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Flash Fiction: Naming the Band

This little piece was written in response to the 100 words only flash fiction challenge posted by Chuck Wendig last Friday, 20 March 2015. It also serves as an introduction to next week’s story, which I have already started writing. I’m not that happy with it, but I did write it in about five minutes. Next week’s story will be better. (I hope.)

 

Naming the Band

 

“What’s the band’s name?”

My band mates and I look at each other. We’d decided not to use our original name, but hadn’t picked a new one. “Princes of the Apocalypse. Like the song,” Theo said. The rest of us nod.

We’d just finished our first song, without having been announced first. Now we would be announced; we’ve got to have a name. Our first gig has been… interesting.

Unorganized. Not us, the venue. New bar. New to having live music, anyway. Not too busy, so maybe it is new.

I hope the rest of the evening goes better.

 

*****

Thanks to Georgia for the idea for this week’s story. And next week’s story. I told you it would be more than 100 words!

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Long Time, No Blog

Wow, has it been a while! The past few months – okay, nearly six months – have been… interesting. I’ve had a lot going on in my personal life, not the least of which is my having become an aunt again. My newest niece was born just before Christmas. She’s had some health issues, but seems to be improving as of late. (Fingers crossed this continues!) That’s my biggest and best news. As for the rest, well, read on…

I am clinically depressed, have been for many years. And once or twice a year – at least for the past few years – it likes to jump up and bite me on the bum. That happened a bit less than a week after my last post. I’m just now pulling myself back out of that pit fully. It’s a long, hard climb. I’ve had more than a few false starts since last fall. Some days, I’ve felt almost normal. Others… It’s been a chore to even wake up. But! I’m putting all that behind me now. I am determined not to let depression win. I will come out on top. I will!

 

And now, on to some news…

  • I have been published! My short story, “Soul Call”, is in the anthology, Romancing the Story, which released on December 23rd. Currently, it is only available for kindle. I don’t yet know if there are plans to release it in other formats. I will let you all know when I know.
  • As a part of my effort to defeat depression, I am doing more writing. I want to start writing one short story a week. (Okay, more than one. One that I plan to post here.) I’m going to attempt to use the Flash Fiction Challenges that Chuck Wendig (warning: strong language – and lots of it) posts on his blog every Friday. I won’t use these every week, but I will do at least two a month. This week’s challenge is to write a story using 100 words or less. Wish me luck.
  • I am going to start a regular blogging schedule. I will post every week on Tuesday and Friday. My plan is to post a story every Friday. The Tuesday posts will be varied, and may be random gibberish. Hopefully not, but there is that chance. If I have nothing to talk about that week, well, random gibberish it is!

Final Cover Reveal

I’ve been sitting on this for a while now, not too sure why… But here goes:

The final cover for the Romancing the Story anthology has been revealed. The names of the seventeen authors are arranged around the outside edge now. I think it looks pretty cool.

Final cover for Romancing the Story anthology

Did you notice where my name is on the cover? Right at the top, in the middle! Seeing that made my day. Oh, who am I  trying to kid? It made my week!

Still no news on a release date. I’ll let you know once I do.

Draft 2 Blues

I’m working on the second draft of a short story and nothing is going right. I can’t concentrate on it. I don’t like it. It’s driving me bonkers. (Okay, bonkers-er; I’m already bonkers.)

I started making the changes based on feedback I’ve gotten from some fellow writers. I like the changes in theory, but in practice… Well, not so much. At least, not yet.

I’m sure I will like it once I finish all the changes. It’s just that making those changes is driving me crazy at the moment. (Crazier. Yeah, that’s the word. Sheesh.) Thought I’d share. Thanks for listening.

I’m Going to Be Published!

I’ve been meaning to start a professional blog for some time now, but never had the motivation. Then something awesome happened. Just over a week ago (on Friday, 25 July), I received an email from the sponsors of a romance short story contest I entered earlier in the month. My story is one of twenty that will be published in the upcoming anthology, Romancing the Story.

I’ve been telling everyone I know for the past week! It would be an understatement to say I am merely excited – I’m ecstatic! I’m actually going to have a story published! (Also, I like exclamation marks. And smileys, though I’ll try and keep both to a minimum.)

My story, “Soul Call”, is a fantasy romance with a paranormal twist. My specialty.