The holidays are over and I spent most of it preparing my head for 2018. I think I’m doing okay. I have nine pieces of work out at various markets and contests and am putting them completely out of my head as I’m not likely to hear anything about any of them until end of February at the earliest and late May at the latest.
This means it’s time to get some new stuff down.
MsLexia is looking for themed work on ‘Weather’ by the beginning of March and I’m penning what’s turned into an historical piece for that. I haven’t had much luck with MsLexia in the past but I do think they’re not my ideal market. I don’t think my work fits the tone. Why write a piece specifically for their prompt? Because it gives me a deadline and some inspiration. If it doesn’t get anywhere with MsLexia there are plenty of other places to try later and at least it’s another finished piece to add to my files.
I also have an idea for a Sci-Fi short. Well. I have a character. I just need a story to go with her.
I have a third, more contemporary, idea, this time with character, plot and setting but I need to give it more thought before I wade in. It’s set in a culture I’m unfamiliar with so I need to world build and research more before I take off with it.
Holly Lisle has a freebie course on flash fiction which I’ve just started working through. So far there are three promising ideas coming out of that. Holly says minimum five but the other ideas I came up with didn’t really grab me so I will have to see how the course pans out. I do love her no-nonsense way of teaching and there’s always a lot of encouragement so she comes highly recommended by me.
Sadly, the Novel in Progress is still on the back burner.
Are you a one at a time WIP type or do you prefer to jump around multiple projects? Let me know in the comments 🙂