A turtley awesome kaiju for Kaijune this morning. This fella used to be an introvert, he was a shell of his former self. But now he’s come out of his shell.
He’s got a brother, they share the same mother, but the father was a porcupine. Now, if you cross a porcupine and a turtle you get a right slowpoke.
Oh, dear god, stop me.
Just three more kaiju and we’re done with this series. I shall miss these monsters.
I get told, quite often, I work hard when other writers see the graft I put into the fears. Honestly, I feel do work hard. But the big difference I find between myself and other writers is, I finish my drafts and projects. Then move on.
I’ll mash out stories all the time. My current ratio is writing 12 stories and discarding 6 of them. Of the 6 I keep, at least 3 need work before anyone’s going to read and groan at them. There are some days when I write and keep all 12 stories. There are other days when I write 12 shite stories and discard them all.
I take this approach with everything. Get stuff made first, discard the bad bits, keep the good bits. Then move on.
I say this because I’m still reading blogs I was reading 15 years ago, and their authors still haven’t finished their books first draft. I get, life’s hard, writings hard, but get the damn draft finished. You’re probably not going to keep half of it anyway, right?
What is it they say?
The purpose of a first draft is not to get it right, but to get it written.
Yes, I know a bovine kaiju is udderly ridiculous. I didn’t want to do a bovine kaiju for Kaijune. But sometimes, you have to go with the herd.
Currently writing all of next months stories. We’ll be hanging around the black-sand islands for July. A series of summer holiday stories, of lost fears.
I have around 600 tales already pre-written. However, the stories are heavily serialized. This didn’t work for me during Brass (clicky). I wrote about my experience with serialized fiction online in-depth in an earlier post (clicky). I don’t want to scrap them, but I also don’t want to publish them on the site. There are ideas and themes amongst them I could use elsewhere.
I guess the lesson here is, don’t write too far ahead.
Just mentioning this again, if you want to revisit any of my earlier series of Fears, you can buy the first five series in book form on Amazon (clicky). Or read all seven series for free by checking out my websites spiffy new front page and scrolling down (littlefears.co.uk).
Hey, I just realised how good the reviews are on my books on Amazon. That’s very heartwarming.
Wouldn’t be right, having a Kaijune with no giant iguanas.
I have two more collaborations to publish. Then I hope to end this series of collabs. If you’ve already received the initial email from me and have started planning or writing a story for submission, let me know ASAP. My open offer to everyone for future collaborations may return. But I’m going to need a break from them.
Each collaboration takes 2-10 times longer to publish than my own daily stories. That’s OK when it’s only one story a week. But then add onto that the staggering amount of time wasters you get.
A lot of folks noticed I was taking submissions but didn’t read the blog post or initial email. For every one post that gets published, I sift through five random, unusable submissions. From Mills & Boon style romance too entire chapters of books. Nevermind the grammatical and spelling messes I’ve turned away. I don’t mind doing some correction. I also don’t mind letting some mistakes stay in their stories. I’m certainly not a perfectionist with spelling and grammar. But when there are ten mistakes in a 512 character long story? Be polite, use a spell checker before submitting a story, you know?
I would like to return to the collaborations. I enjoy working with other writers to create great stories. I get to see my characters in a new light. It’s great seeing folks riffing off the tropes I use daily. Collaborating is also a great learning experience. But right now, I need a break from them.
Ink’s nearly run out of all my Faber-Castells. *Sniff* They are bloody expensive and I am conscious of how much plastic I could be saving by moving onto a dip pen. I’m currently eyeing up the Speedball sketching set and Kuratake ink. I’ve tried the missus Speedballs. They are easy to use and forgiving. That’s something I need as I am a scruffy doodler.