It's been quieter here at the capitol this last week, and I've been getting home earlier. Ironically, fosteronfilm went to an IMAGE salon and an advance screening of The Host this week, and as a result, we haven't seen much more of each other. Sigh.
This temporary lull has provided my muse with some slack in the choke hold rein I've had clamped on her. I figured that during session, I simply wouldn't have the time (or energy) to crank out fiction, so I've been trying to table all the ideas and suppress the must-write compulsion until I had the leisure to write again.
Well, that didn't work. A story has been hammering and hammering at me all week. I finally gave in and started it. Gah!
I expect I've got this weekend to finish it. Word around the office is that the legislators are scheduled for beaucoup meetings all next week, which probably means beaucoup work for us editors and no time for writing. And they reconvene the week after that, which throws us back into busy-busy-busy-die mode.
How stupid am I to have started a new story? Argh!
It's a thought, but Fictionwise asks for exclusive electronic rights for 5 years as well as at least 10 reprint stories (which they recommend be at least 5K words) before considering whether they'll sign someone on. I'm not sure if I've got 10 out-of-print stories that qualify--a lot of my fairy tale stuff is in the 2K work length range--and while I've probably got enough if I toss in some still-in-print ones, I'm loathe to create competition with the wonderful publications that bought my stuff.
>How stupid am I to have started a new story? Argh!
Love the little "beating the head against the wall" emoticon. Please don't try that at home, Eugie. Leave that to the trained professional. Finish the story instead. As that's where your greatest talents lie. :)
My agent doesn't handle my short fiction; we agreed to that in our initial discussions. But I'm not adverse to the idea of a single author collection if any publishers are so inclined. But so far, none are battering down my door, eager to publish an all-Eugie-short-stories, only-Eugie-short-stories tome. Alas.