They announced the winners of the IWSG anthology this morning. I wasn’t among them, but my analytical side kicked in and I’m pretty sure why my story didn’t make the cut.
It’s a fantasy anthology, and my story had little-to-no hint of the great fantastic. If anything, I’d classify it as supernatural, but there’s not a lot of indication of that either. I had questioned it before I submitted, but decided, eh, what the heck. Why not? I still believe in the story itself, and I think it may have another home, one it is better suited for. *crosses fingers*
Even though I had turned out two short stories (one just released last month) in a relatively quick amount of time late last year, I don’t think I’ll be doing many more unless inspiration hits. For one, I’m well behind on what I want to be done with – Murder Most Fowl and Isto. For another, I seem to not be able to write full-fledged fantasy in a short story. I prefer the subtle tones that either leave the person scratching their head or saying ‘ah-ha!’. I guess if it’s not related to Derek or Cera, I just can’t do fantasy.
So, maybe this will be the year. That is my insecurity, really–whether or not I’ll get anything done. I’ve got over 150K written toward Isto and only about 10K to go for MMF. I thought I had plenty of time last year to finish at least one of them, but it just didn’t happen. I worry this year will be the same.
I don’t have an answer to the question of the month, which is What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard? Mostly because I don’t care about rules. I write what I want to, how I want to. Oh, I get ticked off when it comes to opinions about the lengths of stories, that if a fantasy novel is over 120K, then it’s poorly written. But I just think it’s absurd, not that I wished I’d never heard it. Otherwise, I take what makes me better and toss out the rest.
Do you ever feel like your progress is not enough? Are you looking forward to the release of the new IWSG anthology? (I saw many names I recognized that made me super excited.)