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That shouldn’t be a question, when the submission being pondered is a short story for a sci-fi magazine. I’ve been debating what to do with my writing of late, and it seems to me that the most productive thing to do would be to get my name out there. How can this be done? Other than my latest social media addiction, and the upcoming event of the year, I decided that I need to get published.

I’ve already been published, sort of. My senior year at school, I wrote a piece (due to deviantart policies, this one’s tagged with a mature language filter, so non-da members may not be able to see it) in a winterim class that ended up being used in a local publication, Active for Justice. It was just a little mini-newspaper kind of thing, and it included several pieces by my classmates as well. All the same, I’d gotten my name out to more people who hadn’t seen/heard it before. It was a start. I crave more than this.

The question before me now is this: Do I write something completely from scratch, or do I see how they feel about one of my existing (and as cliché-free as possible) microfiction pieces? It’s still open for debate, but I’d definitely love to get something done in advance of the dawn of NaNoWriMo. I am, by the way, registered for this. Be prepared to keep me on my toes when I’ve got my #writing thing going. 😀

Meanwhile, I’m still on the hunt for an actual writing job. Hahahaha. It’s a good thing I’ve still got my sense of humor. I’m trying to get in touch with some local publishers, but I’m not so good at the cold-calling thing. Hell, it took me all day today to gear up to call the Toyota dealer and order parts for my car. I’ll have her back to normal within a week. Stupid parts that there are only one or two of remaining in the country.

Not Pictured: The then-nonexistent drunken handiwork of the idiot who crashed into my parked car.

I’m reading The Shallows, by Nicholas Carr. Normally, I’m not one for non-fiction, but occasionally, something will catch my eye. In this case, the book is part of the All Pikes Peak Reads list for this year. Seeing as I’d already read The Hunger Games, I thought I should attempt to tackle another one of the books on the list. I saw a copy available yesterday, so here I am. It’s intriguing, honestly. The internet has become such a critical part of most of our lives that we can’t go more than a day or two without it. It’s integrated itself into the infrastructure of our country. Information is constantly available to us, and it’s kind of overwhelming. I grew up in a town where we had to use physical card catalogs for a good portion of my early education. I fell deeply in love with physical media, something that remains unchanged. I want to be a librarian, after all. Still, we also had a computer in our preschool. We had at least one in every classroom, K-12. What started as an option for playing games at recess when it would rain quickly became an all-purpose utility. Now I find it hard to go anywhere without taking my laptop, just in case. Carr is attempting to get his readers to realize that, for all its benefits, the internet may be making us stupid. We skim everything, and as Randall Munroe was quick to point out, we fall into the habit of believing anything we read. I’d highly recommend the book to anyone who feels that maybe, just maybe, they’ve come a little disconnected, despite always being jacked in.

And one for the nerds: D&D is going well. My necromancer is off to a great start. She’s already planning which big undead things she wants for minions in the near future. Most notably right now, is this guy.

"Hey guys! I found a puppy!"

That’s a charnel hound. It’s quite possibly my favorite D&D monster ever. It’s a dog. Made from corpses. That occasionally still move/yell for help. Yeah. And then there’s the fact that any time it kills something, it takes that body into itself, and heals damage by doing so. I love this game. I also found this today. I may have to share this list with anyone who has ever considered DMing/GMing a session of any tabletop role playing game. It could save some friendships.

Do you think I vary too much from topic to topic in each post? I dunno. Maybe, but if one 1,000 word post gets out there with everything I need to say, then it means that you’re saved from five separate 200 word posts. You should rejoice. You probably won’t, but you could at least consider it. My point being, that I had some other stuff I thought about saying here right now, but you’re getting off the hook at 800+ words.

6 Comments

  1. Go for it man. If you’ve got the drive and passion to get your stuff published then get it out there however you can.
    On the librarian front, give it some long hard thought. My fiancée just finished grinding her way through her master’s in library and information science and spent a small fortune doing it. Now she’s finding it impossible to get a job in an actual library. In a bad economy, libraries are one of the first areas to have their budgets slashed. I’m not saying don’t do it. I’m just saying be sure it’s what you really want.

    • Thank you very much. I’ve been working in libraries for 5+ years now, so I’m fairly certain that I’d like to expand my capabilities in that direction. I’ve spoken to many reference librarians about the MLIS degree, and based on what they’ve told me, right now my focus should be on finding a job so that I can support myself while I go back to school. The librarians who have the jobs are keeping them as long as they can. I’ll happily wait until the time is right. In the meantime, I can write. 😀

  2. Good luck with both being published and NaNoWriMo…I’ve had a few friends participate in it, and while they go nuts while it’s going on, they always say it’s worth it in the end. As for what to put out to the publishers, that’s a tough call. What I’ve read of your short stories on here is amazing stuff, and I have no doubt that in larger quantities the quality would only improve, but I dunno how much my opinion counts in any of this. Thoughts on the internet: I love the idea of so much information at my fingertips, but I agree with you that it has made us much lazier and more gullible as a culture. On Facebook, so many people were copying and pasting a status, yet again, about them charging for it, and until I stepped up and asked a friend if they’d checked whether it was legit or not, I saw no other question of it whatsoever. Drives me up the wall, and I’ll be honest, I don’t trust the news much either, because I feel like it’s been influenced by the people who write it up for reporting. But I will say that while I love technology and also won’t go anywhere even overnight without my laptop, there’s nothing quite like a solid book in your hands with pages and texture and glue in the binding. I have a nook, and I love the fact that when I travel I can carry all of LOTR, Redwall, Percy Jackson, and a dozen others and not have a backpack that weighs a hundred pounds, but I own a hard copy of pretty much everything on there. And for series I really like, an audio book copy as well. So many different format options now…it’s awesome.

  3. Psh. Charnel hounds are no match for the Liqui-mage.


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