Another week has gone by and a lot of work has been done.
I finished two more short stories. One is called Somnus, and I have absolutely no idea where to place it. I might start sending it out for publication after a revision or two because I don't quite think it works yet.
The other is called Byline and sort of attacked me out of nowhere. I write in my notebook every morning to warm up and I had a great idea for a first line to a short story. Then a second line. Then a third. Soon enough I had like a 2,000 word piece in my notebook. I also don't have a plan for this one.
I started work on another short story, though, and this one is a world I created for a different short story called Escape Vector that will be coming out in a collection sometime in the next couple of months. It's been a lot of fun to think about and write, and really that's all I can ask for.
The lion's share of my time, though, has been spent writing a short film that I've been working on a grant application for (it's called 3 1/2 Stars and is about a film critic who falls for a woman with terrible taste in movies.) It's about 20 pages long and keeps begging me to write it as a feature film, so that might be next on my plate.
The other big monopolizer of my time is working on rewrites of The Aeronaut. It's going to feel so good when it's done, but today is not that day.
As far as journalism stuff, I broke a pretty big story in the world of Star Wars. It was about Paul Kemp's inclusion of the first character in the new Star Wars canon that is LGBT. (You can read the original story here.) It got picked up everywhere. NPR. CNN. BBC. MTV. The LA Times... Seriously. Everywhere. I think it's important, too. I really want to see better diversity in all the stuff I'm reading, not just my writing.
That reminds me of a post I wrote a while ago about how to write women, which is something I think is still relevant. (Click here to read it.)
But for now, I'll leave you with a video of me discussing how I come up with plots.