Death of a story

Well, I believe the nail has gone into the coffin of the Halloween story. At the Shakespeare Tavern on Saturday, I had an idea for a light little SF tale, a bit of Picture of Dorian Gray meets Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I jotted it down in my idea file with the intention of back burnering it until after I’d finished up the other stuff I was working on. Well, the “catharsis” story is done and waiting for critique, but I still couldn’t get back into my Halloween tale. However, I’m 1500 words into my humorous SF ditty.


Ah well. The important thing is that the words flow. It’s irritating that they don’t always flow where I want them to, but at least they’re not bottlenecked behind some logjam.

I also wrote a 1000-word essay for the hell of it. Non-fiction is so much easier to write. I should start looking into more non-fiction markets, I suppose. They pay better and there’s a bigger demand for it. It’s just not where my interests lay. But it’s really so much easier. Argh.

In other news, Paul is coming down to visit next week for the traditional Foster Halloween fête. Hurray! And next week Nick will join him. And I still don’t have a costume. I think this weekend we need to make a trip out to Party City for some Halloweeny goodness.

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8 Responses to Death of a story

  1. mouseferatu says:

    “Non-fiction is so much easier to write.”


    You think so? Really? Wow…

    Sorry to hear the Halloween story died. I’ve had that happen to me before. Sometimes, the idea just doesn’t survive the execution.

    (In retrospect, that’s a very strange sentence…)

    • silicates says:

      I find it very easy to write what I know. (And I know a lot. 😉

    • amokk says:

      yah, non-fiction is just not my thing.

      altho my werewolf story keeps trying to turn into a non-werewolf story.

      and yes, a lot of things dont survive execution.

    • Eugie Foster says:

      You don’t think so? Really? Huh.

      I find that since non-fiction doesn’t have the whole character development, plot, and pacing thing to deal with, it makes the execution much easier. Non-fic is all about tone and information. It’s just a matter of figuring out the best way to deliver an info dump, based upon the intended audience. Least, that’s my take on it . . .

      • mouseferatu says:

        Yeah, but non-fiction requires all those facts and research and finding of topics… 😉

        Maybe it’s just because, between my work and my hobbies, I mentally spend more time in fictional worlds than the real one anyway…

        • Eugie Foster says:

          Yep, that’s the problem, Mousie-Fangs. You always with your head in the clouds. We’ll just skip pointing out the obvious “you’re getting paid to come up with fantasy worlds” thing. Oh, wait, I just pointed that out . . .

          Actually, I love doing research. I know, I know. How sick is that? But when I was still entertaining the idea of pursuing my doctorate, I assumed that I’d end up as a researcher doing professor duties on the side. My interest was in the discovery. Although to clarify, I only like researching stuff I’m interested in. Wild llamas couldn’t drag me to the library if I had to look up something that I didn’t find intriguing in the first place.

  2. yakdog says:

    And I still don’t have a costume.

    Did something awful happen to your wardrobe? *raises eyebrow*

    Heh. Seriously, I hope you have fun finding a new outfit. Enjoy the season!

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Did something awful happen to your wardrobe? *raises eyebrow*

      But I gotta have something fresh, something new! Hee. Um, I’m doing my part to get money circulating back in the economy. Yeah. That’s the ticket.

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