15 Feb 2009

Clean Until the First Draft

The first draft of Clean Until the Final Act is done. At 4970 words it’s much longer than originally predicted, but you know what? I’m not complaining. All the elements are roughly in place, they just need aligning, and if I can do that, this could and should be one of my better stories. I’ll get to those edits in the next day or two and hopefully have this one ready to submit in a couple of weeks. Oh, and the title stays. I've been hoping it would.

So, what’s next?

Well, I’m switching from dark science fiction to the weird and the literary for my next short. It’s about a boy and a shark, that’s all I can reveal at the moment. Okay, maybe there are a lot of sharks - I'll find out when I get there. Once that's written I’ve got an idea for a children’s fantasy adventure (short story) that I’d like to explore further, and then there’s a possible collaboration with Brian G. Ross to be thinking about, too.

Busy times ahead.

3 comments:

Catherine J Gardner said...

Congratulations on finishing your first draft.

Brian G Ross said...

I'm gettin' a hankerin' for some sci-fi now, bro. Well done. Just as well it tipped under the 5K: we both know how difficult publication becomes once it goes to the other side, no matter how good the story is.

...and that collaboration will happen. Lookin' forward to it.

:o)

Steven J. Dines said...

Thanks, Catherine and Brian.

Revisions are currently underway.

Best,
Steven