I love having things I’ve written available in print, and the magic of print-on-demand publishing services makes that possible for all kinds of different projects!
The latest print offering I have for you is my novelette Galloway’s Hunt. You can grab it now from Amazon for $5.99. As a special bonus with the print edition, you get an excerpt from my upcoming novel, Galloway’s Voyage, which I’ve been making good progress on lately.
And as before, you can get the ebook either from my Store or from Amazon for 99¢.
2:02 – 5:25 Losing Freight: my article about writing a “Flashback” series, at 1889.ca.
5:26 – 7:19 Year of Stories: discussion of Plasma.
7:20 – 12:36 Novel: progress update and thoughts about a potential Beta Reader program.
12:37 – 13:54 Sign-off. No Q&A this week.
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Today I’m releasing a new book called Galloway’s Hunt,available now in my Store and on Amazon for $0.99. Plus, read below for some exciting special offers related to the novel I’m working on based on the same title character!
Galloway’s Hunt is a novelette set in the world of Galloway’s Voyage, my work-in-progress novel.
At approximately 9,100 words, or 35 pages, Galloway’s Hunt will take the average reader 30 minutes to complete.
The Yuskian spring bison hunt is a generations-old rite of passage for the people of that country, and big game has always held a certain allure for Lucas Galloway. In the spring of 9970 he sets out to take part in the bison hunt with his good friend Jeremy Prinks, but he soon finds himself swept away on an adventure of literally gigantic proportions.
You can buy the ebook of Galloway’s Hunt for only $0.99, but you also have the option to pay more and receive special bonuses. (Use the dropdown menu at the bottom of this page to select bonuses.)
For $1.99, I will email you and ask you to provide me with a title that I will use as inspiration for a 50-word story.
For $4.99, three buyers will be able to name minor characters in the Galloway’s Voyage novel.
The first person who pays $19.99 will be able to provide the name for one of the major characters in the Galloway’s Voyage novel.
Beyond that, this week has been moderately productive on the writing front. I wrote a flash fiction story called “Reclaiming the Night” and submitted it to a couple of places. It was originally a TypeTrigger story, but I fleshed it out and edited it a bit.
I also improved on a Six-Minute Story piece called “What We Left Behind” and submitted it to handful of markets.
I’m working through a difficult portion of my novel, but I’ve done 4,500 words in that so far this week, and I’d like to do a bit more tomorrow. I know the direction the story has to go from here, but I’m struggling a bit with a couple of new characters, so I have to get it all straight in my head.
Another thing I’ve been working on is a bit of a world-building collaborative project. I wrote the second story from this new world and have been doing some thinking about where to go from there. Not sure how soon I’ll be able to talk about that more, but it’s a lot of fun so far, and we’ll see where it ends up.
No responses from markets to report this week. I have 9 stories submitted to 19 different markets that are pending responses.
This week I’ve been chugging along on my novel, and I’m up to about 13,500 words now. That’s almost 50 pages, and I’m not yet a quarter of the way through my outline.
I had a few stories rejected by various publications, all par for the course. There’s a possibility that I’ve had a children’s story accepted by one place, but it isn’t confirmed yet. I currently have seven stories out in the ether, submitted to eleven different publications (because of simultaneous submissions of one story to multiple magazines).
I’ve had a sci-fi idea kicking around for a few weeks that finally blossomed yesterday, and I’ve been working on outlining it. I don’t know if I want to take time out from my novel to work on a different idea, though, especially since the outline for this new one is shaping up to be in the 10,000 to 15,000 word range, or possibly even longer, depending on how I structure it. I think I’m going to work more on the outline this weekend, and decide after that how I want to prioritize my projects.
Of course, I’m still working on my Master’s thesis, too. I’m doing revisions right now, and should hopefully be done those at some point next week.
When I find out whether my children’s story has actually been accepted, I’ll let everyone know where and when you can see it. Until then, I have lots of work in front of me!
You know how sometimes a story grabs hold of your mind and holds your concentration at ransom until you finally give in and start to write it down? No? Well maybe that’s just me. And it’s happening right now.
I had an idea for a story a long time ago, and I wrote it down in a note on my iPhone, and it fermented a bit, and finally sprouted onto an actual Word document a couple of weeks ago. (I know that was a mixed metaphor. Let’s just go with it; I like the imagery.) What I originally imagined as a short story, though, has grown legs and walked all over my imagination–hey cool, another metaphor!–and as of today I have 8,000 words written and an outline containing 23 major plot events, each of which will take up at least one chapter. If my forecast is correct, getting all the way through my outline should take at least 50,000 words. Oh dear.
What I am saying is that I’ve clearly started writing a novel. Sounds kind of crazy, but I think now is a good time for it. I need something to work towards while I’m job-hunting and making preparations to finalize and defend my Master’s thesis.
It remains to be seen how much time I’ll be able to dedicate to this in the long run, but I’m planning on giving it a shot, and we’ll see what happens. In the meantime, I’ll also be doing the aforementioned job-hunting and thesis-finalizing, along with maintaining FiftyWordStories.com and writing the occasional flash fiction or short story, so I have a pretty full plate, both creatively and otherwise.