Monday, December 26, 2005

Got it done!

With the Q1, 2006 deadline for the Writers of the Future contest looming, and too many problems with The Adjoa Gambit to fix that quickly, I managed to write and polish The Strange Case of Lionel Turnway, almost 6000 words, in one week. I love when the words come flying out of me. I wrote at a pace of about 1200 words an hour, and half of it was written on my little iPAQ. A very fast pace for me. The result is, I think, one of my best stories to date. It sits in the mailbox waiting for that December postmark.

I know at least one other Codexian and fellow 2005 boot camper who is also submitting a story for this quarter. I still haven't heard the results from the Q4 2005 contest, for which my entry was What a Difference a Day Makes. The two stories couldn't be more different, despite them both being written in first person. The POV character in Difference is a cajun, and in Lionel Turnway, he is a prim and proper butler.

I picked up a copy of the February 2006 issue of F&SF. David Gerrold has a very different kind of novelet in this issue. I'll leave the content for you to discover for yourself, but I will say that he did a great job with some unusual style choices that were disorienting at first. It is written in present tense, a choice which I rarely like, but it worked here. Few sentences start with capitol letters, and there is very little punctuation at the end of sentences. The effect was a great enhancement to the overall neurotic feel to the piece.

1 comment:

giggles said...

So are you an avid "Writers of the future" entrant? I thought about entering one of their competitions this last year, but I have a real problem writing short stories. I always get going and the next I know I've got a novel.


I'm glad that you were able to write "one of your best pieces" for the competition. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you to win. Have you ever won before?

Chrissie