Saturday, April 16, 2011

Weekend Update

I had planned on a different post today, but I think I'll save it for Monday. This week/month has been so busy! The Imagination Begins With You High School Short Story Contest is in full swing. I received my 1/3rd of the entries and it was around 175 pages! Isn't that great?

However, it's taking time to read all the entries and pick my top five for the semi-finals. Why you might ask?

Because most of them are about suicide and death. I can only read so many at a time before taking a break. It seriously has me worried about the youth of today. One twitter buddy suggested it is simply a coping mechanism for them. I hope so. What do you think?

In other news, Chris Kelworth started a page to set up critique groups withing the Crusaders Group. Check it out if you're interested.

And finally, I started a short story this week based on this thought that came to me as I fell asleep one night.
"Shadows are everywhere and you never give them a second thought. You should. They think about you all the time."
Sorry Doctor, this is something new, but you did inspire me.

I think this one might turn out good enough to submit somewhere. *fingers crossed*. I've also spent all week fine tuning the first 25 pages of SENDEK so I can start querying again. After much deliberation, I've returned to the dream sequence as my beginning.

I know, I know! But here's why.
  • Everyone whose read the two options is pulled in more by the dream.
  • The whole plot is based on her finding the answer to these dreams.
  • The dreams are what make Talia who she is.
  • They are the reason she has no one. And I mean no one. 
  • I found a way to start it so its not a "fake out". Talia knows she's in the dream and it actually adds some depth because of how she reacts to the dream in spite of herself. (yeah, more vagueness from me.)
So, that's where I am this week and I hope to start querying again next week. Now to skim the WIP for some needed "trickle down" changes. I also changed it so that Talia knows Johardin is the city from her dreams. She's always known (and this makes WAY more sense than the way I had it before, trust me). It changes how she views this career move and what it means in conjunction with the dreams. *squee* It's so much better!

Well, I hope you are all having a great weekend! See you Monday.