant PI novel in time for the SMP/PWA contest) but i haven’t talked much about anything else I’ve got cooking.

Back at the beginning of the month I entered the Esquire Short Short fiction contest with a story of exactly 79 words that is my own post-modern take on the alleged Ernest Hemingway baby shoes six word story. In general I detest flash fiction and micro fiction, but in this case I had what I thought was a neat spin and I liked the challenge of getting it to exactly 79 words. But that piece I view more as poetry than prose.

And just last week I sent off my entry in the Write a Dead Man novel contest. I’ve enjoyed reading these books and found myself wondering a number of times how to approach getting the gig to write one myself and then bam! this contest came along. I had a riot reading through the earlier books in the series and coming up with a new twist on the story and history of Matt Cahill and his quest. I really like that if I do win the gig to write the book I’ve already got a nice little synopsis to guide me in writing the thing which can’t be said for most else of what I write.

Which brings us to the pipeline. At the beginning of the year I was on quite a streak with the Murder Boy novel. Channeling the great pulp spirits I took the 24k worth of the novel I had been sitting on for most of a year and ran it up to 60k in a month. Then I doddled with it more another couple of months before abandoning it for the PI book and then the Dead Man book. Now I want to get back into that pulp spirit and knock out the remaining 12-15k words in 12-15 days. I don’t see any reason why I can’t do it. And I think Google Docs will be a good help in this quest. We’ll see though. Yes sir we’ll see.

What’s in your oven these days?

One thought on “What’s in the Can and What’s in the Oven

  1. I’m working on a cosy and obsessing over word count. It’s going to be short, but I’m hoping and praying I can get it to 60k without having to revamp the plot. Naturally all this apprehension is not helping me get words on the page.

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