Writing World

Updates & Anthologies

Hiya, folkarinos! It’s the end of July, which means I can officially start looking forward to autumn – my favoritest season of all. ^_^ But before we get to September, we have to go through to August, and things are happening in August!

First, I’ll be done with the first round of editing on “Legion!” My goal is to finish this weekend!! Then, I’ll be submitting to PitchWars on Wednesday, August 3rd. I’m not a very lucky person, but you can wish me luck if you want. 🙂 I already have my mentors picked out and my submission packet ready, so hopefully, I can get that out in the morning so I’m not thinking about it all day.

Also happening next month, MissSnark’sFirstVictim is hosting a Secret Agent contest, and the submission date for that is Monday, August 8th. I won’t have heard anything back from PitchWars yet, but I might try for it anyway, as there is go guarantee the robot will pick me, and there is no guarantee a mentor will pick me either. It looks like it’s open to all Young Adult and Middle Grade genres, as well as Science Fiction, Fantasy, Speculative Fiction, Literary, Contemporary, Historical, and Thriller for everyone else, so nearly everything.

And lastly, I’m going on vacation, finally!! Nothing fancy, just getting out of dodge for five days and looking at pretty aquarium and museum-like things. 🙂 I should be in full brainstorming & mini outlining mode with my next project by then, too. I may even start drafting!! More deets on that next week!!! Spoiler: I am very excited, in case you missed the gratuitous use of exclamation marks. ^_^

Needless to say, I’m very excited about next month. 😀

So, I’ve been reading a couple of anthologies – one of novellas and one of short stories. And I’ve been thinking…neither are necessarily my strength, but I have been thinking about getting back into writing short stories lately.

Now, I have always maintained that it takes a different set of skills to write a short story than it does to write a novel. They are different beasts, with different needs, and different purposes.

Some writers can do all kinds of story lengths very well. Others, like me…yeah, I dunno. Part of this is because I just don’t want to write short stories and flash fiction. I don’t get ideas for them, and I don’t ever think about it. Until lately, that is. I’m a novelist at heart. I started out with short stories, of course, but once I got into novels and discovered all the space available to me in novel-land, I lost interest in writing anything else. I can write them, technically. I understand how they work. However, back in college, the only way I could write a short story that wasn’t mediocre or didn’t “feel like it needed to be a novel” was when I went outside of my preferred genre. That was fine. I was there to strengthen my writing in general, and you can do that with any medium.

What’s funny about my relationship with short stories, is that I will read other people’s, of course – I love anthologies, I have half a thousand – but I won’t read my own. I haven’t read any of my short stories in years and years. The thing is, I have good memories of just about all of them. I think of them and they make me happy. Yet, I haven’t even tried to read them.

People are strange. 🙂

So, I hope you have some excitement going on next month. Check out the contests, if you can, and let me know if I’ll have any company!! I would love some company. ^_^


  • Tonja Drecker

    Good luck with pitch wars and Miss Snark! You might just be a short writing pro and not know it yet 😉 I hate reading my own stuff after it’s been published and avoid it. I happened across an interview w/ J. Depp a while ago where he claims never to have watched one of his own movies. So it might run a little with the territory.

      • Sunflower Michelle

        To jump on this: I don’t mind writing short, but I think I need more practice at it and I have some ideas that’ll work better (at first) as short stories, since I can’t seem to write a novel in under a year. And the last time I re-read even a little bit of Pearl (if I’m ever going to write more in that world, I guess I have to re-read the whole thing?), I cringed while reading chapter one.

        • Krystal Jane

          NO! Pearl is great! ^_^ I totally understand though. I laugh at everything I write – but I guess that’s better than wanting to burn it. Lol! I think about writing shorts for fun in between projects sometimes. I could stand more practice, too, and it might be more beneficial than falling into a Netflix hole. 😀

  • Thea Landen

    Good luck with Pitch Wars and the Secret Agent contest! (Both of those have awesome names, by the way.) And I’m jealous of your vacation – I still have two weeks to go until I can get away for a bit, and I’m hoping I won’t have to bring any work with me. 😛

    • Krystal Jane

      Aren’t they great names! Thank you! ^_^ I hope you don’t have to bring any work with you, too! Vacations should be work-free. We need a break from life sometimes. ^_^

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