Well, I’ve completed a 100 Word Story, so I have something to submit for that website’s Weekly Challenge, posted on Sundays. I also began working on “Daniel Worthington’s Unrealistic Pitch for a total reboot of the Marvel Universe.” I refer to it as an “Unrealistic Pitch” because a) Marvel isn’t planning to do a reboot and b) I wouldn’t be in charge, even if they did! (I also have “what Daniel would’ve done with a total reboot of the DC Universe” that I’ll probably post that after I finish with Marvel…)
For a basic overview, I would relaunch with stories from Universe 1. (The Marvel Universe has long been referred to as Universe 616, so it’s a simple matter to begin again with the “first” universe.) I would do this starting in the fifth week of a five Wednesday month with several oversized (say, 72 pages), underpriced ($1-2 range) specials setting up the new continuity (an Avengers special, an X-men special, a Street Level special, etc.) followed by the new continuity the next month. I’ll talk about each in turn, starting with the X-titles…
So here it is, Tuesday night, and I haven’t finished 5 reviews from last week. The reason for that is simple: real life intruded and I had to put the reviews on hold.
I was asked to take care of three puppies whose mother died – they were literally days old when this happened, and needed to be bottle-fed four times a day – and there was the very real posibility that any of them might not survive. Normally (and even to start), my mother was the one who was taking care of them (she helps out animal rescue organizations on a fairly regular basis), but she was scheduled to go to New Hampshire for two weeks, so I helped out. I was able to go to work fulltime, feed the puppies (and my mom’s own dogs), and write the reviews the first week, but last week my body decided it was time to get sick. So I gave up working on the reviews and struggled through helping the pups out until my mom’s return on Saturday. Sunday night, I slept 16 1/2 hours, and last night another 9 1/2 hours. This whole thing took a lot out of me.
In any case, my mom’s back home, I’m feeling better (I only have a stuffy nose left), and so I decided to try to finish up the reviews before comics come out tomorrow. I apologize for the inconvenience, if anyone was really looking forward to any particular review that I haven’t gotten to yet, but I’m hopeful to have them all done before I start on the next batch tomorrow (I work nights, so I’ve got all night tonight to work on ’em.)
For this week, 100 Word Stories’ Weekly Challenge topic was “Armadillo,” and I honestly didn’t think I had anything to say on the subject. I was debating what to write on (as I’ve said previously, if I can’t get inspired by the topic, I’ll just write a flash fiction story on another topic and skip the challenge), but I decided to do my due dilligence and try to write on the topic. So I checked out the wikipedia entry on armadillos, and found inspiration therein. Who would’ve thunk it? 😉 In any case, my entry was entitled “The Armadillo Incident” – hope you enjoy it! Oh, and last week’s entry, “Parasitic Dreams,” is up under the Flash Fiction tab.
The topic for next week’s challenge is Falling. What to write, what to write… 🙂
So…last week was characterized by frustration and failure. I was unable to finish the story for the Crimson Pact in time (in point of fact, I still haven’t finished it, though I still intend to do so), didn’t even attempt to write an entry for 100 Word Stories’ Weekly Challenge (my goal was to write one for each week’s contest for at least a year), and on top of it all, I failed to update this blog (not that I had a lot to add, given that nothing I wrote was completed, but at the very least, I did still have last week’s entry in the weekly challenge to post…) So all in all, not a good week. But here we are in this week, and I’ve updated the Flash Fiction tab above with the aforementioned “Atlantis Returns” story. Next week’s Weekly Challenge has the topic “Read,” and I’m batting around ideas for what to do with it.
The other thing I wanted to do with this blog was to review other people’s works that I’ve read. I’m thinking of amending that slightly. I’ve read on multiple author’s websites that they appreciate amazon reviews. So I’m thinking of posting reviews there, and linking to them from here… I’m only thinking about it, though, as I’m still debating the merits of each.
On the other hand, I have decided to review the DC Comics coming out in September, which I’ll post here (especially since amazon doesn’t sell individual issues of comic books.) DC is relaunching their entire line of comics in September, and a lot of continuity changes will be effected. They’re also shaking up the creative teams on each book. This means that I really don’t know which titles I’m going to want to read, and I’ve decided to give them all a chance. I’ll give each one issue to pursuade me to pick up the second issue, whittling down the number I purchase until I get to the ones I really want to continue collecting regularly. Most of these will be in tradepaperback format (in which case, if I decide to pick up the trades, I’ll stop picking up individual issues after the second issues – kinda pointless to pick up most of the story in individual issues, only to wait for the trade for the last couple…) If I’m worried that a title will be cancelled, I’ll pick up the individual issues through the storyarc (and beyond). If I just cannot wait until the story is complete to find out what happens next, I’ll pick up the individual issues. This is hard, though, as excitement is only a part of it – I have to feel that I got enough out of the individual issues to warrant picking them up separately. I was highly interested in Fear Itself (a crossover event put out by Marvel Comics) and the excitement was definitely there, but at the end of each of the first two issues, I was left with a sense of unfulfillment. So I’m going to pick up the trade when it comes out. On the other hand, I simply have to get the individual issues of Morning Glories (a comic put out by Image Comics) – it’s too damn good not to. So, when DC does it’s massive 52 title relaunch in September, I’ll review each and every issue. That aught to make Wednesday nights busy…
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 email@example.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. 🙂
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. 🙂
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!