2020 Writing Log, Part Fifteen

– I wrote the first half of Chapter 35 of Malice. It would probably be okay to post where it stands at 2,500 words, but I think it might be worth expanding by another 1,500 words or so. I’ll post it next weekend.

– I wrote a basic outline for the fourth and fifth story arcs. There will be eight chapters in the fourth arc, six chapters in the fifth arc, and a silly glossary with a cute illustration at the end. This will bring the story to an even fifty chapters. I should be done at some point in September if I can keep to schedule.

– I started writing the stories in my third collection of original flash fiction, which is tentatively titled “Haunted Houses.” What I’ve got right now are the stems of fifteen stories that I can work on bit by bit over the next month.

– Although I’d like to believe that the stories in these collections work well on their own as flash fiction, the way I’ve been thinking about them is that they’re seeds that can be planted elsewhere. I want to start contributing to anthologies, but different projects have very different (and very specific) themes and wordcount limits, so it’s easier to pick a story seed and shape it according to the demands of the venue than it is to write a full story and then try to figure out where to place it. This week I started developing a story from the last collection, “Don’t Order the Fish,” for submission to an anthology on body horror.

– (This) is the manuscript format I’m using, if anyone’s interested.

– I took the first baby steps toward putting together my second zine of Legend of Zelda comics!

– I finished writing all the assignments for my online classes. Now all I have to do is grade them. I should be finished with the semester by the end of next week.

I’ve had a rough month – HAVEN’T WE ALL – and I’ve been canceling or declining professional projects instead of trying to negotiate or extend deadlines. Are there immediate and long-term consequences? Sure, but the most important thing is for me to keep my head above water until the tide eventually drags me back to shore.