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What are stories of rainbows and pots of gold really about? Are they stories of good luck and hope, or of foolish wishes for magical solutions that don’t exist? There are tales both of people tricking fairies and fairies tricking people. So, is it a trait of the person that makes the difference? That is, if you’re clever enough, you’ll snatch the prize from its keeper, but if you’re the simple, gullible type the supposed treasure will turn out to be fake.

Of course, rainbows aren’t magical, pretty as they may be. They don’t actually lead all the way to the ground, so if there were a pot of gold at the end, it would be floating in the sky somewhere, not reachable by people. In fact, I don’t think rainbows generally have concrete “ends.”

But who knows. If you meet a leprechaun, see if he’s feeling generous.

Being a Better One-Who-Writes

I created a FictionPress account so that I could post some of my writing that I didn’t want to wait for a publisher/publication to accept. It’s effective because I get to post my own work, and there are hundreds of thousands of users on the site. The problem with the FictionPress community is that so many of the users are high school students (or younger) whose writing style has not developed to the point where I can bear to read it. That means, most likely, I’m not reaching my target audience by publishing there, unless I do post my fairy tales. I need to find the sub-set of people who are talented, serious writers, but I have no idea how to do that.

 

I came across a post about Morning Pages, which is a practice for writers. Although it seems annoying to do it every morning, it sounds as if it could be extremely helpful. Morning Pages, for those who don’t know, are three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing, supposedly completed in fifteen minutes, that you do every morning as soon as you wake up.

I do think it sounds like a good idea, so I plan to start doing it. My personal adaptation of Morning Pages says that if my stream of consciousness doesn’t want to fill three pages, then I’ll do as much as I can according to that morning’s thoughts, 1 and 1/2 pages minimum, depending on how large my handwriting is that day (it varies).

I’ll let you know how it goes…

The 2011 Plan

My god… it’s so strange to think that it’s already 2011. I remember the last millenium. In some ways, I think it was better – but of course I’m looking forward, not back. Or trying to.

My Helen of Troy novel is going on hiatus. I’ve got a good base to work from, but I need to research the myths and ancient greek history a little to have a better visual of the world of Helen. Unfortunately, doing such research now would interfere with my other plans, so it’ll have to wait. For the convenience of anyone who is interested in reading or re-reading Helen, I will make a page that includes the first two chapters sometime in the next few days. And, as usual, I will point it out in a post, so you won’t be able to miss it if you try.

Speaking of Helen, I’m thinking of titling the work The Life of Helen. Have I mentioned that already? Any thoughts?

My main goal for 2011, aside from attempting to publish my Mythology Project (for which I still need to write a synopsis…), is about my fairy tales. I am going to write some more stories, polish up some others, overhaul one completely, and look into self-publishing in ebook format. It’s really time to get my writing out there, I think.

As for the blog, I’m thinking you’re mostly going to see microfiction and progress updates, as well as a few musings on random-ish subjects of my choosing.

Side note: If you didn’t see the link to September 2042 in the last post, please go check it out now! I’d love some feedback, on the fictionpress site or as a blog comment, doesn’t matter.

 

Sorry for the mostly administrative post. I’ll try to get some new creative material up very soon.

Updates, Ideas

Some of my readers (I know at least a few people read my blog regularly, which is a small comfort) might be interested to know that I’ve made slight progress on Helen. Since the last pages haven’t included as much fun imagery, and more of establishing plot elements and relations between characters, I would prefer not to post any excerpts. I might not post any more of it until I’ve finished writing Chapter 2. Before the end of November, I do so hope…

In terms of my November writing goals, I haven’t made much headway yet. The last two weeks have been full of wasted time. I would use the term “Epic Fail,” but it’s very slang-y.

 

If I had the means, I would make book trailers that looked like movie trailers. Most of my longer fiction has plots that lend themselves well to such trailers. (Think mythology, magic, color, gorgeous outdoor settings, etc.) Of course, while I can create these trailers in my head, I don’t have the equipment, skills, or manpower needed to actually do so. However, I do like the idea a lot. And don’t you think that it would interest people who may not otherwise ever hear of my books?

A more likely idea: I have been thinking of creating a fictionpress account to put up my fairy tale retellings. All of them need at least some editing, so it wouldn’t happen for a while. I’d be happy to post them here, but I feel they’d have much more visibility on that other site. I’d post links, of course, so my blog readers wouldn’t miss anything (unless they want to). Once I’ve got the first few chapters of Helen and the short stories I’ve been meaning to finish crossed off the list, I’ll probably look into editing the fairy tales. More on that later.

I’ve had a flash fiction series idea. Look for the first one by Friday.