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I've been working on my synopsis, query letter and pitch, because I want to be a prepared bunny. Probably the most difficult one for me is the synopsis - and I think it boils down to the length, which might be related to my struggle with writing flash fiction. I love drabbles and micro-fiction. Give me 100 words or less, and I'm already formulating ideas. But give me between 100 - 1000 words, and I go blank. I've tried and tried and tried to write decent flash fiction over the years, and I still get the urge to flail my arms and throw sticks at my computer. For me, short stories are harder than novels, and flash fiction is definitely harder than short stories.

I haven't had the opportunity to pitch face-to-face yet, but I'm reasonably happy with the shape of my pitches (I currently have one single line, blink-of-an-eye pitch, and one slightly longer two paragraph pitch) and even though the notion is utterly terrifying when you stop and think about it, a part of me is drawn to the challenge. I'd probably have to be careful not to ask, "So, how was it for you?" straight afterwards, because that would be weird. Very, very weird.

The glorious EXO have been repackaged, just two months after the release of their first full album. Two months! Why so soon, SM? Oh, that's right, because you need more money like now. OK, but it's EXO, so I can kind of forgive. Mostly, I wanted to link to one of the new singles on the repackaged version of XOXO: Growl. This is one of my favourites yet, and the video is stunning (to be fair, it doesn't take much for their vids to be stunning...). There's also a dance only version here. As you can see, the 'rehearsal' version is almost as polished as the official. EXO are so shiny.

Comets & Violins, by Kidneythieves.
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A mini celebration: Wednesday was shaping up to be a bit disappointing after I received two story rejections, but heeding the good advice of many writers, I sent another story out and tried to forget about it. Then Thursday morning I woke up to find an acceptance in my inbox. Hurray! My weird urban dark fantasy "Death Car Alley" will be included in Jersey Devil Press's February 2012 issue. I'll post a link and synopsis when the story is live. In the meantime, I recommend heading over there and reading their current stories, especially if you like the weird, zany or uncanny.

Shortly I will start working on a piece for the Storyslingers Christmas party that we're holding on the 20th. It'll be pretty much the same as a regular meeting, only with the addition of food, drink and silly writing games. On Tuesday we played Consequences with hilarious results, so there will probably be more of that. Plus, we might do some Dada stories made from various holiday-themed songs. Anyway, what I was originally going to say was that I got bunnied for an insane Xmas story at work this morning. It will have a zombie. And elves. (But not zombie elves, unfortunately.) If I can get it polished in time, I might post it here, too.

I shall end this post with a couple of links that I've used for research purposes (honest!) lately:

My Daguerreotype Boyfriend - I can't remember if I've blogged about this before, but it bears repeating anyway. A site dedicated to pictures of vintage hotties! I sometimes use this site to build up a vivid image of my characters in my mind. It's especially helping me with my current steampunk piece, since I have two male protagonists in their 20s. I mean, check out this guy! You just would, wouldn't you?

[livejournal.com profile] vintagephoto and [livejournal.com profile] vintage_sex - the latter is NSFW, so beware if you skip on in there. Pretty self-explanatory.

And finally, a song: ♫ Glass, by Bat For Lashes.
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So I have a little bit of writing news: I've made my first story sale! Notice that dark shape that just went zooming past your window? Yeah, that was me doing my victory lap around the planet. I am thrilled, thrilled, thrilled to officially be in the game! As for the story, it's a dark fantasy novelette, 10,900 words, and it's going to be illustrated. It'll appear at Darwin's Evolutions at some point in the near future. I'll post again when I have more news about the release date etc. Thrilled, I tell ya!

Another cause for excitement is I've been asked to write a guest blog post for Printsasia. As I've never guest blogged anywhere before, this is another first for me. The thing is, I've been given free rein to post about pretty much any writing topic, and deciding on a topic is proving damn nigh impossible. Any suggestions or tips? I'm all ears. And a tiny bit nervous about doing this right.

On the story writing front, I've started my Next Short Fiction Project, which already has a nifty title, although I play my WIP titles close to my chest because a) I don't want anyone to pilfer them, and b) I don't want to jinx the project by saying too much too soon. So far it's going slowly, mostly because this is a brand new genre for me, and I'm taking those tentative ranger steps through unfamiliar territory. But, on the flip-side, research is speedy and a bundle of fun. I've been reading lots of Victorian Lit and will soon be diving into a pile of Steampunk. Er, not to be confused with a pile of steaming punks.

Woohoo! Things. Are. Happening. :)

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