Draft 5 and you’re out.

You may notice things look a little different around here. I got board of the old look after almost two years. What do people think?

I’m two scenes away from finishing the 5th draft of Great Western Pile. I would have finished it on Sunday but an unscheduled emergency trip to Luton airport got in the way. I don’t think I’ve ever done 5 drafts of anything – story, essay or article – before this. I absolutely HATE the thing now and would happily delete it…except that small, calm voice is saying ‘Its good, keep it.’ We’ll see.

The article on women fantasy writers for GU got a good response, and discussion is still going on in the comments although its veered off into debates around overwriting and Joyce’s Ulysses. It doesn’t seem to matter where a literary debate starts out, it always ends up discussing Ulysses.

I got rejections from Strange Horizons and Lone Star Stories in the last fortnight. Neither were unexpected. I’ve put my short story Recreation back on the market, which accounted for the Lone Star rejection. It was originally published in Scifantasic back in ’05 and garnered my first ever review, so I’m looking for a reprint market and will continue to do so. SH rejected Meat, which along with My Lovesick Zombie Boyband are the two stories I’m really keen to get placed. Meat is now with ChiZine, and MLZBB is with Weird Tales, which is my first choice venue to break into since Anne Vandermeer took the helm. MLZBB and Great Western Pile are also going to be my entry to Clarion this year.

I also have a couple of other very promising shorts underway. The Black Bull started as my take on where you might encounter a real fairy tale in the 21st Century, but has also absorbed a revenge story I’ve had in mind for a time. The Little Friend is a hard SF story I started back in ’06, but has been reinvigorated by listening to tech journalist Leo Laporte, who the central chracter is now inspired by. And although I’m yet to start it, I have a very clear plot in mind for The Mice Variations, a sequel to MLZBB.

I am still pregnant with novel at the moment. The short story writing is going so well I’m letting it have more time, but really as soon as my application is in to Clarion the novel will again be my main focus. As well as work commitments I don’t even want to think about and completing Great Western Pile I have my first review of Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine due for The Fix next week, which I’m reviewing for the next couple of months.

Its going to be a busy fortnight.

Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.

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