How about this guy? Good looking fella, right? He’s a Troodontid named Stenonychosaurus, and is roughly the size of a large wolf. He was a pack hunter, and based on the size of the brainpan, scientists think he was the smartest of all the dinosaurs. And that made him ideal for the story I did.
Yes, the story for the Severed Press anthology is done. Well, the rough draft is done, anyway. The problem is they wanted something between 2000 and 7000 words, and unfortunately, my first draft is over 9000.
So yeah, I’m tearing through it, trying to cut out 2000 words or more. I’ve managed to get it down to about 8300 words so far, and am still ripping it up. I know I can do it, but it’s hard, leaving things “on the cutting room floor” so to speak. Still, if past experience is any guide, the story should be better for it when I’m done. Short stories are great lessons in learning to write tight, concise, and clear prose, even though the lessons can be a bit painful.
Honestly, I’m having as much trouble figuring out what to call as I did in writing it. See, there’s a contract I’m supposed to fill out for Severed, and one of the fields is “story entitled”. The problem is, I have absolutely no idea what to call it. Usually, I either have a title from the beginning of a project, or it comes to me as I write it. On this one, I’m already finished, and I still have no idea. I’ve toyed with several ideas, but none of them really fit. And until I slap a name on it, I can’t finish filling out the contract! How crazy is that?
Anyway, I hope to have the word count down by the end of the day, and I’m considering sending it out to some beta readers tomorrow. I should be able to get a quick turnaround on a 7000 word story, and betas will probably help me catch things my own eyes will miss (it’s the old “writer’s eye sees what it expects to see” problem). Better yet, maybe some of them will have some title ideas!
Let’s see, what else do I have to report? Baby Bird got straight A’s for her first semester in her Master’s program. We’re very proud of her, of course.
I can’t really think of anything else I need to report on. And if I can’t think of anything more, then I guess it’s time to close this out and get back to writing. Looks like it’s going to be a short post this week.
So stay safe, and I’ll talk to you all next time.