Sunday, March 16, 2008

Another "Abandoned" Work

I've finished tinkering with my short story, "Spin." I feel wrung out. I lanced open my soul and bled some of it into this work. In it, I attempt to answer a deep and profound question:

What happened to all those poor women who had their spinning wheels taken away from them at the beginning of the Sleeping Beauty story?

Yeah, really deep, huh? I tried to mix humor with angst here, and gave it a bittersweet ending.

I have always had trouble with short stories. I would think of situations, not plots. My characters were always shallow and they petered off into nowhere and nothing. I only bothered to send out a few and I never even had so much as a "we'd like to see more of your work" type of reply (although JJA said I had "nice writing" a couple of times). I was not very aggressive in sending them out. I knew something was wrong with them.

With this story, something feels different. I got as into it as I have any of my novels. I have five different drafts of it, numbered and each quite different although they are the same basic story. I almost sent it off last week, but I had to add a scene which I think made it much more powerful, so a lot of it had to be retooled.

It's in an envelope here beside me, all ready to send to my top-choice market. I don't talk about rejections here, so the next time I mention it will be either when I sell it, or if I give up and I decide to post it here for all the world to see.

Wish me luck in getting it in front of the right editor!


  1. Good luck! It sounds like you've had a bit of a breakthrough here, and the idea sounds really unique. I suspect you might see some success with this one! =)

  2. I hope so! It's in the mail, so there's no turning back now!

  3. Good luck and keep us posted.
    Count on me to buy a copy!
    You say it's a short story - how many words/pages?

  4. Thanks, Lisa! It's 7500 words. 34 pages, I think.

  5. Good luck with this one. Short stories have always been hard for me, too. They're a whole different animal.

  6. You definitely need a different mindset. I'm not sure yet if I have it, but I feel like I'm closer.


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