Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Quick update and thanks

Thanks again to everyone who has stopped by (and liked!) my new Facebook page (and if YOU haven't yet, what are you waiting for?) Still trying to figure out how to use it, but it's certainly been fun seeing old friends again, and interesting to contrast what goes on there compared to the social network I'm more familiar with (and no doubt better at), twitter.

Now, my page is what Facebook calls an "Author Page" so I don't think it has all the bells and whistles of a personal page (friending, etc.) or if it does, I haven't figured it out yet. But I'll get there.

Delighted to report as well that the first draft of the short I spoke about in my last blog post is finished. Still not sure what to make of it. It's far different than anything I've yet written, but it was fun to delve into horror (psychological horror, anyway) again.

Funny, during the writing, I had a few questions that Google might have helped with, but I certainly wasn't going to ask Google "How long does it take for Viagra to work?" and "Can you open the emergency door on a plane mid-flight?" Alas, the way I answered those questions will remain fictional. Even so, I think it came out okay.

Gonna let it sit for a couple of days and then do another round of edits before bundling it with some other unpublished shorts and making it available, maybe even as soon as next week. I currently have a few freebie shorts available over at Smashwords (Ohrwurm, Nearly Dead, and Telegraph Hill) that are being heavily downloaded, so my thinking is to strike while the iron's hot, or at least while people are showing interest in my other work. But if anyone has any interest in taking an early peek at it and providing honest feedback, that is always welcome.

I'm in the habit of beating myself up mercilessly over most everything, but was thinking this morning that there is one thing (I think) that is fairly good about my writing, and that is the endings. It's the hardest place to get to, the ending, because you have to write the whole damn thing to get there; and when you do, you damn well better make it worth your reader's while.

But I sometimes think that even my worst piece of writing has an ending that is at least worth getting to. And until self-doubt about even THAT creeps in (and it will) I'm gonna take solace there.

BRB. Gotta go curate my social networks.

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