Friday, March 27, 2009

It is a beautiful thing

I just wrote 'The End' on my novella. I am pretty happy with it and after I get done editing two other books I am going to give it a title and edit the hell out of it as well. After that I will want beta readers. I managed to come in around 23,000 words, which is a little longer than I expected for a first draft, although I expect it to grow in my re-writing phase. I have some pretty flimsy chapters in there. I think I can beef them up.

I got a very nice rejection last night from Murky Depths. They really seemed to like the way I write, but they decided to pass on it anyway due to an storyline they have seen done in their mag too many times. I don't blame them on that one. I reformatted it and sent it off to Niteblade. We'll see what Rhonda Parrish thinks about it.

In other news: I finished reading Twilight yesterday afternoon. It was something that I wouldn't have picked up on my own, but I am glad I read it, if for nothing else, I like to see what is happening with popular fiction these days. I would give it a 3 out of 5. It wasn't so great I would recommend it to friends but I wouldn't say it is horrible. I am pretty neutral on it. I would probably read the remaining books in the series if I find the time, but I won't feel bad if I don't.

Now I am reading Brian Keene's Terminal. I am curious about this one because I have only read his short fiction. So far I am liking it. He has a good premise behind the book, and so far it doesn't appear to be zombie related.

Have a good weekend. Later.

13 comments:

Aaron Polson said...

Congrats on finishing the novella; crack one open, kick back, ahhh...

I received a nice rejection from Murky Depths this week, too. It's a beautiful mag--I hope we can both grace its pages someday.

Have a nice weekend.

Jamie Eyberg said...

At least I am in good company. I will be enjoying one in just a moment. Enjoy the weather (Hah!)

Aaron Polson said...

Yeah, we're going to get dumped on this weekend.

Natalie L. Sin said...

Would the score have been higher without sparkles? ; )

Jameson T. Caine said...

Congrats on reaching the end! Enjoy a beer for me for I have none in my house.

Catherine J Gardner said...

Congratulations again. :)

How long did Murky Depths have your story? They've had one of mine since 20th Nov. Biting nails.

Jamie Eyberg said...

Not very long. I would ask them about it if I were you. (I think anything over 5 months deserves a little heads up anyway). :)

Jeremy D Brooks said...

Congrats on finishing...

I sold my first story to Rhonda Parrish...they did a great job on the book. I was very happy with them. I think her husband does the layout.

K.C. Shaw said...

Congrats! "The End" is such a satisfying thing to write.

Did you get scary weather this weekend? We just got a little bit of a storm, and now nasty coldish weather and drizzly rain.

Jamie Eyberg said...

All the weather was south of us quite a ways. We got lucky. I am sure before this spring is over we will have our fair share of tornadoes and floods.

BT said...

Well done on finishing the novella. Once you've done your first edit, send it on through - I'd be happy to read it. Being on the longer side, you'll need to give me a week or two to mark it up.

Carrie Harris said...

Everything is better with sparkles, Natalie.

CONGRATS (with sparkles)!

Danielle Ferries said...

Well done finishing the novella.