GISHWHES – 2014 Story

Some good friends of mine were participating in GISHWHES again this year and one of the items was to get a previously published SF author to write a story featuring Misha, The Queen of England and an Elopus. The story had to no more than 140 words total. This is what I came up with.


Misha caressed the near empty glass of brandy, reminiscing about the day he visited the Queen of England.
The ceremony of Knighthood was a long winded affair, all Misha could think about was his post-ceremony plans.
It was his time. He knelt before Her Majesty, head bowed low. As the sword was raised by the Queen, a voice rang out from across the hall. “Stop! This man must not be knighted.”
“Who dares?” the Queen asked.
The Elopus stood out from the crowd. “I did,” it said, munching on a peanut.
The Queen was ashamed and knelt before the Elopus. “King Misha, I abdicate the throne to its rightful owner,” she said.
Misha sat on the throne and smiled.



Latest Developments

Last week I completed the story for the From Out of the Dark anthology. The finished story was submitted and the editor is having a read and will let me know ASAP. Can’t wait to find out how it goes.

Also, this month, my writer’s group has another Word Art Exhibition coming. See the poster below. Looking forward to this one a lot, if I finish my story in time!


Poster A

Writing Challenge – Flash Fiction

This last Writer’s Group session, it was another Shut Up and Write week. I am having a short break before I continue on with the Out of the Dark story, so went back to one of the unfinished Word Blurt stories we had done as a writing exercise one night. During the week I had read some blogs on Flash Fiction. Now Flash Fiction can range from less than 250 words to 1,000 words, there is no real set definition. I thought whilst reading these blogs, it would be a great idea to revist some of these works and finish them off.  The art of writing Flash Fiction is a tough one. You have to make very word count and get right to the point of the story.

Out of the five stories I had on my hard drive from these Word Blurts and Writing Prompt ideas, I chose one to finish off. It was already at around 300 words when I started and wrote to around 1,300. I then started the challenge of making every word count and cutting the number of words down to under 1,000. The story now sits at 995.

With having finished this story off, at least in a first draft mode. With that now completed, I have set myself a challenge to write a short story each month up to a maximum of 1,000 words for each one. The Shut Up and Write sessions will be the ideal time to undertake this challenge.

In other news, the Out of the Dark story has been sent out to some beta-readers. Hoping to hear back from them soon so I can continued with the rewrites and eventually submit the story for the anthology.

Benefits of Reading Aloud

Last Wednesday night I read out loud my story I have been working on for the Out of the Dark anthology at my local writer’s group. Came back with some fantastic feed back about the story, plus it showed me a few sentences and some parts that I have missed in the story to expand upon.

The opening of the story has some small issues that after discussion with those who had attended, and now have decided to rewrite the whole first half in a new direction, whilst still keeping the 2nd half. For those who want a taste of the story, it features usage of cyrogenics, virtual reality, sleeper ships. The first half features a lot of the virtual reality and being attached to an automaton monitoring and then heads into the physical world for the 2nd half. The first half is now going to really add more to show the juxtaposition between being connected to the VR and automaton at the same time.

So now begins the fun process of changing the first half of the story.

Out of the Dark – First Draft Completed

It is done! The first draft of my story for the Out of the Dark anthology is now done. Had a good session at writer’s group tonight plus did a lot more after that. Total word count on the first draft is nearly 5,900 words, so pretty happy with that. I had already excised a whole section as I felt it slowed the story down but gained enough ground to reach the 5,000 minimum.

So now begins the fun process of editing it until it’s in a publishable form!

Still Alive

My blog has been neglected a bit of late, what with the crazy period of late last year and this last month having had 2 huge Oz Comic-Cons and a wedding over Easter.

On the writing front, I’ve been busy working slowly on the short to submit to the Out of the Darkness anthology, plus looking at developing another one for the All the King’s Men anthology. Hoping to have the first short story finished by the end of May before I do the rewrite.

The Writer’s group has shrunk a little since late last year with 2 people moving on from the area. Next month on the 22nd we are running a session at the local Berri Library from 5PM for the Library & Information Week Celebrations. We will be running an information session about the group as well as exercises on Poetry and our Word Blurt stories, which are a lot of fun to spurn creativity.

November = NaNoWriMo Time

So been neglecting the blog a little bit lately, but now it is November, that means NaNoWriMo is now upon us again. I have decided to give it another go and finish off last year’s zombie novel attempt. After a slow start of nothing for the first 3 days, have no managed to get to nearly 3000 words. Had a very good session during our writer’s group night, which has helped a great deal. Will keep this updated every few days with my progress.