Yeah, we have Sunday Vignettes on Sunday, an act of reckless exuberance that will probably go down in history.
Normally there would be a promo post, but the Ambulatory mollusc has a new minion and is working very hard. I’m trying to automate the process, because otherwise, putting in my associate’s code, by itself, takes two hours or so. In two hours I can write a short story or an article for PJM, or pet cats, or cuddle my husband, or go for a walk. The rather tedious code inserting job is simply not at the top of my list. And I’m very grateful to Freerange oyster, when he does it, and I understand his other demands. Speaking of which, the Oyster does copy-editing and other stuff and is looking for work to help feed the new minion. I understand you can reach him at his editing address.
Also, a frequent commenter here, Kim Du Toit, just lost his wife Connie. Many of us read them and listened to their podcast. Her prolonged battle with cancer left him in rather tight financial straits, as such things do these days, because snatching another day of life from the jaws of cancer is an heroic and expensive endeavor. He’s started a gofundme to try to get his life back together and himself back on his feet. If you have a few shekels you can spare, please throw them his way. Bloggers don’t have insurance, they don’t have unions, and they most certainly don’t have government programs. All we have is each other and our loyal readers.
He will be starting a blog again tonight, and I’ll come here and put the link here, when it’s live.
And now I’ll go to try to finish UNCHARTED:Lewis and Clark in the Arcane Territories which I am writing with Kevin J. Anderson. Once that is in, I’ll start on Guardian. Since I can’t excerpt Guardian here (I’m sending Larry VERY raw first draft) but I’m going to be too immersed to do much of anything else, when I start working on Guardian again, probably next week, I’ll probably excerpt Grant in Portugal, aka Dark Fate here, every day for a week or two. I hope you guys will stick around.
And now I’m going to have a massive quantity of coffee and work.
D*mn it, forgot because I do that: if you haven’t got the idea this year is shaping up to be one long sprint in terms of work, let me assure you I am booked to a fare-thee-well. If I can get in a couple of guest posts a week, it would greatly help. So if you want to see your name in lights (little blog lights. Pixels, really) email me at scifi*mylastname* at gmail. Remove the asterisks and replace what’s between them with my last name, and finish the domain name. FOR THE LOVE OF BOB (Heinlein) put BLOG POST in the subject line, or I’ll lose them and not be able to find them. One of you has made me a folder to upload them to, but considering how things are and my endemic disorganization, having that subject line doesn’t hurt.
Also if you need structural edits, the person I use is D. Jason Fleming. It’s one of those things, you either have a talent for or you don’t. He does. I don’t have his editing email, but if you email me, I’ll have found it by then and let you know. Again, structural edit is not copy-edit, it is rather “I feel I lost my way in this novel, where did I do wrong?” Or “this never seemed to come together, can it be saved?” I understand he’s also willing to do audio books, and depending on how things work out (I’d approached another friend first but he’s really busy, and it keeps getting put off) he might be doing a large portion of mine.
And NOW the post is complete.
Sunday Vignettes by Luke, ‘Nother Mike and Mary Catelli
So what’s a vignette? You might know them as flash fiction, or even just sketches. We will provide a prompt each Sunday that you can use directly (including it in your work) or just as an inspiration. You, in turn, will write about 50 words (yes, we are going for short shorts! Not even a Drabble 100 words, just half that!). Then post it! For an additional challenge, you can aim to make it exactly 50 words, if you like.
We recommend that if you have an original vignette, you post that as a new reply. If you are commenting on someone’s vignette, then post that as a reply to the vignette. Comments — this is writing practice, so comments should be aimed at helping someone be a better writer, not at crushing them. And since these are likely to be drafts, don’t jump up and down too hard on typos and grammar.
If you have questions, feel free to ask.