We had a ball meeting authors and readers alike at the St. Louis, Madison, and Milwaukee Mighty cons!
We also met some amazing creative folks at the Michigan Comic Con. The convention featured a wide spectrum of interests including comic books, magazines, toys, games, Star Wars, Star Trek, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork, sketches and apparel.
You can learn more about these events by clicking the links below:
The summer months were spectacularly busy so I have been focusing on rewriting and editing short stories for The Warning Signs. I am also working on some new banners and signs for future shows and have created bookmarks for the upcoming book in the blood inheritance quartet titled Endow.
I had the honor of being asked to do an author interview for Featured Friday – on Zealot Script. The interview was posted on the 12th of July. You can visit the website here: zealotscript.co.uk .
Zealot Script’s main focus is on SFF independent literature. Besides featured Friday, you will find many interesting reviews and articles. The website is cram packed with information. You can check out the interview here: zealotscript featured Friday
More recently I spoke with the talented Author, R.J. Garcia. R.J. has published several non-fiction pieces about teen issues as well as a wonderfully suspenseful YA novel titled “Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced”. Be sure to check out her site here: Author R.J. Garcia. During your visit you will find information about her published novel, what she is working on now, and several interesting author interviews.
readersfavorite.com will have “Rise” and “Lost” listed as available prizes in the monthly book giveaway. If your interested in winning some amazing books by great authors you can check out the monthly giveaway here: https://readersfavorite.com book giveaway
Upcoming Event Reminders:
Concealed Realms will be at QuadCon on September 28th at the Five Flags Event Center Dubuque, Iowa. You can find out more about QuadCon here: https://quadcitycon.com/
Concealed Realms is participating in a day of family fun at the Discovery World Science and Technology Center at 500 North Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53202. The event take place on October 5th. – Enjoyed by All Ages! There will be art and artists, toys, light-saber battles, and a whole lot more. The cost of the event is included with Admission.
Concealed Realms will have a booth at QuadCon on October 19th. The event takes place at the RiverPlex Arena 600 NE Water St. Peoria, IL 61603 from 10am – 4pm
Concealed Realms will be at the Quad Cities Mighty Con in Rock Island, IL. This Comic Con takes place March 14th and 15th at the Quad Cities Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201
Quotes: The Short Story
“A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.” -Lorrie Moore
“A good [short story] would take me out of myself and then stuff me back in, outsized, now, and uneasy with the fit.” – David Sedaris
“Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner.” – Neil Gaiman
“A short story is a sprint, a novel is a marathon.” – Jonathan Carroll
“The short story form allows evocation, suggestion, implication. Its potency often lies in what it does not say.” – Isobelle Carmody
“Short stories are often treated as the poor cousins of novels.” – Christopher Bram
“There’s a joy in writing short stories, a wonderful sense of reward when you pull certain things off.” – Tobias Wolff
“If the future depends on stories, then our future looks bright indeed.” – Pawan Mishra
“For me, the short story is not a character sketch, a mouse trap, an epiphany, a slice of suburban life. It is the flowering of a symbol center. It is a poem grafted onto sturdier stock.” – William H. Gass
“The great thing about a short story is that it doesn’t have to trawl through someone’s whole life; it can come in glancingly from the side.” -Emma Donoghue
Definition of short story:
“A piece of prose fiction, usually under 10,000 words.”- dictionary.com
“an invented prose narrative shorter than a novel usually dealing with a few characters and aiming at unity of effect and often concentrating on the creation of mood rather than plot”” – merriamwebster.com
Writing a short story is a great way to flex your creative muscles and since short works are faster to create, you can have more time to practice working on a variety of genre’s.
Its true, producing a 3,000 word short story doesn’t require the same time investment as producing a 80,000-150,000 word novel, but that doesn’t mean writing a good short story is easy. In fact, some writers feel that short stories are harder to write than novels.
A novel demands sustained attention. Whereas, a short story that is meant to be read in a single sitting needs to captivate quickly. In fact, the terrific ones tend to leave a lasting impression. So even if you have already finished much larger works, producing short story’s can be intimidating.
The short story, novel, and novella are just a few different forms. The art of creating in each form has its own challenges and requires a different set of skills from the creator.
A short story can be anywhere between 1,000 to 20,000 words. A story that is less than 1,000 words, would be considered flash fiction and a story longer than 20,000 words would be considered a novella.
The shorter the story, the less complexity it can handle.
The fewer words a work has, the more time and attention should be paid to each one. When writing a shorter work, you have to withhold information and hint more. Details must be carefully chosen because they are often likely to be symbolic or otherwise significant as they need to fulfill multiple functions, such as establishing the mood, setting, and foreshadowing.
The best way to see how short stories work is to read as many as you can.
Some frequently recommended tips: (for writing or paring down a short story)
- Have only one or two main characters.
In a short story, you will only have room for one or two fully developed characters and a few side characters.
- Stick with a single point of view.
(That’s not to say that it can’t be done…)
- Limit the Story to a Single Time Frame.
Although some short story writers do jump around in time, it is suggested that by limiting the time period, you allow more focus on the events that are included in the narrative.
- Edit Ruthlessly
Economy is key. Every line should either advance the action or build character.
- Have fun
Some of us write slow and edit as we go. While others write fast and in multiple drafts. We all create differently. Whatever works for you, just remember to have fun while you do it.
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If you are interested in reading one of my short story’s check out the November 2018 issue of Ink and Sword here: inkandsword.wixsite.com
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