I finished the draft of the short story about Alene I’m writing for the diversity challenge.
This song almost made it into the soundtrack from yesterday’s post.
The story is not yet ready for submission, but it should be soon. I’ve passed it on to a friend for checking (sorry DAB, you’ll have to wait until it’s done – then again, you’ve read enough of my unfinished stuff as it is), and I’m expecting I’ll spend tomorrow night tweaking and tinkering with any suggested changes.
So, how did it go?
To begin with, starting over from scratch and redoing the story was a good idea. I’d begun writing it on the fly, without any notes, and encountered some issues. Knowing what those issues were helped quite a bit when starting on the outline. I knew what I had to include and what to skip.
In the end, I managed to stick to the outline for most of the story. It wasn’t until the second half that I began deviating from it. Even then, I sort of stuck with it almost all the way to the end, where things got a bit too crazy. That’s pretty good for a short story thrown together in less than a week I’d say – especially considering how much time I’ve spent not working on the story (shame on me).
Still, I’m fairly happy with how it turned out.
As far as the story I wanted to tell goes, it works. As far as the Diversity in SFF challenge goes, I’m not so sure. Does it believably depict how a woman in Alene’s situation would react? A man might think it does, but I’m not so sure a woman would agree. I know I’ll get told though – and in no uncertain terms. I’m quite looking forward to that. I do have to admit that I’m a little bit nervous about it though.
Once the story is tweaked enough for me to submit it for the challenge, I’ll put it up here too. I think I like the way this blog theme presents text. It’s clean and readable, with no visual distractions. Personally, I’m not a fan of reading large chunks of text from a monitor to start with, but at least in theory, this theme should be good.
About The Song
Chasing Kites doesn’t have anything to do with the short story itself. It almost made it into the song list from yesterday’s post though. I’m not so sure about the lyrics for the song. A lot of the time it’s kind of hard to hear what she’s actually singing. There’s something sad and melancholic and beautiful about the phrase “spent my youth chasing kites” though.
I kind of like that.