Forging Ahead with New Fiction

Well another writing week, and more fiction got done. Cider Flight

As I write this, I’m about to take off in the truck   for a long weekend of cidering around rural Virginia. We’re going to take part in that old   (and new again) American tradition of sampling hard cider. It’s good, because I’ve been busy and I need a little reward. Fermented apple juice is a great way to do that.

In fact, I’m just wrapped up the dreaded second draft of a new novelette (it’s about 14,000 words). The story is called The Number Thief and the protagonist is Yusuf ibn Yaqzan, the here of my earlier story, The Ghul of Yazd. This time, we get a bit more of the personal side and back story of Yusuf. He’s one of those kind of characters that, as a writer, you really just watch. That kind of character you can throw into a situation or a place and just watch what he does next and transcribe it, get it down fast. It’s really a joy to work with him, you might say. And it’s fun to see how a piece of fiction gets better defined and just plain better as you work through a second and third draft. The action becomes sharper, the dialog crisper and the flow more fluid with each little change. Put all those little changes together and you start finding you have a really fun, tight narrative.

So, other than that, there’s not much to relate. I’m submitting a flash piece and slowly but surely looking for markets for another story and a play. Oh, and trying to keep down my day job. So, not much time left to blog.

In fact, I think I’ll just move on, but not without leaving you with a little something. Here’s a link to the Virginia Cider Week festivities. I’ll be partaking this weekend, but if you’re in the area later this month, I highly recommend checking the festival out. Just bring a smart phone, an analog map and list of local cideries. And then head out. Next to writing fiction, there’s not many better ways to spend your time during the fall.

See you next time,

Darius

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Yusuf Is Back

Yusuf ibn Yaqzan is back. hayy-ibn-yaqzan

I have just completed a long story/short novella I’m calling “The Number Thief.” It features the protagonist of my earlier story “The Ghul of Yazd.” But this time, I’ve placed him further west, in what would become present-day Algeria. The story is over 14,000 words,   so we’re talking about double the length of a long short story. I felt Yusuf was a strong, compelling character when he first showed up in the Ghul story and I think he had another great outing this time. I’m about 14% done with draft 2 and I’ll let you all know when I finish the final draft. As for what it’s about…Let’s just say numbers and thieves for now.

Bad Author—No Submissions
I haven’t been submitting stories lately like I’ve wanted to. In fact, for the first time in a long while I have no stories out to magazines. I’ve got to change that ASAP and hope to do so this weekend. Like Heinlein said, “You Must Submit.”

That’s all. Short and sweet. Just wanted you all to know I’m still alive, kicking and writing stories.

See you next time,

Darius