Tonight, I finished the alpha of what will be hopefully the longest story in my in-progress story collection, Unusual Events. It turned out quite a bit longer than I expected, graduating quickly from a long short story of 10,000 to 11,000 words and becoming a 37,000 word novella—longer than my first published work, One Drink. As a result, I think I’ll be sticking in near the back of the book.
In any case, while it needs some editing and some trimming, I’m quite pleased with it. It’s a superhero story titled—quite fittingly—SUPER MODEL, and I took advantage of the first-person perspective to try some new tricks and strategies in relation to the theme that make it a fairly unique story. Oddly enough, though, this means that once again I’ve written something in first-person to sell, when all of my best work, IMO, is in third-person. Nevertheless, this story wouldn’t have worked any other way, and I’ve got several more stories lined up to work on that will be set in the third-person perspective, including one set in the Unusual Universe that involves a working mother with more than the average set of problems to deal with, and a standalone Sci-Fi concerning an old man and the end of the world. After nine months writing multiple (yes, multiple) 330,000+ word epics, it’s kind of nice to be able to write something in a few days.
Of course, I’d be remiss on this topic if I didn’t point out that those who support me on Patreon this month get an early look a Graveyard Visit (tentative title), one of the collection’s shorter works. Support me there and read the whole story now!
Anyway, after a day in which I’ve successfully polished off another work, it’s time to relax and have some dinner before I get to work on tomorrow’s project: Another short story. I think I’ll do the working mother with the unusual problem next. I’ve been looking forward to writing it for about two months now.
Hope you’re all having an excellent evening!