Category: Thoughts

Piracy on the Pixel Sea: Ebook Piracy

Piracy on the Pixel Sea: Ebook Piracy

When I decided to make my short story free to read on my website, I had a whole rosary of things I worried over nightly. I’m new enough to publishing that I should worry about getting anyone to read my work. But mostly I worry about piracy. For example, Maggie Stiefvater’s experience. Stiefvater, author of …

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The Fourth Draft: Editing a Short Story with a Friend

The Fourth Draft: Editing a Short Story with a Friend

I’m finished with the foundations, frame, and other major changes to the story, and need to take the next, worst step: being picky about the details. I’m not a naturally persnickety person. Editing at the sentence level is usually as far as I go. Words and turns of phrases feel better when I don’t think …

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Information and Annihilation

Information and Annihilation

If the hunt for knowledge courts destruction, the attainment of knowledge damns the seekers. Annihilation’s unreal geography and story is shaped by information. The search for it, the lack of it, and the fraught circumstances by which it is attained catalyzes revelations of self and humanity which gives the book mortal urgency. Annihilation was written …

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What I Want Out of Writing: Weighing Traditional and Self Publishing

What I Want Out of Writing: Weighing Traditional and Self Publishing

While researching ways to make a living as a professional writer, I’ve found heaps of articles about how difficult it is to do. However, I have also found some articles suggesting that it is becoming easier to make a living self-publishing rather than going the traditional route. I started to consider the pros and cons …

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Story Cycling in The House of the Scorpion

Story Cycling in The House of the Scorpion

I reread The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer, in my spare time during the art camp and remembered why I loved the book. I’m going to analyze it in place of the other short stories I had scheduled. As always, this is not a review. There may be spoilers for those who haven’t …

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Naming the Short Story

Naming the Short Story

I never know what to title anything I write, especially fiction. The short story has been called: “Chess Story” “The Un-Erotica/Non-Erotic story” “Holding Hands” “Smart Lady Gets Emotionally Bent” A former classmate told me that she only titles something when she’s on the final draft. The story will undergo so many changes that the title …

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The Third Draft: My Writing Sucks For Sure

The Third Draft: My Writing Sucks For Sure

What better way to start the third draft than by banging my head against the wall? I’m at the point where I know for certain that my writing sucks. I am currently in the nadir of this timeline. The stakes aren’t high enough. The characters aren’t interesting. The premise isn’t interesting. What is the premise …

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The Second Draft

The Second Draft

I am on the third draft of the short story, looking back on what I’ve done with the second. Mostly, revising the second draft means ossifying plot and rewriting major sections. I have the ending figured out, I know my major changes, and I’ve cut out the elements which don’t make sense and added structure. …

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