Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Goddammit, you guys...

I'm a comma splicer.


  • I sent Our Silent Legacy (a short story I wrote after the passing of Ray Bradbury) to the magazine Cicada...and afterwards I found they had a specific way to format the manuscript.
    • In short: I'm dead.
      • I didn't even use the correct font.
  • I'm right at the dragon battle for Enkindle With Chains. I've been looking forward to this for months now, and I wanted it to be one of the twenty pages that I was going to send to YoungArts. Needless to say...it's not turning out that epic.
    • Curses! If I was a better writer it'd be almost as good as it is in my head >.<
  • Writing a short science fiction story on Redemption's Nikki and Vlad. Tis about their childhood and days as training soldiers.
    • The voice feels...off. I'm (sadly) writing in first person because Nicole doesn't have a name yet for a good first half of the short story. In fact, when I have unnamed narrators, the first person is the easiest to write, as the narrator of Our Silent Legacy is also unnamed. It's easier, but I dun like it. I can never get the narrative to sound unique to the character's voice! So I don't like how her voice sounds like it. And I need to write more descriptions.
    • Dun even know what to name it Dx
    • I feel like it's too...vague. Like...am I writing correctly from the perspective of a nine-ten and thirteen-twelve year old? Am I writing correctly from the eyes of a girl who grew up in a military base, trained and disciplined since she was a toddler? Is the background descriptive enough? Is it so vague Nikki is an unreliable narrator?
    • Needless to say, I really need to fix it. But this one's also for a magazine, so I can get past the 3,000 word count to 5,000.

Oh, I guess I'm also currently watching the Democratic convention. But no comment yet, gotta finish it all.

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