I think it’s appropriate – though unintentional – that many of the stories I’m putting together this month have taken a very dark tone on, maybe more so than what I typically do. Is that October working its way into my brain? Maybe I’m just getting darker in my thirties? Who knows.
New story yesterday. I’m okay with it.
I think another thing with this project is the balance between output and quality. Output should not be king, no matter the aims of the project, right? Some of the stuff I’m pretty happy with (and, one has been picked up already) and some of it needs a serious revision, something I know as I’m writing.
It’s not the goal, of course, to have everything be publishing-ready as soon as the last word is written. That would be naive. And foolish. It is important to keep in mind that revision is as much a part of this as anything. It’s easy to get discouraged with a piece early and think, nah, this ain’t working, and mentally move on. But, you can’t. Maybe some things are just not going to work, but they can’t be forgotten just as soon as they’re written.
Maybe November will be 30 Days, 30 + 1 Revisions?
Also, if you have not checked it out yet, the excellent trailer for Robert Kloss’ The Alligators of Abraham (which you can preorder on Oct. 15) is up. Check it out.
Really digging Amber Sparks’ May We Shed These Human Bodies right now. If you haven’t picked this up from Curbside Splendor, do it.
Story 10: Feathered girls, ravenous boys