Monthly Archives: May 2011

Flash Fiction: Dinosaur Bones

As I said previously, I thought the Flash Fiction tab looked a bit lonely with a single, 100 word story posted, so I’ve added another story called Dinosaur Bones. (I took some liberties by having a primitive ancestor of man alive at the end of the dinosaurs’ reign of the planet, but I feel that’s pretty minor in the grand scheme of things.) So now there are two stories under Flash Fiction – one of which I haven’t posted anywhere else before here. 🙂

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Flash Fiction: Weekly Challenge #266

A week has passed, and that means another Weekly Challenge (#266 – this week’s topic: “Bugs”) from the good people at 100 Word Stories. I attempted this one as well, and they were kind enough to include my submission, even though I managed to miss the submission deadline by 5 hours. (I promise to be more prompt in the future!) Did I mention that it’s a contest? That means that you can vote on entries. I mention this both so you can go vote this week, and especially to point out that I won last week! (I feel there are better stories than mine this week, though – especially Whiskey Day‘s story – so feel free to vote for whichever story you liked best!) The topic for next week’s challenge is Ocean, and I’ve already got a few ideas for what I want to do with it…

As promised, I posted last week’s story in the Flash Fiction tab above. It looks so lonely up there by itself, though – I may have to write something just to give it some company. 😉

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Critiques and Cover Art

Steven Saus wrote a post in his blog about editing. In it, he says (and I’m paraphrasing here) that if a writer doesn’t allow his writing to be critiqued and edited, he (or she) is never going to improve. I agree. The short story currently posted, “Is She Real?“, went through 7 revisions, and was critiqued by 2 groups and 3 individuals before being posted. Still, I realized that I liked the idea of using the time that it’s up for free on this blog to give it one more shot at improvement before I put it up for sale. So here’s the deal: anyone who submits a critique (via e-mail to arch2ngel@hotmail.com, or as a reply to the story itself), and I use that critique to modify the story, I’ll give a free copy of the e-book.

In related news, it looks like I’ve found an artist to do the cover illustration. I was planning on doing this myself, but found myself increasingly frustrated at the effort. So I’m very happy to pass on that responsibility. Once things are more finalized, I’ll let everyone know the details. 🙂

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Flash Fiction: Weekly Challenge #265

100 Word Stories has posted their Weekly Challenge #265, of which I participated with a story about time travel called “A Time For Everything.” I’m going to wait until next week’s challenge has been posted before putting the story in the “Flash Fiction” tab on this blog, so if you want to read it, head on over to the 100 Word Stories website to do so! At the end of the stories is a podcast with all of the stories, most of which (including my own) are read by the author – and previous podcasts had the moderator comment on the stories, so I’m curious to see what he says about mine. (I’m at work, so I can’t listen, though I intend to do so once I get home!)

There is a poll, so it’s possible to “win” the challenge, though the prize for winning is to set the topic for an upcoming challenge. Definitely nice, and I’d love to say I won, but there are a lot of good stories, and for me, it’s just about actually writing and getting my stories out into the aether.

Next Week’s Challenge has the topic of “Bugs” – I think I can do something with that… 🙂

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Short Story: Is She Real?

I should probably post this here, so that it’ll show up in “Recent Posts” and “Categories” – I’ve posted the first short story, “Is She Real?”, into the Short Story tab up above (or here, for your convenience). It’s about a man with schitzophrenia who meets a woman and struggles to decide if she’s real, or just another schizophrenic episode… Give it a read, and let me know what you think – good and bad! 🙂

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Plans

I came to the conclusion that I didn’t want to have a blank website for anyone that might follow the link from the 100 Word Stories‘ Weekly Challenge on Sunday. As such, I’ve decided to post my “Is She Real?” story (the one I previously mentioned was completed for the Creative Writing class I took at Collin College.)

I’ve been looking pretty closely at what Christian Cantrell and Steven Saus have to say about e-publishing, and I’ve come up with a very tentative plan. Namely, I’m going to post my newest short story in the tab next to “About” labeled “Short Story.” The story up there now is “Is She Real?” and will probably stay up there for a little while. The reason for that is because, when I put another story in it’s place, I want to have it formatted to be sold as an e-book through Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook. The plan is to offer these individual stories for $0.99 (I think that’s the minimum I’m allowed to charge through their websites), and when I’ve got approximately 300 pages worth of stories (including the Flash Fiction stories), I’ll compile them into an anthology for $4.99 as an e-book, as well as look into self-publishing a hardcopy paperback book (maybe through Lulu, or a similar company – no idea what the price range would be on that).

Any story that’s less than 1,000 words will be available for free under a “Flash Fiction” tab – and I’ll just have them all posted there, not just the newest one. (I just can’t see charging people for such low word count – except in the case of anthologies, where the amount of them will have a cumulatively high word count…)

So that’s the “master plan,” which, frankly, scares me quite a bit. I don’t know how to do e-publishing. I’ve never tried to self-publish. I loved Mr. Cantrell’s request idea that “if you choose to read one of the free versions of <insert story>, I would really appreciate a quick tweet, Facebook mention, Amazon review, or blog post in return,” but I have no idea how to set up a facebook mention, and I would need to post the stories on Amazon before I could do the review link.  As a result, all of that will probably come more slowly, as I figure out how to do each part. Until then, I can post the story here (I know how to do that much!), so please do read it, and let me know what you think – good and bad. 🙂

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Hi There!

My name is Daniel Worthington, and this is my blog dedicated to my own stories, as well as my thoughts on other people’s stories. I’m an avid lover of science fiction and especially fantasy, so much of what I write will be concerning such themes.

I just finished a creative writing class through the local Community College, Collin College. As such, I have one story finished and two more that need a bit of polishing before I’m ready to present them to the world.

I’ve also just heard about the Weekly Contest over at 100 Word Stories, and submitted a story for the next round. It’s decidedly hard to write a story in under 100 words, but it was a fun challenge, so I plan to participate each week. I’ll write a post linking to it each week that I actually do so. (That will probably be my next post, on Sunday.)

In any case, I should have more – hopefully a LOT more – to write in the days and weeks to come. See you around the web!

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