The fields have lain fallow for far too long, and I know you’ve been missing me, right? Well, in any event, it has been too long since I’ve posted an update on the trials and tribulation of my burgeoning writing career. (Okay, maybe it’s not that burgeoning, per se, but I am taking a crack at getting published and that rates at least a burgeon or two.)
Burgess Meredith in the Twilight Zone episode ‘Time Enough at Last’
I’m just now putting the finishing touches on a new story that I’ll be unleashing on some unwitting editor this weekend.
It’s one of the “new type”.
Calling this literary slipstream style the ‘new type’ is kind of a misnomer, I’m coming to understand.
As mentioned before, I’ve written for decades and just started submitting stuff for publishing last September. The guy I blame for my starting to write lo those many years ago is Ray Bradbury, whose style and subjects showed me you could paint with the written word – and even the macabre could be beautiful.
Well, when I decided to go for it and see if I could get published I was writing humorous sci-fi and fantasy. They take a while to write; I try to be very careful with the stories, they tend to be complex and I want to get the science or mythologies correct. It takes me a couple weeks usually to put out the first draft, and a couple more to edit them to my satisfaction.
These new ones come out in one sitting, fully formed, minimal edit required. Definitely not humor. They have the descriptive and other-dimensional qualities of many of Mr Bradbury’s stories, as I read him.
It scared the hell outta me when the first one happened. And, to be honest, it continues to scare me. When I started submitting I was nice and safe in the SF/F humor niche; they weren’t easy to write, but not that hard. Once I got a good story underneath, the jokes kinda wrote themselves. Safe. They got accepted too – well, two of ’em at least.
Now, this will be the eighth story of the bunch, and the fourth ‘new type’ story. With fully half of the stories hanging out there being this style, ‘new type’ becomes an official misnomer in my mind. That said, I still need a name for it…
I have a few humor stories in progress and I’m already seeing some of this prose style working it’s way in to the humor more than usual. It’ll be interesting to see how they’ll eventually meld – and I know they surely will some day, I’m just curious as hell as what kind of story that’ll be.
As it goes.
This is a good time to bang a few pots and pans and remind you that one of my stories “Overdue” will be coming out in the Alternate Hilarities anthology on May 1st for Kindle (and Nook too, I think).
Currently there is a Kickstarter going on to raise the scratch to get it published in paperback. I really want to see that succeed so please stop by and pledge whatever you can! Twelve bucks will get you the paperback when it comes out, but if we can get enough of you folks at a buck a piece, that’ll work too.