Yes, that’s right, I’m making progress!  My synopsis-writing project is almost at an end (meaning I hope to be finished with it by tomorrow or the next day) and if you follow me on Facebook, you’ll know that I started a new short story.  I plan to post it here when I’m finished.  I’m really excited about it – it’ll be my first foray into sci-fi, but it’s not hardcore.  At least, I don’t think it will be.

I was inspired by the news I heard over the weekend that a Dutch company plans to launch an expedition to colonize Mars within the next decade.  I started writing late last night and kept at it today.  As I was driving home tonight, I mulled the story over in my head a bit and remembered a couple of the early drafts of my first foray into the post-apocalyptic genre.  Those early drafts were a mess, but they gave me another burst of inspiration for this tale, so I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Also, I entered Query Kombat…uh…last week?  Like everyone else, I am now anxiously awaiting the announcement of the final 64.  Announcement Day is supposed to be on Friday, but could be sooner.  I hope it’ll be sooner! 🙂  I don’t think I made it in, based on a couple of tweets I saw about an adult fantasy last week.  And I know my query needs work.  I read somewhere once that the reason contests are so hard is because you’re going up against the cream of the crop.  But then, if you can compete against the best and win, that should say something about your skills, right?  I think right now it says that mine need a whole lot more work.  So, back to the drawing board go I…

Speaking of that drawing board, I’d better get back to it while it’s relatively quiet around here.  The kid-free peace can’t last long… 😀

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4 thoughts on “Progress!

    • Kay Kauffman says:

      You’re welcome! And thank you! I think you’re completely right about short fiction. It’s perfect for experimenting, but it occasionally makes me want to rip my hair out even more than longer fiction (mostly because brevity is not my strong suit and also because I always want things to be just right). 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂


      • nancyotoole says:

        I can be the same when it comes to brevity. What seems like a reasonable 5k story in my mind often turns out closer to 10k on paper, making it a novelette and not a short story at all.

        And you’re welcome 🙂


        • Kay Kauffman says:

          I sometimes remind myself of Holden Caulfield – I ramble. A lot. My husband usually looks impatient with me when I try to tell him things and I know he’s thinking, “Just hurry up and get to the point already!” I started writing short fiction as a way to work on that particular flaw of mine. It’s also the reason I joined Twitter. And instead, I just wrote long short stories and used three tweets to say what a more precise person could have probably said in one. 😀


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