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September 10, 2017

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been dipping my toes into Flash Fiction a little. I had written my first piece last month and thought I’d send it out. I got a pretty quick rejection on it, which was really helpful. Looking back now, it was pretty obvious that I tried to write it like a short story, which just didn’t work with something that short. I was trying to do too much. I’ve spent a few evening reworking it in the last week and I have a might tighter version of it to send out now. I’ll be looking around for some online journals that will fit the themes today. I think I’ll probably try to write it into a short story at some point still though. I think the idea of using the same narrative in multiple forms is a really interesting idea, if for nothing other than exploring the strengths and weaknesses of each for my own learning.
A lot of the next few weeks is going to be about my wife’s upcoming art show. She’s hanging quite a few line drawings as well as some mixed media pieces in a local cafe and the opening is on the 22nd. It’s her first show and it’s coming along wonderfully. We’ve been spending the evenings there, both getting a solid feel for the space and preparing. I’ve been doing what I can to help with writing piece descriptions and the such. All things considered, I think it’s going to go fantastically. If you’re interested in supporting her, subscribe to her patreon. If you want to buy some things from her, check out her Etsy shop.
I’m listening to an older playlist today and there are so many great Amanda Palmer songs that I don’t listen to as often as I’d like to. I’m not sure why it never seems to pop up when I have my songs on random, but I don’t think I’ve heard Bigger On the Inside in months. I had to search out a good video for it and now I’m in danger of falling down an Amanda Palmer video rabbit hole on twitter. Sadly, I need to get some things done so it’ll have to wait.
I picked up the first issue of the new Mage comic. I’ve never read the previous volumes, but I figured I’d give it a shot. I’m not really spending much time in the comic world lately. Aside from America, I think everything I’m reading is from Image and that means that not everything will come out regularly. I have a lot of weeks when nothing I read comes out. So I like to grab something new every now and again.
I finished reading Bitten by Kelley Armstrong. It was her first novel, written in 2001, and my only experience with her writing was a series she started in 2012. It’s amazing to see the difference a decade of writing can do. It gives me an idea of what dedicate work can do for my writing. I know that there is a distinct difference between how I was writing when I started TIME OF ABEL in 2013 and when I finished in 2016. I’m excited to keep learning more about writing.

I’ve started reading Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler. I had this strange moment where I realized that I’d never actually read anything by Butler. I have no idea how that happened. Back in 1996, one of my good friends, Mandy, wrote a huge paper on the role of women in religion within the context of fantasy/sci-fi and, as you might imagine, Butler was featured prominently. Mandy and I often recommended books to one another and I read a lot of new authors because of her. I’m just baffled how I completely missed Butler. I guess all I can do is make up for lost time.
In my spare time, I’ve been tweaking the wordpress theme I created for this website. I’m not really making any changes, but I’m making everything configurable via the Configuration menus. It’s mostly just to distract me from thinking about politics before bed so I don’t get frustrated and have trouble sleeping. Ahh, politics.

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