June Story Contest

Because I don’t have enough projects already!

The always-helpful MacAllister Stone from Absolute Write tweeted about a story contest being held at Words Undone. I happened to catch the tweet, and went to look at the contest. I’m not sure why this one caught my eye, but it did. Partially, I knew that I could turn out a passable story in one month, which is how much time is left until the submission deadline. So, if you haven’t figured it out by now, I will be participating in the June Contest from Words Undone, and I’m a bit excited about it.

The topic, for both flash and short stories is “The wrong place at the wrong time.” At first, I wasn’t sure if I could come up with a compelling story on that theme, but I gamely pulled out my handy notebook and started jotting any idea which entered my head. Then it happened. That flash of inspiration that pops up and smacks you in the back of the head and says “Me, you idiot!! Write about me!!” and I was scribbling madly away. Before I fell asleep last night I had completely outlined the entire story in my head. Total elapsed time from hearing about the contest to full-blown story idea: about four hours.

What is this amazing idea, you ask? Well, as my loyal Readers know, I struggle with a Steampunk novella (or novel? trilogy?) currently known as Through Brass Goggles. The first draft remains unfinished, but the main character, Zona, calls to me. I love her dearly, recalcitrant though she is. During the course of the novella, she returns to a city she had previously left in a rather hurried fashion, and allusion is made to the circumstances of that leaving. The allusion includes a robot and the embarrassment of the city’s police-men. That is the story I’m going to tell. The scariest part is that this episode should be highly amusing, yet I have difficulty with writing humorously (but that’s another post entirely). In any case, I will simply do my best, and hope that the story does well in the contest.

Thought for the Week: “One reason I don’t suffer Writer’s Block is that I don’t wait for the Muse, I summon it at need.” Piers Anthony

Currently Reading: The Best Man by L. A. Witt


1 Comment

  1. Rafael said,

    June 6, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    I really got to enter this one. Thanks for the heads up.

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