I feel somewhat accomplished today because I submitted a new short story to BSB for their upcoming lesbian paranormal anthology. It’s a ghost story, which was not at all what I was planning on writing for this project, but it’s somehow the thing that decided to write itself when I sat down at the computer…
I haven’t decided yet whether I’m in love with the story or not, but that’s because I always want to make short stories into something bigger than they’re supposed to be. I want to add too much detail, too much back story, and when I’m limited to a few thousand words I start feeling like the plot is rushing itself a little. In this particular case, one of the characters is insisting that she would be great in a novel. A lesbian Peruvian mummy ghost novel, my friends – and what’s more, based on a real archeological discovery. Yeah. So as I was trying to write this little non-mummy short story for her, she was all the time trying to get me to agree that her Peruvian tale would be far more exciting.
Anyway, after a good amount of wrestling with the challenges of fitting her into a much smaller tale for the time being, I finally got the short story done only to realize that the deadline for submitting said stories was the 21st of this month, not the 31st. Luckily Rad is the nicest person on the planet, and so very graciously agreed to let me send my story over late. *hangs head in shame* I am just hoping that she likes it, that it fits in all right with the other submissions for the anthology, and that it’s hopefully not too similar to any of the other submissions, but I guess we’ll see. Funny how I always, always feel more nervous about my short story submissions than I do about my full length novels. :P
If BSB does approve my story for inclusion in the anthology, the book will be out sometime in Spring of 2012, so that’s pretty exciting.
In the meantime, I’m thinking about reposting on the site an older short story that I wrote when I was in college. It’s long been one of my favorite little pieces, and since it’s already out there on the internet on a couple of other sites it’s not eligible for publication with BSB, so I figure I should probably make it available for free here too in case anybody wants a snippet of very very very early Merry Shannon stuff. *grins*
First, though, I think I should probably dust off the old version and brighten it up a bit in edits… ^~