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Podcast 002

Happy Friday! Here’s the second episode of my podcast. An outline of what I talk about is provided below.

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Topics

0:01 – 4:22 Introduction; this week’s releases in the Store, featuring the Year of Stories January 2012 collection for only $2.99.

4:22 – 7:45 Description of Losing Freight, coming soon on 1889.ca. Explanation of reader interaction mechanism.

7:45 – 13:58 Special People weekly recap; teasing future projects in the Special People world.

13:58 – 19:34 Year of StoriesDiana and the Animal; the TypeTrigger prompt that inspired it, and a reading of its original form as a flash fiction story.

19:34 – 21:16 Q&A: @AwesomeBrony asks, “How old were you when you discovered that you could use special gypsy magic to murder rainbow dragons?”

21:16 – 21:38 Sign-off.

Questions

If you have questions for the Q&A portion of the next episode, leave a comment or hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.

50WS Site Maintenance

FiftyWordStories.com is down today, while I try to sort out some hosting issues. Apparently the site is using too many server resources, so I have to figure out what I can do to make it run more efficiently. Hopefully I won’t have to upgrade to a semi-dedicated server or anything; I can’t really afford to do that.

I’m away from home today, since it’s Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, so I may not be able to fix things until tonight or tomorrow. I’ll sort it all out the best I can as soon as possible.

Writing Update – August 5, 2011

This week I released Feel-Good to the public, and people I’ve talked to who have read it have said they really liked it, so that’s encouraging. I also put a bunch of time into the formatting and layout for Fifty-Word Stories: Volume Two, which I’m hoping to put out sometime in the next month.

Outside of those projects, a lot of my productivity this week has been directed towards my Master’s thesis, which is really starting to take shape. I’m in the editing and revisions phase, where I have to sort through the nearly 100 pages of writing I’ve done and tie it all together, improve the flow and connectedness of it all, and polish all the weak areas. Next week I’ll be spending a lot of time on that, as well.

I have had some time for writing fiction, though. Here’s what I’ve accomplished:

I sent out a story called Spiritual Taxidermy and had it accepted really quickly by 1889.ca for their “Fiction-phile” weekly feature. Thank you to Terra Whiteman for posting it. You can read the story here.

An idea that I’ve had sitting in a Note on my iPhone for what seems like several months has finally started turning into an actual story. I’ve written over 2,000 words towards what I’m calling a blend of Gulliver’s Travels, Moby Dick, Treasure Island, and Planet of the Apes, and I have plenty more plot outline to work through, so this may end up being one of my longer projects, potentially novella length. I’m writing it in a bit of a different “voice” than I usually do, so that’s fun.

I’ve responded to a handful of prompts at TypeTrigger, as I often do. My 50-word story backlog is more or less holding up, too, but I want to try to write a couple more today, since I’m going to be gone over the weekend camping.

I still have several stories floating around in the ether waiting for responses from magazines and ezines. I’m hoping to hear back from a couple more of those soon.

Now to make today a useful one, as well!

Writing Update – July 29, 2011

This has been an interesting week for me, as far as writing goes. Not only did I send out Feel-Good to the early access list and open preorders (you should buy it!), but I also submitted more of my writing to outside markets and had my first accepted story published.

The story I had published was a Twitter-length “nanofiction” at Nanoism. Here’s a link to the story on the Nanoism site, and here it is on Twitter. Nanoism was at the forefront of the Twitter fiction “boom,” and it’s one of the few venues for Twitter-length fiction that I know of that’s still operating. It’s great to have a venue for a unique format like this.

I’ve also had a flash fiction story declined twice this week (it was done personally, both times), and received some helpful feedback in the process.

I touched up the rejected story a bit and submitted it elsewhere, so I now have five stories “out there” waiting for responses.

My writing this week has been fairly productive. I finished a short story I’m really excited about, responded to several different prompts on TypeTrigger, and wrote the first week’s worth of 50-word stories for the start of Year Three at FiftyWordStories.com next week.

Hopefully next week brings some good news, in the form of more productivity and acceptances!