Saturday, September 1, 2012

Just finished a couple of short stories

    I've been in a rather horror-filled mood lately so I decided to write a short-story to get it out of my system. Cookies for the Gentleman despite its innocuous title is probably the scariest thing I've ever written. How bad was it?

    I had nightmares after writing it!

    I've also written another short story for a contest being hosted by Chaosium where you Cthulhu-ize or Zombie-ize a fairy tale. In my case, I wrote a Lovecraftian version of the Cinderella story.

    Oooo.
   
    Short-stories are something I recommend for people who are trying to break into writing. They're not going to make you any real money but they are going to make you money in the immediate sense. Plus, when you receive your first check for $50 like I did for Horror, Humor, and Heroes Volume 3, you can say, "I am a professional author."

    (Technically I was a professional author years before due to the Machine Goddess books but that experience is one I tend to erase from my memory - maybe I'll explain that one some day)

    Odd fact: I actually find writing short stories harder than writing a novel. It requires an entirely different mindset.

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